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

Coronavirus death toll leaps in Hubei

Coronavirus death toll leaps in Hubei

The province of Hubei in China reported 242 deaths from the coronavirus, the deadliest day since the outbreak of the virus was made public, and pushing the death toll to 1,355.

Beijing- The Chinese province at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday under a new method for diagnosing cases, as health experts warned the epidemic could get worse before it gets better.

Hubei province is ground zero of new coronavirus that continues to kill dozens on nearly a daily basis.

The epidemic has threatened to harm the Chinese economy, the world's second-largest, with ANZ bank warning that China's first-quarter GDP growth would slow to 3.2-4.0 percent, down from a previous projection of 5.0 percent. This figure is more than double the prior daily record, reported by China's health commission.

Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the official Xinhua news agency said without explaining why Jiang was removed.

A shortage of RNA test kits in Hubei's capital Wuhan has been a problem and may have delayed patients from being properly diagnosed and treated, contributing to the spread of the virus in the early days of the outbreak, Reuters previously reported.

"It has spread to other places where it's the beginning of the outbreak", Dale Fisher, head of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization, said in an interview in Singapore.

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Authorities in Hubei have been accused of concealing the gravity of the outbreak in late December and early January.

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.

The WHO has been able to track down the source of transmission in all but eight of the 441 cases of the virus outside China, its head of emergencies Michael Ryan said.

The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan's coast, where 44 more people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of infections on the Diamond Princes to 218.

In Cambodia, the cruise ship MS Westerdam was allowed to dock in the port town of Sihanoukville after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board may have the coronavirus.

Many airlines have suspended flights to China, while countries have imposed bans or quarantine for people arriving from China, disrupting businesses and playing havoc with conferences and sporting events. "I can't say. But I think it's at its peak in mid- to late-February", he said. Authorities have restricted the movements of people in several other cities far from the epicenter in an unprecedented containment effort.

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