Virus death toll will get worse even as outbreak wanes

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Workers arrange beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, February 4, 2020.

By Robert Langreth and Michelle Fay Cortez / Bloomberg News

AS signs emerge that China’s coronavirus outbreak may be moderating, a morbid reminder of the disease’s toll is expected to persist, or even rise, in the days to come.

While new cases reported in China appeared to decline after a February 4, 2020, peak, the number of dead has grown to around a hundred a day—double the daily count of just a few weeks ago.

But those deaths aren’t a sign the virus is getting more deadly, according to experts.

“Deaths are a lagging indicator,” said Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, who is modeling the outbreak. Once people are infected, “it takes

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