February 9, 2020
Well, this sure isn’t going away.
The Wuhan coronavirus has now killed more people than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003 after 89 more deaths in mainland China on Saturday brought the global death toll to 813.
It is the deadliest day yet for the coronavirus, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has continued to spread rapidly across the country and around the world.
China’s National Health Commission announced the new death toll on Saturday, adding that the country’s total number of infections had risen to 37,198.
Out of the 813 people who have been killed by the virus, 811 were in mainland China, with one death each recorded in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
In comparison, during the SARS outbreak, a total of 774 people died and just over 8,000 were infected.
But the death rate for the coronavirus is still far below the 9.6% rate for SARS. The coronavirus death rate stands at around 2.2% globally, less than a quarter of SARS.
Several other countries announced new infections over the weekend, including Thailand, France and Singapore, which now has 40 cases of the virus.
It has also been announced that the UN is finally sending a team into China to assess the situation, which will theoretically mean that we will get a more accurate picture. But maybe not?