Virus death toll nears 1,400 in China, cruise ship disembarks in Cambodia

Grant Boone
February 14, 2020

China reported Thursday an additional 13,332 clinically confirmed coronavirus cases in the Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, according to WHO.

There was good news for passengers on another cruise ship that was finally allowed to dock in Cambodia after being rejected by five nations over fears of the virus, even though no cases were reported on board. The overall death toll now stands at 1,380 and infections have topped 64,000. The daily death toll nearly halved when compared to Wednesday's 14,840.

COVID-19 has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said yesterday, as authorities reported more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths. The ecommerce giant Alibaba warned that the epidemic is having a broad impact on the Chinese economy, while a report said the country may delay its annual political meeting. The Diamond Princess has been under quarantine since last week after it was learned that a former passenger who had disembarked in Hong Kong had tested positive for COVID-19. Those deaths were reported in the Philippines and Japan.

To ensure timely treatment for more patients and further curb spread of virus, Hubei regards those with pneumonia-related computerized tomography scan results but not yet tested positive for the virus as confirmed cases.

Two Hubei health officials were also sacked earlier in the week.

A CCTV reporter stands near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, February 13, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

Almost 64,000 people are now recorded as having fallen ill from the virus in China, with officials revealing that 1,716 health workers had been infected as of Tuesday.

Another 65 Test Positive for Coronavirus on Cruise Ship in Japan
In China , where the virus emerged, at least 636 people have died and more than 31,000 people have tested positive. One quarantine officer has also been infected, according to Japan's Ministry of Health , Labor and Welfare.

Dr Tedros, the World Health Organization chief, also praised Cambodia for taking in the Westerdam, a USA cruise ship that had earlier been turned away from ports in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan despite having no sick patients on board.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak."

US President Donald Trump praised China over its response and said Washington was working closely with Beijing.

Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the official Xinhua news agency said without explaining why Jiang was removed.

"I suspect but can't be certain that the underlying trend is still downwards", Professor Hunter said.

"We are a little disappointed that we haven't been invited in and we're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese", Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters. The first cases emerged in December in Wuhan.

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