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Novel Coronavirus continues to claims lives, death toll rises to 906

A nurse talks with a patient at a fever clinic of Hunan People's Hospital in Changsha, central China's Hunan Province. Xinhua

Despite efforts of China and the global leaders and countries, the Novel Coronavirus continued to rampage the world with the death toll now rising to 906 in the past 24 hours.

The number of affected victims has also risen to 40,234 with 6,198 victims in critical condition, largely in China.

The number of victims who were infected but had achieved full recovery also increased to 3,274.

Only China continued to register deaths with 93 deaths registered in the last 24 hours and recorded 2,654 new cases during the same period.

Japan also continued to see an increase with seven new cases reported Sunday, bringing its total to 96 with four cured while Singapore registered three new cases, bringing its over night total to 43 with six in critical condition and six cured.

Hong Kong meanwhile registered double digits in new patients with 10, bringing its overnight total to 36. It has registered one death.

South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, United Kingdom and Spain also registered news cases over the past 24 hours, bringing their total to 27, 14,18, 17,4 and 2 respectively.

With 906 deaths, the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has now surpassed MERS (final toll of 858 deaths in 2012.

The novel coronavirus’ case fatality rate has been estimated at around 2% by the World Health Organisation.  However, it noted that, without knowing how many were infected, it was too early to be able to put a percentage on the mortality rate figure.

A prior estimate had put that number at 3%. Fatality rate can change as a virus can mutate, according to epidemiologists. For comparison, the case fatality rate for SARS was 10%, and for MERS 34%. Worldometers

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