Death toll from coronavirus rises to 1,483 in China

Wuhan: In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, photo, medical workers in a protective suit help patients who diagnosed with the coronaviruses as they arrive at a temporary hospital which transformed from an exhibition center in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. Ten more people were sickened with a new virus aboard one of two quarantined cruise ships with some 5,400 passengers and crew aboard, health officials in Japan said Thursday, as China reported 73 more deaths and announced that the first group of patients were expected to start taking a new antiviral drug. AP/PTI Photo(AP2_6_2020_000021B)

The death toll from coronavirus epidemic rose to 1,483 in China today. Authorities reported 116 more deaths and 4,823 new cases in hard-hit Hubei province today. Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, had 242 more deaths and over 14,800 new cases on Thursday. More than 64,600 people have now been infected in China. 

Health officials in Hubei said they started to count clinically diagnosed cases to ensure that patients get treated as early as possible instead of having to wait for laboratory tests to confirm they have the COVID-19 disease. But the change raised concerns that the crisis may be more serious than Chinese authorities have reported. 

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