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Coronavirus outbreak: 444 new cases added on Friday

By Wang Xiaoyu | | Updated: 2020-01-25 10:52
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Passengers are asked to test their temperature at the Singapore Changi Airport on Jan 22, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese mainland has confirmed 1, 287 cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia and 41 deaths, according to the National Health Commission.

It confirmed 444 new infections and 16 new fatalities in the Chinese mainland on Friday, as the contagious illness continues to spread across the country, so far affecting 30 provincial-level regions.

Thirty-eight infected patients have been cured of the illness and discharged from hospitals, and a total of 1,965 suspected cases have been reported.

Hong Kong has reported five cases, while Macao has reported two and Taiwan has reported three.

Overseas, Thailand has confirmed four cases, and Singapore has confirmed three. Japan, South Korea, the United States and Vietnam have each reported two, while Nepal has confirmed one, according to the commission. France has reported three. Australia reported its first confirmed case, according to Bloomberg.

Two infected patients in Thailand and one patient in Japan have been cured of the illness, it added.

In Central China's Hubei province, where the provincial capital, Wuhan, has been the epicenter of the outbreak, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has risen to 729 with 39 deaths as of Friday midnight, according to local health authority.

The Health Commission of Hubei Province confirmed 180 new infections and 15 new fatalities on Friday.

It has also traced 5,682 people who had close contact with the infected, and medical quarantine put on 971 of them has been discontinued.

After Wuhan was put under lockdown since 10 am on Wednesday, 13 other cities in Hubei have started placing restrictions on movement and shutting down public transportation.

Nationwide, local authorities also have implemented a number of measures and restrictions on public gatherings to curb the spread of the disease.

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