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China raises to 2,118 deaths from the new coronavirus and to 74,576 the number of infected

February 20, 2020
Los pacientes recuperados de neumonía por coronavirus novedosa posan para fotos con el personal médico en el campus oeste del Hospital Wuhan Union en Wuhan, provincia de Hubei, en China central, el 19 de febrero de 2020.

Patients recovered from novel coronavirus pneumonia pose for photos with medical staff on the west campus of Wuhan Union Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, in central China, on February 19, 2020. – XINHUA / CAI YANG

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua / EP) –

The Ministry of Health of China has confirmed on Thursday that those killed by the new coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan have reached 2,118, while those affected are at 74,576.

China's health authorities have confirmed 394 new cases of coronaviruses until Wednesday night and 114 deaths, of which 108 were in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, and one in Hebei, Shanghai, Fujian, Shandong, Yunnan and Shaanxi

Also, 1,779 patients were discharged, which represents a total of 16,155 people recovered from the disease. Likewise, 1,277 new cases suspected of contracting the disease have been detected until Wednesday night.

In that regard, the Chinese Ministry of Health has reported that the daily number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country is falling this week for several days to less than 2,000 for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak.

China has also taken stock of its administrative regions with special status and has indicated that, until Tuesday night, there are 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths in Hong Kong and ten cases in Macao.

Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is in Wuhan and most cases are registered in China, cases have been detected in other countries in Southeast Asia, Europe and America. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international health emergency at the end of January and has asked the international community to redouble its efforts.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

The data of deaths due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus exceed those recorded due to the outbreak of SARS or acute respiratory syndrome that was first detected in 2002. In 2003, more than 600 people had died in China because of this virus, while the global figure reached 765 deceased.