UPDATE: Wuhan coronavirus deaths, cases surge

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

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The death toll of a coronavirus outbreak sweeping China has reached at least 1,360, with more than 60,000 people infected as of Wednesday.

The virus, now officially known as COVID-19, has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 25 other countries. Both the death toll and the number of infected patients now exceed those of the 2003 SARS outbreak.

The article goes on to state the following:

Outside China, cases have been reported in Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US, and Vietnam.

“Wednesday’s report marked the highest infection and death count in a single day since the outbreak began,” Business Insider reported in a separate article. “The enormous jump is likely due to a change in the way cases are counted and reported in Hubei. Of the nearly 15,000 new cases, 13,332 were clinically diagnosed, according to a release from the Hubei province’s health commission. That means the patients were diagnosed based on symptoms that match the coronavirus but don’t necessarily have confirmed lab-test results.”

“Hubei, the Chinese province at the center of the coronavirus epidemic, reported 14,840 new cases as it revised the method for counting infections,” Bloomberg News reported.

BNO Newsroom reports that the new method includes “clinically diagnosed cases.” They tweeted:

“Coronavirus update:
– 60,016 cases worldwide
– New criteria includes clinically diagnosed cases
– 16,067 suspected cases
– 1,355 fatalities
– 8,070 in serious/critical condition
– 5,611 recovered
– Most cases in China
– 25 countries reporting cases”

Outside of mainland China, only two deaths have been reported: one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.

There are 13 cases reported in the US. The latest US case was confirmed in San Diego, California, on February 10.

Facts to know about COVID-19:

  1. Symptoms of the pneumonia-like virus include fever and difficulty breathing.
  2. A person should seek help if they have:
    • Fever, coughing or difficulty breathing after traveling to Wuhan or after having contact with someone in the past two weeks who was exposed to the virus, or who’s been confirmed to have the virus.
  3. The total number of cases reported internationally has surpassed that of the SARS outbreak, and the real number of infected people is very likely higher than the official total.
  4. Few children have been infected by COVID-19, although one baby was diagnosed with it within 30 hours of birth, Chinese authorities reported.
  5. The coronavirus outbreak was declared a global public-health emergency by the World Health Organization.


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