Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

After first reporting the number of new cases of the coronavirus in China dropped for a second straight day, health officials in the central Hubei province said the death toll actually jumped by a record 242 on Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths so far to 1,310.

A total of 48,206 cases of COVID-19 are now being treated in Hubei province alone, majority in the city of Wuhan.

Thursday's spike came as Hubei officials said they were correcting previous diagnoses to include people "clinically diagnosed" with the virus, adding 14,840 new cases to its total.

"At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus", Dr Christopher Braden, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in a statement.

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Hospital Wuhan City Hubei Province China while the crisis continued to develop yesterday
Hospital Wuhan City Hubei Province China while the crisis continued to develop yesterday

It was warned already that the apparent slowdown in the epidemic spread should be viewed with "extreme caution", the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. "In Singapore, we are at the beginning".

Hundreds of infections have been reported in more than two dozen other countries and territories, but only two people have died from the virus outside mainland China - one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

A cruise ship which had spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board might have the coronavirus arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, satellite-tracking data showed. The city of 11 million people remains under virtual lockdown, and other major Chinese cities are facing severe travel restrictions.

Global markets had surged to record highs when Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese medical adviser who played a role in combating the SARS outbreak in 2003, predicted that COVID-19 cases will peak this month.

The latest big event to be canceled, moved or postponed was the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally set for Shanghai on April 19.

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