Coronavirus death toll in China crosses 1,600

The death toll from coronavirus epidemic in China crossed 1,600 today after 139 more people died in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. In its daily , the province’s health commission has reported 1,843 fresh cases. More than 68,000 people have now been infected, with most deaths occurring in Hubei.

France reported the first fatality from the new coronavirus outside Asia yesterday, fuelling global concerns about the epidemic.

China’s central bank said that to control the outbreak spreading, used banknotes are being disinfected and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation. 

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