Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Coronavirus takes brutal toll on Chinese healthcare workers

A man wears a protective mask as he walks in the Wuhan business district Hubei province China on Thursday Feb. 13 2020.							Getty Images A man wears a protective mask as he walks in the Wuhan business district Hubei province China on Thursday Feb. 13 2020. Getty Images
Gustavo Carr | 14 February, 2020, 20:28

dSix health workers have died from the new coronavirus in China and more than 1,700 have been infected, health officials said on Friday, underscoring the risks doctors and nurses have taken due to shortages of protective gear, reports AFP.

Though there are many unanswered questions related to coronavirus, the sudden spike in number of new patients in mainland China has fuelled concerns over the actual situation in the country.

A jump in the number of new cases of coronavirus in China reflects a "broader definition" of a case of infection, a World Health Organization official said on Thursday.

More than 64,400 people are now recorded as having been made ill by the virus in China, with the last two days showing a steep rise after a change in diagnostic methods. In all, 219 of about 3,700 people on board have tested positive.

Canada has also dispatched health officials to Japan to co-ordinate with local public health authorities.

China reported 121 more deaths and 5,090 new confirmed cases.

The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods.

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About 55,748 people were being treated, while 1,380 people have died of the coronavirus that emerged in December past year in Wuhan, capital of central Hubei Province. Though Chinese authorities initially stipulated that only Canadian passport holders would be able to leave the quarantined region, they seem to have relaxed that rule, Champagne said, but he did not elaborate on whether Canada would make arrangements to fly more of them out.

Meanwhile, the cruise ship industry in general is reassessing tours to Asia after another ship, the Westerdam, was refused permission to dock in five ports before passengers were finally allowed to disembark in Cambodia on Friday.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak", said Ryan.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept U.S. help, but "they won't let us". The first cases emerged in December in Wuhan.

US President Donald Trump praised China over its response and said Washington was working closely with Beijing. "We're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese, these numbers are jumping around. there was some surprise", he told reporters.

Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong has been appointed as the new secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, replacing Jiang Chaoliang, the official Xinhua news agency said without explaining why Jiang was removed. He said the Geneva-based United Nations health agency was seeking "further clarity" from China about recent updates to its case definition and reporting protocol for the coronavirus disease outbreak.