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A citizen wearing a mask cycling across a deserted road in Wuhan, China on February 7, 2020. The 2019 new coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan in late 2019, and has spread to more than two dozen countries since.

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All times below are in Beijing time.

7:30 am: Death toll in Hubei province rises to 780

Hubei province reported an additional 81 deaths and another 2,147 new cases as of Saturday. It brings the cumulative number of deaths in the province to 780, and total confirmed cases to 27,100.

The number of deaths from the new virus is now higher than the global death toll for SARS. China has reported at least 803 deaths in the mainland so far. That brings the global death toll to 805 — including one in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.

The SARS outbreak in 2003 killed 774 people globally, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, which has borne the brunt of the outbreak.

All times below are in Eastern time.

4:09 pm Canada confirms seventh case of coronavirus

The Public Health Agency of Canada confirmed the country’s seventh case of the coronavirus on Saturday, Canadian officials told CNBC.

The agency indicated on its website tracking the outbreak that Canadian province British Columbia has a total of four confirmed cases, and the province of Ontario has three.

1:44 pm Volkswagen postpones restarting production at some China plants

Volkswagen said Saturday that it has pushed back resuming production at some of its China plants, Reuters reported.

The company will not restart production until Feb. 17 at most plants in its joint venture with SAIC motor and the Tianjin plant in its joint venture with the FAW Group due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One car-manufacturing plant Volkswagen operates with SAIC in Shanghai and most of the plants in the FAW joint venture will restart on Feb. 10, the German automaker said in an emailed statement on Saturday.

Volkswagen said it was facing supply chain challenges as China goes back to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday, as well as limited travel options for its employees.

10:19 am Singapore confirms seven more cases

Singapore’s Health Ministry on Saturday confirmed seven new cases of the coronavirus,, bringing the total number of cases in the city-state up to 40.

Five of the seven are linked to previously announced cases, according to Singapore news outlet The Straits Times.

Of the 40 confirmed cases, two have been discharged from the hospital but four remain in critical condition, the Times reported.

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: Canada confirms seventh case of new coronavirus, US citizen dies in Wuhan

— CNBC’s Yelena Dzhanova contributed to this report.

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