Wuhan: With the deadly coronavirus claiming seventy-one more lives in China, the death toll has risen to 2,663. However, some reports suggested that the number of new cases has seen a sharp decline. According to a daily report released by the National Health Commission (NHC) on Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases has reached 77,658, a jump of 508 cases. Also Read - Two More Indians Test Positive For Coronavirus on Diamond Princess

The report stated that 68 deaths were reported in Hubei, two in Shandong and one in Guangdong. Also Read - South Korea Becomes Latest Victim to Coronavirus Epidemic With Death Toll Rising to 7 And 763 Confirmed Cases

Earlier on Monday, a total of 27,323 people have been discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 789 to 9,126. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: China Urges India to Adopt Objective, Rational Approach

Meanwhile, around 79,331 cases have been confirmed globally, according to the World Health Organization report. The virus has spread to over 24 countries since December after it first originated from China’s Wuhan city.

After China, South Korea has emerged as the biggest centre of Coronavirus with 161 more reported coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the nationwide total to 763. On Monday, Kuwait also reported first case of COVID-19.

Two more Indian crew members onboard Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess, have also tested positive for coronavirus, thereby taking the tally of infected Indians on the ship to 14, the Indian Embassy said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic.

WHO further said that it was too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be “in a phase of preparedness”.

(With Agency inputs)