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On Saturday, China’s National Health Commission announced that the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1,523, in the mainland China while the number of confirmed cases has reached 66,492 globally.

The number of new deaths in central Hubei province, at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, rose by 139 as of Friday.

2,641 new cases of confirmed infections were reported through Friday, while 1,373 patients were released from hospitals through the day after being cured, the Health Commission said.

Most of the new deaths were in Hubei’s provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated in December 2019.

A number of trade fairs and industry conferences in China and overseas have been postponed due to transportation curbs and concerns about the spread of the virus across borders.

“As of 24:00 on Feb 14, the National Health Commission had received 66,492 reports of confirmed cases and 1,523 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and in all 8,096 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital,” a statement by the Health Commission read.

“There still remained 56,873 confirmed cases (including 11,053 in serious condition) and 8,969 suspected cases. So far, 513,183 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 169,039 are now under medical observation,” it added.

Scientists have identified a pattern of symptoms associated with the Novel Coronavirus, now dubbed as COVID-19, and the most common symptom is fever.

Other common symptoms include fatigue, dry cough, muscle pain and difficulty breathing, according to a recent study of nearly 140 hospitalised patients in Wuhan, China.

Some patients also showed symptoms associated with common cold or flu such sore throat but those were small in numbers.

The coronavirus is most likely to affect older men with pre-existing health problems.

The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Saturday in Beijing:

— Mainland China: 1,523 deaths among 66,492 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei.

— Hong Kong: 56 cases, 1 death

— Macao: 10

— Japan: 259, including 218 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 1 death

— Singapore: 67

— Thailand: 33

— South Korea: 28

— Malaysia: 21

— Taiwan: 18

— Vietnam: 16

— Germany: 16

— United States: 15. Separately, one U.S. citizen died in China

— Australia: 14

— France: 11

— United Kingdom: 9

— United Arab Emirates: 8

— Canada: 8

— Philippines: 3 cases, including 1 death

— India: 3

— Italy: 3

— Russia: 2

— Spain: 2

— Belgium: 1

— Nepal: 1

— Sri Lanka: 1

— Sweden: 1

— Cambodia: 1

— Finland: 1

— Egypt: 1

 

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