As of midnight on Feb 18 (Beijing Time), t here still remained 57,805 confirmed cases (including 11,977 in serious condition) on the Chinese mainland. China's National Health Commission (NHC) had in total received 74,185 reports of COVID-19 confirmed cases and 2,004 deaths. 14,376 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

A total of 56 new confirmed cases were reported outside Hubei, a 15th consecutive day drop since Feb.3.

China's daily number of newly recovered patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the first time on Feb 18, with 1,824 people walk out of hospital after recovery, higher than the same day's 1,749 new confirmed infections.

Eight province-level regions on Chinese mainland reported zero new infections on Feb 18, including Shanghai, Hainan, Qinghai, Guizhou, Xizang(Tibet), Xinjiang, Liaoning and Gansu.