The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 3,099 Sunday, according to the National Health Commission.

Authorities said 27 people died in the last 24 hours, while 44 new cases were found, pushing up the total number of confirmed cases to 80,695.

At least 23,047 people are currently under medical care, and the number of discharged patients stands at 50,065.

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

First detected in Wuhan, Hubei, in December, the virus, officially

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