Mainland China reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since January

Staff members wearing face masks move blood supplies to be sent to Wuhan at a blood centre in Hefei, Anhui province, China March 1, 2020. — China Daily pic via Reuters
Staff members wearing face masks move blood supplies to be sent to Wuhan at a blood centre in Hefei, Anhui province, China March 1, 2020. — China Daily pic via Reuters

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BEIJING, March 3 — Mainland China had 125 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections yesterday, the National Health Commission said today, down from 202 cases a day earlier and the lowest since the authority started publishing nationwide data in January.

The sharp drop in new infections from a day earlier was driven by a further decline in new confirmed cases in Wuhan, the city hit hardest by the pathogen in China.

New cases in Wuhan fell to 111 from 193 a day earlier, and accounted for almost all of the 114 new infections in central Hubei province yesterday.

Excluding Hubei, there were 11 new cases in mainland China yesterday.

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 80,151.

The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China had reached 2,943 as of the end of yesterday, up by 31 from the previous day.

The central province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 31 new deaths, while in the provincial capital of Wuhan, 24 people died. — Reuters

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