As Coronavirus Death Toll Grows, China Heads Back to Work


BEIJING — As the worldwide death toll for the Wuhan coronavirus hit 910, Chinese employees headed back to work on Sunday after the government loosened some of the restrictions that sprung into place in response to the crisis.

China’s National Health Commission reported that the coronavirus killed 97 in China on Sunday, the highest fatality rate for a single day since the outbreak began from an illegal animal market in December.

The number of suspected cases dropped from 28,942 on Saturday to 23,589 on Sunday. However, 4,008 suspected cases were added, meaning that many of the previous ones were ruled out.

A team of experts from the World Health Organization was flying into Beijing to assist in assessment and coordinating a response to the virus, an epidemic that has caused the authorities to initiate lockdowns nationwide.

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