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On Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China has risen to 2,236 with the death of 118 more people reported, while the overall confirmed cases increased to 75,465, according to Chinese officials.

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said the number of deaths is higher than the previous day when 114 people died of the disease, but the country reported the lowest number of new infection cases in nearly a month.

By the end of Thursday, a total of 2,236 people had died of the disease and 75,465 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported from 31 provincial-level regions and in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.

In all 118 deaths and 889 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were reported from all over the country, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Another 1,614 new suspected cases were reported on Thursday and 5,206 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus, the NHC said.

Among the deaths, 115 were from the epicentre of the virus Hubei province and one in Zhejiang, Chongqing and Yunnan, respectively, it said.

However, 18,264 patients infected with the novel coronavirus have been discharged from hospitals after recovery by the end of Thursday night.

The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 62,442. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 45,346 confirmed cases.

Among the 42,056 hospitalised patients, 8,979 were still in severe condition and another 2,018 in critical condition, the local health commission said.

Meanwhile, Beijing saw a sudden rise in the cases after the central city hospital reported 36 novel coronavirus infections as of Thursday, an alarming increase from nine cases from two weeks earlier.

As of Wednesday, Beijing had confirmed 395 cases of novel coronavirus infection, with four deaths.

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