Published: Wed, February 19, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

China's Hubei to adopt thorough checks on patients to curb virus epidemic

China's Hubei to adopt thorough checks on patients to curb virus epidemic

There have been 92 cases of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside of China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, but officials stressed that there is no evidence of "sustained local transmission" except for in specific circumstances, like aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

There were 1,886 new cases reported Tuesday - a decline on Monday's figure, and the lowest single-day figure of new cases so far this month.

In China, more than 72,000 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus - mostly in the central province of Hubei - and more than 1,800 people have died.

The virus caused severe disease such as pneumonia in 14 per cent of them and critical illness in 5 per cent.

Ordinary flu has a fatality rate of 0.1 per cent, yet kills hundreds of thousands because it infects millions each year.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a Tuesday press conference, said he has been "very impressed" with Singapore's health ministry in its attempts to curb the spread of the virus, adding that his United Nations -backed organization has "not found evidence of community transmission".

Official figures, meanwhile, showed there were almost 1,900 new COVID-19 cases. A few days later, Chinese authorities announced recording a new case of the infection in a traveller coming from Cairo to China.

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The commission added that 11,741 patients remained in severe condition, and 6,242 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.

A 1-year-old child who contracted COVID-19 after being evacuated from virus epicenter Wuhan, China, made a full recovery and was discharged from a hospital in Singapore.

A worker wearing a protective face mask rides a three-wheeled vehicle on an nearly empty pedestrian shopping street named Qianmen, in Beijing, China.

China's health authorities received reports of 1,886 new confirmed cases and 98 deaths of COVID-19 on Monday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

Hubei, the central Chinese province at the center of the outbreak, accounted for 93 of the new deaths and 1,807 of the new cases.

The US repatriated more than 300 American passengers on Monday and Britain became the latest country to offer its citizens a way off the boat after similar plans by Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea. More than half of those cases have been on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan.

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