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Wuhan coronavirus: Death toll surged past 1,500, banks disinfect banknotes to stop virus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 15, 2020
The death toll from Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has surged past 1,500 yesterday as reported by Chinese authorities.
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China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 143 deaths nationwide, as well as 2,641 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 14.

Topics: Wuhan coronavirus

That tally includes Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, where 2,420 new cases were reported, and 139 more deaths.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 66,492, and number of total deaths at 1,523, the authority said, reported the NBC.

China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials have said.

Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region – before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.