Coronavirus: 1,868 dead, Chinas total number of cases climbs past 72,400

Henrietta Strickland
February 18, 2020

The paper by the CCDC, released on Monday and published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, looked at all 72,314 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed across China as of 11 February, including confirmed, suspected, and asymptomatic cases. Severe symptoms such as pneumonia occurred in 14% of them and critical illness in 5%.

As of Monday, 70,548 people had been infected across China, the majority in and around Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where the outbreak was first reported.

The fatality rate for these confirmed cases was 2.3% - 2.8% for males and 1.7% for females.

Travel to and from the worst-hit central China region was associated with the initial cases of COVID-19 confirmed overseas. Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one fatality, while France on Saturday announced the first death outside Asia, an elderly Chinese tourist.

The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on almost 45,000 cases of infection with the coronavirus that originated there, saying more than 80 percent have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. The new coronavirus has meant yet another setback for Sihanoukville after the government a year ago banned the online gambling that had helped fuel the spectacular growth of a once listless city into a major Chinese population center. "It's too early to tell if this reported decline will continue".

In other developments, the number of infected people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan continued to soar, as infections were detected in 14 Americans who were just evacuated from the ship. Fourteen of them have the virus and were taken to hospitals in California and Nebraska. "Every scenario is still on the table", he told reporters on Monday. He added that the worldwide expert team is now on the ground in China to answer more questions and to get an even clearer picture of the outbreak.

The COVID-19 cases include relatively few children, and the risk of death rises with age.

"In order to ensure that people's attention is focused on the prevention and control of the epidemic and that people's lives and health are given top priority, the chairman's council. considered it necessary to postpone", Mr Zang said, according to Xinhua.

Japanese officials on Monday confirmed 99 more people were infected on the Diamond Princess, bringing the total to 454.

A top United States health official on Sunday said 40 Americans from the ship have become infected and would be treated in Japan.

The whole group flew back to the United States, with passengers slated to arrive at either Travis Air Force Base in California or Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

Singapore's health ministry today reported 2 more cases, raising its total to 77.

The Health Commission also added that the country has increased its efforts to shore up weak spots as the epidemic prevention and control have entered the most crucial stage.

In a preprint publication yesterday, an global group of virologists detailed the evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 is not lab made or artificially manipulated.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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