China's Hubei province reports 96 new virus deaths

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 23 2020 10:10 AM | Updated as of Feb 23 2020 04:26 PM

A man wearing a mask rides a bike in a street following a nationwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing, China, February 22, 2020. Thomas Peter, Reuters

BEIJING - The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose past 2,400 on Sunday after 96 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicenter of the outbreak.

The vast majority of the deaths were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in December, according to the daily update from the Hubei health commission.

The province also reported 630 new confirmed cases, bringing the total within China to around 77,000.

The coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries and is causing mounting alarm due to new pockets of outbreak in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

China has sowed confusion about its numbers by repeatedly changing its counting methods, which could further complicate efforts to track the contagion.

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