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The death toll from coronavirus rose to 2,118 in mainland China on Friday as the number of confirmed cases on a day dropped significantly to 394 on Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission confirmed.

The previous day reported more than 1,700 confirmed cases.

Most of the deaths were reported in Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic. The total number of cases rose to 74,576.

Two people have died in Iran after testing positive for the virus that has been spread across countries.

Japan reported its first death last week due to the coronavirus outbreak, after confirming 44 new cases.

PM Modi had earlier written a letter to his Chinese counterpart and offered to help in dealing with the epidemic. He also expressed his solidarity with the people of China and offered his condolence at the loss of lives due to the outbreak.

India has cancelled all existing visas of Chinese citizens as well as other foreign nationals, who are based out of China or visited China in the last 2 weeks, the Indian Embassy in China confirmed in a tweet. They will have to apply for fresh visas to visit India.

The Kerala government had earlier declared novel coronavirus epidemic as “state emergency” after three people were tested positive in the southern India state. The status has now been lifted.

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Three deaths, including one in Japan, have been reported outside mainland China. A 39-year-old man in Hong Kong who had visited Wuhan city in Hubei died last week.

In the first death outside China due to the epidemic, a man died in the Philippines after visiting Wuhan.

The G7 countries, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, have all confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

The World Health Organization had declared the crisis a global health emergency.

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