Death toll from coronavirus in China reaches 1,868, over 72,400 Iniected

Grant Boone
February 18, 2020

Monday's report gives the World Health Organization a clearer picture of where the outbreak is headed, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference.

Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO's emergency program, asked whether the outbreak was a pandemic, said: "The real issue is whether we are seeing efficient community transmission outside of China and at the present time we are not observing that".

Hubei reported 1,807 new confirmed cases, taking the total number of such cases to 59,989 in the province.

Most of the new deaths on Monday were in Hubei's provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

"It's too early to tell if this reported decline will continue".

Health officials in China have published the first details on almost 45,000 cases of the coronavirus disease that originated there, saying more than 80 per cent have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month.

As of February 14, a total of 217 medical teams with 25,633 medical workers had been sent to Hubei, the Xinhua report said.

For health care officials, it's the fear of the unknown.

The virus caused severe disease such as pneumonia in 14 per cent of them and critical illness in 5 per cent.

China's biannual auto show, one of the industry's biggest worldwide events, has been postponed, and many sports and entertainment events have been delayed or canceled to avoid travel that may spread the virus.

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Compare that to 15 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.

But the new virus ultimately could prove more deadly if it spreads to far more people than the others did.

For the estimated 26 million flu cases this season, almost 670,000 people would have died compared to the 14,000 who have died from the flu.

The study warned that while cases seem to have been declining since February 1, that could change as people return to work and school after the Lunar New Year holidays.

The COVID-19 cases have included few children, and the risk of death has risen with age and among people with health problems.

The world's airlines have suspended flights to and from China and some 780 million Chinese are under some form of travel restrictions within their own borders due to the outbreak.

The American evacuees will be housed at the Travis Air Force Base in California and the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

New cases in other countries, meanwhile, raised concerns about containing the virus.

The largest number of cases outside China is among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at a port near Tokyo.

Four of the Americans who tested positive for the virus were transported to California hospitals.

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