China records upsurge in death toll as countries detect coronavirus


China has recorded an upsurge in the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Chinese government, the death toll has surpassed 250.

The new figures from China’s health official disclosed that not less than 259 people have died and 11,791 people have been infected in China.

“Most of the latest fatalities are from Hubei province. The city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, is located in Hubei,” the health official said.

“Another 17,888 people are suspected of being infected, while 243 have been discharged,” he added.

On Friday, it was reported that there were more than 102,000 people under medical observation.

Fresh cases have been detected abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected, including Spain and the United Kingdom.

The top Communist Party official in Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the virus first emerged in December, on Friday expressed “remorse” because local authorities acted too slowly.

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