New coronavirus cases up, deaths down
China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, reported 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths on February 16.
The number of new cases rose nearly 5 per cent from the previous day, but the number of deaths fell from 139 on Saturday.
The Hubei health commission said the total number of cases in the province had reached 58,182 by the end of Sunday, with 1,696 deaths.
In mainland China as a whole, there were 105 new deaths bringing the total to 1,770 as at the end of Sunday,
Across mainland China, there were 2,048 new infections and the total of cases so far has reached 70,548.
The Hubei province has been accused of failing to tackle the outbreak early enough, allowing it to spread. The Communist Party bosses of both Hubei and Wuhan have been dismissed.
Hubei announced tough new measures to try to curb the epidemic on Sunday, ordering its cities to block roads to all private vehicles and telling villages and urban residential districts to strictly control the movement of people.
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