Hong Kong, Feb 1 : A research by University of Hong Kong scientists revealed that as many as 75,815 people in Wuhan may have been infected with the new coronavirus. The study was published in Lancet on Saturday. It is based on the assumption that each infected person could have passed the virus on to 2.68 others.
'The estimated total was as of Tuesday,' it said. Meanwhile, the number of new confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in mainland China have hit record daily levels. Authorities in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 45 new deaths and 1,347 new confirmed cases on Saturday – both daily highs. Of the newly reported deaths, 33 were in Wuhan, the provincial capital, according to the Hubei Health Commission.
According to the National Health Commission in Beijing, 11,791 cases had been confirmed across the country as of Friday.
The new deaths took the nationwide toll to 259. Also on Saturday, Huanggang – a city of about 7.4 million people – became the first in Hubei to impose strict restrictions on people leaving their homes, saying that just one family member was allowed out to buy necessities every two days. As Beijing scrambles to contain the outbreak, the contagion has spread to all of mainland China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, as well as to at least 22 other countries. (UNI)