- Chinese health authorities said 1,716 medical staff had been infected with the novel coronavirus by February 11, accounting for 3.8 percent of the overall confirmed cases in the country.
Those cases are among tens of thousands already reported in mainland China, which has been hardest-hit by the fast-spreading strain.
COVID-19 has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said yesterday, as authorities reported more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths.
"(That) is to a great extent due to a huge public health operation in China", he said.
There hasn't been a "significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak" of COVID-19, global health officials said Thursday, even as China reported thousands more cases under new criteria that officials adopted, Japan reported its first death from the disease and the number of USA cases continued to climb.More news: Meet world’s oldest living male
"The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally", he said, referring to the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus.
"This is concerning and consistent with what CDC knows from our experience with SARS and MERS, where we saw that transmission can be amplified in health care settings if infection control practices are not carefully followed", Messonnier said.
Yesterday, some of the passengers on the Diamond Princess were allowed to disembark - with priority for older passengers confined to windowless cabins - and complete their quarantine on shore.
Meanwhile, two new cases were confirmed in the United States this week, upping the total from 13 to 15.More news: Backgrounder: COVID-19 -- official name for disease caused by novel coronavirus
US officials escalated criticism of China's response to the coronavirus outbreak, questioning the government's transparency.
Xi urged reforming and improving the disease prevention and control system to prevent major outbreaks, strengthening primary-level capacity, and improving a coordinated system for major public health risk analysis, evaluation, decision-making, and prevention and control.
Coronavirus is continuing to spread throughout China and especially in the epicenter Hubei province, the World Health Organization said in a Friday update briefing on COVID-19.
The Philippines reported the first death outside China from the virus.
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Jiang, 61, is the highest-ranking political casualty so far in the virus outbreak.