New Delhi: Chinese authorities on Sunday confirmed that the death toll due to the deadly coronations has mounted to 803 with 81 fresh fatalities. Notably, the death toll has surpassed the number of people died during the 2003 SARS epidemic. As per the reports of WHO, SARS epidemic had killed 774 people 17 years ago.

Meanwhile, more than 37,100 people are now confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus worldwide as the n-CoV has spread to more than 20 nations, although there has so far been only two deaths outside mainland China in the Philippines and China.

The other countries where coronavirus cases have been reported are Japan (86), Singapore (30), Thailand (25), Hong Kong (26), South Korea (24), Taiwan (16), Australia (15), Malaysia (14), Germany (13), the US (12 plus one death in China), Vietnam (12), Macao (10), Canada (seven), UAE (seven), France (six), India (three), Philippines (three), the UK (three), Italy (three), Russia (two), Cambodia (one), Finland (one), Nepal (one), Sri Lanka (one), Spain (one) and Sweden (one), according to figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Earlier on Saturday, China’s National Health Commission announced that it has given the coronavirus a temporary official name, novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP).

The Commission announced the new name at a press conference and said it should be adopted by government departments and organisations in China until a permanent name for the infection has been determined, reports the South China Morning Post newspaper.

The naming of a new virus is decided by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.