Coronavirus death toll hits 811 as it surpasses SARS fatalities

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The death toll in China from the coronavirus has risen to 811, surpassing SARS fatalities in the 2002-2003 outbreak, Chinese health authorities announced today. 

China’s National Health Commission said total cases in the country from the virus had increased to 37,198, up from 34,546 a day earlier.

However, the number of new cases reported over the 24 hours to this morning fell significantly from the previous period, which experts believe shows the spread of the virus may be slowing.

-Noah Harte