Zeng Yixin, the Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, told the media here that daily deaths were however still “at a high level” and must be taken seriously in Hubei province, where the outbreak is linked to fish markets in its capital, Wuhan
The novel coronavirus outbreak is under control and the general situation is improving after no new cases were registered in 14 of China’s 34 provinces and autonomous regions, a top health official said here on Friday.
Zeng Yixin, the Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, told the media here that daily deaths were however still “at a high level” and must be taken seriously in Hubei province, where the outbreak is linked to fish markets in its capital, Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, reports Efe news.
“Control of the epidemic has seen significant achievements and the situation is tending to be better,” said Zeng, adding that the daily number of confirmed cases in China fell from 15,152 to less than 900 on Thursday.
Another 115 deaths and 411 infections were recorded on Thursday in Hubei, according to the latest official data, raising the province’s total cases to 60,000, where 2,144 people have died of the disease.
However, that maximum was recorded after metrics that considered a person infected were relaxed, with Wednesday’s and Thursday’s decrease in figures being due, in part, to authorities re-establishing a stricter system to count contagions.
With the exception of Hubei, Zeng said new cases have dropped countrywide from a peak of 890 to less than 300 on Thursday, adding that new infections in the province – excluding Wuhan – have dropped from 1,404 to 400.
He also noted that new daily cases confirmed in Wuhan have gone from 3,190 to less than 400 on Thursday.
The official also said new cases of patients who have overcome the disease in China have grown significantly in the last three days and matched the number of confirmed cases in the country’s provinces.
Zeng said the number of provinces and autonomous regions in which no case were recorded continue to increase, adding that there are now 14, including western Tibet, Xinjiang and northern Inner Mongolia.
Xu Nanping, science and technology vice minister, said that the first vaccine could be ready for clinical trials at the end of April.
Xu highlighted the recovery of several patients through plasma treatment, which consists of transferring blood from recovered people to critical patients.
Wuhan hospital doctor dies from coronavirus
Peng Yinhua, a doctor from a Wuhan hospital that receives patients infected with the deadly coronavirus, has died from the virus, authorities said on Friday.
Peng, 29, a respiratory acute care medical professional, became infected while working at the First People’s Hospital of Jiangxia district of Wuhan, reports media.
He was hospitalized on January 25 and transferred to the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital for treatment five days later.
He died at 9.50 p.m. on Thursday despite doctors’ all-out efforts to save his life.
Peng’s death comes just days after Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, died of the disease on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old doctor in Wuhan who was sanctioned for attempting to bring the coronavirus to light, had died.
No coronavirus case currently in India
Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit, India is currently completely free of coronavirus infection. Coronavirus infection was confirmed among 3 students from Kerala among Indian citizens present inside the country, but now all three students are completely healthy and have been discharged from hospital.
Screening for identification of coronavirus is going on in India on a large scale, but at present no other person has been found to be suffering from this disease in the screening of coronavirus. Significantly, more than two thousand people have died due to coronavirus in China and about 75,000 people are suffering from this disease.
The Union Health Ministry says that after thermal screening of millions of people, samples of a total of 2,654 people went for further investigation on the basis of suspicion.
Out of these 2,654 people, only three people from Kerala, who were found to be suffering from coronavirus, are now completely healthy.