1,113 deaths in China coronavirus; over 44,000 confirmed cases

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

The number of fatalities and new cases from China's coronavirus outbreak soared on Thursday, with 242 more deaths and almost 15,000 extra patients in hard-hit Hubei province as authorities changed their threshold for diagnosis.

Almost 15,000 new cases have been reported in a 24-hour period, taking the total number of cases to just under 60,000.

A second person evacuated from Wuhan to a USA military base near San Diego has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the United States to 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.

There have been no confirmed cases in Ireland.

Many critically sick patients with symptoms but no confirmation of infection had complained that they were being turned away from hospitals.

In an unprecedented measure to contain the disease, recently dubbed COVID-19, the Chinese government has placed the hardest-hit cities - home to more than 60 million - under lockdown.

Wang Chen, dean of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, told Chinese media Thursday that the change in requirements was "extremely necessary" because the laboratory test - which detects a particular sequence of nucleic acids - was not accurate enough. So far, 219 of about 3,700 people on board have tested positive.

The new numbers in Hubei appear to burst that bubble, bringing official statistics closer to reality.

Thirteenth U.S. Coronavirus Case, First in an Evacuee
She was returned to the hospital on Monday after testing positive for the virus and is expected to make a full recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed its 14th USA coronavirus case, the latest in California .

The new deaths were more than twice the prior provincial daily record of 103 set on Monday.

The change in reporting requirements has only been implemented in Hubei province, not the rest of China.

There were 2,015 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Tuesday - the lowest number of new infections since January 30th.

It will be a long Asian session for Dow futures, with the spillover likely to impact the open of the Dow Jones on Thursday morning.

The virus was officially named "COVID-19" by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at a conference in Geneva.

United Airlines UAL.O said it would extend cancellations of all US flights to China through late April, meaning all USA passenger carriers flying to China had now canceled flights into late April.

A number of major events have been postponed or cancelled, including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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