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

Outbreak will hit EVERY country after record day for outbreak deaths

Outbreak will hit EVERY country after record day for outbreak deaths

Nearly 34,000 patients have been hospitalized across Hubei, the central Chinese province of which Wuhan is capital, including 1,400 or so in a critical condition.

The new diagnostic procedure also could lead to a spike in the death toll, according to Raina McIntyre, head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

"A very disturbing aspect of today's new numbers is that the vast majority of new cases accrued to Wuhan, but what if the rest of Hubei Province still did not adjust their reporting methods?"

A salesperson in the store's home appliance section was the first diagnosed on January 31, Xinhua said, and a series of cases followed.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus warned.

Chinese scientists are testing two antiviral drugs against the new coronavirus and preliminary clinical trial results are weeks away, the co-chair of a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting said on Wednesday.

"I hope this outbreak or this event may be over in something like April", Zhong, an epidemiologist whose previous forecast of an earlier peak turned out to be premature, told Reuters on Tuesday.

The WHO is holding a conference in Geneva on combating the virus, which has killed more than 1,100 people in China and spread to dozens of countries around the world.

Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. "If that were not the case, the government could not have added so many new cases in one day".

- A total of 4,740 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Tuesday.

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The biggest cluster of cases outside China is aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan, where 135 people have been positively diagnosed.

Holland America Line said the MS Westerdam will arrive Thursday morning in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. "I thought: Is this real?"

Most cases overseas have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late a year ago, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.

A company in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing has built a tunnel to spray employees at an industrial complex with disinfectant before they begin work, according to a local media report, as the country battles a coronavirus outbreak. A USA citizen died in China.

The move is the latest disruption to worldwide travel that has paralysed businesses and played havoc with major conferences and sporting events.

The Chinese Grand Prix was to have taken place in Shanghai from April 17 to 19.

Meanwhile, organizers of the world's biggest mobile technology fair - the annual Mobile World Congress show, set for February 24-27 in Barcelona, Spain - cancelled the event because of worries about the viral outbreak.

The GSMA, which organises the annual show, set for Barcelona, said it was cancelled due to "the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances".

Countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of coronavirus which is wreaking havoc in China and overseas.

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