UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The mortality rate among patients with a new type of coronavirus in China is gradually decreasing, if at the beginning of the outbreak it was 2.3%, then it has now fallen to 2.1%, said Jiao Yahui, deputy head of the department of medical policy of the state committee on health issues.
“Based on statistics, the mortality rate throughout the country is 2.1% of all confirmed cases of infection, the highest mortality rate is found in Hubei province, where 414 people died or 97% of the total number in the country. And if the mortality rate in the country is 2.1%, then in Hubei Province – 3.1%,” she said.
The official added that separately in Wuhan, the number of coronavirus victims reached 313 people or 74% of all deaths in the country, the mortality rate is 4.9%, in other regions – 0.16%.
“Given all these data, we can trace that the main cases of deaths occur mainly in Hubei and Wuhan. In other provinces, despite the fact that the number of victims is considerable, the mortality rate is low. Based on this, we are confident that most cases the infections are mild and there is no need to panic,” she said.
Jiao Yahui emphasized that at the beginning of the outbreak, the mortality rate in the country was 2.3%, and now has fallen to 2.1%, “we can say that it is weak, but declining.”
She also said that mostly men die from coronavirus – 2/3 of cases, 80% of deaths were in people over 60 years old, more than 75% had some kind of disease, including diabetes, cancer, heart disease.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in Wuhan in the central part of the country.
Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – coronavirus 2019-nCoV. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international concern. The number of coronavirus infected in China has already exceeded 20.4 thousand people, 425 people have died.
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