The coronavirus outbreak for first time killed more than 100 people in one day on Monday, Feb. 10, bringing the death toll from the deadly virus to more than 1,000.
China’s National Health Commission said in a daily update that 108 people died from coronavirus in mainland China on Monday, raising the total to 1,016 deaths.
Two people have died outside mainland China, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Newly confirmed cases were reported at 2,478, pushing the total to 42,638 on the mainland.
Globally, 43,112 people were infected as of early Tuesday, Feb. 11, with 1,018 deaths recorded, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).
The dead and infected cases from the two-month coronavirus outbreak have surpassed the toll taken by the SARS epidemic in 2002–2003, which claimed 774 deaths and more than 8,000 infections worldwide. SARS comes from the same family of coronaviruses as the current deadly pathogen.
At a media briefing on Monday, the World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said his agency is still unable to predict where the outbreak is heading and called on countries to “use the window of opportunity we have to prevent a bigger fire.”
“In recent days, we have seen some concerning instances of onward transmission from people with no travel history to China, like the cases reported in France yesterday and the U.K. today. The detection of this small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire. But for now, it’s only a spark,” he said. “Our objective remains containment.”
At a research and innovation forum on coronavirus in Tuesday morning, Ghebreyesus said, “With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country.”
More offices and stores in China reopened on Monday after the extended Lunar New Year holidays, but many people appear to be staying home, The Associated Press reported. In Beijing, the broad avenues were largely free of traffic, and thousands of rental bikes stood in long ranks with hardly a customer.
In Hong Kong, where 42 people have been infected, activist Joshua Wong announced on Tuesday that his pro-democracy group Demosisto bought 100,000 masks from the United States to supply the semiautonomous Chinese city.
As #coronavirus rages, 🇨🇳 merchants snap up masks in almost all countries, which makes us difficult to buy one. As HK’s stock is drying up, @demosisto has just bought 100000 masks from the #US. We will continue to find mask supplies worldwide & bring more good news to #HKers pic.twitter.com/sIVpW16FNc
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) February 11, 2020