China's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1400, but fewer new cases

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

"Investors will surely avoid Asia for the time being and will shift funds to the USA, geographically the most separated from the region", said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. However, the switch added over 13,000 cases to the count in one fell swoop and may have clouded the overall picture for those trying to gauge the trajectory of the outbreak.

The province is now including cases based on a physician's diagnosis before they are officially confirmed by lab tests.

He said that the apparent stabilisation in the number of new cases in China and the slower spread of cases outside Hubei province - where the virus first emerged - was reassuring.

Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the University of East Anglia in England, expressed frustration with the revised numbers from China, but said he believed it did not represent an increase in the rate of infections.

Officials say they are hopeful the new method can help identify suspected cases so they can be treated more quickly - though it also reflects the surge of people seeking treatment and the growing backlog of untested samples in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan. The new block of clinical cases may date back days or weeks.

"Investors will surely avoid Asia for the time being and will shift funds to the U.S., geographically the most separated from the region", said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday - a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. The uptick was attributed to the new criteria in Hubei.

Outside mainland China, the virus has infected more than 600 people in over two dozen countries and territories. They were the two highest-profile officials to be axed since the outbreak.

"Mixed among this might be other causes of pneumonia", Dr. Ryan said. Changing the criteria, he said, makes it hard to assess progress in fighting the virus that causes COVID-19. "You'd like to have some sustained metrics that are comprehensible and relatively easy to follow", Dr. Schaffner said. That brings the total fatalities in China to at least 1,483. Hong Kong and the Philippines have each reported one. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the diseases, majority in Son Loi. Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering produced this website, which displays statistics about deaths and confirmed cases of the coronavirus, or Covid-19.

The passengers cheered as they walked toward buses to take them to the airport and waved goodbye to other passengers watching from the ship's deck.

The death toll from the coronavirus is higher than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03, which is believed to have killed 774 people and sickened almost 8,100 in China and Hong Kong.

He said business leaders must rejuvenate the economy once the virus is under control.

The province said 690 patients were discharged within the 24-hour period.

On Tuesday, top Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said the epidemic should peak in China this month before subsiding.

Under criticism at home over the handling of the crisis, China's Communist Party sacked two top-ranking officials in Hubei and replaced them with senior cadres with security backgrounds.

The outbreak was traced to a live animal market in Wuhan, though scientists are still exploring its origins and what species might have served as a natural reservoir for the pathogen.

The outbreak of COVID-19 started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in early December. Still, other factors may be exacerbating locals' illnesses.

"We are a little disappointed that we haven't been invited in and we're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese", Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters. "Therefore, it might well be the case you're more likely to get a severe case because you may have some predisposing lung injury already".

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