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Mainland China reports 44 new virus cases as spread continues to slow at epicentre

Children wearing face masks play at a park, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 6.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's new confirmed case count of the COVID-19 coronavirus fell by roughly one half, according to official data, as the disease continues to subside in its country of origin.

The National Health Commission (NHC) on Sunday reported 44 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus as at the end of March 7, a decline from 99 the previous day.

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