Death toll in mainland China rose to 42, bringing the total to 2,912, with the country registering 202 new cases of infection, setting the total at 80,026.
According to data updated by the National Health Commission of China, all 42 deaths were recorded in Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic. Hubei, where several cities have been quarantined, with entrances and exits blocked, to a measure that affects almost 60 million people, has a total of more than 67,100 cases and 2,803 deaths.
Of the last 42 deaths in Hubei, 32 occurred in Wuhan, the provincial capital and where the virus originates from.
The National Health Commission of China also said that 2,837 more people were discharged after they had overcome the disease in the past 24 hours.
In total, 44,462 people have already been discharged in China after overcoming the disease. In the last 24 hours, 715 new suspected cases have emerged in the Asian country, from people who had close contact with those infected.
The Chinese Government’s priority is now to “protect against imports” of infections from other countries, after several consecutive days when more new cases of Covid-19 have been reported outside China than within the country.
In addition to those killed in mainland China, fatalities are reported in Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States of America.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak as an international public health emergency and increased the risk to “very high”.
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