The death toll from the new coronavirus rose this Friday to 636, with 31,161 people infected, Chinese officials announced.
Since the last assessment, on Thursday, there have been 73 more deaths and 3143 cases of infection in the outbreak that began in the city of Wuhan, in central Hubei province.
Of the cases of infection, 4,821 are considered serious, while 1540 people who were ill have already been discharged, said the Chinese National Health Commission.
The authorities followed up more than 314,000 patients, 186,000 of whom are still under observation.
In Europe, the number of confirmed cases reached this Friday at 31, with new infections detected in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy.
The Chinese doctor who gave the first warning about the outbreak of the new coronavirus died on Thursday after contracting pneumonia last week, announced the hospital where he was admitted.
Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, 34, was "unfortunately infected during the fight against the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus," said the central hospital in Wuhan, in his Facebook account.
The first person to die from the new coronavirus outside of China was a Chinese citizen in the Philippines.
In addition to the mainland of China and the Chinese regions of Macau and Hong Kong, there are other confirmed cases of infection in more than 20 countries.
On January 30, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency situation, which implies the adoption of preventive and coordinating measures worldwide.