BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua / EP) –
The Ministry of Health of China has raised this Friday the death toll from the outbreak of the new coronavirus to 1,380, while cases of infection have increased to 63,851.
Authorities have explained that on Thursday they have received reports of 5,090 new cases of infection with new coronaviruses and have recorded 121 deaths in 31 regions.
Of the new 121 deaths, 116 have been registered in the central province of Hubei, where Wuhan is located, the epicenter of the outbreak, two in Heilongjiang and one in Anhui, Henan and Chongqing, according to the Ministry of Health. In addition, 4,823 new cases have been confirmed in Hubei.
On the other hand, the medical authorities have counted a total of 6,723 recovered patients, which 1,081 have been discharged from different hospitals in China this Thursday.
However, 2,174 patients have become seriously ill, while 10,204 remain in serious condition. Finally, it is suspected that 10,109 people could be infected with the virus.
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.
China has also taken stock of its administrative regions with special status, where 53 cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong, including one death; in Macao, ten cases; and 18 more in Taiwan.
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.
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.