Over 4,500 coronavirus cases confirmed in China, death toll at 106 – Health Commission

by BERNAMA / pic by AFP

BEIJING – The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China now stands at 4,515 and the death toll from the new virus strain has gone up to 106, China’s National Health Commission said.

According to Sputnik news agency, the health authorities earlier on Sunday said that as of Jan 26, there were 2,744 confirmed coronavirus cases in China, 80 people have died, while 51 have been released from hospitals.

During the past 24 hours, the commission recorded 1,771 new confirmed cases of the viral infection, of which 26 were fatal – 24 in Hubei province, one in Beijing and one in Hainan province. Nine people were discharged from hospitals over the given period.

“As of midnight on January 27 (16:00 GMT Monday), the national health commission received information about 4,515 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 30 provinces (districts, cities under the direct jurisdiction of the central government), of which 976 are in grave condition, 106 have died, 60 people were discharged from hospitals,” the statement read.

Chinese special administrative regions of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have also confirmed eight, seven and five cases, respectively.

In addition, other 6,973 people are suspected of being infected. At the moment, 44,132 more people, who were in close contact with those diagnosed, are being monitored.

The unknown type of viral pneumonia was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December. On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) changed the global risk degree of the deadly coronavirus from “moderate” to “high,” as the total number of 2019-nCoV confirmed cases globally as of this past Sunday has reached 2,014, including 1,985 in China.