Chinese hospitals discharge 22888 recovered patients of coronavirus infection

Grant Boone
February 27, 2020

The new coronavirus has drawn comparisons to the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2002-2003 which killed almost 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong and led to criticism over authorities' cover-up.

"There still is a chance we can focus principally on containment, but it's getting harder because we're getting secondary chains of transmission in other countries now", said Dr. William Schaffner, a USA infectious disease expert from Vanderbilt University.

The virus has spread to some 26 countries and territories outside mainland China, killing 11 people, according to a Reuters tally.

More than 1,150 people have also been infected and more than a dozen have died across 27 other countries.

But the number of infections continued to rise elsewhere, with outbreaks worsening in South Korea, Italy and Iran and Lebanon.

The 70-year-old man was infected with the killer virus in China's Hubei Province and showed symptoms almost four weeks later, the local government said on Saturday. South korea hot spot The spike in cases in jails in the northern province of Shandong and Zhejiang in the east made up most of the 258 newly confirmed Chinese infections outside Hubei province on Friday.

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There will be some big decisions in the coming days. "We think there may be many more cases there that have yet to be identified". More than 370 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Italy , with almost a dozen towns put into quarantine.

"We must not look back and regret that we failed to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have".

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Friday that the window of opportunity to contain wider worldwide spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, after cases were reported in Iran and Lebanon.

The Italian authorities placed 50,000 people in lockdown in ten towns in Lombardy and Veneto, telling them to remain indoors. However, the team was finally given permission to visit Wuhan by the Chinese government.

Many nations have banned travellers from China and airlines have suspended flights to and from the country.

The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised residents to stay indoors.

Most people on the streets were wearing masks Friday, but many businesses were closed and workers sprayed disinfectant outside the church. Hubei province, where the virus first emerged in December last, reported 630 new confirmed cases, taking the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 64,084, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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