The death toll from the novel coronavirus in mainland China has reached 2,592, the National Health Commission said on Monday. A total of 77,100 people have been infected and 24,734 have been released from hospitals, it added.
150 new fatalities and 409 new cases of coronavirus were registered on 23 February. Out of 150 deaths, 149 were in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.
"At 04:00 on 23 February, 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) reported 409 new confirmed cases and 150 new deaths (149 in Hubei and 1 in Hainan). There were 398 new confirmed cases in Hubei (348 in Wuhan)", the statement said.
Earlier, Chinese health authorities reported a total of 2,442 deaths in mainland China, with more than 76,900 people infected.
Meanwhile, six Chinese provinces have lowered their coronavirus emergency response measures from the highest level, after the authorities in 21 regions of China reported that on 22 February, not a single new case of infection with a new coronavirus was recorded on their territory.
The provinces of Guangdong and Shanxi were lowered from the highest level I to level II. Meanwhile, the provinces of Liaoning, Guizhou, Yunnan, and Gansu lowered their response levels to level III. China implemented the highest response level to public health emergency from a four-tier system across the country in late January.
Members of the China-World Health Organisation (WHO) team have concluded their visit to the city of Wuhan, where the new virus originated, to investigate the measures being taken to battle the outbreak, CGTN reported.
The WHO earlier declared a global health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.