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Novel coronavirus deaths top 2,200 as number of new cases in China rises again

Hong Kong (CNN)Hopes for a slowdown in the spread of the novel coronavirus were dashed Friday as the number of new cases rose in China, and outbreaks worsened in Japan and South Korea. Authorities in China's Hubei province confirmed an additional 411 cases of the virus Thursday morning, 62 more than the previous day, taking the total number of cases at the epicenter of the outbreak to 62,442.Later Thursday, provincial authorities upgraded that figure to 631, after changing the criteria to include figures from a prison in the region. There are an additional 14,000 or so cases outside Hubei, with the majority in other parts of mainland China. The death toll from the outbreak now stands at 2,249, after more deaths in mainland China Thursday, i ...