Coronavirus eclipses SARS, hits Chinese stock markets

Coronavirus eclipses SARS, hits Chinese stock markets

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Beijing, Feb 3 : As per the latest numbers from China's National Health Commission, the number of deaths in the country due to novel coronavirus has surpassed the 2003 SARS epidemic with 361 fatalities and 17,205 cases attributable to the rapidly spreading illness, as of February 2.

In 2002-3 SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak) mainland fatalities was only 349. China’s National Health Commission reported 2,829 new cases and 57 deaths in Coronavirus on Sunday. That compares with 2,590 new cases and 45 deaths, nationwide, on Saturday.

Of the newly reported deaths, 56 were in Hubei province – the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak – and one in Chongqing. That took the toll in China to 360, exceeding the 349 mainland fatalities from the 2002-3 SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak).

In Hubei, the new numbers rose to 2,103 confirmed cases and 56 deaths, up from 1,921 and 45 on Sunday, Hong Kong English daily South China Morning Post reported on Monday. The pathogen also affected Chinese stock markets as it slumped almost 9 per cent on reopening on Monday amid the virus outbreak. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index opened the day down 8.73 per cent. UNI