The number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose by 136, pushing the nationwide death toll to 2,004 as of the end of Tuesday, the country’s National Health Commission reported on Wednesday.
At least 132 of the fatalities were from Hubei Province, the epicentre of the epidemic. Nationwide, there had been a further 1,749 new confirmed cases of which 1,693 were from Hubei, bringing the total number of infections across the country to 74,185.
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The latest development comes as Russia announced it will suspend entry for Chinese citizens from February 20.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the COVID-19 outbreak – which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province – is not yet out of control, but it has become a “very dangerous situation”.