Global death toll from coronavirus spiked dramatically
DOT Desk: China’s coronavirus outbreak has dramatically experienced an upward trend on Thursday. Authorities have approached a new method for identifying infected individuals. There was also a huge increase in the number of cases, with 14,840 people diagnosed with the virus. Hubei reported 242 deaths in just one day- where this disease has originated.
Rapid increase of death toll to 1,355 and the total number of nationwide infections to nearly 60,000 just hours after President Xi Jinping declared “positive results” from the government’s drastic measures to contain the virus and a top Chinese expert anticipated that this epidemic would peak this month.
Officials in Hubei said they were broadening their definition for COVID-19 cases by including people “clinically diagnosed” with the virus in the daily tally.
This means officials can use lung images on suspected cases to diagnose the virus, rather than the standard nucleic acid tests.
China has placed some 56 million in virtual quarantine in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, since late last month and restricted movements of millions more in cities far from the epicentre in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.
Xi chaired a meeting of the ruling Politburo Standing Committee on Wednesday after figures showed that the number of new cases had dropped for a second straight day.
China has been praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its transparent handling of the outbreak, in contrast to the way it concealed the extent of the SARS virus.
But it has faced continued scepticism among the global public, with suggestions that there may be similarities with the way it dealt with the 2002-2003 outbreak.
Authorities in Hubei have been accused of concealing the gravity of the outbreak in early January because they were holding key political meetings at the time.