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Beijing, February 18, 2020
China today reported 98 more deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, taking the toll in the epidemic that has hit the country to 1,868 so far.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted health authorities as saying that 1,886 new confirmed cases of the disease had been reported on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions.
Overall, as of Monday, a total of 1,868 people had died of the disease in mainland China so far and 72,436 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported, the report said.
Among the new deaths, 93 were in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, three in Henan, and one each in Hebei and Hunan.
Another 1,432 new suspected cases were reported Monday, the report said.
The report also pointed out that the number of new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei had, since February 3, dropped for 14 consecutive days. A total of 79 new confirmed cases were reported on Monday outside Hubei.
Monday saw 1,701 people walk out of hospital after recovery. A total of 12,552 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Monday.
The worst-hit Hubei province reported 1,807 new confirmed cases and 93 new deaths Monday. The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 59,989. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 42,752 confirmed cases.
The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, mulled postponing its annual session as related matters were studied when its Chairperson's Council met on Monday.
The third session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee was originally planned to open on March 3 in Beijing.
The Chairperson's Council studied matters related to postponing the annual session in order to implement the overall plan of the Communist Party of China Central Committee for epidemic prevention and control and ensure that people's lives and health are put as the top priority.
A joint expert team consisting of experts from China and the World Health Organization Monday began field inspections on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The team members are scheduled to go to Beijing, Guangdong Province and Sichuan Province to conduct inspections.