COVID-19 | China reports 28 virus deaths, rise in new cases outside epicentre

New infections reported from Hubei have been on a downward trend for several weeks.

Updated - March 07, 2020 07:39 am IST

Published - March 07, 2020 06:53 am IST - Beijing

A medical worker checkiing a patient at a temporary hospital set for for COVID-19 coronavirus patients in Wuhan on March 5, 2020.

A medical worker checkiing a patient at a temporary hospital set for for COVID-19 coronavirus patients in Wuhan on March 5, 2020.

China on Saturday reported 28 new deaths from the COVID-19 outbreak , bringing the nationwide toll to 3,070.

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There were 99 fresh cases of infection, according to the National Health Commission, with a rise in new cases outside the virus epicentre of Hubei province for a third consecutive day.

There were 25 new cases reported outside the central province, which remains under lockdown in a bid to control the spread of the virus.

New infections reported from Hubei have been on a downward trend for several weeks and at 74, the number of new cases is the lowest since quarantine measures were placed on the province in late January.

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But health officials also reported 24 confirmed imported cases — fuelling fears in China that infections could swell again as people get infected overseas.

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surged past 100,000 on Friday, as a wave of countries reported their first cases.

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