Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

BEIJING (AFP) – China’s official death toll from the new coronavirus spiked dramatically yesterday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported. As the figures soared in China, a troubling new front opened abroad as neighbouring Vietnam placed 10,000 people under quarantine after six COVID-19 cases were discovered in a cluster of villages – the first such lockdown overseas. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin