Feb 15, 2020 04:46 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Feb 15, 2020 04:50 Asia/Tehran]
  • Coronavirus death toll in China exceeds 1,500
    Coronavirus death toll in China exceeds 1,500

China's death toll has surged past 1,500 after 139 new deaths were reported in Hubei province.

Iran Press/Asia: The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 on Saturday (Feb 15) after 139 more people died in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The province's health commission also reported 2,420 new cases of the Covid-19 strain, about half the number from the previous day, taking the total in the province to 54,406, Reuters reported.

Including the latest numbers from Hubei, the total number of cases in mainland China now exceeds 66,000, with more than 1,500 deaths.

The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as China’s foreign minister, said China has taken the most rigorous and decisive measures to fight the epidemic, with many efforts going beyond international health regulations and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations. 

“Through our efforts the epidemic is overall under control,” he said.

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