The Chinese province at the center of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more infections using a broader definition on Thursday, while Japan became the third place outside mainland China to suffer a fatality. The epidemic has given China’s ruling Communist Party one of its sternest tests in years, constrained the world’s second-largest economy and triggered a purge of provincial bureaucrats. With China’s streets, restaurants and flower markets bare, a miserable Valentine’s Day was expected on Friday. Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death – a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo – adding to two previous fatalities in Hong Kong and the Philippines. For all related coverage on the outbreak, click: here For related Reuters graphics on the new coronavirus, click: Japan is one of the worst affected of more than two dozen other countries […]