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Beijing, February 8, 2020
China today reported 86 more deaths in the past 24 hours due to the novel coronavirus (nCoV) that has broken out in the country, taking the toll in the epidemic so far to 722.
Xinhua, the official news agency, quoted Chinese health authorities as saying that they had received reports of 3,399 new confirmed cases of nCoV infection and 86 deaths on Friday from 31 provincial-level regions.
Of the fresh deaths, 81were in Hubei province, where the outbreak started, two in Heilongjiang and one each in Beijing, Henan and Gansu, according to China's National Health Commission.
Another 4,214 new suspected cases were reported Friday, said the commission.
Also Friday, 1,280 patients became seriously ill, and 510 people were discharged from hospital after recovery.
The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 34,546 by the end of Friday, the commission said, adding that a total of 722 people had died of the disease.
The commission added that 6,101 patients remained in severe condition, and 27,657 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 2,050 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 345,498 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 26,702 were discharged from medical observation Friday, with 189,660 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Friday, 26 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.