Beijing: The global death toll from the new coronavirus became higher than that of SARS after it hit 811, Chinese health authorities announced on Sunday.
China’s National Health Commission said total cases in the country from the virus had increased to to 37,198, up from 31,774 a day earlier.
China reported an additional 89 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of people killed by the fast-spreading coronavirus to 811 in the mainland. The global death toll for the new coronavirus currently stands at 813, including one death in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.
That number exceeds the global number of deaths from SARS, which killed at least 774 people and infected 8,096 people worldwide in 2002 and 2003, according to data from the World Health Organization.