China's Hubei reports 4823 new coronavirus cases

Henrietta Strickland
February 14, 2020

The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1,381, the country's National Health Commission said on February 14.

- A four-month-old baby infected with the novel coronavirus was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after recovery in east China's Jiangxi Province.

The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 51,986.

The number of people killed by the coronavirus has jumped by record numbers, as global health experts warn the epidemic could get far worse before it is brought under control.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept USA help, but "they won't let us".

"I think they've handled it professionally, and I think they're extremely capable", Trump said in a podcast broadcast on iHeart Radio. The new deaths also include eight who were clinically diagnosed.

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.

"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", Ryan told a briefing in Geneva.

Covid-19 confirmed cases
Covid-19 confirmed cases

Hubei province is now including cases based on a doctor's diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by laboratory tests. Of those cases, more than 3,000 were "clinically diagnosed".

"We strongly support and encourage the work of USA and worldwide aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK", spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement after the Red Cross called for an urgent exemption to sanctions on Pyongyang to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

Some cities in Hubei tightened restrictions this week, sealing off neighbourhoods in what they liken to "war-time" measures.

Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country.

The US State Department said it was "deeply concerned" about the vulnerability of China's northern neighbour, North Korea, and offered to support aid work in the country.

Checkpoints were set up around the commune, according to AFP reporters in a district on the outskirts of Son Loi.

Cases of coronavirus are not rising dramatically outside China apart from in passengers on a cruise liner now quarantined off a Japanese port, according to a senior World Health Organisation [WHO] official.

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