China sees more newly recovered coronavirus patients than new infections for 1st time

Wednesday, 2020-02-19 10:58:36
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Ms Yan (1st R) waves to other patients when leaving hospital after recovery from novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) at a hospital in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)
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China's daily number of newly recovered novel coronavirus patients has surpassed that of new confirmed infections for the first time, according to the National Health Commission.

Tuesday saw 1,824 people walk out of hospital after recovery, higher than the same day's number of new confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus, which was 1,749, showed figures released Wednesday by the commission.

A total of 14,376 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Tuesday, according to the commission.

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 74,185 by the end of Tuesday, and 2,004 people had died of the disease.

* By the end of Tuesday, 62 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 22 in Taiwan including one death.

* China's daily new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei, the epicenter province of the outbreak, have since Feb. 3 dropped for 15 consecutive days. A total of 56 new confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday outside Hubei.

* Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 1,693 new confirmed cases and 132 new deaths Tuesday. The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 61,682. Wuhan, the provincial capital, recorded a total of 44,412 confirmed cases.

* China has released a circular requiring strengthened medical treatment and management of patients with severe mental disorders during the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Xinhua