prices rose on Thursday in Asia after China reported a sharp jump in the death toll and confirmed cases from the coronavirus.

Gold Futures for April delivery gained 0.4% to $1,577.05 by 1:15 AM ET (05:15 GMT).

Hubei, the province at the center of the epidemic, said it is using a new method of diagnosis and reported an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases of coronavirus today, a 45% increase from the previous day.

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