Covid-19 death toll surges past 1,500

Medical staff at Wuhan Fangcang hospital, a makeshift hospital to treat Covid-19 patients, yesterday. More than 66,000 people have now been infected by Covid-19. – EPA pic, February 15, 2020.

THE death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 today after 139 more people died in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

The province’s health commission also reported 2,420 new cases of the Covid-19 strain, about half the number from the previous day.

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