Coronavirus anxiety: China's virus death rate rises to 902; 2618 other cases reported

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Beijing: The number of deaths from China's new coronavirus epidemic rose to 902 on Monday after the hardest hit Hubei Province reported 91 new deaths. In its daily update, the Hubei Health Commission also confirmed another 2,618 new cases in the central province where the outbreak occurred in December.

There are now more than 39,800 confirmed cases across China based on figures previously released by the government.

The new virus is believed to have popped up last year in a market selling wild animals in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, the city in the center of the outbreak, before spreading across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the number of cases reported daily in China has "stabilized" despite the health agency warning that it is too early to say whether the virus has peaked. An "international expert mission" of the WHO traveled to China late Sunday, the agency's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Twitter.

The only confirmed deaths outside the mainland are a Chinese in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.

The number of deaths from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which killed 774 people in the period 2002-2003, has increased worldwide.