A man protects himself from the coronavirus with a mask in Shanghai. – Dave Tacon
BEIJING, 4 (Xinhua / EP)
The Ministry of Health of China announced Monday that 425 people have died in the country due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus and 20,438 people are infected, spread across 31 Chinese provinces.
Health authorities have reported that on Monday there have been 64 deaths due to the coronavirus, all of them in the province of Hubei, where the town of Wuhan is located, epicenter of the outbreak. Meanwhile, a total of 3,235 new cases have been confirmed.
On the other hand, on Monday 157 people have been discharged after their recovery, 101 of them in Hubei. Until Monday, 632 infected people have been discharged from hospitals.
Likewise, 5,072 suspected cases have been registered and the situation of 492 patients has become “serious”. In total, there are 23,214 cases of suspected coronaviruses and 2,788 people in serious condition.
The Ministry of Health of China has added that 221,015 people who have had direct contact with the affected people have been recognized. Of these, 171,329 are under medical observation and another 12,755 have been released this Monday.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday its decision to declare the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China as an international health emergency.
Although China is the epicenter of the outbreak and the most affected country, the coronavirus has already spread to other countries in Southeast Asia and cases have also been detected in Europe and America.
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 died worldwide (349 in China) due to SARS or acute respiratory syndrome, which left 5,327 affected in nine months.