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Beijing, February 17, 2020
China today reported 105 new deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, taking the toll in the epidemic that has hit the country to 1,770 so far.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted the country's National Health Mission as saying that they had received reports of 2,048 new confirmed cases of coronavirus from 31 provincial-level regions on Sunday.
Of the deaths, 100 were in Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, three in Henan and two in Guangdong, the commission said.
Another 1,563 new suspected cases were reported Sunday, said the commission.
Also on Sunday, 1,425 people were discharged from hospitals after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 628 to 10,644.
The commission said the total number of cases of coronavirus reported so far on the Chinese mainland had reached 70,548 by the end of Sunday, and 1,770 people had died of the disease.
The commission added that 7,264 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 10,844 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 546,016 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 28,179 were discharged from medical observation Sunday, with 150,539 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Sunday, 57 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), ten confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 20 in Taiwan including one death.
Two patients in Hong Kong, five in Macao and two in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.