China records 254 coronavirus deaths, over 15,000 new cases in one day

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254 new deaths were reported (242 in Hubei province) on Thursday. A total of 15,240 new cases in the country were recorded because officials stopped using kits to diagnose patients and instead began counting patients who have been screened and identified by doctors.

That brings the country’s total death toll to 1,367 as the number of people infected hit 59,804, according to the CCP government. (We continue to question those FAKE numbers.)

Health workers in Hubei province began using a new method to diagnose the virus this week.

Previously, infections were only allowed to be confirmed with nucleic acid tests, which can take days to process, but Hubei province is now using CT scans which can diagnose the virus more quickly.

Coronavirus has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, as authorities reported more new cases of deaths.

The jump in cases comes after reports out of the country indicated that the virus may have leveled off. “The coronavirus cases seemed to be leveling off. Not anymore.” This view as reported by the New York Times is misleading.

The Federalist told a story in Wuhan. “There was a suicide yesterday. It is said a ‘diagnosed’ patient couldn’t get hospitalized due to overload. He was worried about infecting his wife and children by returning home. Public transport unavailability meant he would have had to walk a very long distance to and from the hospital to get treated. Therefore, he jumped off the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge. This is not the first suicide I’ve heard these days. The helplessness is all around me.”

Xinhua says 2,600 additional medical personnel from the armed forces will be tasked with treating patients in two hospitals in Wuhan, capital city of Hubei Province and the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Wednesday held a meeting on the prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

Xi Jinping said the epidemic situation has shown positive changes due to concerted hard work and that the prevention and control work has achieved notable outcomes.

“The results are hard-won progress made by all sides,” Xi said.

The public has widely criticized local officials for their handling of the outbreak and Beijing has been accused of withholding key statistics in the virus’ early days.

As the crisis expands across the country, Xu Zhangrun, a law professor from one of the country’s top universities, lambasted the government under Xi in an essay titled: Viral Alarm, When Fury Overcomes Fear. In it, Xu blamed the current national crisis on a culture of suppression and “systemic impotence” that Xi has created.

A group of Chinese academics, including Xu, have signed an open letter calling for the government to issue an apology to the deceased doctor, Li Wenliang, and for freedom of speech and rights guaranteed by the constitution to be protected, the Guardian reported.

The largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside of China, on a cruise ship that has been quarantined for almost two weeks in Japan, continued to grow Thursday. With 218 cases confirmed from the Diamond Princess, Japan’s government said it would allow some elderly passengers from the vessel to move into government-provided housing on land, where they would be monitored for symptoms apart from the general population.

ABC reports, a 14th American has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, hours after the Centers for Disease Control warned the spread of the disease in the U.S. was “likely.”

The person who tested positive was one of those evacuated from Wuhan, China, where the disease first emerged, on a flight that landed in California on Feb. 7, according to the CDC. It is the second person at the San Diego military base to test positive for the disease, but officials said the two arrived on different flights and there was no evidence of person-to-person transmission in the quarantine.

More than 600 people remain in quarantine in the U.S. after being flown out of China last week, officials said.

U.S. Northern Command is executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic of the novel coronavirus, according to Navy and Marine Corps service-wide messages issued this week.

By Cloudy Seagail

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