Deaths from the coronavirus in China increased in the last 24 hours by 109 people to 2,345 deaths, while 397 new infected were registered to a total of 76,288 cases, the National Health Commission of the Asian country reported today.
According to the source, until last local midnight (16.00 GMT on Friday), 5365 suspicious cases were detected, while 20,659 patients had recovered from the disease.
In its daily report, the commission indicated that to date 618,915 people have been followed up in close contact with the infected, of which 113,564 are still under observation.
Of the 397 new confirmed cases, 366 have been registered in the province of Hubei, the focus of the epidemic, and 314 in its capital Wuhan, with 11 million inhabitants.
In that province, where about 50 million people have been in quarantine for a month, 106 of the 109 new deaths occurred.
The other three deaths occurred in the administrative provinces or regions of Hebei, Sanghái and Xinjiang.
The commission reported that confirmed cases in the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong rise to 104, with two deaths, while in Taiwan – which China considers a rebel province – 26 infected and one deceased are counted.
Although about thirty countries have cases diagnosed with COVID-19, China accounts for around 99% of those infected.
The symptoms of the new disease are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).