Coronavirus erupts in Korea, rebounds in China

First, from Beijing:

At 04:00 on February 20, 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 889 new confirmed cases and 118 new deaths (115 in Hubei, and 1 in Zhejiang, Chongqing, and Yunnan). There were 1614 new suspected cases.

On the same day, 2109 new cases were cured and discharged, 28804 people were removed from close contact with medical observation, and 231 cases of severe cases were reduced.

As of 24:00 on February 20th, according to reports from 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, there were 54,965 confirmed cases (among which, 11,633 were severe cases), 18,264 were cured and discharged, and 2,236 were dead A total of 75,465 confirmed cases have been reported, and 5,206 suspected cases have been reported. A total of 606,037 close contacts were traced, and 120,302 close contacts were still in medical observation.

There were 631 newly confirmed cases in Hubei (319 in Wuhan), 1451 newly cured cases (766 in Wuhan), 115 new deaths (99 in Wuhan), and 48730 confirmed cases (37448 in Wuhan). Among them, 10997 were severe cases (9628 in Wuhan). A total of 11,788 discharged patients were cured (6214 cases in Wuhan), a total of 2144 death cases (1684 cases in Wuhan), and a total of 62,662 confirmed cases (45346 cases in Wuhan). There were 1279 new suspected cases (979 in Wuhan) and 4094 suspected cases (2820 in Wuhan).

A total of 102 confirmed cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: 68 cases in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (5 cases discharged, 2 deaths), 10 cases in Macau Special Administrative Region (6 cases discharged), 24 cases in Taiwan (2 cases discharged, 1 case died ).

Total cases marching on:

New cases rebounded in Hubei and rest of China. A worrying sign for the return to work:

Korea has announced another 52 as well, taking its total to 156 and climbing fast. Transmissions outside China are still very low but clearly ramping:

Doubling every six days:

But this is a moveable feast. The WHO is reclassifying more and more cases as local transmissions. Including three in Australia.

COVID-19 is not under control.

David Llewellyn-Smith

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