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Beijing, February 7, 2020
China on Friday reported 73 new deaths due to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) during the past 24 hours, taking the toll in the outbreak of the virus in that country so far to 636.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted national health authorities as saying that they had received reports of 3,143 new confirmed cases of nCoV infection from 31 provincial-level regions.
Among the deaths, 69 were in Hubei Province, where the outbreak originated, one in Jilin, one in Henan, one in Guangdong and one in Hainan, according to China's National Health Commission.
Another 4,833 new suspected cases were reported on Thursday, said the commission.
Also on Thursday, 962 patients became seriously ill, and 387 people were discharged from hospital after recovery.
The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 31,161 by the end of Thursday, the commission said, noting that a total of 636 people had died so far of the disease.
The commission added that 4,821 patients remained in severe condition, and 26,359 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 1,540 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 314,028 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 26,762 were discharged from medical observation on Thursday, with 186,045 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Thursday, 24 confirmed cases had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), including one death, 10 in the Macao SAR and 16 in Taiwan.
In Hubei, 2,447 new confirmed cases of nCoV infection were reported on Thursday, Xinhua said.
The provincial capital Wuhan reported 1,501 new infections and 64 new deaths, and the cities of Xiaogan and Huanggang reported 255 and 90 new confirmed cases, respectively, according to the Hubei Provincial Health Commission.
Hubei had 22,112 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection by Thursday, with 618 deaths and 4,002 cases in severe or critical condition.