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China reported a rise in new confirmed cases of coronavirus this morning, reversing three straight days of declines, because of a spike in new infections in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

China had 139 new confirmed cases yesterday, the country’s National Health Commission said on Thursday, bringing the total accumulated number of cases to 80,409. The uptick on Wednesday was driven by an increase in cases in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, where new infections climbed to 131 from 114 a day earlier.

China this morning reported 31 more deaths from the new coronavirus epidemic, taking the country’s overall toll to 3,012. 

But the quarantine and other travel restrictions across the country appear to be paying off, with official figures showing a generally steady drop in new cases in recent weeks.