Health Care

COVID-19 death toll climbs to 1486; 65191 infected

- Hubei Province reported 4,823 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection and 116 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 51,986.

The rise in China's reported cases on Thursday reflected a decision by authorities there to reclassify a backlog of suspected cases by using patients' chest images, and did not necessarily indicate a wider epidemic, a World Health Organization official said on Thursday.

The death toll had reached 1,483 in an announcement earlier in the morning, but it was revised down after the authorities corrected their tallies.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has ordered a lockdown on a community of 10,000 residents northwest of the capital Hanoi, becoming the first location outside of China to have ordered a quarantine for at least 20 days.

The United States is "deeply concerned" about the possible impact of a coronavirus outbreak in North Korea and is prepared to help U.S. and worldwide organisations contain the spread of the virus, the State Department said on Thursday.

Japanese policymakers vowed to step up testing and containment efforts after the death and confirmation of new cases, including a doctor and a taxi driver.

But Trump's top White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, was more critical.

Kudlow's comments contrasted with Trump's apparent confidence in China, with the United States leader telling a radio show that Xi is "extremely capable" and that the United States was "working with them" and "sending a lot of people".

Asked if China was telling the truth about virus, Trump said: "Well, you never know".

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.

Ryan also said he expected members of a WHO-led global mission to China to arrive over the weekend.

As of Friday, the number of reported cases outside of China were Japan (203), Hong Kong (53), Singapore (50), Thailand (33), South Korea (28), Taiwan (18), Malaysia (18), Germany (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), the USA (14), France (11), Macau (10), the United Kingdom (nine), the UAE (eight), Canada (seven), India (three), the Philippines (three), Italy (three), Russian Federation (two), Spain (two), Cambodia (one), Finland (one), Nepal (one), Sri Lanka (one), Sweden (one) and Belgium (one), according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

More than 1,300 people have died from the disease in China, WHO figures show.



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