The death toll in China from the novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 41, local media reported on Saturday.

“The pneumonia situation had resulted in 41 deaths, including 39 in central China’s Hubei Province, one in north China’s Hebei Province and one in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province,” Xinhua news agency reported, citing China’s National Health Commission.

According to the commission, there were a total of 1,287 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 237 in critical conditions.

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