China's coronavirus outbreak spikes with 242 dead, 14,840 new cases in one day

The number of deaths in China's central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak rose by 242 to 1,310 as of Wednesday, the province's health commission said on its website on Thursday.

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A further 14,840 cases had been detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, taking the total in the province to 48,206.

The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.

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(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Dominique Patton; Editing by Kim Coghill)