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Beijing, February 19, 2020
China today reported 136 new deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, taking the toll in the epidemic that has hit the country to 2,004 so far.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted the country's health authorities as saying that 1,749 new confirmed cases of the disease had been reported on Tuesday from 31 provincial-level regions.
Among the deaths, 132 were in Hubei Province, where the outbreak originated, and one each in Heilongjiang, Shandong, Guangdong and Guizhou.
Another 1,185 new suspected cases were reported Tuesday, it said.
"The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 74,185 by the end of Tuesday, and 2,004 people had died of the disease." the report said.
"By the end of Tuesday, 62 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 22 in Taiwan including one death," it said.
According to the report, the daily number of newly recovered novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the first time.
"Tuesday saw 1,824 people walk out of hospital after recovery, higher than the same day's number of new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus, which was 1,749," it said.
A total of 14,376 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Tuesday.
The report also said China's daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei, the epicentre of the epidemic, had since February 3 dropped for 15 consecutive days. A total of 56 new confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday outside Hubei.
Hubei province reported 1,693 new confirmed cases and 132 new deaths Tuesday. The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the worst-hit province to 61,682. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 44,412 confirmed cases.
China has released a circular requiring strengthened medical treatment and management of patients with severe mental disorders during the novel coronavirus epidemic, the report added.