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Al Jazeera 9 Feb 2020

China death toll passes that of SARS outbreak


The death toll in mainland China from the new coronavirus has surged to 811, the National Health Commission said on Sunday, as deaths in China surpassed those recorded during the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
In China, a total of 37,198 infections have been confirmed, most of which are in Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan, where the virus originated.
Al Jazeera's Katrina Yu reports from Beijing.

The US has become the first country in the world to record more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day.

Figures from Johns Hopkins University show 2,108 people died in the past 24 hours while there are now more than half a million confirmed infections.

The US could soon surpass Italy as the country with the most coronavirus deaths worldwide.

But experts on the White House Covid-19 task force say the outbreak is starting to level off across the US.

Dr Deborah Birx said there were good signs the outbreak was stabilising, but cautioned: "As encouraging as they are, we have not reached the peak."

President Donald Trump also said he expects the US to see a lower death toll than the initial predictions of 100,000 fatalities, adding: "We're seeing clear signs that our aggressive strategy is saving countless lives".
Austria and Denmark are two of the latest countries on the continent to have eased movement restrictions even as the coronavirus pandemic causes more than 50,000 deaths across Europe.
Glimmers of hope are beginning to appear: In the worst-hit countries of Italy and Spain, the numbers of deaths and infected people are beginning to drop off somewhat.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports.
The United States has overtaken Italy as having the world's highest number of coronavirus deaths.
Many people are dying alone because family and friends are banned for visiting hospitals.
New York remains the epicentre but all 50 states are in a state of emergency for the first time which allows them to access federal funds.
The governor of New York State says the infection rate could be stabilising.
Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo reports.
The US is currently the most impacted by the global pandemic with more than half a million confirmed cases of the virus, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.…

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