THE death toll of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak as of February 19 is now 2009 with mainland China‘s number of deaths rising by 136.
By HealthTimes Reporter
Hong Kong reported a second death who was a 70 year old man with underlying conditions. He had visited the Chinese mainland in January. The territory has 62 confirmed cases.
The National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China noted that on Feb 18,there were 1749 new confirmed cases, 1 185 suspected cases, 236 new serious cases and 1 824 patients released from hospitals after being cured. The total number of recoveries is 14 529 in countries with confirmed cases is 14 529 out of 75 195 cases.
“As of 24:00 on Feb 18, the National Health Commission had received 74,185 reports of confirmed cases and 2,004 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and in all 14,376 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital. There still remained 57,805 confirmed cases (including 11,977 in serious condition) and 5,248 suspected cases. So far, 574,418 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 135,881 are now under medical observation,” said the Health Commission.
COVID-19 first appeared in December 2019, in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.
“Outside China, there are now 804 cases in 25 countries, with three deaths”, the WHO chief continued, noting that in the past 24 hours, 110 new cases had been reported, including 99 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on which thousands of people had been stuck under mandatory quarantine off the Japanese port city of Yokohama.
For more than a month, WHO has been supporting national authorities in other countries with cases, to track the virus and understand how people became infected.
So far, there are 92 cases in 12 countries of human-to-human transmission.
“At the moment”, he explained, “we don’t have enough data on cases outside China to make a meaningful comparison on the severity of disease or the case fatality rate”.
However, he continued, “we’re following up with countries to get more information about what happens about each case and the outcome”.
Mr. Ghebreyesus said that WHO has not yet seen a sustained local transmission, except in specific circumstances, like the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
On Twitter, Jonathan Zhu said, “The death rate has been steadily up, at a 0.1% per day, in Wuhan city, outside the city, and outside the province. Lesson: don’t jump too soon to conclude the virus is not lethal.”