Coronavirus Update: Number of New Cases Falls, Mortality Rate Found Significantly Higher Than the Flu

By Anna Breuer on 18 February 2020
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China reported 1,886 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 98 additional deaths in the previous 24 hours. The new figures bring the number of confirmed cases in China to 72,436 and the total number of deaths to 1,868.

The National Health Commission said that, outside of the Hubei Province, the number of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 has dropped 14 days in a row. Excluding Hubei, the number of new confirmed cases in China had increased by fewer than 100 on Tuesday

In addition, the National Health Commission also reported that 1,701 more patients had recovered from the virus on Monday.


02-18 “Stopping human-to-human spread is key.”  China’s top respiratory disease expert, Zhong Nanshan, told a briefing that the containment of the Covid-19 outbreak was dependent on containing human-to-human transmission, which in turn depended on separating Covid-19 patients from those with the flu. “How to separate Covid-19 patients from seasonal influenza patients, and how to separate healthy people from Covid-19 patients, and how to separate other patients from Covid-19 patients: if you don’t solve that problem, human-to-human transmissions will not stop,” Zhong said at a briefing.

02-18 A study found that only isolated cases had incubation periods longer than the average of two to seven days, Dr. Zhong said after his research team released a draft paper for peer review that was based on analysis of 1,099 cases in China. Out of the 1,099 cases, only one case had an incubation period that was longer than 24 days, and only 13 had incubation periods longer than 14 days.

02-18 A study by researchers at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that the mortality rate for the coronavirus appears to be significantly higher than for influenza.  An analysis of 44,672 covid-19 patients found a 2.3% fatality rate.  In the United States, the fatality rate for the flu is approximately 0.1%.

02-18 Three Chinese airlines, namely Air China, China Eastern Airlines, and China Southern Airlines, said that between them they had refunded 13 million tickets and were cancelling 78,000 flights between January 20 and February 13 as a result of the coronavirus.

02-18 In Japan, the Ministry of Health said that health officials had diagnosed 88 additional cases of coronavirus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess cruise ship, That brings the total of confirmed cases on board to 542 just as the quarantine period for many passengers was slated to end Wednesday..

02-18 Britain plans to evacuate 74 British nationals from the Diamond Princess on Wednesday.  “Given the conditions on board, we are working to organize a flight back to the United Kingdom for British nationals on the Diamond Princess as soon as possible,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

02-17 Apple said it won’t meet its quarterly revenue guidance due to the coronavirus, which has constrained both iPhone supply and demand for its products.

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