China virus death toll passes 1,000

Posted In: News Date:Feb 11th, 2020

The death toll from a new coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on Tuesday as the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned infected people who have not travelled to China could be the spark for a "bigger fire".

The rise came after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare visit to a hospital in Beijing, wearing protective gear as he chatted with medical workers and patients.

An advance team for a WHO-led international expert mission arrived in China as the country struggles to contain a viral epidemic that has now infected more than 42,000 and reached some 25 countries.