Coronavirus death toll in China crosses 1,600

The death toll from new coronavirus epidemic crossed 1,700 in China today after 100 more people died in the hard-hit Hubei province. In its daily , the province’s health commission also reported 1,933 new cases.

At least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide.

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

World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that it is impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take. International experts have arrived in Beijing and begun meeting with their Chinese counterparts over the epidemic.

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