Feb 19 2020
China’s death toll from the Covid-19 epidemic reached 2,000 today with more than 74,000 people so far infected by the virus.
The situation remains grim in Hubei province, which is the epicenter of the outbreak after Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan became the seventh medical worker to succumb to the illness.
Official figures showed there were 132 deaths today and nearly 1,700 new Covid-19 cases in Hubei.
New infections have, however, been falling in the rest of the country for the past two weeks.
Chinese and international health officials have warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic.
They released studies showing that most patients only suffered mild infection, and the fact that the mortality rate of Covid-19 was relatively low.
Several countries have banned travelers from China and major airlines have suspended flights, moves which Beijing described as fueling panic.
The epidemic has triggered panic-buying in Singapore and Hong Kong, concerns about cruise-ship travel and the postponement of trade fairs, sports competitions and cultural events.