The number of deaths from the new coronavirus has risen to 811 in mainland China, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday.
The death toll thereby surpassed that of SARS, a respiratory disease which caused a global health scare in the early 2000, and which also began in China.
Across China, 89 new deaths and 2,656 new confirmed cases were reported, the vast majority in the province of Hubei.
According to the commission’s figures, health authorities recorded a total of 33,738 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak in December.
The outbreak’s epicentre is located in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province.
There, the number of new cases of pneumonia caused by the virus rose by 2,147, the provincial health commission said.
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