UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The new Coronavirus has killed more than 800 people, the majority of them in China, in a toll that exceeds the global toll from the SARS epidemic, but the World Health Organization said it sees a stable number of new infections as “good news.”
The new coronavirus that appeared in December in a market in central China’s Wuhan, has caused 89 additional deaths in the last 24 hours in mainland China (i.e. without Hong Kong and Macao), which is the largest number of deaths in a single day from this epidemic, according to What the National Health Commission announced.
While some parts of the country are quarantined, the death toll from illness in mainland China has reached 811, plus one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. Thus, the death toll has exceeded the death toll from acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which killed 774 people worldwide in 2002 and 2003.
The World Health Organization considered Saturday that the number of new infections recorded daily in China has become “stable”, noting at the same time that it is too early to say that the epidemic has passed its peak stage.
– The number of new infections decreased.
“We have been recording a period of stability for four days since the number of reported cases has not risen. It is good news and this can reflect the impact of the control measures taken,” said WHO Director of Emergency Health Programs Michael Ryan.
In mainland China, the number of confirmed cases Sunday reached nearly 37,200, or 2,600 new cases, compared to the previous daily toll.
The number of recent injuries is much lower than the number of additional injuries that the Chinese authorities announced on Wednesday as a daily toll and reached nearly 3,900 new cases.
The number of suspected injuries also decreased, reaching Sunday just over 3,900 in the past 24 hours, compared to more than 5,300 in the outcome announced Thursday.
In late January, one of the leading Chinese respiratory experts, Jong Nanshan, estimated that the epidemic could reach its climax around February 8 before it began to decline.
– open letters –
“I think that from now until 15 days, things will improve,” Melissa Santos, a student from the Dominican Republic who had not left her home in Wuhan a week ago, told AFP.
The young woman decided to go out during the day to buy some provisions, but she would wear a protective mask and gloves. “I am a little worried,” she said, in response to AFP questions over the phone from Beijing. “I read that the virus can be transmitted within seconds.”
The epidemic continues to spread throughout the world. More than 320 injuries were confirmed in about thirty countries. Five new cases were registered in France on Saturday, four adults and a child, all British, bringing the number of injuries in the country to 11.
In China, the death of a young doctor who was the first to issue a warning in late December about the disease is still provoking a rare debate, in a country with tightly controlled information.
Intellectuals have published at least two open messages on social media since Doctor Li Wenliang died in a hospital in Wuhan.
This doctor has become a national hero in the face of local officials accused of trying to conceal the disease at the beginning of its spread.
“They stopped restricting freedom of expression,” wrote ten university professors in Wuhan, in a letter deleted from the social networking site Weibo.
Another letter, prepared by former students at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, without revealing their names, called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to stop making “political security the only priority”.
The Communist regime responded by announcing Friday that it had sent an investigation committee to Wuhan.
The English-language China Daily wrote that “the central authorities are determined to find the truth and uncover those responsible” for the penalties taken by Lee.
Mandatory protective masks
In addition to the Wuhan area cut off from the world since January 23, isolation measures are still strict in many Chinese cities, where tens of millions of people should remain in their homes.
Since Saturday, Hong Kong has forced people from mainland China to stay indoors for two weeks. Shanghai imposed the economic capital of China, wearing a protective mask in public places.
Outside of China, many countries are strengthening their restrictions on people from China and advising against travel to this country. On Saturday, France became the last country to advise its citizens not to travel to China unless there is a “compelling reason”. Most international airlines have suspended flights to mainland China.
The isolation period of the first evacuees from Wuhan, who arrived on January 31, to France and put in quarantine near Marseille in southern France, will end on February 14, according to the Civil Security Service announced on Saturday that a wave of applause occurred.
Another 38 French citizens will be evacuated Sunday from Wuhan on a flight organized by the British authorities. They will also be subject to isolation for 14 days.
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