China coronavirus toll increases to 1380

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

When China reported a drop in the number of new cases of the deadly coronavirus earlier this week, hopes were raised that the outbreak might be slowing down.

Case numbers in mainland China rise by 15,152, for a total of 59,805.

116 deaths were added to the Hubei toll, including eight that were diagnosed under the new method, according to a daily report published by the central Chinese province's health commission. The daily death toll nearly halved when compared to Wednesday's 14,840.

Confirmed cases of a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus have neared 64,000 in China, with the death toll in the mainland rising to 1,380, China's health authorities said Friday.

Some 55,748 people are now undergoing treatment, while 1,380 people have died of the flu-like virus that emerged in Hubei province's capital, Wuhan, in December.

But on February 13, the recorded new infections were the lowest ever recorded, with just 1,826 new infections globally.

In Hubei province alone, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, there are about 34,000 people hospitalized, which included approximately 1,400 who are in a critical condition.

Suspected cases include people who have recently been to outbreak hot spots including the Hubei Province capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, and show symptoms such as fever or low white blood cell counts.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak."
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The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday that any apparent slowdown in the spread of the epidemic should be viewed with "extreme caution".

"I think it's way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now", said Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program.

Twelve fatalities came from other provinces, including two in Henan, and one in Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps respectively.

Meanwhile, a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers was denied in five ports - Japan, Guam, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.

"We know that there are some people who need medications on board, they want to have contact with their families, we're facilitating that", Champagne said at a briefing in Senegal, where he is on a diplomatic trip.

Another cruise ship that has been significantly affected at sea by the deadly outbreak is the Diamond Princess that is now under quarantine.

Another cruise ship, the Westerdam, finally docked in Cambodia after being turned away by several Asian and Pacific governments.

Japan plans to move passengers who wish to leave the ship in phases, with the most "medically vulnerable" guests being moved in the first phase, according to Princess Cruises, the line that owns the Diamond Princess.

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