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- Global cases: At least 207,860, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization
- Global deaths: At least 8,657, according to the latest figures from the WHO
All times below are in Beijing time.
9:21 am: China reports 34 new cases, 8 additional deaths
China’s National Health Commission said there were 34 new cases, which it attributed to travelers returning from abroad. All of the 8 additional deaths occurred in Hubei province, where the virus was first detected.
Still, Hubei did not report any new confirmed cases. As of the end of March 18, China’s total number of confirmed cases stands at 80,928, of which 70,420 have recovered and 3,245 died. Because of the infection’s exponential spread in other countries in recent weeks, China now accounts for less than 50% of the total number of cases worldwide. — Saheli Roy Choudhury
9:15 am: Chinese firm SF Express says delivery volume up 118.89% on-year in February