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Coronavirus deaths have climbed to 2,247, including 2,236 recorded in Mainland China, as of the end of 20 February. In Hubei province, the total number of deaths stands at 2,144.
The total number of confirmed cases increased to more than 76,000, with more than 75,400 in mainland China. The total number of recoveries exceeded 18,400.
In mainland China, the number of recoveries increased to 18,264, with 5,206 suspected cases.
Meanwhile, Hubei reported 11,788 recoveries and 4,094 suspected cases. Majority of the cases and deaths in the province are in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to China Cabinet, State Council deputy secretary general Ding Xiangyang, 29 foreign citizens in China have been infected, of which 18 recovered, two died and nine are in quarantine.
China calls for medical workers care
The People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has urged improved protection and care for medical workers, who play a primary role in fighting the coronavirus epidemic.
Xi called for further efforts to mitigate the burden on medical staff and offer adequate daily necessities and rest.
Since the outbreak, over 30,000 health workers, including military medics, have been deployed to Hubei and Wuhan. More than 1,700 workers were infected and some even died from the new coronavirus.
A recently reported fatality is a 29-year-old doctor who worked at First People’s Hospital in Wuhan. Named Peng Yinhua, the doctor, who delayed his wedding to continue working, was admitted to hospital on 25 January and succumbed to the coronavirus disease on 20 January.
US reports one new case to total 16
On 21 February, a new case has been reported in Humboldt County, California, increasing the number of cases in the country to 16.
Cases in South Korea rise to 156
With 52 new infections reported in South Korea, the country’s total surged to 156 cases. Of the new cases, 39 were traced to the Shincheonji church cluster.
Government has strengthened measures to control the spread, and declared Daegu and Cheongdo cities as ‘special care zones’.
Two Australians from Diamond Princess test positive
Two Australian Diamond Princess passengers tested positive after around 170 citizens were evacuated from the ship on 20 February. The patients are under quarantine at a separate isolation unit in Manigurr-ma village near Darwin. The total number of cases on the ship reached 634.
Iran reports three new cases
As of the end of 20 February, Iran has confirmed three new Covid-19 cases a day after the death of two elderly citizens in the country. This takes the total cases in the country to five.
Read death toll update of 20 February here.