China's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1400, but fewer new cases

Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

The commission added that 10,204 patients remained in severe condition, and 10,109 people were suspected of being infected with the virus. "Is transmission happening or is it not?"

A man disinfects escalators at a shopping mall in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

People inside China and around the world have raised questions about the initial response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The province and its capital Wuhan, where the infection now known as COVID-19 is thought to have originated in late December, also reported a further 4,823 new cases of the infection, taking the total in the province to 51,986, and close to 65,000 across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus poses a "grave threat" to the world, with chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, saying the virus could have "more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

In addition, China reported 13,332 clinically-confirmed cases in Hubei province, which is believed to be the epicentre of the outbreak.

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.

The death toll now stands at 1,380 even after accounting for 116 new deaths in Hubei and five others reported elsewhere in China on Friday, according to the commission.

He also explained that there are some backlogs in testing and this will help ensure that people get adequate care.

The news of new deaths and infections came a day after China said the number of new cases had dropped for a second consecutive day.

On Thursday, following the release of the new figures, Chinese state media announced that the party secretary of Hubei province, Jiang Chaoliang, was sacked and would be replaced by the mayor of Shanghai, Ying Yong.

Heilongjiang province in the northeast reported two new deaths, with the other fatalities in the provinces of Anhui and Henan and the municipality of Chongqing.

The public has widely criticized local officials for failing to respond quickly and decisively to the new virus. Wuhan residents said hospitals were overcrowded and lacked sufficient medical supplies.

"I think they've handled it professionally, and I think they're extremely capable", Trump said in a podcast broadcast on iHeart Radio. "It nearly certainly does not mean that there has been a resurgence of the epidemic overnight".

In Shiyan's Zhangwan district, Xu Min said the entrance to her neighborhood was being guarded by community workers and security staff.

"It doesn't have too much of an impact on our life, except that we're not allowed to go out", Xu said.

Outside China, there has been three deaths - Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan, with 447 cases in 24 countries, according to Mike Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme.

Another 2,450 new suspected cases were reported Thursday, said the Commission.

A team of health officials will board the ship to conduct health checks on the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members before they will be allowed to disembark.

"The real question is whether or not the trend, using the same criteria, is up or down", said Dr. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University in NY.

Experts expressed hope that Friday could bring greater understanding of whether COVID-19 was growing or waning.

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