Earlier this month, the Communist Party Committee in Hubei announced the dismissal of the province's two top health authority officials.
The proportion of patients who recovered from the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) in China had increased to 10.6 percent on Tuesday from the lowest 1.3 percent on January 27, Mi Feng, an official with the National Health Commission (NHC), said Wednesday.
It also said it had revised its old data and suspected cases to include over 100 clinically diagnosed cases.
The death toll in China's Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak leapt by a record 242 on Thursday to 1,310, with a sharp rise in confirmed cases after the adoption of new methodology for diagnosis, health officials said.
Hospital Wuhan City Hubei Province China while the crisis continued to develop yesterday
Airlines say part of the reason is a dramatic drop-off in demand, but the USA has also introduced strict restrictions on travellers to the United States who have visited China, barring almost all non-US residents if they have been in China within the previous14 days.
So far, the virus has infected over 45,000 people worldwide - although 99 percent of the cases have occurred within China and only two fatalities have been reported outside the Chinese mainland. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases, a lot of them in the province.
"It is not clear if the problem up to now, on this issue, was lack of transparency or simply bad medical practice", Crane said.
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United Airlines said late on Wednesday it would extend cancellations of all U.S. flights to China until late April because of the coronavirus, joining other USA carriers that have suspended China routes.
Another expert said that while the coronavirus may be peaking in China, this was not the case elsewhere.
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The Mobile World Congress, an annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to coronavirus-related concerns.
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