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China raises coronavirus death toll to 1,113, infections to 44,653

Beijing / China raised Wednesday the death toll from the new coronavirus to 1,113 among the 44,653 infections detected in the country.

The National Health Commission said that, until midnight, 8,204 severe COVID-19 cases had been recorded while 4,740 people had recovered from the disease and been discharged.

Until now, 451,462 patients in close contact with the infected have been traced, out of which 185,037 are under observation, the Commission added.

Among those under observation, 16,067 are suspected of having contracted the virus.

The latest figures indicate an increase of 97 deaths over the previous day, 94 of which were registered in Hubei province, whose capital is Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and which has been under de facto quarantine since Jan. 23.

The remaining three deaths were recorded in the provinces of Henan, Hunan and Chongqing, all of them in the eastern half of the country.

About 2,015 new infections were also detected, confirming the trend, which began Feb. 5, of a slowdown in the number of new infections recorded daily, according to official data.

Renowned Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan predicted Tuesday that the virus was likely to peak in mid or late February, state-run newspaper Global Times reported.

In total, 1,638 of the 2,015 COVID-19 cases detected Tuesday were in Hubei.

The Commission also said that 744 patients were discharged during the day.

On Tuesday, six Chinese brands pulled out of Paris fashion week, which starts on Feb. 24 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The six fashion brands have headquarters in Shanghai, Taiwan and other places in mainland China.

In New York, London and Milan, organizers of fashion week events due to take place in February have also announced that more than 100 Chinese buyers and stylists, the main consumer of luxury goods globally, will not attend their catwalk in this edition.

Fashion weeks due to be held in Beijing and Shanghai in late March have both been postponed.

Until now, all deaths but one – which occurred in the Philippines – have been in China, which accounts for about 99 percent of those infected, although about 30 countries have confirmed cases.

The World Health Organization on Tuesday officially named the disease COVID-19, while the virus which causes it has been called SARS-CoV-2 (changed from its provisional name 2019-nCoV) by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

The symptoms of the new corornavirus are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath). (February 12, 2020, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla... (Mainly, the text talk about...)
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del último balance de víctimas del coronavirus.
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del nombre que le ha dado la OMS al nuevo coronavirus.
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de los síntomas del nuevo coronavirus.
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la autoridades chinas dijeron que unas cien mil personas han fallecido a causa de ese coronavirus.
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han fallecido a causa de ese coronavirus más de un millón de personas en China.
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el número de víctimas mortales por el coronavirus ya supera el millar.
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Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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hay más de ciento ochenta mil personas en observación.
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poco más de cuatrocientas personas han sanado en China.
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la cifra de decesos no ha aumentado en los últimos días.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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el brote de esta enfermedad tuvo lugar en la capital de China.
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Nanshan descarta que vaya a aumentar el número de nuevos casos.
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se han dado casos de este nuevo coronavirus en más de 30 países.
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no aparece ninguna ambulancia.
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hay pacientes sentados en las camas del hospital.
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todas las personas están dentro del hospital.
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