Deaths, coronavirus cases surpass SARS; WHO report

Deaths, coronavirus cases surpass SARS; WHO report

Deaths toll and coronavirus cases in mainland China have exceeded the SARS epidemic that hit China in 2002-2003, the latest report by the World Health Organization showed.

Until February 4, the number of deaths from the coronavirus totaled 425 deaths in China, compared to 349 deaths in 2002 from the outbreak of the SARS. Infected cases reached 20,444 inside China, which is much higher than the SARS cases detected of 5,327, the WHO said.

Outside China, Japan has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases as the total number reached 20.

Most people in China have extended their Lunar New Year holiday to avoid being infected from the coronavirus, which actually raises questions about the impact of the virus on the world' second-biggest economy.

In response, the Chinese government announced the injection of 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) into financial markets to bolster them after being hit hard following their opening on Monday.

Today, China CSI 300 index resumed its rebound as it added 0.0024% to finish at 3,899.87, while Hong Kong Hang Sang index dropped 0.38% to 27,389.82.

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