Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a leading epidemiologist who helped in the combat against the SARS epidemic in 2003, says some provinces reported improvement with declining numbers of new cases. The worldwide death toll now exceeds 1,300. Typically, an infection toll may reach more or less 3,000 new infections and at least 100 deaths each day since January 2020.
The developments came hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) claimed "positive results" from efforts to contain an epidemic that has now officially killed 1,367 people and infected almost 60,000.
Many countries have implemented travel restrictions on recent visitors to China, which has more than 99 per cent of the world's reported infections.More news: Gallinari scores 29 points to carry Thunder past Pelicans
Health officials in Hubei, the epicenter of the 2-month-old outbreak that has killed 1,367 people in all of China, said they changed their detection methods from a laboratory test to computerized body scans.
Many critically sick patients with symptoms but no confirmation of infection had complained that they were being turned away from hospitals. There are now 4,131 patients who have recovered and been discharged.
"It is our current understanding that the new case definition widens the net, and includes not only lab-confirmed cases but also clinically diagnosed cases based on symptoms and exposure", World Health Organization spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters. On Feb. 13, the number of fatalities doubled, and new confirmed cases rose by nearly 15,000. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the apparent slowdown should be viewed with caution since the virus could spread elsewhere.
"I think it's way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now", Mr Ryan said.More news: Netflix defends itself against new transmission rivals through the Samsung association
Heilongjiang province in the northeast reported two new deaths, with the other fatalities in the provinces of Anhui and Henan and the municipality of Chongqing.
Cruise ship situation is "dynamic": There have now been 219 cases of the coronavirus found on board the cruise liner Diamond Princess, which is in quarantine off the coast of Yokohama in Japan. Over the past few days, the ship was also denied disembarkment in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Guam and Thailand, amid fears of spreading the virus despite its assertion that all 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members onboard were healthy.
Japan plans to move passengers who wish to leave the ship in phases, with the most "medically vulnerable" guests being moved in the first phase, according to Princess Cruises, the line that owns the Diamond Princess. During the quarantine period, 218 people tested positive of the virus, but not everyone has been tested yet.
The ship, MS Westerdam had docked in Cambodia.More news: The Batman: First Look at Robert Pattinson in Batsuit
"We know that there are some people who need medications on board, they want to have contact with their families, we're facilitating that", Champagne said at a briefing in Senegal, where he is on a diplomatic trip.