Coronavirus deaths hit highest daily toll
The coronavirus epidemic has broken another tragic record with the deadly illness killing 242 people in China in a single day.
Authorities in Hubei, where coronavirus started in December, today announced more than 200 people had died from the disease.
The 242 deaths from Hubei are more than double yesterday’s announcement and take the total death toll from the Chinese region to more than 1300. The previous record rise in the toll was 103 on February 10.
A further 14,840 cases had been detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, taking the total in the province to 48,206.
The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.