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    An outbreak of pneumonia, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province last December and has since spread to more than 25 countries.

    The death toll from novel coronavirus in China has reached 811, 37,200 people have been infected, and 2,649 have been discharged from hospitals, China's National Health Commission said on Saturday.

    The latest figures from the commission show that 2,649 people have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals. Of the 33,738 who are currently being treated for pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, 6,188 are in grave condition.

    In Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus, the number of people who have died from coronavirus rose to 780, 27,100 people are infected, while 1,439 people have recovered, according to the regional health committee.

    81 new fatalities were registered in the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new virus outbreak.

    "From 00:00 to 24:00 on 8 February 2020, 2,147 cases of coronavirus pneumonia were newly added in Hubei Province, of which 1,379 were registered in Wuhan. There were 81 new deaths in the province", the statement said.

    70,438 people are still under medical observation in Hubei province.

    Earlier, the authorities reported 699 deaths in the province, with 24,953 more people infected.

    At least one fatality was registered outside China in the Philippines. Cases of new coronavirus have been registered in more than 25 countries so far.

    The leader of the international team of experts put together by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to support the Chinese efforts against the novel coronavirus outbreak is expected to leave for China Monday or Tuesday, according to the WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    WHO declared a global health emergency over the outbreak last week.

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