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Mainland China reports 433 new coronavirus cases, 29 deaths on February 26

A guard checks the temperature of a woman at a checkpoint to a hutong neighbourhood in Beijing as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China, February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Mainland China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on Feb. 26, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, up from 406 on the previous day.

The total number of confirmed cases on mainland China has now reached 78,497, the health authority said.

The number of new deaths stood at 29, the lowest daily rate since Jan. 28, and down from 52 on the previous day. The outbreak has now killed a total of 2,744 people.

Hubei, the central Chinese province at the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 409 new cases and 26 deaths on Wednesday. Beijing and the provinces of Heilongjiang and Henan were the locations of the other three fatalities.

Reporting by David Stanway and Zhang Lusha; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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