China coronavirus death toll rises to 563

China coronavirus death toll rises to 563

People wearing masks in Hangzhou, China
People wearing protective facemasks ask for directions at security guarding on a closed street in Hangzhou, around 175km southwest of Shanghai on Feb 5, 2020.(Photo: AFP/Noel Celis) 

BEIJING: The number of confirmed fatalities from China's coronavirus outbreak rose to at least 563, after authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province reported 73 new deaths on Thursday (Feb 6). 

In its daily update, the health commission in Hubei also confirmed another 3,694 new cases.

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A police officer wears a face mask and goggles at a checkpoint at the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge
File photo of a police officer in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, Feb 4, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter)

The commission also confirmed the number of infections has reached 28,018 nationwide. 

The epidemic, which has spiralled into a global health emergency, is believed to have emerged in December from a market that sold wild game in Hubei's capital Wuhan.

Hu Lishan, an official in Wuhan, warned Wednesday that despite building a hospital from scratch and converting public buildings to accommodate thousands of extra patients, there was still a "severe" lack of beds in the region.

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There was also a shortage of "equipment and materials," he told reporters, adding that officials were looking to convert other hotels and schools in the city into treatment centres.

Authorities in several other cities in China have placed restrictions on the number of people allowed to leave their homes.

Global concerns have also risen about the virus, with cases confirmed in more than 20 countries.

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