The number of deaths in China’s central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak rose by 242 to 1,310 as of Wednesday, the province’s health commission said on its website on Thursday.
A further 14,840 cases had been detected in Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak, taking the total in the province to 48,206.
The commission said that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.
The coronavirus is said to cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.
The antiviral drugs we have against the flu will not work. If people are admitted to the hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.
Covid-19 is a member of the coronavirus family
It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those initially infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals.
Health experts are starting to say it could become a pandemic, but right now it falls short of what the WHO would consider being one. A pandemic, in WHO terms, is “the worldwide spread of a disease”.
Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in about 25 countries outside China, but by no means in all 195 on the WHO’s list. It is also not spreading within those countries at the moment, except in very few cases. By far the majority are travellers who picked up the virus in China.
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