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COVID-19 death toll in China soars to more than 1,800

Passengers wearing masks walk outside the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus, February 8, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

The death toll in China due to the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now jumped to 1,800 on Tuesday, with 93 more people dead in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicenter of the outbreak.

In its daily update, the province’s health commission reported 1,807 new cases.

According to the report from AFP, a total of 72,300 people have now been affected across the country.

Most of the cases are in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December before spiraling into a nationwide epidemic.

Tuesday’s jump in the death toll was also lower than the increase reported Monday, bringing the national number of deaths to 1,863.

However, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the trend “must be interpreted very cautiously”.

“Trends can change as new populations are affected. It is too early to tell if this reported decline will continue. Every scenario is still on the table,” he told reporters on Monday

READ: ‘Every scenario on the table’ in China virus outbreak: WHO’s Tedros

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