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A medical worker writes down a patient's dietary information on a colleague's protective suit inside Leishenshan hospital, a makeshift hospital to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan. Reuters
The death toll from China's coronavirus epidemic crossed the 2,000-mark on Wednesday with the death of 136 more people while the total number of confirmed cases jumped to 74,185, officials said.
Of the new deaths, 132 were reported from Hubei Province, the epicentre of the virus, and one each from Heilongjiang, Shandong, Guangdong and Guizhou, said the National Health Commission.
The NHC said in its daily report that 2,004 people had died of the disease and 1,749 new cases of novel coronavirus infection have been confirmed.
On Tuesday, Dr Liu Zhiming, president of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital in Hubei, died of the novel coronavirus pneumonia highlighting the risks posed by virus to the medical staff.
Liu was a leading neurosurgeon in Wuhan.
The virus, now named COVID-19, has spread to over 20 countries, including India.