The death toll in China due to the coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,233 on Friday after 115 more people died in Hubei province, the severely affected epicenter of the outbreak.
The vast majority of deaths occurred in the provincial capital, Wuhan, where the virus first appeared in December, according to a daily update from the Hubei Health Commission.
Around 75,000 people in China are infected with the new corona virus, and hundreds more in over 25 countries.
The Hubei Health Commission said there were 411 new cases of the virus in the province, 319 of them in Wuhan and the rest in several other cities.
China said on Thursday that it had again changed the way patients with the novel coronavirus were counted and would now only include those diagnosed by laboratory tests.
It was the second revision of the criteria in just eight days, a move that could upset statistics and complicate efforts to track the spread of the disease.
Chinese health officials announced last week that patients from Hubei diagnosed with clinical methods, including lung imaging, would be added to the count in addition to those confirmed by laboratory tests.
This led to a huge increase in the number of confirmed cases by one day on February 13 – 14,840.
The change was attributed to a backlog of patients waiting for nucleic acid tests whose condition worsened and needed urgent treatment.
National virus numbers are usually published hours after Hubei's numbers.
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