Scared and exposed: Rise in virus cases among China's medics

Clay Curtis
February 17, 2020

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has risen to 1,770, with an additional 100 deaths reported Sunday in Hubei, the Chinese province at the center of the outbreak.

Almost 90 percent of the new cases were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Meanwhile, the USA confirms 15 cases of the coronavirus disease, including eight people in California, one in MA, one in Texas, one in Arizona, one in Washington, one in Wisconsin, and two in IL.

"In Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, the proportion of severe cases among the confirmed cases fell from a peak of 32.4 per cent on January 28 to 21.6 per cent on February 15", Mi Feng, a spokesperson with the NHC, said during a media briefing.

Among the deaths, 100 were in Hubei Province, three in Henan, and two in Guangdong.

Within China, authorities reported 2,009 new cases on Sunday, down from more than 2,600 the previous day.

While the vast majority of deaths have occurred in mainland China, there have been fatal cases of the virus in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan and France.

Holland America Line said it is working with governments and health experts to track passengers who disembarked from its Westerdam cruise ship docked in Cambodia after an American woman tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia. A member of the diagnosis team from Japan's health ministry also tested positive for the disease, the ministry said on Monday. About 380 Americans had been on the ship.

One message could be that local authorities should take responsibility for failing to take effective measures after Xi gave instructions early last month, he said. The event regularly attracts tens of thousands of people to the inner grounds of the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo.

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Outside China, the ship has the largest number of cases of COVID-19.

The city also downgraded its 2020 outlook for its economy.

Outside China, more than 500 cases have been confirmed, mostly of people who travelled from Chinese cities, with five deaths. With the country facing increasing economic pressure - which could have global ramifications - many cities are attempting to return to something like normality. "We agreed that the present situation represents the early stage of a domestic outbreak".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday more than 200 Australians on the ship will be evacuated on Wednesday.

Following is a summary of current health news briefs.

Many public places are in a virtual freeze in China. The meeting is due to start on March 5. Employers in Japan are also starting to feel the effects of the outbreak. And amid growing criticism of Japan's handling of the ship, governments are scrambling to repatriate their citizens, with Canada, Australia, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong poised to follow Washington's lead.

He said "given the misinformation about the novel coronavirus epidemic, World Health Organization has communicated with some companies including Google to ensure that the public will get the authoritative information from the WHO".

In a letter to passengers Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Japan said the decision to evacuate them was made because those onboard "are at high risk of exposure".

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