Coronavirus death toll nears 1,400 in China, with 5,090 new cases

Mail Online | 2/14/2020 | Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline;Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
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China has reported another sharp rise in the number of people infected with the killer coronavirus, with the death toll now nearing 1,400.

The National Health Commission said 121 more deaths were recorded yesterday, as well as 5,090 new confirmed cases.

Number - Cases - Province - Method

The number of reported cases has been rising more quickly after the hardest-hit province changed its method of counting them.

There are now almost 64,000 confirmed cases in mainland China, of which 1,380 have died, according to the national body.

Hubei - Province - Cases - Physician - Diagnosis

Hubei province is now including cases based on a physician's diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by lab tests.

The acceleration in the number of cases does not necessarily represent a sudden surge in new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Paul - Hunter - Professor - Health - Protection

Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the University of East Anglia, said: 'I suspect but can't be certain that the underlying trend is still downwards.

'It almost certainly does not mean that there has been a resurgence of the epidemic overnight.'

Rises - Change - Way - Doctors - Hubei

The sharp rises is thought to have been caused by a change in the way doctors in Hubei - the province at the centre of the outbreak - are diagnosing the virus.

Officials decided that people who have virus symptoms, plus a CT scan showing chest infection, are now being counted as confirmed cases.

Cases - Kits - Laboratory

Cases were previously only being confirmed using specialized testing kits in a laboratory.

But authorities have had to switch to the broader diagnostic tools because they are running out of the kits and hundreds of patients are going untested.

Prospect - Deaths - Infections - Medics - Method

It raises the prospect that deaths and infections could have been much higher if medics were using this method all along.

And it could mean that going forward, more cases will be reported every day in the Chinese province.

Death - Toll - China

The official death toll now sits at 1,380 after China reported...
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