The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2,000 on
Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against
excessive measures to contain the epidemic.
More than 74,000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries.
The situation remains serious at the epicentre, with the director of a
hospital in the central city of Wuhan becoming the seventh medical
worker to succumb to the COVID-19 illness.
But Chinese officials released a study showing most patients have mild
cases of the infection, and World Health Organization officials said the
mortality rate was relatively low.
The outbreak is threatening to put a dent in the global economy, with China paralysed by vast quarantine measures and...