Health officials in China’s hard-hit central province of Hubei reported that 242 more people died from the coroanvirus, COVID-19 on Wednesday, pushing the death toll in the country above 1,300.
The province’s health commission also repeated a huge jump in new cases, saying a further 14,840 cases had been detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, over the 24-hour period to midnight on Wednesday (16:00 GMT).
The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods.
China’s national health commission is expected to provide an update on countrywide infections shortly.
At least 25 countries have confirmed cases of the virus and several nations have evacuated their citizens from Hubei. Two deaths have been recorded outside mainland China – one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
More to come…