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Daily deaths from coronavirus in China top 200 for 1st time

Daily deaths from coronavirus in China top 200 for 1st time”

In another development, the Chinese Communist Party, led by Xi, has replaced Jiang Chaoliang as secretary of its Hubei Provincial Committee with Ying Yong, former Shanghai mayor, state-run media reported Thursday.

"One further patient in England has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the United Kingdom to nine", Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said in a statement.

The commission noted that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.

The head of the WHO's emergency program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said it was too early "to predict the beginning, the middle or end of the epidemic".

Other changes have been taking place in the province, including the sacking of a top Red Cross official in Wuhan for dereliction of duty and the removal of health officials in other cities.

Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.

The number of new deaths reported in Hubei came to 242. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases, majority in the province.

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It was not immediately clear how the new methodology affected the results, nor why the death toll rose so sharply.

"Oddly, this now is a moment of greater transparency", Sam Crane, political science professor at Williams College in MA, told AFP. "I thought: Is this real?"

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak".

Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country, as hundreds of people have now been infected in some two dozen countries.

The Mobile World Congress, an annual telecoms industry gathering that draws more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, was cancelled on Wednesday after a mass exodus by exhibitors due to coronavirus-related concerns.

And this week's Singapore Air Show - Asia's biggest - was badly hit by exhibitors withdrawing and low attendance.

The epidemic has threatened to harm the Chinese economy, the world's second-largest, with ANZ bank warning that China's first-quarter GDP growth would slow to 3.2-4.0 percent, down from a previous projection of 5.0 percent.



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