80% of coronavirus infections are 'mild — CHINA WHO

Lawrence Kim
February 18, 2020

The update to China's criminal code was revealed by Beijing as the number of cases of infection with the new Covid-19 strain of coronavirus reached 71,000 worldwide, mostly in China, with around 1,800 deaths.

According to reports, Chang's father was the first to fall ill but was unable to be treated in a hospital due to a lack of space.

The new study reports on 44,672 cases confirmed in China as of February 11.

Most people infected by the coronavirus have mild symptoms, with older patients and those with underlying conditions most at risk from the disease, according to a study by Chinese researchers.

Anyone convicted of producing or distributing falsified or substandard medicines amid the coronavirus outbreak could face the death penalty under new legislation in China. The number of confirmed cases in China increased by 1,886, bringing the global total to over 73,325.

- Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 1,807 new confirmed cases and 93 new deaths Monday.

Liu Zhiming had mobilized all the resources of his hospital in Wuhan city, at the center of the outbreak, as thousands of patients arrived each day. It also corrects that 13 cruise passengers who tested positive for the virus were taken to a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, not to hospitals in Nebraska and California. Virologists at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) analysed 72,314 cases of Covid-19 to get a better understanding of the mysterious pneumonia-causing sickness.

The study found that patients with cardiovascular disease are most likely to die of complications from the coronavirus, followed by patients with diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and hypertension.

No deaths were recorded among babies and children up to the age of nine.

The overall death rate from the virus stood at 2.3 percent. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was too early to know if the reported decline would continue, however.

1,807 new cases were registered, of which 1,600 were in Wuhan alone.

Meanwhile, Chinese media have quoted Zhong Nanshan, who heads an expert team of China's health authorities tasked with containing the outbreak, as saying that it is still uncertain whether the outbreak has peaked.

He also said that person-to-person transmission of the virus is still happening in Wuhan and urged Wuhan to distinguish healthy people from infected patients.

The WHO's Mike Ryan said China had had success with "putting out the fire" first in Hubei and ensuring that people returning to Beijing from the Lunar New Year holiday are monitored.

Most of the 1,770 who have died in mainland China were in that region, but officials have confirmed multiple deaths elsewhere, including the capital Beijing.

The largest number of cases outside China is among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at a port near Tokyo.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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