Coronavirus: latest updates as death toll exceeds SARS fatalities

Two more people diagnosed in the UAE as number of cases and deaths surges globally

Two new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the UAE on Saturday, bringing the number of people with the illness in the Emirates to seven.

The death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared to 811 early on Sunday as Hong Kong imposed a mandatory quarantine on mainland arrivals to slow the spread of an epidemic that has caused global concern.

The toll exceeded the 774 who died worldwide during the 2002-2003 Sars epidemic.

More than 37,000 people have been infected by the new strain, which is believed to have originated at a market selling wild animals in the central city of Wuhan last year before spreading across China.

Professor Peter Piot, one of the people who discovered the Ebola and HIV viruses in Africa, said this coronavirus poses more danger than Ebola.

Here are the main developments: