Top WHO experts will arrive in Beijing this weekend to assist China to contain the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak as the death toll climbed to 1,523 in China and France reported the first fatality outside Asia.
More than 66,000 people are now infected from the virus in China, health officials said. The number of new deaths in central Hubei province, at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, rose by 139 as of Friday.
Most of the new deaths were in Hubei's provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, with 107 new deaths. A total of 1,123 people in Wuhan have now died from the coronavirus.
On Saturday China’s Health Commission said the death toll in China rose to 1,523 after 143 more people died in the country, most in Hubei, the epicentre of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.