Coronavirus case total surpasses that of Sars

January 31, 2020

BY Alexander Kalis

The number of confirmed cases of the rapidly spreading coronavirus infection in mainland China has reached 6,061, health authorities said on Wednesday – a total surpassing the cases China had in the 2002-03 Sars epidemic that killed almost 800 people worldwide.

The death toll from the new coronavirus had climbed to 132, they announced, with 840 newly confirmed cases in Hubei province, where the outbreak was discovered in the provincial capital Wuhan. It came as Germany, Taiwan and Vietnam reported infections caused by human-to-human transmission.

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