Coronavirus: Death toll climbs to over 2,700 in China

The death toll in China's novel coronavirus epidemic toay climbed to 2,715 with 52 new fatalities while the confirmed cases rose to 78,064, amidst strong signs of COVID-19 slowing down even at its epicentre Hubei province.The country's National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily update said it received reports of 52 deaths, all from Hubei, and 406 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection from all over the country.

The death toll has gone up to 2,715 and overall confirmed cases reached 78,064, it said.Another 439 new suspected cases were reported on Tuesday while the number of severe cases decreased by 374 to 8,752, it said.Overall 2,491 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.A total of 29,745 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

The commission said 6.47 lakh close contacts had been traced, and over 79,000 are still under medical observation.