China's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1400, but fewer new cases

Flower shop owner Iris Leung delivered face masks along with flowers on Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong

Flower shop owner Iris Leung delivered face masks along with flowers on Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong

Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States, told DW that he expects new cases of coronavirus to drop between late April and early May.

The doubts over accuracy of data grew after Hubei's health commission early on Thursday reported that the number of confirmed cases in the area went up to 14,840 on Wednesday from 1,638 on Tuesday.

Hubei province is now including cases based on a doctor's diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by laboratory tests.

The outbreak has exposed 'shortcomings, ' Xi acknowledged, adding that China needed to reform its public health and epidemic prevention and control systems.

The National Health Commission said 121 more people had died and there were 5,090 new confirmed cases.

More than 64,600 people have now been infected in the country.

People inside China and around the world have raised questions about the initial response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The commission reported five other deaths and 217 new cases elsewhere in China, as the number of new patients outside Hubei fell for a 10th straight day.

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According to the ship's operator, Holland America, none of the 1,400 passengers and 800 crew members were infected with the virus. China on Friday reported another 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths had been confirmed on the mainland.

Officials in Hubei have been heavily criticized for their handling of the epidemic in a province of nearly 60 million people. The outbreak began in Wuhan late previous year, and has spread throughout China.

More than two-dozen countries have now reported hundreds of cases among them.

"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", Ryan told a briefing in Geneva.

The online newspaper VN Express says the man's daughter was infected. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the diseases, a lot of them in Son Loi. You might be wondering with all the products sent directly from China if the coronavirus can spread through packages.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine claimed a woman who wasn't showing symptoms triggered a chain of coronavirus infections.

Japan has reported its first death from the virus, and it's begun disembarking passengers aged 80-year and up, as well as those with pre-existing conditions aboard the quarantined cruise ship. The ship has 218 infections among its 3,700 passengers and crew.

Meanwhile, another cruise ship, the Westerdam, finally anchored off the waters of Cambodia Thursday after being at sea for almost two weeks.

Champagne said about 250 Canadians on a separate cruise ship off the shore of Cambodia, the Westerdam, have tested negative for the coronavirus and will be returned to Canada at the expense of the cruise line, Holland America. The province is at the epicenter of the outbreak.

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