FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT EFFORTS TO CONTAIN COVID-19
The latest developments around the coronavirus outbreak:
❚ China’s death toll reached 1,367 as of the end of Wednesday, up 254 from the previous day, the country’s National Health Commission said on Thursday. Across mainland China, there were 15,152 new confirmed infections, bringing the total number to 59,805, it said.
❚ Cases are not rising dramatically outside China, apart from passengers on a cruise liner now quarantined off a Japanese port, a senior World Health Organization official said.
❚ Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated, accounted for 242 of them and confirmed 14,840 new cases, though it was amplified significantly by a switch to using quicker computerized tomography (CT) scans — which reveal lung infections — to confirm the virus.
❚ The surge on Wednesday came a day after China reported its lowest number of new cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing’s senior medical adviser that the epidemic will end by April.
❚ One district in the city of Shiyan, Hubei, has taken the extreme decision to impose wartime control measures for the next 14 days, including the full closure of all buildings. The move, the first of its kind since the outbreak, sparked speculation that other areas may follow suit. Only those involved in fighting the epidemic were allowed to enter or leave their homes.
❚ Jiang Chaoliang, head of the local Communist party, became the highest-ranking official to be fired during the crisis. He was replaced by Ying Yong, former mayor of Shanghai and a close ally of President Xi Jinping.
❚ A woman has died from the coronavirus in Japan, the first such death in the country, the health minister said on Thursday. The only two other known deaths from the virus outside of mainland China were reported in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
❚ Forty-four cases have been detected on the Princess Diamond cruise ship quarantined off Japan’s coast. The Japanese health minister said on Thursday the end of the quarantine was targeted for Feb. 19, but elderly passengers with pre-existing conditions or windowless rooms would be allowed to leave earlier.
❚ U.S. officials reported the 15th case of coronavirus in the United States on Thursday, saying the patient was among those who had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, and placed under federal quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
❚ Canada will aim $6.5 million at research on stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and several other Canadian research bodies will hand out the money as research grants for science on the outbreak, and expect more money to be forthcoming as they continue negotiations with the federal government.