Death toll from coronavirus in China’s Hubei province has reached 1,921, the regional health committee reported on Wednesday.
More than 61,600 people have been infected and 9,128 have recovered, it added.
Also registered on 18 February were 132 new deaths, including 116 in Wuhan alone.
“As of 24:00 on 18 February 2020, Hubei Province has reported a total of 61,682 cases of new coronary pneumonia, including 44,412 cases in Wuhan. A total of 9,128 patients were discharged from hospitals. 68,345 people are still undergoing medical observation”, the statement said.
The new virus, called COVID-19, originated in the city of Wuhan last December. Outside China, cases of it have been registered in more than 25 countries across the globe.
The novel coronavirus is thought to have originated at a Wuhan “wet” market. Chinese authorities confirmed it could be transmitted from human to human, but it is not clear yet how easily.