Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

As many as 116 more people died of the coronavirus in Hubei province on Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths to at least 1,486 globally, CNN reported. Is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ending soon? But on February 13, the recorded new infections were the lowest ever recorded, with just 1,826 new infections globally.

In a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Executive Directory for Health Emergencies Dr. Mike Ryan said medical professionals can now classify a suspected case of COVID-19 through chest imaging; the effects of which will greatly help clinicians in the area.

Experts also saw it as a reflection of a chaotic crush of people seeking treatment and the struggle to keep up with a backlog of untested samples in Hubei province and its capital city, Wuhan, where the disease first surfaced in December.

The death toll in China reached 1,367, up 254 from the previous day.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine claimed a woman who wasn't showing symptoms triggered a chain of coronavirus infections.

The new numbers in Hubei appear to burst that bubble, bringing official statistics closer to reality. However, after the sharp increase, the number of people diagnosed started to stabilize.

There has been confusion with the new tally, and there was a massive jump in the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19.

"Based on the current trend in confirmed cases, this appears to be a clear indication that while the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late", he said. In China, with the sudden rise of infected individuals, it's harder to get tested and treated for the virus. There are now 4,131 patients who have recovered and been discharged.

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But Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee of this year's Tokyo Olympics, told reporters Thursday the committee is not considering postponing or canceling the Games, which begin in July.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus poses a "grave threat" to the world, with chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying the virus could have "more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

"The United States is ready and prepared to expeditiously facilitate the approval of assistance from these organizations", it added.

More than 1,300 people have died from the disease in China, WHO figures show. All the other employees worked on the same floor as the patient.

"I'm not surprised that this has happened given the way the outbreak has been going in China", Woolhouse said.

It's too early to say if the outbreak is starting, in the middle, or about to end. The Westerdam cruise ship anchored Thursday off Cambodia for health checks on its 2,200 passengers and crew.

Australian health officials tested a passenger onboard another cruise ship that docked in Sydney harbor for a "respiratory illness" on Friday, causing passengers to fret about the potential of another shipboard outbreak of the coronavirus.

Diamond Princess, with 3,700 people on board, has been quarantined in Japan, and patients, as well as crew members, weren't allowed to leave the ship.

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