China reports 648 new cases of coronavirus, but infections outside Hubei falling

A delivery worker stands on his vehicle to communicate with residents inside a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China February 22, 2020. — Reuters pic
A delivery worker stands on his vehicle to communicate with residents inside a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China February 22, 2020. — Reuters pic

BEIJING, Feb 23 — China today reported a rise in the number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the number of fresh infections and deaths outside of the epicentre of central Hubei province continued to fall.

Nationwide, the number of new cases rose to 648 as of yesterday, from 397, the previous day, National Health Commission said.

That brought the total number of confirmed cases in China to 76,936.

The number of new cases outside of Hubei stood at 18, the lowest since the commission started publishing nationwide data a month ago.

The nationwide death toll rose by 97 to 2,442, but only one new death was outside of Hubei.

Of the 96 deaths in Hubei, 82 were in the provincial capital, Wuhan, which has been locked down for several weeks in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.

The number of new cases in Hubei yesterday rose to 630, reversing five straight days of declines, driven by a spike in new cases in Wuhan. — Reuters

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