BEIJING, January 29. /TASS/. The number of people infected with the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China has reached 5,974, and the death toll in the outbreak climbed to 132, China's National Health Commission said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement says that 1,239 people infected with the new coronavirus remain in a serious condition. Over 9,200 people have symptoms that resemble those of the coronavirus, but their diagnoses have not been confirmed yet. Nearly 60,000 people remain quarantined.
The largest number of cases was reported in China's Hubei province, where the outbreak first started. New coronavirus cases were confirmed in all Chinese provinces except for Tibet.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of an unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, a large trade and industrial center in central China populated by 11 million people. On January 7, 2020, Chinese experts identified the infecting agent as coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
The new strain of coronavirus has already been identified in almost all Chinese provinces including Beijing and Shanghai as well as in other countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, the United States and Japan. The World Health Organization recognized the pneumonia outbreak in China as a national emergency but stopped short of declaring it an international one.