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Beijing, February 12, 2020
China today reported 97 new deaths across the country due to novel coronavirus (nCOV) infection in the past 24 hours, taking the toll in the epidemic so far to 1,113.
Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, quoted the country's National Health Commission as saying that it had received reports of 2,015 new confirmed cases of the virus from 31 provincial-level regions.
Among the deaths, 94 were in Hubei Province, where the epidemic originated, and one each in Henan, Hunan and Chongqing, the report said.
Another 3,342 new suspected cases were reported Tuesday, said the commission.
Also on Tuesday, 871 patients became seriously ill, while 744 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, it said.
"The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 44,653 by the end of Tuesday, and 1,113 people had died of the disease," the report said.
The commission added that 8,204 patients remained in severe condition, and 16,067 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
A total of 4,740 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.
The commission said 451,462 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 30,068 were discharged from medical observation Tuesday, with 185,037 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Tuesday, 49 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 18 in Taiwan.
One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery, the report added.