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UK News Global coronavirus death toll hits 719

01:45  08 february  2020
01:45  08 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Nearly 3,000 new cases of a deadly coronavirus gripping China have been confirmed in the country’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, bringing the total disease toll to just short of 35,000, with over 700 fatalities.

The global death toll from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has reached 719 after another 81 fatalities were recorded in China.

a woman cutting a wedding cake: The vast majority of coronavirus deaths have come in Hubei province © Getty The vast majority of coronavirus deaths have come in Hubei province

The latest deaths came in Hubei province, where Wuhan - the city where the infection was first reported - is located.

Chinese health authorities have also confirmed 2,841 new cases of the SARS-like illness in Hubei, taking the total number there up to 24,953.

Hubei is home to the vast majority of global deaths and cases, with 699 of the 719 total fatalities.

Among them is Dr Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old opthalmologist who died in Wuhan having tried to warn others about the outbreak back in December.

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More than 31,000 people are infected around the world, including three in the UK.

They are a man believed to have caught the virus in Singapore who is being treated at St Thomas' Hospital in London, and two people who were diagnosed in York and are now at a specialist hospital unit in Newcastle.

a group of people wearing costumes: The number of global confirmed cases of coronavirus is rising © Getty The number of global confirmed cases of coronavirus is rising

Other British cases have been reported abroad, including a a passenger on the stranded Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been quarantined off the coast of Japan.

Meanwhile, Sky News understands British citizens still waiting to be evacuated from Wuhan will be quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes when they are finally flown back to the UK on Sunday.

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