Beijing - The number of confirmed infections and deaths from the 2019-nCoV coronavirus rose again during the night. As the Chinese health authority announced, there have been 20,471 confirmed diseases to date - 3,235 new cases compared to the previous day. The death toll rose by 64 to 425. It was again the strongest increase in infections with the novel coronavirus and in deaths within one day.
The average death rate for the novel lung disease in China is 2 , 1 percent. This means that around one in 50 people who are proven to be sick dies from the virus. In the severely affected metropolis of Wuhan in central China, however, it reaches 4.9 percent, as Jiao Yahui from the Health Commission in Beijing reported. In the entire province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, the figure is 3.1 percent. The number of deaths in the People's Republic rose by 64 to 425 by noon today.
Are from the new lung disease in mainland China, more people have died than from the Sars pandemic 17 years ago. The 2002/2003 Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic resulted in 349 deaths in mainland China. There were also 299 dead in Hong Kong. There were 774 deaths worldwide.
In Hong Kong there was the second death outside mainland China today. The Chinese Special Administrative Regions Hospital Authority confirmed the death of 39-year-old. As the South China Morning Post reported, the man had visited the city of Wuhan, which was badly affected by the virus. A patient had also previously died in the Philippines. Around 200 infections have been confirmed in around two dozen countries worldwide.
In Singapore, people within the city-state were infected with the new type of corona virus for the first time. The Singapore Ministry of Health today reported six new cases, including four human-to-human transmissions of the pathogen. There are total of 24 coronavirus cases in Singapore.
Despite the four infections in Singapore, it is not yet possible to speak of "widespread and persistent" transmission of the pathogen in Singapore, the ministry said. In the event of strong spread, Singapore would be ready to restrict “human interactions”, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
Twelve cases in Germany
In Germany, twelve cases of infected people are known so far. Ten are related to the Bavarian auto supplier Webasto - including two children of an employee. An infected colleague from China who had only noticed her illness on the return flight was guest at Webasto. In addition, the virus was found in two passengers who were fetched back from Wuhan on German army plane over the weekend.
Countries such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Israel have issued entry restrictions for Chinese or foreigners coming from China. Taiwan also no longer wants to allow Chinese and foreigners into the country without special permission if they have been in the People's Republic in the 14 days before. However, travelers could apply for visas as long as they have not been to the hard-hit Hubei Province or the Guangdong and Zhejiang Provinces, which also have high numbers of infections.
An end to the epidemic is not yet in sight. Chinese experts estimate the outbreak could peak in 10 to 14 days. But preventive measures would have to be stepped up for this.
According to the World Health Organization (), 2019-nCoV is not yet pandemic. That is not the case at the moment, said the director of the WHO department for preparation for infection risks, Sylvie Briand, today. It is currently an epidemic with "several hotspots".
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) discussed the coronavirus epidemic with his British colleague Matt Hancock in London today. The spread of the virus underscores the importance of international cooperation, said Spahn, according to the German embassy in London after the meeting.
The minister had already yesterday in conference call with his counterparts from the other G7 states USA, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Canada discuss unified strategy in the fight against the coronavirus. According to the ministry, they agreed "to coordinate travel regulations and precautionary measures as closely as possible."
China's leadership admits "inadequacies"
Meanwhile, the Chinese leadership has "inadequacies and Deficits “in the response to the onset of lung disease. After meeting chaired by the head of state and party leader Xi Jinping, the Politburo announced, according to state television, that it was necessary to “summarize the experience and learn from it.” The national crisis management must be improved. The health system should be examined - and "deficiencies" should be eliminated.
At the meeting of the Politburo in Beijing, Jinping called for "swift and decisive" measures to contain the disease, as the state news agency Xinhua reported. He called for “strict enforcement” of orders and prohibitions. The fight against the epidemic is not only about people's lives and health, but also about economic and social stability.
The supply of medical protective material must be secured and the infection and mortality rate reduced, was further emphasized at the party meeting.Party committees and governments at all levels were called upon to bring the epidemic under control, but also to achieve “the goals of economic and social development” this year. The outbreak is an "important test of China's system and ability to govern".
The meeting also called for resolute implementation of the recently issued ban on the trade in wild animals. There must be decisive action against illegal markets with wild animals, so the Politburo. Authorities suspect that the novel coronavirus originated from wildlife from market in Wuhan. The first infections appeared among visitors to the market.