China reports 108 new coronavirus deaths on Feb. 10, total at 1,016


FEBRUARY 10, 2020

(Pictured) A worker wearing a protective suit carries a fogging machine as others prepare to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 9, 2020.

China reported 108 new coronavirus deaths on the mainland on Feb. 10, up from 97 on the previous day, the country’s health authority said on Tuesday.

China has been battling an outbreak of a new SARS-like coronavirus, named 2019-nCoV, which originated in Wuhan. The virus has claimed at least 910 lives in mainland China – surpassing the death toll during the SARS outbreak in 2003 – and infected over 40,000 people around the world.

The Chinese government has allocated $144 million to combat the virus. The country and several of its cities are under a travel lockdown as other nations try to contain the spread of the virus, with major airlines suspending their service from and to the Asian nation. Outside of China, the Philippines reported the first death on Feb. 2, 2020, and Hong Kong on Feb. 4.

The other 25 countries and regions infected by the novel coronavirus are Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, U.K., U.S. and Vietnam. On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global emergency.

The total number of deaths on the mainland has now reached 1,016, the National Health Commission said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects the novel coronavirus prevention and control work at Anhuali Community in Beijing. – Reuters/XINHUA

There were 2,478 new confirmed cases on the mainland on Feb. 10, down from 3,062 on the previous day, bringing the total to 42,638.

Employees wear a protective masks in Wuhan, China. – Getty Images

Courtesy/Source: Reuters