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China has admitted that it still doesn't know how many people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Wuhan after officials launched door-to-door health checks to hunt for patients.
A top Communist official appointed by Beijing to handle the crisis said his team could not confirm the exact scale of the epidemic in the city, but warned the number of potential carriers could be 'quite large'.
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The news comes as a British virologist warned the number of cases in China could be 10 to 25 times higher than the official statistics.
The daily number of confirmed patients in Wuhan jumped more than 12 times yesterday while the daily death toll increased three times.
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Across China 254 people yesterday died of coronavirus - including 242 in Hubei - on the deadliest day of the outbreak so far.
The new strain of coronavirus, formally known as COVID-19, has so far killed at least 1,370 people and infected more than 60,380 worldwide.
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China's President Xi on Monday called for a battle of Wuhan and Hubei in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Xi said the war would be 'tough' and urged all governmental organisations to play an active role.
Chen Yixin, the deputy leader of a special team formed by Beijing to handle the crisis, confessed in a meeting in Wuhan yesterday that the outbreak was still 'unpredictable' and the extent of the spread remained unclear.
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The senior official called for 'a general offensive' towards the deadly disease, according to a transcript of the conference released by the nation's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.
He demanded the city build more 'fang cang' or 'shelter' hospitals by converting public facilities including sports halls, exhibition centres and universities.
He also urged...
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