The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in mainland China has risen to 80,270, with the death toll reaching 2,981, authorities said. Almost 50,000 have recovered from the disease, the National Health Commission added in a statement.
"The state health committee received from 31 provinces (areas, cities of central subordination) information about 80,270 confirmed cases of infection of the new type of coronavirus, including 27,433 people who are currently sick (6,416 are in serious condition), 49,856 people were discharged from hospitals, 2,981 died", the committee said.
On Wednesday, Chinese authorities reported 38 more deaths from the COVID-19 but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. According to the Chinese National Health Commission, mainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, down slightly from 125 on the previous day.
In the province of Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, 115 cases were confirmed over the past day (114 in the city of Wuhan), and 2,389 people were discharged from hospitals (1,859 in Wuhan).
Quarantine measures have been taken with people arriving in Beijing, Shanghai, and southern Guangdong Province from the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
COVID-19 has infected over 93,100 people and killed nearly 3,200 globally. Meanwhile, nearly 48,000 patients have recovered. China leads the global infection tally despite seeing a slowdown in the pace of reported cases. More than 70 countries have confirmed infections.