Coronavirus death toll jumps past 1,800 as 98 more people die


People wear face masks as protection from coronavirus in the main shopping area, in downtown Shanghai, China February 17, 2020. Photo: Reuters The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,868 on Tuesday after 98 more people died, according to the National Health Commission. Nearly 72,500 people nationwide have been infected by the new COVID-19 strain of the virus, which first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic.