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Mainland Covid-19 death toll rises to 2,663

2020-02-25 HKT 08:58
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  • Residents wear masks as they queue to enter a supermarket in Beijing, as China struggles to return to normal following the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: AP
    Residents wear masks as they queue to enter a supermarket in Beijing, as China struggles to return to normal following the Covid-19 outbreak. Photo: AP
China on Tuesday reported another 71 deaths from the novel coronavirus, the lowest daily number of fatalities in over two weeks, which raised the toll to 2,663.

The National Health Commission also reported 508 new confirmed cases, with all but nine in hard-hit Hubei province, bringing the mainland's total so far to 77,658.

Multiple provinces in China have reported zero new cases for several days in a row now, with the World Health Organisation saying Monday that the coronavirus epidemic has "peaked" in China.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the peak in China occurred between January 23 and February 2 and the number of new cases there "has been declining steadily since then".

However, WHO expert Bruce Aylward, leader of a joint WHO-China mission of experts, warned on Monday of outbreaks in other countries "increasing at exponential growth rates".

Despite a downward trend in new case numbers, China continues to struggle to resume normal activity after the virus brought the world's second-largest economy to a standstill.

Tens of millions of people remain under lockdown in Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated late last year.

A slight easing of the lockdown in Wuhan, Hubei's capital, was retracted shortly after being announced on Monday. (AFP)
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Last updated: 2020-02-25 HKT 09:09