China coronavirus death toll breaches 1,000

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International desk, Feb 11: China reported 108 new coronavirusdeaths on February 10, the highest daily toll since the outbreak began in Wuhan late last year, taking the total number of people infected above 1,000.The total number of deaths on the mainland reached 1,016 in the 24 hours until midnight, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, Aljazeera reports.

Some 2,478 new cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 42,638.

Of the new deaths, 103 were in the province of Hubei, including 67 in the provincial capital of Wuhan.

The other fatalities on Monday were in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Anhui and Henan and the cities of Tianjin and Beijing, the National Health Commission said.

During a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Monday, a group of leaders tasked with beating the virus said it would work to solve raw material and labour shortages and boost supplies of masks and protective clothing.

They said nearly 20,000 medical personnel from around the country had already been sent to Wuhan, and more medical teams were also on the way.

On Monday, China’s President Xi Jinping also appeared in public for the first time since the epidemic began, visiting health facilities in Beijing.

Xi donned a face mask and had his temperature checked while visiting medical workers and patients affected by the virus and called for more “decisive” measures to tackle the outbreak.