Coronavirus Deaths Hit 806, Surpassing Total From 2003 SARS Outbreak

Saturday, February 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sat, 02/08/2020


Officials reported an additional 81 deaths in Hubei on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 806: more than the total from the entire 2002-2003 SARS outbreak

WHO reported 31,481 confirmed global cases on Friday, up by 3,000+ cases from Thursday; SCMP says total cases closer to 35k

First American citizen has died

First Japanese citizen suspected of succumbing to virus

France elevates travel advisory to orange after 5 Britons fall ill in ski resort

Roundup of suspected infected in Wuhan continues

Beijing appoints Xi protege to help lead virus response

Vigil for Dr. Li held in Hong Kong

China blocks Foxconn plan to reopen factories

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Update (1745ET): The coronavirus outbreak has just reached another grim milestone: The death toll has eclipsed that of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.

China’s Hubei province has also reported 2,147 additional cases as of Feb. 8 (early Sunday in Beijing), lifting the total of cases in Hubei alone to 27,100, though the number of new cases being reported out of Hubei continued to slow. Reported cases in China alone exceed 36,693 less than two months after surfacing in late December in Wuhan. SARS sickened just 8,100.

We noticed over the past few days that the ‘anti-alarmists’ who claimed that the outbreak wasn’t even as deadly as the seasonal flu have gradually gone quiet. Everybody who played down the seriousness of this outbreak is been unequivocally proven wrong.

To put this all in perspective:

If you’re looking for a visual, here’s a useful one (though this chart is slightly out-of-date):

A broader look at the outbreak:

The confirmed cases have climbed by more than 2,000 daily since Feb. 2, peaking at 3,156 two days later. Confirmed cases also fell in the city of Wuhan, Bloomberg reports. The final evacuation flight taking more than 200 British citizens (and others) out of China has reportedly left Wuhan. Those passengers will be quarantined for two weeks upon arriving back in the UK.

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