February 19, 2020 | 1:54 PM IST
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China reports 14000 fresh cases of Coronavirus; Adopts new detection method

The Coronavirus, now formally called CoVID-19, calamity has majorly struck China claiming over 1,300 lives till now. Health officials have reportedly said that there has been a hike in the number of cases after China adopted new diagnosis techniques to detect the virus.
Since the inclusion of this methodology, the number of fresh cases spiked, bringing it to a total of 48,206 cases and confirming daily 14,000 cases. 

The experts said that the new number of cases in Hubei province alone, which is the epicentre of the epidemic, rose by 1,508. Also, more than 14,800 fresh cases were reported in Wuhan, where the infection originated in late December after the new clinical method was adopted.
 If the Chinese experts are to be believed the new methodology will enable patients to get treatment ‘as early as possible’ and be ‘consistent’ with the classification used in other provinces.

Incidentally, the number of fatalities in the province on Thursday soared to 242 – which doubled than the previous day fatalities - and over 15,000 extra patients trickling in for a diagnosis. China’s health commission in Hubei also reported over 60,000 people to be infected across the nation.

Meanwhile, the Diamond Princess – the cruise ship stuck with around 3,700 people on board (174 tested to be infected with the virus) has finally found a place to dock in Japan’s Yokohama after being rejected by four nations. The ship carries about 138 Indians and two of them are confirmed to be suffering from the virus. 
Another ship MS Westerdam that left Singapore last month – with no confirmed cases - has been authorized to dock the ship on Thursday in the port of Sihanoukville in Cambodia. It was turned away by Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, the US territory of Guam and Thailand.

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