China's Hubei Province Sees Surge in Virus Deaths As Tally Method Changes

Grant Boone
February 13, 2020

Former Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong succeeds Jiang Chaoliang as the ruling Communist Party's chief in the beleaguered province, the Xinhua state news agency reported, while Wang Zhonglin will take over from Ma Guoqiang as the party secretary in Wuhan. After a woman was allowed to leave quarantine because of her negative test results, CDC headquarters realized the test had been mislabeled.

The new diagnostic procedure also could lead to a spike in the death toll, according to Raina McIntyre, head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The Los Angeles Times reported that about 90 percent of the new cases were "clinically diagnosed".

A salesperson in the store's home appliance section was the first diagnosed on January 31, Xinhua said, and a series of cases followed.

At a conference in Geneva on combating the virus on February 11, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyes urged countries to work together against the "grave threat" posed by the outbreak.

Allen Huang, a Wuhan native living in Beijing, told Reuters the outbreak was "a grave, man-made disaster" caused by mismanagement and deception at the city and provincial government level.

"The detection of this small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire", Tedros said on Monday.

The death toll in China's coronavirus leaped to 242 in just one day with over 60,000 infected, China's health ministry said.

The tunnel is equipped with infrared detectors that activate a spray from misters when a person enters, the report by China News Service said.

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There was no immediate comment from the USA -led coalition to the report, which could not be independently confirmed. Photographs and video from the scene showed armored vehicles with US, Russian and Syrian flags next to each other.

He was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, but is required to periodically report his condition to the hospital, said the report.

Holland America Line said the MS Westerdam will arrive Thursday morning in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

An additional 44 people on board the Diamond Princess have tested positive, raising the total number of cases to 218, while thousands of passengers and crew face a second week in quarantine. "I thought: Is this real?"

The disease caused by a new virus that emerged late past year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19. Some 56 million have been placed under lockdown in the province.

Passengers at a train station connecting Hong Kong to mainland China, wearing masks as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. These include a sharply slowing domestic economy, the trade war with the USA and push-back on China's increasingly aggressive foreign policies. The outbreak began in Wuhan late previous year, and has spread throughout China, killing more than 1,000 and infecting tens of thousands across the country.

The Mobile World Congress, an annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to coronavirus-related concerns.

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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