Any suspected cases with pneumonia-related computerized tomography (CT) scan results are counted as clinically diagnosed cases, according to the latest version of the diagnosis and treatment scheme released by the National Health Commission.
A Vietnamese health official wearing a protective suit amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak sprays disinfectant on a motorcyle at a checkpoint in Son Loi commune in Vinh Phuc province on Thursday.
United Airlines said late on Wednesday it would extend cancellations of all USA flights to China until late April because of the coronavirus, joining other U.S. carriers that have suspended China routes.
Hubei had previously only allowed infections to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process and delay treatment.
The 14,840 brand-new cases in the Hubei Province were videotaped due to the fact that authorities quit making use of packages to identify individuals and rather started counting individuals that have actually been evaluated and determined by physicians, The New York Times reported.
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It comes as Chinese health bosses claim the disease may be completely eradicated by April, after the country reported its lowest number of new cases in almost two weeks.
The death toll from the virus in Hubei province also jumped by a record 242 fatalities on Thursday, more than doubling the previous record number of 103 deaths set on Monday.
And Dr Mike Ryan, the head of the WHO's emergency programme, has cautioned that it is too early "to predict the beginning, the middle or end of the epidemic".
Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, remains under virtual lockdown, and other major Chinese cities are facing severe travel restrictions.
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But it has faced continued scepticism among the global public, and USA officials have also called for more openness from China's Communist Party rulers, leading to fears that there may be similarities with the way it dealt with SARS.
Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted, particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.
Hubei's two top health officials had already been sacked this week. Wuhan residents said hospitals were overcrowded and lacked sufficient medical supplies.
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The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, where a further 44 cases were reported on Thursday.
United Airlines said it would extend cancellations of all US flights to China through late April, meaning all USA passenger carriers flying to China had now cancelled flights into late April.
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