Coronavirus: Rate of new cases and deaths surge under new diagnosis method

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Countries and territories with confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus as

The sudden jump in numbers came mostly from Hubei province - the epicenter of the epidemic - with an increase of 14,840 confirmed cases, more than nine times the 1,638 new infections reported there a day earlier.

Tens of thousands of cases of the illness, known as COVID-19, have been reported globally, the vast majority of them in China.

Other states with confirmed cases include Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin, with all but two cases linked to travel to Wuhan, China.

Experts believe the true scope of the outbreak could be higher.

One case has been reported in MA.

He said it wasn't unprecedented for case definitions to rely on doctors' diagnoses rather than wait for laboratory confirmation, and that these kinds of changes usually happen when there are simply too many patients to process in a fast-moving outbreak. "You have to be pragmatic and take the concerns of the patient first and treat them as if they already have the disease, even in the absence of lab confirmation".

The additions raised the death toll to 1,355 and the total number of infections nationwide to almost 60,000.

Share values on Asian financial markets fell on Thursday after the dramatic spike in the number of coronavirus deaths and cases in mainland China, with traders concerned about the economic impact of the epidemic.

As the figures soared in China, a troubling new front opened overseas as neighbouring Vietnam placed 10,000 people under quarantine after six COVID-19 cases were discovered in a cluster of villages - the first such action taken in a country other than China.

"And we're also sending supplies of masks, gloves, gowns and other personal protective equipment to protect frontline health workers in 18 countries that need our support, and we have more in the pipeline".

"This is the first death of a person who tested positive".

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "research is an integral part of the outbreak response".

"We have to be ready for this pathogen which could go around the world", he said.

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