China has reported 150 new deaths on Monday from the coronavirus outbreak.
A total of 149 of the new deaths and 398 of the new infections occurred within Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.
The number of confirmed infections on the mainland rose to 77,152 with overall deaths rising to 2,592.
In spite of the high number of fatalities and ongoing outbreaks worldwide, official statistics point to a slowdown in the spread of the virus within China as the virus gradually spreads to neighbouring coutries.
South Korea announced the seventh death from the novel coronavirus, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The centre confirmed on Monday that the number of cases has risen by 161, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 763.
Many of the new South Korean cases are linked to a hospital (110) and to a religious group called the Shincheonji Church of Jesus (129) near the south-eastern city of Daegu, authorities said.
Five of the seven deaths are believed to be linked to the hospital, which has been isolated to halt the further spread of the virus.
Similarly, a total of 152 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy, including three deaths and one recovery, said Angelo Borrelli, head of the country’s civil protection department.
The total includes 110 cases in the northern region of Lombardy, 21 in the north-eastern region of Veneto, and nine in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, Borrelli said at a televised press conference.