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In China, the coronavirus death toll stands at 3,072

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China rose to 3,072 on Saturday, the National Health Commission reported.

Authorities said 28 people died in the last 24 hours as 99 new cases were discovered, bringing the total number of cases confirmed to 80,651.

At least 22,177 people are currently under medical care, and the number of patients released has reached 55,404.

Earlier it was announced that the 16 makeshift hospitals set up in Hubei province, the epicenter of the epidemic, would be gradually shut down due to insufficient capacity.

First discovered in Wuhan, China in December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to more than 80 countries.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the virus has claimed the lives of about 3,500 people globally and infected 100,000.

The WHO, which declared the epidemic an international health emergency, recently updated the global risk level to “very high”.

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