Coronavirus toll leaps past 1850 with 93 new deaths in China's Hubei province

WION Web Team New Delhi Feb 18, 2020, 08.13 AM(IST)

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So far five deaths have been recorded outside mainland china -- Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Taiwan.

As China battles the coronavirus outbreak, the death toll leapt past 1850 and more than 72,400 confirmed cases have now been reported across Mainland China.

According to reports, nearly 93 new deaths have been reported in China's Hubei province in the past 24 hours. Meanwhile Beijing said that 1,868 people have died due to the deadly virus while 1,807 new cases have also been recorded.

A total of  72,436 cases of cornovirus recorded across Mainland China so far, the report added.

So far five deaths have been recorded outside Mainland China -- Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Taiwan.

According to reports, a Chinese general with a long record in biological warfare was sent to Wuhan in January to take over a secretive virus laboratory. This has fueled conspiracy theories about the origin of the deadly virus and if the epidemic is in a way linked to medical laboratory researching COVID-19.

According to reports, Chen Wei, a major general of People's Liberation Army, took over the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

The report also claimed that this secretive virus laboratory is run by China's military.