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Beijing, February 28, 2020
China today reported 44 new deaths due to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), taking the toll in the epidemic that has hit the country to 2,788 so far.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted the country's National Health Commission as saying that 327 new confirmed cases of the infection and 44 deaths had been reported on Thursday from 31 provincial-level regions.
Among the deaths, 41 were in Hubei Province, the epicentre of the outbreak, two in Beijing and one in the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, it said.
Another 452 new suspected cases were reported Thursday, said the commission.
Also on Thursday, 3,622 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 394 to 7,952.
"The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 78,824 by the end of Thursday, and 2,788 people had died of the disease," the report said.
The commission added that 2,308 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 36,117 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 656,054 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 10,525 were discharged from medical observation Thursday, with 65,225 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Thursday, 93 confirmed cases including two deaths had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 32 in Taiwan including one death.
Twenty six patients in Hong Kong, eight in Macao and six in Taiwan had been discharged from hospital after recovery.