China on February 26 reported 52 new coronavirus deaths, the bottom determine in additional than three weeks, bringing the demise toll to 2,715.
All the brand new deaths have been within the outbreak epicentre Hubei province, which accounted for 401 of the 406 new infections reported Wednesday, the Nationwide Well being Fee mentioned.
The variety of recent instances has declined in China, with a number of provinces reporting zero new infections in latest days. Solely 5 instances have been reported exterior the epicentre, the bottom in over a month.
However the illness, which originated in Hubei’s capital Wuhan late final yr and has contaminated over 78,000 in China, has now reached dozens of nations.
South Korea’s demise toll rose to 11 on Wednesday, because the nation’s complete variety of infections rose to 1,146, by far the most important exterior of China.
Italy — which has reported 10 deaths and greater than 300 instances — has locked down 11 cities. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has mentioned the measures may final weeks.
Whereas Beijing’s containment efforts initially targeted on monitoring and proscribing journey throughout the nation, concern is rising that instances overseas may reintroduce new outbreaks into China.
Authorities within the metropolis of Nanjing quarantined 94 individuals on a flight arriving from Seoul Tuesday, after three on the airplane have been discovered to have fevers.