The death toll in the deadly new coronavirus in China has risen to 56. The confirmed cases of viral affliction have reached 1,975 and 324 of them are in critical condition. A total of 2,684 suspected cases have also been reported so far.
Wuhan and 17 other cities in Hubei province remained the epicenter of the viral disease outbreak with most of the deaths have taken place there. However, the cases have started rising steadily in most of the Chinese provinces and cities, including Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for an all-out effort to prevent and control coronavirus-related pneumonia.