Coronavirus infects 1716 medical staff as China reports 5090 new cases

Grant Boone
February 14, 2020

On Friday, Hubei's health commission said another 116 people had died and more than 4,800 new cases were reported.

The commission reported five other deaths and 217 new cases elsewhere in China, as the number of new patients outside Hubei fell for a 10th straight day.

Speaking at a World Health Organization news conference, Dr Michael Ryan explained that medical professionals in Hubei province - the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak - had begun classifying suspected cases based on chest imaging alone, prior to laboratory confirmations.

The number of new cases in Hubei Province included 3,095 clinically diagnosed cases, which have been seen as confirmed cases.

The figures were the second daily batch to be released since the roll-out of expanded diagnostic criteria, under which a diagnosis based on an analysis of symptoms is considered a confirmed case.

Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday - a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa, near Tokyo.

A CCTV reporter stands near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, February 13, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Life on board the luxury cruise ship, which has dozens of new virus cases, can include fear, excitement and soul-crushing boredom. One person has died in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

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Only the sick have been taken off the ship, leaving crew members and passengers to hope they make it to the end of the quarantine period on Wednesday without becoming infected. Health authorities said they will try to test people for infection, starting with those who are medically frail, and let them off the ship before Wednesday.

China will grow at its slowest rate since the global financial crisis this quarter, according to a Reuters poll of economists who said the downturn would be short-lived if the outbreak was contained.

He said business leaders must rejuvenate the economy once the virus is under control.

Wuhan has been hit hard by COVID-19 because the outbreak started in Hubei and spread locally.

A Vietnamese health official wearing a protective suit amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak sprays disinfectant on a motorcyle at a checkpoint in Son Loi commune in Vinh Phuc province on Thursday.

The outbreak has led to the firing of Jiang Chaoliang as the ruling Communist Party chief in Hubei, just days after the province's top two health officials were removed from their posts. Still, other factors may be exacerbating locals' illnesses. "Therefore, it might well be the case you're more likely to get a severe case because you may have some predisposing lung injury already".

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