COVID-19: China death toll spikes as Wuhan remains in lockdown

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Coronavirus death toll and infections are rising sharply in China after Chinese authorities adopted a new method of case detection. 242 new deaths and nearly 15,000 contaminations are by far the highest figures recorded in 24 hours since the crisis began in December.

Most of the deaths occurred in Hubei province. Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic is still cut off from the world for nearly three weeks running. A cordon prevents entry and exit.

Elsewhere in China, several cities are forcing o…

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