Corona cases jump as method­ol­ogy re­vised

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Front Page - Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis let­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

BEI­JING:China re­ported on Thurs­day 15,152 new in­fec­tions and 254 fa­tal­i­ties due to the new coro­n­avirus Covid-19, a record rise in num­bers that raises fresh ques­tions about the scale of the cri­sis a mere day af­ter the out­break was seen to have been eas­ing in sever­ity. The spike — a con­se­quence of China ap­ply­ing new di­ag­nos­tic cri­te­ria — now puts the to­tal num­ber of in­fec­tions in the coun­try

to nearly 60,000 and the num­ber of to­tal deaths close to 1,400. The num­bers un­nerved world mar­kets, as traders re­treated back to the safety of gov­ern­ment

bonds and gold, and trig­gered con­cerns of sup­ply of ma­te­ri­als from China that in­dus­tries such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals de­pend upon across the world.

The UN health agency said the sharp rise did not rep­re­sent a big shift in the epi­demic. “This does not rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant change in the tra­jec­tory of the out­break,” Michael Ryan, head of the WHO health emer­gen­cies pro­gramme, said at a press con­fer­ence in Geneva on Thurs­day.

The cri­sis also trig­gered a purge of se­nior bureau­crats in China on Thurs­day, with the top lead­er­ship of Hubei, the cen­tral Chi­nese prov­ince at the epi­cen­tre of the out­break, be­ing sacked.

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