Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus: Schools to be advised not to close over suspected cases

Coronavirus: Schools to be advised not to close over suspected cases

The National Health Commission reported yesterday 2,009 new cases, down from 2,641 the previous day, and 142 more deaths, one lower than the previous day.

The country confirmed 1,886 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of people infected with the virus to 72,436 on the mainland.

Of the new deaths, 100 were from Hubei Province, three in Henan, and two in Guangdong.

The U.S. State Department said in a statement early Monday that two chartered planes with more than 300 U.S. citizens and their family members, who had been quarantined for 12 days on the cruise ship, had left Japan for the United States.

The fatality rate for these confirmed cases is 2.3% - 2.8% for males versus 1.7% for females.

Health officials in China have published the first details on almost 45,000 cases of the coronavirus disease that originated there, saying more than 80 per cent have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. Fourteen of them have the virus and were taken to hospitals in California and Nebraska.

Officials in Hubei have faced increasing scrutiny about whether they intentionally downplayed reports of the virus when it emerged late a year ago, or ignored evidence that it was being spread from person-to-person, delaying any efforts to contain it before it was too late.

However, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the trend "must be interpreted very cautiously".

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"On January 22, in light of the epidemic's rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei province implement comprehensive and stringent controls over the outflow of people", Me Xi told a meeting of the party's standing committee - its top body.
"Every scenario is still on the table".

According to the report, 1,716 health care workers were infected, citing a government statement on February 14. And the recovered cases across China have hit over 10,000.

A charter plane dropped off 170 passengers at Travis Air Force Base in the San Francisco Bay Area late Sunday, while another took about 145 passengers to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas early Monday.

He said "given the misinformation about the novel coronavirus epidemic, World Health Organization has communicated with some companies including Google to ensure that the public will get the authoritative information from the WHO".

"We can not be sure, and if we can not be sure, we have to take precautions", he said. But health commission spokesman Mi Feng said the campaign was beginning to show results.

TCM has been used in treating 60,107 confirmed cases in China, or 85.2 percent of the total, according to Jiang. Global health authorities are also mobilizing to prevent a further spread of the virus as passengers from the Westerdam cruise ship - where an American guest was found to be infected - begin fanning out around the globe. Apple Inc. said it would miss its quarterly revenue target due to the virus, and in Macau, the gaming hub just across the mainland Chinese border, casinos are back in play and due to reopen Thursday following a temporary closure on virus concerns.

Eight of those who contracted the virus have since been discharged from hospital after recording two negative tests for the strain known as Covid-19.

Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the country was "entering into a phase that is different from before", requiring new steps to stop the spread of the virus.

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