Coronavirus: Death toll surpasses 360; Philippines reports first death outside China

Published: February 3,2020 09:57 AM

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China's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic hit 361.

February 3, 2020: China's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic hit 361 on February 3, with deepening global concern about the outbreak and governments closing their borders to people from China.

The death toll from the outbreak in China's central Hubei province rose by 56 to 361 on Monday; Chinese state television reported citing official figures.

The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicenter and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines. The man who died in the Philippines was a 44-year-old from Wuhan, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the epidemic a global health emergency.

Since emerging out of Wuhan late last year, the new coronavirus has infected more than 17,200 people across China and reached 24 nations.

Most of the infections overseas have been detected in people who traveled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of 11 million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province.