The death toll from the novel coronavirus is now at 813, higher than that of SARS in the early 2000s, according to Fox News

Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 81 deaths on Saturday, Feb. 8, which pushed the death toll for the virus to 811—past Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which broke out on the mainland in 2002 and 2003.

Deaths in mainland China reached 811 as of the end of Saturday, up 89 from the previous day, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday morning.

Across mainland China, there were 2,656 new confirmed infections on Saturday, bringing the total accumulated number so far to 37,198, according to Reuters

The first death outside of China was recorded in the Philippines on Sunday. The 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was hospitalized last week with a fever, cough, and sore throat, and died after developing severe pneumonia, according to the Philippines health department.

Hong Kong reported its first death on Tuesday in a 39-year-old man who traveled from Wuhan.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing confirmed early on Saturday, Feb. 8. that a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus was dead at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan city on Thursday, Feb. 5. 

There is no vaccine to protect against the virus. Health experts warned people could get the novel coronavirus more than once, even those who have recovered may not be immune to the virus. 

“For those patients who have been cured, there is a likelihood of a relapse,” Zhan Qingyuan, director of pneumonia prevention and treatment at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital said to Business Insider. “The antibody will be generated; however, in certain individuals, the antibody cannot last that long.”

Public health experts are urging everyone not to panic, however, and recommend instead that individuals take everyday preventative measures to reduce their risk of disease, including increased hand-washing, avoiding touching one’s face, and staying away from people who are sick.


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