Number of new coronavirus cases jumps dramatically as Chinese officials adopt new counting standards
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The end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday means China is theoretically returning to work. But with tens of millions still under lockdown and many more confined to work from home arrangements amid the coronavirus outbreak, life is a long way from returning to normal.
China's Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, reported 14,840 new confirmed cases and 242 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest daily increases so far, local health authorities said Thursday, according to Xinhua.
The Hubei Provincial Health Commission reportedly said the number of new cases included 13,332 clinically diagnosed cases, which have been seen as confirmed cases from Thursday.
It brought the total confirmed cases in the hard hit province to 48,206. The province had a total of 1,310 deaths as of Wednesday.
Xinhua says clinically diagnosed cases are unique to Hubei statistically. The inclusion of those cases drives the surge in the number of new confirmed cases.
Any suspected cases with pneumonia related computerized tomography (CT) scan results are counted as clinically diagnosed cases, according to the latest version of the diagnosis and treatment scheme released by the National Health Commission.
The provincial health commission said the diagnosis criteria revision has been made to give those who have been clinically diagnosed the timely standard treatment of confirmed cases to further improve the treatment success rate.
The province also saw 3,441 patients discharged from hospital after recovery as of Wednesday. Among the 33,693 hospitalized patients, 5,647 were still in severe condition and another 1,437 in critical condition, Xinhua noted.
Source: Asia Plus