*Highest per day deaths so far
*Number of Infections Stabilises
Ninety seven people died of the new coronavirus on Sunday, representing the highest number of casualties in a day.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said total number of deaths in China is now 908, even though the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilised.
Across China, 40,171 people are infected while 187,518 are under medical observation.
Already, WHO has sent a team of experts to Beijing to help investigate the new virus. According to Chinese data, 3, 281 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital.
As it is, the number of coronavirus deaths has overtaken that of the Sars epidemic in 2003 which also originated in China and killed 774 people worldwide.
WHO on Saturday said the number of new cases in China was “stabilising” – but warned it was too early to say if the virus had peaked.
On Sunday evening, the organisation sent an international mission to help coordinate a response to the outbreak.
The new virus was first reported in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, which has a population of 11 million. Wuhan has been in lockdown for weeks since the virus broke out.
The virus has spread to at least 27 other countries and territories, propmpting WHO to declare a global emergency on 30 January. Luckily, there have only been two deaths outside of mainland China, in the Philippines and Hong Kong.