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1,886 new cases, 98 more deaths as Coronavirus ravages continue in China

A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday

Tuesday February 18, 2020 8:05 AM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Coronavirus death toll

Beijing: Chinese health authority on Tuesday said it received reports of 1,886 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 98 deaths on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

Among the deaths, 93 were in Hubei Province, three in Henan, and one in Hebei and Hunan respectively, according to the National Health Commission, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases of infection with the coronavirus that originated there, saying more than 80 per cent have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month.

A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday, although a spike in recent cases was due to a broader definition in the hardest-hit region based on doctors' diagnoses before laboratory tests were completed, according to Associated Press.

The new disease, called COVID-19, first emerged in December in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei province, and has spread to more than two dozen other countries.

The new study reports on 44,672 cases confirmed in China as of February 11. The virus caused severe symptoms such as pneumonia in 14% of them and critical illness in 5 per cent.

Meanwhile, Scottie Pippen, a National Basketball Association (NBA) legendary figure, has voiced his support for China, which is fighting the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

"We're praying for you here in the US. Hopefully things are going to start to get better today," Pippen said to his fans in China.

"In today news I saw a lot of people who had been held in shelter with family are released, so I think that was a good, good sign," Pippen told the Xinhua news agency on Sunday on the sidelines of the NBA All-Star 2020 held in Chicago.

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