A report has been generated by China's National Health Commission on Monday stating, 2,829 new cases of coronavirus nationwide on February 2, however, the total number of people affected by the epidemic rised to 17,205.
China's-state-run media while referring to the commission's report said, till Sunday casualty count rose to 361, of which 57 deaths occured on Sunday itself.
Among Sunday's deaths, 56 were reported from Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, one from southwest China's Chongqing.
New suspected cases count as on Sunday was 5,173. However, by the end of Sunday, overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland reached 17,205, said media.
Also on Sunday, 186 patients become severely ill, and 147 people were discharged from hospital after recovery.The commission said 2,296 patients remained in severe condition and 21,558 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
After recovery, a total of 475 people had been discharged from hospital. The commission said 1,89,583 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 10,055 were discharged from medical observation on Sunday, with 1,52,700 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Sunday, 15 confirmed cases had been reported in Hong Kong and eight in the Macao SAR and 10 in Taiwan it said.
Meanwhile, at Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province, China is set to open a 1000-bed makeshift hospital built in record 10 days.
Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain) Hospital was delivered on Sunday in Wuhan. It is dedicated to treating patients infected with the virus, as reported by the media agency.
Another 2,300-bed makeshift hospital would be opened on Wednesday adjacent to it. A total of 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces are tasked with treating patients in Huoshenshan Hospital starting from Monday, reported media agency.
The medics consist of 950 people from hospitals affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Joint Logistic Support Force, and 450 from medical universities of the army, navy and air force of the PLA who were sent to Wuhan earlier.
Fang Xiang who headed the team which built the hospital informed media house, "For a project of this scale, it usually takes at least two years. It takes at least a month to construct a temporary building, not to mention a new hospital for infectious diseases."