REPORT: ‘Spike’ in coronavirus cases in China explained

FEBRUARY 13, 2020

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China reported a 14,000 patient spike in coronavirus cases on Thursday, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says the numbers are due to confirmation of suspected cases.

After changing the way they record the virus, the Hubei Health Commission found there were 15,000 more than they thought. That means the figure shot up from 45,000 to 60,000 in the world in a single day.

The article goes on to state the following:

China’s surging numbers, including a leap of 242 deaths in a single day, caused alarm after global health officials yesterday said declining new daily infections were encouraging.

Dr Oliver Morgan, Director, WHO Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment, explained that the ‘new’ cases in China were not actually new, but simply reflects tens of thousands of “suspected” cases to “confirmed, based on their symptoms.

WHO reported the following information in a series of Twitter posts, based on a press conference on Wednesday:

‘In the last 24 hours #China has reported 1,820 laboratory-confirmed #COVID19 cases, bringing the total to 46,550″-@DrMikeRyan

“In addition, #China reported 13,332 clinically-confirmed #COVID19 cases in Hubei province, and crucially, we understand that most of these cases relate to a period going back to the beginning of the outbreak”-

“This increase is in large part down to a change in how cases are diagnosed and reported”-@DrMikeRyan

“In other words, in Hubei province only, a trained medical professional can now classify a suspected case of #COVID19 as a clinically-confirmed case on the basis of chest imaging, rather than a laboratory confirmation”

“In the rest of #China and the rest of the world, laboratory confirmation is still required. WHO will continue to track both laboratory and clinically-confirmed #COVID19 cases in Hubei province”-

“We have seen a significant spike in the number of reported cases in #China, but not a significant change in the trajectory of the #COVID19 outbreak”-

“Outside #China, there are 447 cases from 24 other countries, and two deaths. In addition to the death in the Philippines, there is now one more death of the world, in Japan”-@DrMikeRyan

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