Amid the ongoing epidemic, Chinese authorities have reportedly relieved Hubei party secretary Jiang Chaoliang of his duties and appointed incumbent Shanghai mayor Ying Yong as the new secretary of the Communist Party of China, local media said Thursday.
Health officials in the central Chinese Hubei province said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Thursday, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen, now called COVID-19, was identified in December.
The patient was among 232 people under quarantine at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after being airlifted out of Wuhan earlier this month, CDC spokeswoman Ana Toro said.
This is the first time that the number of clinically diagnosed cases is listed and included in total confirmed cases - a classification that has resulted in the seemingly sudden surge of infected cases in the province.More news: Larry David Says "He Could Give A F*ck" About "Alienating" MAGA Clowns
The public has widely criticized local officials for failing to respond quickly and decisively to the new virus. China has now reported 1,368 deaths from the viral disease and close to 60,000 infections. The decision on the heels of the expanded case tally was reminiscent of a boardroom reset, in which bad numbers are disclosed first to give the new team a clean slate.
"I'm not surprised that this has happened given the way the outbreak has been going in China", Woolhouse said.
Many countries have implemented travel restrictions on recent visitors to China, which has more than 99% of the world's reported infections. The claim is false; the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 is an abbreviation of "coronavirus disease 2019" and said that geographical locations are not included when naming diseases to avoid stigmatisation.
That is to say, a large number of cases previously categorized as "suspected" are now clinical confirmations in Hubei, leading to the sharp uptick in total confirmed cases.
Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China's National Health Commission, had said on Tuesday he thought the outbreak would peak in mid- to late-February.More news: Apex Legends: Valentine's Day Rendezvous kicking off tonight Apex Legends
"The goal of the joint mission is that experts of both sides can have in-depth communication on the situation and efforts of prevention and control, and come up with advice for China and other affected countries", Geng said.
The online newspaper VN Express cited a senior official of Ving Phuc province as reporting an increase in cases in Son Loi commune. "We are not planning any such changes", said Union Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases, a lot of them in the province.
In Cambodia, the cruise ship MS Westerdam was allowed to dock in the port town of Sihanoukville after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board may have the coronavirus.
According to the ship's operator, Holland America, none of the 1,400 passengers and 800 crew members were infected with the virus.More news: Chelsea fans react as Sancho looks set to leave Dortmund