Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

World Health Organization develops COVID-19 treatment master plan

World Health Organization develops COVID-19 treatment master plan

The medics represent several branches of the Chinese armed forces, including the Navy, Air Force, armed police, logistic and strategic support forces, and even the Rocket Force.

Chinese Central Television (CCTV) showed China's latest heavy military transport aircraft, Y-20, arriving at Wuhan's Tianhe airport with people in uniforms.

China also replaced its top officials in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the ousters.

A new way of counting cases: The huge rise in confirmed cases comes from a tweak in how the authorities are tallying infections.

Clinical diagnosis of COVID-19, as the virus has been officially named, includes using lung imaging to verify suspected infections.

Wu Chaoming, chief economist at Fortune Securities, wrote in a report that the impact on China's labor market would be far greater than that of a 2002-2003 outbreak of another coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

According to official statistics, Tuesday saw a total of 744 people discharged from hospitals after recovery, including 417 in Hubei Province, and by the end of the day, a total of 4,740 people had been discharged from hospitals after recovery.

Another 44 people aboard a cruise ship that has been quarantined for over a week in Japan's Yokohama harbor tested positive for coronavirus Thursday, Japanese health officials said.

Hospital Wuhan City Hubei Province China while the crisis continued to develop yesterday
Hospital Wuhan City Hubei Province China while the crisis continued to develop yesterday

As Beijing scrambles to contain the virus, amid hopes the epidemic is peaking, the number of people infected on a cruise ship off Japan's coast rose to 174.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on February 12 the number of cases of infection in China had stabilized but it was too early to say the epidemic was slowing.

Across China, more than 60 million people have been affected by an unprecedented lockdown.

But in Geneva, World Health Organization officials warned Wednesday against reaching premature conclusions on the Chinese data.

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".

"We are not defenceless", Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now. we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak".

Zhong, however, had previously predicted in late January that the epidemic would peak by the first week of this month.

It has also disrupted sporting events in China: motorsport's governing body FIA announced the suspension of the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai, originally scheduled for April 19, due to the "continued spread" of the coronavirus.

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