889 new cases confirmed

BEIJING: New cases of Covid-19 on the Chinese mainland were reported to be 889 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections up to 75,465, the National Health Commission announced.

New confirmed cases in the nation outside Hubei were 258 on Thursday, up 45 over Wednesday, which means the number’s 16-day consecutive decline has ended.

The commission reported 118 new deaths as of Thursday midnight, bringing the death toll up to 2,236, according to the commission.

Another 1,614 new suspected cases were reported, said the commission. On the same day, a total of 2,109 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

The commission added that patients in severe condition had been reduced by 231 in the past 24 hours. Furthermore, 5,206 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Thursday.

A total of 606,037 people with close contact with patients had been traced, said the commission, adding that among them, 28,804 were discharged from medical observation.

The commission yesterday said another 120,302 people with close contact with patients are still under medical observation.

Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have reported a total of 102 confirmed cases as of Thursday, with two deaths in Hong Kong and one death in Taiwan, according to the commission.

Meanwhile, Prisons in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, added 220 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia as of Thursday, rectifying the province’s number of new confirmed cases to 631, according to a release by the province’s health commission yesterday.

Another 10 suspected cases were also found in the prisons.

So far, the province’s prisons have reported 271 confirmed cases, among which 51 cases were included in the previous data.

The province has 631 new confirmed cases rather than 411 announced earlier in the morning, and 1,279 new suspected infections, according to the commission.

The provincial commission rectified the total confirmed cases into 62,662 and suspected cases into 4,094. — China Daily/ANN

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