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Coronavirus cases top 531,000 globally

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, firefighters conduct disinfection on the platform of Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, on March 24. In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, firefighters conduct disinfection on the platform of Wuhan Railway Station in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, on March 24. Zhao Jun/Xinhua via AP

China confirmed 55 new cases of the coronavirus Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 3,292. The majority of those, 2,896, are in Hubei province, where the virus was first detected late last year.

Of the new cases, all but one were imported, China’s National Health Commission said.

Five more deaths were also recorded, all in Hubei province, four of which were in the provincial capital Wuhan. The country has recorded 3,292 deaths in total related to the virus.

China’s national reported number of confirmed cases — which includes both active cases and people who have recovered — now stands at 81,340, behind the United States, which has now confirmed over 82,000 cases.

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