Feb 13, 2019 – Hubei’s new confirmed cases pegged at 14,840, nearly 10 times more than the previous day
Deaths, reported to be 242, more than double
Health authorities in China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic – reported on Thursday 14,840 new confirmed cases, almost 10 times the number reported a day earlier, and new deaths attributable to the contagion rose to 242, more than double on the day. Cissy Zhou reports on SCMP.
This brings the totals announced by the province’s health commission to 48,206 and 1,310, respectively, as of Wednesday.
Officials in Hubei had reported 94 fatalities and 1,638 newly confirmed cases a day earlier.
Coronavirus updates as of 06:10am, Feb 13, 2019
Some 13,436 of the new cases announced on Thursday were confirmed in Hubei’s capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated at a seafood and meat market.
The virus – also known as Covid-19 – has spread to at least 24 countries, sickened more than 60,000 people worldwide, with tens of thousands more suspected cases.
The National Health Commission has not yet released the national total of new cases and deaths.
Reporting by Cissy Zhou @ SCMP.