80 Patients Quarantined in UK Leave Isolation

Dozens of Britons evacuated from the virus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan a fortnight ago were released from quarantine, Thursday, February 13.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei say 254 more people have died from the new coronavirus and they announced a huge increase in the number of cases.

Health officials in Hubei, the epicenter of the two-month outbreak that has killed 1,367 people in all of China, said they changed their detection methods from a laboratory test to computerized body scans.

The news of new deaths and infections came a day after China said the number of new cases had dropped for a second consecutive day.

The changes in detection methods have boosted the number of total confirmed cases across China to about 60,000, and by additional 15,000 to more than 48,000 in Hubei province, where the death toll was raised by 242.