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BEIJING: The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China’s Hubei province rose by 116, the province’s health commission said on Friday (Feb 14).

The commission did not disclose the total number of deaths from the newly identified virus, which stood at 1,500 on Friday.

Of the new deaths, 88 occurred in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the flu-like virus is believed to have originated late last year.

A further 4,823 cases had been detected in Hubei, taking the total in the province to 51,986. Over four-fifths of the province’s new cases were in Wuhan.