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Clinically diagnosed patients mean that they demonstrated all the symptoms of COVID-19, but have been unable to be tested, treated, or they had died before they got tested positive of the virus.
In Hubei province alone, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, there are about 34,000 people hospitalized, which included approximately 1,400 who are in a critical condition. At the same time, 3,441 patients have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital. Too early to tell
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that it’s too early to know if the outbreak is ending, and it may go in any direction. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the apparent slowdown should be viewed with caution since the virus could spread elsewhere.
He added that what everyone should do is prepare. He fears that when the virus reaches a country with a weak health system, it can wreak havoc and uncontrollable infections.
Another expert also said that though the numbers might be decreasing in China, the outbreak is just starting in other countries like Singapore, which reported 50 confirmed cases, and the number is increasing rapidly. In Singapore’s biggest bank, DBS, 300 employees were evacuated when one person had gotten sick with the coronavirus. All the other employees worked on the same floor as the patient.
“It has spread to other places where it’s the beginning of the outbreak. In Singapore, we are at the beginning,” Dale Fisher, head of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the WHO, said.
It’s too early to say if the outbreak is starting, in the middle, or about to end. Outside mainland China, there are more than 300 infections, with just two deaths – one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines. Cruise ship rejected in five countries
Meanwhile, a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 passengers was denied in five ports – Japan, Guam, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines. The ship, MS Westerdam had docked in Cambodia. The vessel has no sick patients on board, but the case of another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, stirred fears that the passengers may carry the deadly virus.
Diamond Princess, with 3,700 people on board, has been quarantined in Japan, and patients, as well as crew members, weren’t allowed to leave the ship. During the quarantine period, 218 people tested positive of the virus, but not everyone has been tested yet.
The passengers and crew members who had the virus were transferred to hospitals for treatment, while those still on board were confined in the cabins. Sources:
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World Health Organization (WHO). (2020). World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research - https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/12-02-2020-world-experts-and-funders-set-priorities-for-covid-19-research
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