The death count of China’s deadly coronavirus epidemic soared past 1,500 on Saturday. 139 more people died in the epicentre of the outbreak, Hubei province.
The health commission of the province also announced 2,420 new COVID-19 strain cases, nearly half the amount from the day before.
At least 1,519 people have now died as a result of the outbreak which first emerged in December in Hubei’s capital, Wuhan, and snowballed into a nationwide epidemic a month later. More than 66,000 people have now been diagnosed, with most deaths occurring in Hubei. This week’s outbreak scale swelled after Hubei officials updated their counting-case requirements, adding thousands of new patients to their tally.
In addition to those that have proven positive in laboratory tests, cases “clinically diagnosed” by lung imaging are now counted. The adjustment on Thursday added almost 15,000 patients to Hubei’s list, with the World Health Organization noting retroactively counting cases that go back weeks. More than 4,800 cases report on Friday in Hubei.
During the outbreak, 1,716 medical workers confirm infection with six dying from the disease. Most of the health workers ‘ infections were in the capital of Hubei, Wuhan, where many lacked sufficient masks and equipment to cover themselves in hospitals coping with the patient deluge.
The grim numbers come a week after sorrow and public outrage exploded. It is over the death of a whistleblowing doctor whom officials mock and silence by Wuhan police. This is after raising the December alarm about the virus.
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