Hubei Province of China has seen a sharp increase in the number of Coronavirus cases. With 242 deaths in the past 24 hours and nearly 14,840 reports of new infections, this is a shocking spike in the mainland over the coronavirus cases. The reason for the spike is partly because officials have changed the criteria for recognizing new cases of the n-CoV. The death toll is now at 1383, and total people infected globally amount to 64,435. The death toll was revised the next day after China claimed of duplication in data collection and recording.
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President ‘Xi Jinping’, recently appointed one of his major allies for running Hubei province, which is the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus. The changes which have been implemented at medical and political levels may turn out to contain the virus spread.
Since Beijing is in trouble due to the inability of the system to control the flow of information regarding the coronavirus numbers, many drastic measures were taken. In Wuhan, which inhabits the wild live animal market, where the virus has been said to originate, many people lost their jobs. Notably, the senior officials of the Health Department were replaced.
China Broadens Criteria for counting of Coronavirus Cases
According to the new altered calculation, the number of coronavirus cases will determine the status of the epidemic in the mainland. Officials have made changes to the data, and the way coronavirus cases are diagnosed, it covers those who have been confirmed positive for the infection. It also includes those who exhibit symptoms of the coronavirus, however, have not been tested or waiting for their test results. This method will cover every person with the virus symptoms, and aid in access to treatment for many more who are waiting to get tested.
Meanwhile, the Global spike of coronavirus cases seems to be controlled as compared to China’s virus spread rate. America’s CDC has reported that “We can and should be prepared for this new virus to gain a foothold in the U.S. “ There are now more than a dozen confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S.
People Stuck on Sea amidst Fear of Coronavirus
Elsewhere, people are stuck on cruise ships as the fears of coronavirus persist. ‘Diamond Princess’ Cruise, which is currently docked in Yokohoma, Japan, is a floating incubator for the disease. Japanese officials say there are three dozen newly-discovered onboard. Two hundred have become infected, the largest outside mainland China. Those who are identified are taken out for quarantine and
Another cruise, Westerdam MS which cruised from Hong Kong, was denied entry to Japan and a couple of other countries. The cruise passengers are stuck in the sea for two weeks despite no suspected cases of coronavirus on board. The cruise will finally disembark in Cambodia.