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February 13, 2020 - China has reported more than 15,000 new cases of the Covid-19 disease and 254 more deaths, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how infections are categorised. The virus has now killed at least 1,370 people and infected more than 60,000 worldwide.
The new diagnostic approach came on the same day that Hubei and its stricken capital, Wuhan, replaced their top officials in an apparent response to public criticism of local authorities’ handling of the epidemic.
In breaking down the large number of new cases in China, National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng said Hubei had adopted a revised diagnosis and treatment plan aimed at accelerating the identification and treatment of patients.
That adds a “clinical diagnosis case” classification to identify suspected cases who appear to have pneumonia so that patients can be accepted as soon as possible and treated as confirmed cases, Mi said, adding that should “reduce severe illness and mortality.”
Many countries have implemented travel restrictions on recent visitors to China, which has more than 99 percent of the world’s reported infections.
In an unprecedented measure to contain the disease, the Chinese government has placed the hardest-hit cities – home to more than 60 million people – under lockdown.
More than 500 Covid-19 infections have been confirmed outside of China.
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