Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak

The National Health Commission said there were 121 deaths on Thursday from the strain of coronavirus, officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organisation, as the number of new cases jumped by 5,090 to 63,581.

More than 64,600 people have now been infected in the country.

Mike Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies program, said more than 14,000 new cases reported in Hubei province on Thursday came after a change to include results from quicker computerized tomography (CT) scans that reveal lung infections, rather than relying just on laboratory tests to confirm cases.

"We strongly support and encourage the work of USA and worldwide aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK", spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement after the Red Cross called for an urgent exemption to sanctions on Pyongyang to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

The death toll in China from the outbreak now stands at 1,483.

Japan is one of the worst affected of more than two dozen countries and territories outside mainland China that have seen hundreds of infections.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept U.S. help, but "they won't let us".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow Thursday said the Trump administration was "disappointed" with China's response to the coronavirus and the fact that no United States health officials have been invited in to help with the outbreak.

Covid-19 confirmed cases
Covid-19 confirmed cases

"I suspect but can't be certain that the underlying trend is still downwards", Professor Hunter said.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", he told reporters.

"It is better to clinically diagnose and admit patients... than leaving room for doubt", Tong Zhaohui, vice president of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital, said Thursday in Hubei.

Elsewhere, Japan confirmed another case, a Japanese man in his 70s, a day after it reported its first death from the virus.

Under criticism at home over the handling of the crisis, China's Communist Party sacked two top-ranking officials in Hubei, and replaced them with senior cadres with security backgrounds.

Japan now has 252 confirmed cases, including 218 from a cruise ship that has been quarantined in Yokohama.

The outbreak has wreaked havoc with global events, with the World Mobile Congress in Spain cancelled and the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament and Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai postponed.

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