Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 1,483

  • Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 1,483

Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 1,483

Mike Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program, said more than 14,000 new cases reported in Hubei province on Thursday came after a change to include results from quicker computerized tomography (CT) scans that reveal lung infections, rather than relying just on laboratory tests to confirm cases.

Japan is one of the worst affected of more than two dozen countries and territories outside mainland China that have seen hundreds of infections.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", he told reporters.

US President Donald Trump praised China over its handling of the fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in an interview that aired on Thursday, adding that the United States was working closely with Beijing.

"I suspect but can't be certain that the underlying trend is still downwards", Professor Hunter said.

The revision added almost 15,000 patients to Hubei's count in a single day, with officials explaining that past cases were included. The first cases emerged in December in Wuhan, Hubei's capital.

The WHO said the numbers included cases going back weeks.

"Most of these cases relate to a period going back over days and weeks and are retrospectively reported as cases, sometimes back to the beginning of the outbreak itself", Dr Ryan told a news conference at World Health Organization headquarters.

Covid-19 confirmed cases
Covid-19 confirmed cases

"There have been some backlogs in testing and this is also going to help in ensuring that people get adequate care", Ryan said.

The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1,381, the country's National Health Commission said on February 14. Of those cases, more than 3,000 were "clinically diagnosed".

Elsewhere, Japan confirmed another case, a Japanese man in his 70s, a day after it reported its first death from the virus.

China has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Some cities in Hubei tightened restrictions this week, sealing off neighbourhoods in what they liken to "war-time" measures. They were the two highest-profile officials to be axed since the outbreak.

Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country.

On Thursday, the commission had announced 254 fatalities as authorities adopted a new diagnosis method amid concerns.

There have now been 219 cases of the coronavirus found on board the cruise liner Diamond Princess, which is in quarantine off the coast of Yokohama in Japan.