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Beijing, February 20, 2020
China today reported 114 new deaths due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the toll in the epidemic that has hit the country to 2,118 so far.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency quoted the country's health authorities as saying that they had received reports of 394 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 114 deaths on Wednesday from 31 provincial-level regions.
Among the deaths, 108 were in Hubei, the worst-hit province and one each in Hebei, Shanghai, Fujian, Shandong, Yunnan and Shaanxi, the country's National Health Commission said.
In Hubei, 349 new confirmed cases were reported Wednesday.
China last week revised the diagnosis criteria for confirmed novel coronavirus cases, counting any suspected cases with pneumonia-related CT scan results as clinically diagnosed cases.
Nationwide, another 1,277 new suspected cases were reported Wednesday, said the commission.
Also on Wednesday, 1,779 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 113 to 11,864.
"The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 74,576 by the end of Wednesday, and 2,118 people had died of the disease," the report said.
The commission added that 4,922 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 16,155 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 589,163 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 25,318 were discharged from medical observation Wednesday, with 126,363 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Wednesday, 65 confirmed cases including two deaths had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 24 in Taiwan including one death.
Five patients in Hong Kong, six in Macao and two in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.
"China's daily number of newly cured and discharged novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for a second consecutive day," the report added.
China's daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) outside Hubei, the epicenter province of the outbreak, have dropped for 16 consecutive days. A total of 45 new confirmed cases were reported on Wednesday outside Hubei, down from 890 on February 3