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Coronavirus death toll in China now tops the sars epidemic

Controls: A ‘patient’ is removed

CHINA’S death toll from the coronavirus rose by 89 to at least 811 yesterday — surpassing the number of fatalities from the sars epidemic.

But fewer new cases of the virus, which has infected 37,198 people in China, were reported, suggesting its spread may be slowing as nations increase efforts to halt the disease.

Some 2,656 new cases were reported on Saturday, most of them in Hubei province where the outbreak started.

That was down from the 3,399 new cases reported in the previous 24-hour period.

The fatality toll has passed the 774 people said to have died of sars in 2002 and 2003.

China’s National Health Commission said: ‘The joint control mechanism of different regions and the strict prevention and control measures have worked.’

Authorities have been rounding up suspected coronavirus patients, going door-to-door to take people’s temperatures and forcibly taking people to quarantine camps.