BEIJING 

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China has risen to 2,790 Friday, according to the country’s National Health Commission.

The commission said 44 more people have died in the past 24 hours while 327 new cases were detected by health authorities, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to more than 78,824.

Some 7,952 of them are in critical condition, according to the commission.

Forty-one of the deaths occurred in the epicenter of the outbreak, Hubei province, while two of them were in the capital Beijing and one in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

The overall death

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