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Medical staff receive a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at the temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu/IANS)

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

A staff member (L) checks a passenger’s temperature at the exit of Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. (Photo by Ren Chao/Xinhua/IANS)

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.

A video is doing the rounds on the internet in which Chinese officials in rural areas are creatively using drones to make sure local residents don't gather together without wearing masks during the nationwide battle against the #coronavirus. In the viral video, residents of a village in Inner Mongolia are startled when they hear a disembodied voice from a hovering drone admonishing them for not wearing face masks outside. by .
A video is doing the rounds on the internet in which Chinese officials in rural areas are creatively using drones to make sure local residents don’t gather together without wearing masks during the nationwide battle against the #coronavirus. In the viral video, residents of a village in Inner Mongolia are startled when they hear a disembodied voice from a hovering drone admonishing them for not wearing face masks outside.

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.

BEIJING, Jan. 26, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), answers questions at a press conference on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak held by the State Council Information Office, in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Cai Yang/IANS) by .
Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), answers questions at a press conference. (Xinhua/Cai Yang/IANS)

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.

New Delhi: A thermal screening being carried out on the passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Feb 2, 2020. National carrier Air India's second special flight to Wuhan, landed at the IGI airport here on Sunday with 323 Indian and seven Maldivian citizens onboard. (Photo: IANS) by .
A thermal screening being carried out on the passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, at the IGI airport in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS)

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.

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