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China's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 2,100, no. of confirmed cases reaches 74,185 Updated: 2020-02-20 13:38:52 KST

The reported death toll from the coronavirus in mainland China has reached 2,100 as of Wednesday while the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 74-thousand.
Citing the country's health authorities, China's state-run CCTV reported Thursday the death toll in Hubei province, the center of the outbreak, increased by 108 from the previous day while the number of confirmed cases increased by 349.
It's the first time the daily increase in confirmed patients in Hubei has been under one-thousand.
The report attributed this to the changes in the country's clinical diagnostic standards in which only those who tested 'positive' for the coronavirus are tallied as confirmed patients.
Previously, China included patients with pneumonia as confirmed cases even if they tested 'negative' for the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, according to local media outlets in Singapore, the country's health authorities said two more patients have contracted the coronavirus raising the total of confirmed patients to 84 as of Wednesday.
And the Middle East region has witnessed its first coronavirus deaths.
Iran's health ministry said two Iranian nationals had died while receiving treatment in the country after testing positive for the virus.
The number of coronavirus deaths outside of mainland China now stands at TEN people following those deaths in Iran and the deaths of two passengers from Japan's Diamond Princess cruise ship.
According to NHK, the deceased were both Japanese nationals a male and a female, both in their eighties.
79 more people onboard the ship were confirmed to have contracted the virus on Wednesday raising the number of confirmed patients in Japan to more than 700.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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