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Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China

Death toll in China coronavirus outbreak rises to 1,114 Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China
Conrad Doyle | 13 February, 2020, 03:54

The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods.

In China, the number of fatalities in hard-hit Hubei province jumped by 242 deaths, the local health authority said on Thursday, pushing the toll from the outbreak nationwide past 1,350.

The Health Commission for Hubei Province has explained that the province recently conducted investigations on suspected cases and revised the diagnosis results, and newly diagnosed patients were diagnosed according to the new diagnosis classification.

Gilead said earlier it was working with USA and Chinese authorities to test remdesivir as a treatment for the virus. "This outbreak could go in any direction".

Reducing deaths, protecting health workers and developing a vaccine.

The 2,015 new confirmed cases took China's total to 44,653.

It has also disrupted sporting events in China: motorsport governing body FIA announced the suspension of the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, originally scheduled for April 19, due to the "continued spread" of the coronavirus. Nokia, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom became the latest companies to pull out of a major wireless trade fair this month in Spain that usually draws 5,000 to 6,000 Chinese visitors. And in Japan, 39 new cases were confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama, bringing the total to 174 on the Diamond Princess.

Most of the cases and most of the deaths were in Hubei province, Wuhan.

Worldwide conferences are also being affected, with this week's Singapore Air Show - Asia's biggest - badly hit by exhibitors withdrawing and low attendance. She said another very high priority is information on optimal treatment and the best treatment protocols, which need studies based on standard data collection.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, reiterated Tuesday that the risk to people in Canada - including people living near CFB Trenton in Ontario, where individuals who were repatriated from China are living under quarantine - remains low. The ship has been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, though its operator said no cases of the disease have been confirmed among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine claimed a woman who wasn't showing symptoms triggered a chain of coronavirus infections.

The Chinese mail service, China Post, said it was disinfecting postal offices, processing centers and vehicles to ensure the virus doesn't spread via the mail and to protect staff.

The 53-year-old man caught the virus while attending a conference in Singapore and then passed it on to several compatriots while on holiday in the French Alps, before finally being diagnosed back in Britain.

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