Coronavirus death toll climbs to 170 in China
Published: 09:53 AM, 30 January 2020 Updated: 01:01 PM, 30 January 2020
Coronavirus patient; Photo: Collected
The deadly coronavirus death toll has risen to 170 in China, Of those - 37 died in Hubei province. The virus killed 38 more people in one day.
Chinese health authorities announced on Thursday that 7,711 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps by the end of Wednesday.
The National Health Commission said in its daily report that 1,370 patients remained in critical condition, and 12,167 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of the end of Wednesday.
A total of 124 people had been discharged from the hospital after recovery.
Wednesday saw 1,737 new confirmed cases, including the first confirmed case in Tibet Autonomous Region, 4,148 new suspected cases, and 38 deaths — 37 from Hubei Province and one from Sichuan Province.
Also on Wednesday, 131 patients became seriously ill, and 21 people were discharged from hospital after recovery.
A total of 88,693 close contacts had been traced, the commission said, adding that among them, 2,364 were discharged from medical observation on Wednesday, with 81,947 others still under medical observation.
By the end of Wednesday, 10 confirmed cases had been reported in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, seven in Macao Special Administrative Region and eight in Taiwan.
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency health program, told “the whole world needs to be careful” to fight coronavirus. Praising China’s action on the virus, saying “the challenge was great, but the response was overwhelming.”
And there is a meeting again on Thursday about whether the virus is now in “global health emergency”.
After China, Thailand became the second-highest number with 14 confirmed cases from coronavirus. Hong Kong is the next with 10 confirmed cases
Besides, 7 in Macau, 7 in Australia, 1 in Cambodia, 2 in Canada, 4 in France, 4 in Germany, 8 in Japan, 7 in Malaysia, 5 in Singapore, 4 in South Korea, 1 in Sri Lanka, 8 in Taiwan, 5 in United Arab Emirates. Authorities have confirmed that 1 in Finland and 2 in Vietnam was infected with the coronavirus.