Death toll in China rises to 722; confirmed cases jump to 34,546

Death toll in China rises to 722; confirmed cases jump to 34,546

Death toll in China's novel coronavirus outbreak has sharply risen to 722 — with 86 new mortalities in a single day. Most of these deaths were reported from the worst-affected Hubei province.

The total number of confirmed cases jumped to 34,546, China's National Health Commission said on February 8.

Eighty-six deaths were reported in mainland China with 3,399 fresh cases from 31 provincial-level regions, the health commission said.

Among the deaths, 81 are in Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, two in Heilongjiang, as well as one in Beijing, Henan and Gansu, the commission said.

A total of 4,214 new suspected cases were reported and 1,280 patients became seriously ill, and 510 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, according to the commission.

It added that 6,101 patients remained in severe condition, and 27,657 people were suspected of being infected with the virus. As many as 2,050 people have been discharged from hospital after recovery.