The death toll in China from the coronavirus epidemic rose to 2,442 on Sunday after the government said 97 more people had died, all but one in the epicenter of Hubei province.
The National Health Commission also confirmed another 648 new cases in China.
The vast majority of deaths and new infections occurred in the capital of Hubei Province, Wuhan, where the virus first appeared in December.
China’s total infections reached 76,936, the commission said in its daily update.
The coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries and is causing a growing alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The number of new daily infections in China is well below the early height of the outbreak.
But China has sown confusion over the data by repeatedly changing its counting methods.
Meanwhile, South Korea reported 123 more cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the national total to 556, as well as two additional deaths, bringing the number to four.
The fourth death was a man in a hospital in Cheongdo, a southern city connected to a religious sect, where about 100 cases were reported.
Among the last cases, 75 were connected to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.
Hundreds of members of the Jesus Shincheonji Church have been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four religious services in Daegu before being diagnosed.
Daegu, which is the fourth largest city in South Korea with a population of 2.5 million and Cheongdo, the birthplace of Shincheonji’s founder, Lee Man-hee, was designated as “special care zones” on Friday.
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