Coronavirus: China Death Toll Reaches 2,592

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BEIJING – China has partially eased restrictions in coronavirus-hit Wuhan, permitting people who are infected with the virus or stranded to leave for the first time after a month as the death toll climbed to 2,592 while the number of con­firmed cases increased to more than 77,000, officials said Monday.

People who are not quaran­tined and seeking special treatment or stranded in Wuhan can leave in batches, according to the local authority in Wuhan, the city of 11 million, which is the epicentre of the virus.

China locked down the city on January 23, followed by the entire Hubei province with over 50 mil­lion people. Wuhan is the provin­cial capital of Hubei. Over 18 cities from the province have been sealed in the lockdown.

No residents were allowed to leave the city since then, including several hundred foreigners, mainly students.

India has evacuated 647 Indi­ans and seven Maldivians by op­erating two special flights. India is awaiting permission to airlift over 100 more.

A number of countries have evacuated their nationals. Paki­stan, which has over 1,000 nation­als stuck there, is yet to respond positively to their pleas to evacuate them.

Meanwhile, the death toll climbed to 2,592 with 150 new fa­talities while the total number of confirmed cases increased to over 77,000, health officials said on Mon­day.

The country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said it received reports of 409 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection and 150 deaths from 31 provincial-level regions on Sunday.

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 77,150 with a total of 2,592 fatalities by the end of Sunday, the NHC said.

Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan, the ground zero of the virus, contin­ued to bear the brunt with 149 death while one person died in Hainan Province, it said.

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