Thursday, 16 July, 2020


Number of COVID-19 deaths spike in China

Coronavirus death toll surges to highest in one day in China`s Hubei province China reports 254 new virus deaths, cases, using new method
Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 12:56

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

The commission said it looked into past suspected cases and revised their diagnoses, suggesting that older cases were included in Thursday's numbers.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned any apparent slowdown in the spread of the epidemic should be viewed with "extreme caution". Hundreds of infections have been reported in more than 20 countries, but only two people have died from COVID-19 outside of China to date.

Tests have been taking place to see whether antiviral drugs used to treat HIV are effective against the coronavirus - however, results are only expected in a few weeks.

A cruise ship which had spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board might have the coronavirus arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, satellite-tracking data showed.

"This morning, just seeing land was such a breathtaking moment", Angela Jones, an American tourist on the ship, told Reuters.

Isolating the outbreak epicentre of Wuhan, and reducing flights to and from the worst-affected region, have limited potential further spread, the news conference heard. "I thought: Is this real?"

The US is also limiting flights from China or other worldwide flights with US passengers who have been to China within the previous 14 days to 11 major airports for enhanced screening. There are now several hundred coronavirus cases in 27 countries outside of China.

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

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.

Dozens of low-level health officials across the country have also lost their jobs for failing to contain the spread of the epidemic, which is believed to have emerged from a seafood market in Wuhan where wildlife was traded illegally.

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