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The death toll from the coronavirus climbed above 1,000, as the Chinese province at the epicenter of the outbreak reported its highest number of fatalities yet.

Hubei province added 103 more deaths, up from 91 a day earlier. At the same time, it also reported the lowest number of new cases since Feb. 1, an encouraging sign as health officials look for the outbreak to peak.

The mortality rate from the coronavirus in China is estimated at 1%, according to a new report that attempts to account for mild cases as well as severe ones. That compares with a 9.5% fatality rate for SARS, and as much as 0.4% for the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu" pandemic.

The death toll in China from the coronavirus rose to 1,016, with the addition of 108 fatalities for Feb. 10, according to the National Health Commission. Hubei, the province at the center of the outbreak, reported 103 more deaths.

The number of confirmed cases in mainland China climbed to 42,638. Hubei reported 2,097 more infections, the smallest daily increase since Feb. 1.

Most cases and deaths in China are in the province of Hubei. Large parts of the province have been cut off from the rest of China since the government started imposing a quarantine on Jan. 23 to try and stop the spread of the virus.

Two additional deaths have occurred outside of mainland China: one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau warned the spread of the coronavirus is likely to have a “real" impact on Canada’s economy.

At a breakfast speech in Calgary, Morneau said the deadly viral outbreak that began in China is expected to have a significant effect on global growth that will spill into Canada as it disrupts tourism and supply chains, and lowers commodity prices. He said oil prices have fallen 15% as a result of reduced demand, for example.


This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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