Out of the more than 24,000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in China, some have been "cured and discharged" from hospitals, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC) on Wednesday.
As of midnight on February 4, the tally of confirmed infected patients reached 24,324 — 892 or 3.66% of whom were able to recover.
This is higher than the total recorded deaths of 490 in mainland China and its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Meanwhile, the number of suspected cases stands at 23,260 and 3,219 have serious conditions, according to the NHC.
As for tracing of people who had been in close contact with the infected patients, more than 250,000 have been identified. Over 18,000 were released from observation while majority is still under observation.
Thirty-nine other confirmed cases were recorded in China's special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao, and in its Taiwan province.
The novel coronavirus—believed to have emerged from an illegal wildlife market in China's Wuhan City—has no known cure yet and infected patients are currently being given supportive treatments.
The Philippines' third confirmed case of novel coronavirus, a 60-year-old woman from Wuhan, was able to return to China after recovering from the infection, according to the Department of Health. — Dona Magsino/RSJ, GMA News