BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua / EP) –
The Ministry of Health of China has raised this Wednesday the death toll from the outbreak of the new coronavirus to 1,113, while cases of infection have increased to 44,653.
The Chinese health authorities have explained that, of the 97 deaths that have been recorded during the last 24 hours, 94 have occurred in the central province of Hubei, where the town of Wuhan is located, epicenter of the outbreak, one in Henan, another in Hunan and one more in Chongqing.
In addition, the Chinese authorities said on Tuesday that in 31 provinces there have been a total of 44,653 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. Of these, 8,204 in serious condition, while 4,740 have been discharged after recovery.
For its part, the Hubei Provincial Health Commission has also ruled out on Tuesday 6,756 possible new cases of coronavirus infected after the tests passed successfully.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention of China explained on Tuesday that 83 percent of the group outbreaks of the new coronavirus infection occur among members of the same family.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and China announced in recent days a working group to assess the epidemic of the new coronavirus, as well as prevention measures to prevent further infections.
Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is in Wuhan, cases have been detected in other countries in Southeast Asia, Europe and America. WHO, which declared the global health emergency, has asked the international community to redouble its efforts.
In Hong Kong, for example, to date, there has been one death and 49 cases of infection. In Macao, meanwhile, 10 infected with the virus have been counted, while in Taiwan the balance amounts to 18.
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.
The data of deaths due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus exceed those recorded due to the outbreak of SARS or acute respiratory syndrome that was first detected in 2002. In 2003, more than 600 people had died in China because of this virus, while the global figure reached 765 deceased.