The number of deaths worldwide from the new outbreak of the corona virus was 3,000 on Monday, as China reported more than 42 deaths.
The new deaths all occurred at Hubei Province's virus epicenter, the National Health Commission said, increasing the total number of victims in mainland China to 2,912.
With 202 new cases, health officials also reported the lowest daily number of new infections since the end of January.
In China, the number of new cases reported has gradually decreased and there have been only six confirmed new infections outside of Hubei.
The virus appeared in Hubei, central China, at the end of last year, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.
The United States and Australia reported their first deaths over the weekend, while infections in Italy, the most affected country in Europe, have almost doubled in the past 48 hours.
The World Health Organization said on Sunday that the virus appears to particularly affect people over 60 and people who have already been weakened by other diseases.
The agency found that most people with COVID-19 disease have mild symptoms, while around 14 percent suffer from serious diseases such as pneumonia and five percent become seriously ill.
The outbreak mortality rate appears to be between two and five percent.
Seasonal flu has an average mortality rate of around 0.1 percent, but is highly contagious. Every year, up to 400,000 people die of it worldwide.
Other strains of coronavirus such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) have seen mortality rates of 9.5 percent and 34.5 percent, respectively.
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