Corona Virus : Death toll in China rises to 259, total cases surge to nearly 12,000

Corona Virus : Death toll in China rises to 259, total cases surge to nearly 12,000

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China increased to 259 on February 1.

The total confirmed cases surged to 11,791. This comes amid stepped up efforts by a number of countries to evacuate their nationals from China’s Hubei province — the epicentre of the virus.

This is the biggest increase since China began reporting the spread of the virulent virus on January 21.

China's National Health Commission said in its daily report on February 1 that 1,795 patients remained in critical condition, and 17,988 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of the end of January 31.

A total of 243 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

January 31 saw 2,102 new confirmed cases, 5,019 new suspected cases, and 46 deaths.