Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000 in China with over 42,000 infected worldwide

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000 in China with over 42,000 infected worldwide

The number of new cases in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, also jumped to 14,840 as the province's health commission said that it had begun including people who are diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.

"Clinically diagnosed cases" are those patients who demonstrate all the symptoms of Covid-19 but have been unable to be scientifically tested, or died before they were tested.

Total infections in China have hit 44,653, say health officials, including 2,015 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. The inclusion of those cases drives the surge in the number of new confirmed cases.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", said World Health Organization director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

All but one of the deaths recorded so far have been in China, as have more than 99 per cent of all reported infections in the world.

Nearly 34,000 patients have been hospitalized across Hubei, the central Chinese province of which Wuhan is capital, including 1,400 or so in a critical condition.

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"We have to use the current window of opportunity to hit hard and stand in unison to fight this virus in every corner", he said Tuesday, on the first day of an worldwide scientific conference in Geneva that will look at possible vaccine options to combat the virus.

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It was "an example of the global solidarity we have consistently been calling for", he said. Experts said the declines were promising signals that China's lockdown of tens of millions of people may be working to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

WHO, which has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency, further stated that it poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world" and should be viewed as "Public Enemy Number 1".

The epidemic has threatened to harm the Chinese economy, the world's second-largest, with ANZ bank warning that China's first-quarter GDP growth would slow to 3.2-4.0 percent, down from a previous projection of 5.0 percent.

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