China Virus Death Toll Nears 1,400, Six Health Workers Among Victims
Umer Jamshaid 10 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 05:17 PM
The death toll from China's virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday with six medical workers among the victims, underscoring the country's struggle to contain a deepening health crisis
Beijing, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :The death toll from China's virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday with six medical workers among the victims, underscoring the country's struggle to contain a deepening health crisis.
The scale of the epidemic swelled this week after authorities in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the contagion, changed their criteria to count the number of cases, adding thousands of new patients to their tally.
The majority of cases of infections among health workers was in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, where many have lacked proper masks and gear to protect themselves in hospitals dealing with a deluge of patients.
Authorities in Hubei province on Thursday started counting patients who were "clinically diagnosed" via lung imaging, in addition to those who undergo lab tests.
On Friday, Hubei's health commission said another 116 people had died and more than 4,800 new cases were reported.
Of those cases, more than 3,000 were "clinically diagnosed".
The WHO said the numbers included cases going back weeks.
The sharp one-day increase "does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak," said Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme.
The move will ensure patients get treated as early as possible, instead of having to wait for laboratory tests, health officials said.
"There have been some backlogs in testing and this is also going to help in ensuring that people get adequate care," Ryan said.
The National Health Commission said the new criteria would only apply to Hubei.
The commission reported five other deaths and 217 new cases elsewhere in China, as the number of new patients outside Hubei fell for a 10th straight day.
It also disclosed a statistical error, saying it removed 108 previous deaths in Hubei that had been double-counted. The nationwide toll still rose to 1,380.
Some cities in Hubei tightened restrictions this week, sealing off neighbourhoods in what they liken to "war-time" measures.
Authorities have scrambled to deploy protective equipment to Wuhan's hospitals, where doctors and nurses have been overwhelmed by an ever-growing number of patients.