(Yicai Global) Jan. 31 -- Central China's Hubei province reported 1,220 new confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus and 42 new deaths as of yesterday, local health authorities said today.
The provincial capital Wuhan reported 378 new infections and 30 new deaths, according to the Hubei Provincial Health Commission. Authorities discharged 26 patients from hospital in the province yesterday.
Hubei had 5,806 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia by yesterday, with 204 deaths and 1,094 cases in severe or critical condition. The province has seen 116 patients discharged from hospital.
More than 70 new medical facilities have joined in the battle against the epidemic in the rural areas of Hubei.
Authorities newly built, expanded and transformed the hospitals for emergency use in areas outside the provincial capital Wuhan, according to Jiang Chaoliang, Party chief of the province.
The facilities will help battle the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus in the countryside, where poor prevention awareness and a shortage of medical facilities could stymie efforts against the epidemic.