Death toll in China jumps to 425, confirmed cases rise to over 20,438 : Corona-virus Infection

Death toll in China jumps to 425, confirmed cases rise to over 20,438 : Corona-virus Infection

The death toll in China from the novel coronavirus rose to 425, with the total number of cases increasing to 20,438.

The latest figures are up from 361 deaths and 17,205 confirmed cases.

This comes at a time when China has opened a new hospital  built in 10 days in Wuhan, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in a bid to contain the rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.

The specialized 1,000-bed hospital — in the province at the epicentre of the outbreak — started treating patients and a second hospital with 1,500 beds is to open within days.