Death toll reaches 2 345 as drop seen in coronavirus cases - Govt

accreditation
Coronavirus patients at the epicentre where treatments take place.
Coronavirus patients at the epicentre where treatments take place.

The death toll in China from the new coronavirus outbreak rose by 109, the National Health Commission said on Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2345.

Another 397 new cases were reported nationwide, down from nearly 900 officially reported Friday, bringing the total number of cases to over 76 000.

The drop in new cases of the novel coronavirus came as officials in Hubei province - whose capital city Wuhan is the epicentre the outbreak - were ordered to revise figures to clear "doubt" around the data.

The number of new cases nationwide for 19 February was revised up to 820 up from 394 previously reported, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

It also adjusted upwards the total confirmed cases for February 20 by over 400 cases to 75 891.

The decision to amend Hubei's past data, which was announced on Friday by local authorities, is the latest in a string of changes made to Hubei's counting method - further complicating efforts to track the spread of the illness.

Last week, Chinese health officials added patients from Hubei who had been diagnosed via clinical methods including lung imaging on top of those confirmed by lab tests.

But on Thursday, Hubei officials backtracked the decision and deducted 279 cases - which they were ordered to re-add to the count on Friday.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
50% - 1751 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
22% - 770 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
28% - 968 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.58
-1.9%
Rand - Pound
20.12
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
16.97
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.92
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.0%
Gold
1,782.58
+0.0%
Silver
24.14
-0.6%
Palladium
2,017.14
-2.6%
Platinum
1,053.00
+0.1%
Brent Crude
85.82
+0.9%
Top 40
59,535
-1.4%
All Share
66,058
-1.3%
Resource 10
61,431
-2.8%
Industrial 25
85,433
-0.1%
Financial 15
13,820
-1.4%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE