BEIJING: China’s new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus outside Hubei province, where the epicentre city of Wuhan is located, has been dropping for seven consecutive days, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).
A total of 381 new confirmed cases were reported on Monday outside Hubei, data showed.
The numbers of new cases in those provinces from Feb 3-9 were 890,731,707,696,558,509 and 444.
The commission received reports of 2,478 new cases and 108 deaths on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
At a press conference yesterday, NHC official He Qinghua said the situation in provincial-level regions except Hubei had shown an overall downward trend since Feb 3.
Among the fatalities, 103 were in Hubei province and one each in Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Anhui and Henan, according to China’s National Health Commission.
Hubei also reported 2,097 new confirmed cases.
Monday’s number of new confirmed cases in the hardest-hit province was the fewest in nine days.
The province registered 1,921 new confirmed cases on Feb 1, and the figure had since remained above 2,100 until Monday.
Wuhan reported 1,552 new infections and 67 new deaths, while the cities of Xiaogan and Huanggang reported 101 and 80 new confirmed cases each, said the Hubei Provincial Health Commission.
It also said 3,390 suspected cases of infection were ruled out on Monday after testing.
Hubei saw 427 patients discharged from the hospital after recovery on Monday.
The province had 31,728 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection by that day, with 974 deaths and 6,344 cases still in severe or critical conditions.
The National Health Commission said another 3,536 new suspected cases were reported on Monday. — Xinhua