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The Latest: China reports further drop in virus cases

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A man sits at a table as others are empty at a cafe in Largo Argentina square amid growing concern about the spread of a new coronavirus in Rome Saturday, March 7, 2020. Italy is taking an almighty hit to its already weak economy from being the focal point of the coronavirus emergency in Europe. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP) ROME (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak (all times local):

1:30 a.m.

China is reporting another slight drop in the number of new virus cases.

In its update Monday morning, China said 40 cases of infection with the new coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, down from 44 new cases the previous day.

Another 22 deaths were reported, all but one in the hardest-hit province of Hubei that has been the epicenter of the global outbreak.

China now has now recorded 80,735 total cases, among which 19,016 remain in treatment and 58,600 have been released.

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