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

Former Shanghai mayor appointed Party chief of China's Hubei Province

Former Shanghai mayor appointed Party chief of China's Hubei Province

Hundreds of military medics will descend on coronavirus-stricken Wuhan to help tackle the epidemic as the number of confirmed cases worldwide surpasses 60,000, with the death toll leaping over 1,300.

CCP's Hubei Secretary Jiang Chaoliang (蔣超良) and Wuhan chief Ma Guoqiang (馬國強) were both stripped of their titles and will be replaced by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong (應勇) and former Jinan Secretary Wang Zhonglin (王忠林), respectively.

Health authorities in Hubei announced an additional 242 deaths and 14,840 cases of the virus, known officially as Covid-19, as of Thursday morning, the largest single-day rise since the epidemic began and nearly ten times the number of cases confirmed the previous day.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", he told a briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.

Hubei had previously only allowed infection to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process and delay treatment.

China has experienced its deadliest day of the new coronavirus outbreak, prompting Shiyan city to adopt "wartime measures" which include banning residents from leaving their homes. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries genetic information allowing for identification of organisms like viruses.

The number of brand-new day-to-day infections reported by Chinese authorities came to a head recently.

It also followed the sacking on Tuesday of two top health officials in Hubei - Zhang Jin, party chief of the Hubei Health Commission, and Liu Yingzi, provincial health commission director - over their flaws in responding to the epidemic.

Clinical cases are defined as suspected cases with CT images showing characteristics of viral pneumonia, including lung inflammation, according to the latest diagnosis and treatment program outlined by the NHC.

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The additions raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of infections nationwide to almost 60,000.

The apparent slowdown in the number of new coronavirus cases in China should be viewed with "extreme caution", the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

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The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, where a further 44 cases were reported on February 13.

Another expert said that while the coronavirus may be peaking in China, this was not the case elsewhere. 58 people have tested positive for the virus in Singapore, including a 62 year-old male employee of DBS Bank and a 30 year-old member of his family.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, remains under virtual lockdown, and other major Chinese cities are facing severe travel restrictions.

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

As he was speaking, organisers announced the cancellation of the 2020 Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona this month, due to "global concern" over the infection.

This is the first time that the number of clinically diagnosed cases is listed and included in total confirmed cases - a classification that has resulted in the seemingly sudden surge of infected cases in the province.

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