By Fuat Kabakci


The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 3,072 Saturday, according to the National Health Commission.

Authorities said 28 people died in the last 24 hours while 99 new cases were detected, with the total number of confirmed cases reaching 80,651.

At least 22,177 people are currently under medical care and the number of discharged patients stands at 55,404.

It was earlier announced that 16 makeshift hospitals established in Hubei province — epicenter of the outbreak — would be gradually closed due to insufficient capacity.

First detected in Wuhan, China in December, the

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