China Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 259, infects 11,791 people

The death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak has surpassed 250, the government said on Saturday, as foreign nations tightened restrictions on travellers from China in response to the rapid spread of the illness.

At least 259 people have died and 11,791 people have been infected in China by the new coronavirus, according to new figures from China’s health officials.

Most of the latest fatalities are from Hubei province. The city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, is located in Hubei.

Another 17,888 people are suspected of being infected, while 243 have been discharged, according to a separate report by China’s state-owned international channel, CGTN.

On Friday, it was reported that there were more than 102,000 people under medical observation.

Fresh cases have been detected abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected, including Spain and the United Kingdom.

The top Communist Party official in Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the virus first emerged in December, on Friday expressed “remorse” because local authorities acted too slowly.

The United States took drastic steps that will temporarily bar foreign nationals who have travelled in China within the last 14 days, which Beijing criticised.