HONG KONG: Health authorities in China’s Hubei province – epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic – reported 94 new deaths attributable to the contagion, and 1,638 newly confirmed cases as of Tuesday. 

According to the South China Morning Post, the total number of cases are 44,794 with 1,112 death and 4,657 recovered.

Some 1,104 of the new cases announced were confirmed in Hubei’s capital of Wuhan,  epicentre of Covid-19, new name for the virus, where the virus is believed to have originated at a seafood and meat market.

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday gave an official name – Covid-19 – to the disease caused by the coronavirus that has ravaged China and spread across the globe.

The World Health Organisation’s head of emergency programmes, said on Tuesday in Geneva that Covid-19 had the potential to spread faster than either the Ebola or Sars viruses. 

“Earlier this week, Covid-19 exceeded the Sars outbreak of 2002-03 in terms of deaths attributed to it,” the portal reported.