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China coronavirus cases top 75,460, with over 2,230 deaths

Beijing / The Chinese health authorities Friday placed the coronavirus death toll in the country at 2,236 and the number of cases at 75,465.

Up until midnight (16.00 GMT on Thursday), 11,633 serious cases had been registered, while 18,264 people had been discharged, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

The commission added that to date, medical follow-up has been carried out on 606,037 patients who had been in close contact with those infected, of which 120,302 are still under observation.

Of these, 5,206 are suspected cases of the new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.

The official figures published Friday represent an increase of 118 deaths compared to the previous day, 115 of which were in the province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital and epicenter of the outbreak, and has been quarantined since Jan. 23.

The other three deaths were distributed between the provinces of Zhejiang (east), Chongqing (center) and Yunnan, in the south.

The list of new positives added 889 patients and the number of discharges increased by 2,109.

In Hubei, provincial health authorities indicated that, up until midnight local time, 62,422 infections had been registered in the region, of which 8,979 are serious and 2,018 in critical condition.

It added that on Thursday 1,451 people had been discharged in the province after responding positively to the treatment and overcoming the disease.

Therefore, the total figures to date in Hubei are 2,144 deaths, 62,422 infections and 11,788 discharges. Wuhan remains the most affected area, with 1,684 deaths and 45,346 confirmed cases.

The provincial health authorities indicated that 63,126 people are under observation and 4,084 of those are suspected cases.

Although about 30 countries have cases of COVID-19, China accounts for around 99 percent 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). (February 21, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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