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China reports 254 new virus deaths, 15,152 daily cases

CHINA. A traveler stands on a bridge near a display showing government propaganda in the fight against the Covid-19 viral illness in Beijing, China Thursday, February 13, 2020. (AP)

BEIJING -- China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.

The total deaths from the more than two-month-old outbreak as reported on Thursday, February 13, stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804.

The change in categorization appeared to push forward the process to a doctors' on-the-spot diagnosis rather than waiting for the results of laboratory tests. (AP)


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