BEIJING, Feb. 8 (Xinhua / EP) –
The Ministry of Health of China has raised this Saturday to 722 those killed by the outbreak of the new coronavirus and 34,546 those affected in the country.
Specifically, this Friday there have been a total of 86 deaths from the coronavirus, 81 of them in Hubei Province, where the town of Wuhan is located, epicenter of the outbreak, two in Heilongjiang Province, one in Henan , another in Gansu and one more in Beijing.
In addition, health authorities have confirmed 3,399 new cases and 4,214 new suspicious cases. In addition, 1,280 “seriously ill” patients have been registered this Friday, while 510 people have been discharged after recovery.
In total, 6,101 patients remain in a “serious” state and 27,657 people are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus. A total of 2,050 people have also been discharged after recovering.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Health of China has indicated that it has recognized 345,498 people who had close contact with affected people. Of these, 26,702 have completed their quarantine this Friday, while another 189,660 are still under medical observation.
As for the rest of the Chinese regions, as of Friday, 26 cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong, including one death, 16 in Taiwan and ten in Macao.
Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is in Wuhan, cases have been detected in other countries in Southeast Asia, Europe and America. The World Health Organization (WHO), which a week ago declared the global health emergency, has asked the international community to redouble its efforts.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
In 2003, more than 600 people had died in China because of the outbreak of SARS or acute respiratory syndrome that was first detected in 2002, while the global figure reached 765 deaths.