Wednesday, 19 February 2020

China Coronavirus Deaths Rise 254 to 1,367 on Wednesday

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  • Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. Wuhan is turning three places into temporary hospitals to accept coronavirus patients. The video, shot in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, shows workers setting up beds and equipment inside Wuhan International Conference & Exhibition Center. China Daily via REUTERS

    Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 5, 2020. Picture taken February 5, 2020. Wuhan is turning three places into temporary hospitals to accept coronavirus patients. The video, shot in the city of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Tuesday, shows workers setting up beds and equipment inside Wuhan International Conference & Exhibition Center. China Daily via REUTERS

    TEMPO.COShanghai - The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose to 1,367 as of the end of Wednesday, up 254 from the previous day, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Thursday, Feb. 13.

    Across mainland China, there were 15,152 new confirmed infections bringing the total to 59,804, it said.

    The sharp increases came after Hubei authorities said they had introduced using a new, quicker diagnostic method using computerized tomography (CT) scans, which the NHC said had diagnosed 13,332 of the new infections.

    The CT scans reveal lung infections, the Hubei health commission said, and enable confirmation and faster isolation of new virus cases.

    Hubei authorities had previously only allowed infections to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries genetic information allowing for the identification of organisms like viruses.

    The NHC did not account for a discrepancy of one case, as it had reported that the total accumulated number as of Tuesday was 44,653.

    REUTERS