REPORTS: INFECTIONS EXCEED 64,000
(Feb. 14, 2020) — On Thursday, Chinese health officials reported 14,000 new coronavirus cases in the city of Wuhan in Huebei Province, where the disease was first detected in December.
The potentially-fatal virus, formally known as “novel coronavirus” or “COVID-19,” according to the CDC, can be spread from one person to another without any obvious symptoms.
On January 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) termed the outbreak “a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).”
As of Friday morning, reported, “China reports 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths in the past 24 hours,” including the infection of 1,700 medical employees. “The tally in Hubei jumped most dramatically on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases,” wrote.
Six of the medical workers have died, the paper said.
Three deaths outside of China have been confirmed as of Friday morning, one of whom was a passenger on the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship docked in Japanese waters with quarantines in place. However, on Wednesday, a “voluntary disembarkation of guests” was conceived for passengers considered medically compromised or vulnerable.
Fifteen cases have been confirmed in the United States, with approximately 600 people held in quarantine, CBS News reported.
On Thursday, the U.S. State Department issued a bulletin expressing concern for North Korea’s “vulnerability” to the virus. North Korea is a major trading partner of China’s.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday, “The coronavirus outbreak is on track to become the worst humanitarian and economic crisis of” Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has been in office since 2013 and can now serve “for life.”
The total number of infected exceeds 64,000 as of Friday morning, CNN reported.
This article originally erroneously reported that deaths from the coronavirus exceed 64,000 as of press time; however, it should have read, and now reads, “infections.”