China reports 44 new virus deaths, lowest rise in new cases in over a month

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BEIJING, Feb 28, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – China reported 44 more deaths from the
novel coronavirus epidemic on Friday and 327 fresh cases, the lowest daily
figure for new infections in more than a month.

The death toll now stands at 2,788 in mainland China, according to the
National Health Commission.

The number of fatalities — which is up from the 29 reported on Thursday —
were all in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, except for two
deaths in Beijing.

In total, 78,824 people have now been infected with the COVID-19 strain in
the mainland.

Friday’s figure was the lowest rise in new cases since January 24, when 259
new infections were reported.

The general decline in new infections in China comes as infections in other
countries gather pace, with the World Health Organization warning that the
coronavirus epidemic was at a “decisive point”.

Even China is now worried about importing cases and has ordered people
arriving in Beijing from affected countries to go into a 14-day self-
quarantine.