Photo: Staff members inquire information of passengers at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, east China, March 15, 2020. /Xinhua
BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday it received reports of 13 newly confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 11 deaths on the Chinese mainland Tuesday.
All deaths were reported in Hubei Province, according to the National Health Commission.
Also on Tuesday, 21 newly suspected cases were reported. A total of 922 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 208 to 2,622.
The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 80,894 by the end of Tuesday, including 8,056 patients who were still being treated, 69,601 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 3,237 people who died of the disease.
The commission said that 119 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.
The commission added that 9,222 close contacts were still under medical observation. On Tuesday, 1,014 people were discharged from medical observation.
Twelve imported cases were reported on the mainland Tuesday. Among them, five were reported in Guangdong Province, three in Beijing, three in Shanghai, and one in Sichuan Province. By the end of Tuesday, 155 imported cases had been reported, said the commission.
By the end of Tuesday, 167 confirmed cases including four deaths had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 13 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 77 in Taiwan including one death. A total of 92 patients in Hong Kong, 10 in Macao and 22 in Taiwan had been discharged from hospital after recovery.