1.7K Health Workers Have New Virus

The risks to medical staff were highlighted last Friday when Li Wenliang, a doctor who had been reprimanded for trying to raise the alarm about the virus, died of the Covid-19 disease.

China's Health Commission has said that the change was aimed at identifying suspected cases in which the patient has pneumonia so they can be treated more quickly and reduce the likelihood of more serious illness or death.

The United States has accused China of lacking transparency.

Medical workers account for about 3.8% of confirmed cases as of three days ago, Zeng said.

After the death of whistleblower Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, 10 academics circulated an open letter calling for political reform and freedom of speech in the Communist-ruled country.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters five of the patients who were already sent to hospitals for isolation and treatment of COVID-19 have severe symptoms and are on artificial respirators or under intensive care. The number of confirmed cases jumped 15,152 to 59,804.

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei say 242 more people have died in the outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,300 people since December.

Hubei authorities said that the increases were because they had broadened their definition for infection to include people "clinically diagnosed" via lung imaging.

The WHO said the numbers included cases going back weeks.

"I think it's way too early to try to predict the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now", WHO Health Emergencies Program executive director Michael Ryan said.

The National Health Commission disclosed a statistical error, however, saying it removed 108 deaths in Hubei that had been double-counted, but the nationwide toll still rose to 1,383 on Friday.

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Speaking at a World Health Organization news conference, Dr Michael Ryan explained that medical professionals in Hubei province - the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak - had begun classifying suspected cases based on chest imaging alone, prior to laboratory confirmations. "It is important that these also be counted", she told Reuters.

The death toll from the coronavirus is higher than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03, which is believed to have killed 774 people and sickened almost 8,100 in China and Hong Kong.

Some cities in Hubei tightened restrictions this week, sealing off neighborhoods in what they liken to "war-time" measures.

The announcement comes as Chinese officials and hospitals have spoken out about a shortage of protective equipment, including face masks.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said, the BBC reported on Thursday.

"We have to ask about pollution and the prevalence of smoking, both of which are very, very common in China", Dr. Schaffner said.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept U.S. help, but "they won't let us".

US President Donald Trump praised China over its response and said Washington was working closely with Beijing.

On Tuesday, top Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said the epidemic should peak in China this month before subsiding.

The reports did not give a reason for the dismissals but the two are the most high-profile Chinese officials to be removed from duty following the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan late previous year.

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