Mainland China reports 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Feb. 18 (UPDATE)
Mainland China had 1,749 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections on Tuesday, the country’s National Health Commission said on Wednesday, down from 1,886 cases a day earlier and the lowest since Jan. 29, Trend reports citing Reuters.
That brings the total accumulated number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 74,185.
The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China reached 2,004 as of the end of Tuesday, up by 136 from the previous day.
The central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 132 new deaths, while in the provincial capital of Wuhan, 116 people died.
02:55 (GMT+4) The number of people who have died from coronavirus in China's Hubei province has reached 1,921, the regional health committee reported on Wednesday. In total, more than 61,600 people have been infected and 9,128 have recovered, it added, Trend reports citing Sputnik.
132 new deaths, including 116 in Wuhan alone, were registered on 18 February.
"As of 24:00 on 18 February 2020, Hubei Province has reported a total of 61,682 cases of new coronary pneumonia, including 44,412 cases in Wuhan. A total of 9,128 patients were discharged from hospitals. 68,345 people are still undergoing medical observation", the statement said.
The new virus, called COVID-19, originated in the city of Wuhan last December. Outside China, cases of it have been registered in more than 25 countries across the globe.
The novel coronavirus is thought to have originated at a Wuhan "wet" market. Chinese authorities confirmed it could be transmitted from human to human, but it is not clear yet how easily.