17 deaths, 444 cases of new viral pneumonia reported in Hubei

A total of 444 cases of new coronavirus-related pneumonia and 17 deaths were on Wednesday reported in central China’s Hubei Province, according to local authorities.

The Deputy Governor of the province, Yang Yunyan, said at a local press conference that among the confirmed cases, 399 patients were receiving treatment in hospitals, with 71 in severe condition and 24 in critical condition.

A total of 2,556 close contacts had been placed under medical observation, with 863 people released.

“The Hubei provincial government has activated a level II public health emergency response, the second-highest in the country.

“The Headquarters headed by Mayor Zhou Xianwang, has also been established in the provincial capital of Wuhan for the control and treatment of the pneumonia,“ Yunyan said. 

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