Hubei reports 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Hubei reports 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

The mainland reported a daily increase of 77 coronavirus cases on January 20, followed by 149 new cases on January 21.

By the end of Saturday, 109 confirmed cases including two deaths in Hong Kong, 10 confirmed cases in Macao and 45 in Taiwan including one death were reported.

Around 19,000 people are still getting treatment for the virus, down from a high of 58,000 on February 24.

Pictures from the site showed rescue workers clad in hard hats, goggles and face masks carrying injured people away to waiting medical staff in white overalls and surgical masks. After being shifted from the sports venue-turned-hospital, many of these patients will be observed for at least 14 days, while the fully-cured people would remain quarantined in their homes, reported Xinhua.

As the situation improves, the authorities will make adjustments, he said.

The 22 new deaths - which were all in Hubei except one - bring the country's toll to 3,119. Another 20,146 that have reportedly been exposed to infected patients are under "medical observation" at various hospitals until cleared.

As China secures substantial progress in the control of COVID-19, the highly infectious disease is plaguing several other countries that have seen a rapid rise in the number of infections.

Nationwide new infections also have been on a downward trend, however, affirmed imported cases have prompted fears lately that illnesses could swell as individuals get infected overseas. The new case was found in Karachi on Sunday. More recently, Chinese authorities have been on alert for coronavirus infections coming from overseas, with multiple provinces requiring travelers arriving from severely affected countries (South Korea, Italy, Iran) to be quarantined for 14 days.

Egypt reported its first fatality from the coronavirus on March 8, with the Health Ministry saying a 60-year-old German tourist, who had arrived in the country seven days ago and was taken to hospital in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, had died.

Planning is the most important aspect of the virus response, according to Du, and countries need to know ahead of time how they are going to handle each patient entering a fever clinic, detect suspected cases, confirm if they have the virus in labs and isolate possible cases.

More than 400,000 Albanians live in neighboring Italy across the Adriatic Sea.

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