Proportion of severe COVID-19 cases drops significantly

  • China
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

Shoppers wearing protective face masks as they line up to go through a checkout at a supermarket in Beijing on Sunday (Feb 16). The number of new cases from China's COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic dropped for a third consecutive day on Sunday. - AFP

BEIJING:The proportion of severe and critical cases of the Covid 19 (coronavirus) disease among all confirmed cases has decreased significantly in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) of China said on Sunday (Feb 16).

In Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, the proportion of severe cases among the confirmed cases fell from a peak of 32.4% on Jan. 28 to 21.6% on Feb 15, said Mi Feng, a spokesperson with the NHC, at a press conference in Beijing.

The proportion in other parts of Hubei Province dropped from a peak of 18.4 percent on Jan. 27 to 11.1 percent on Feb 15, said Mi.

The percentage in other provinces in China also decreased significantly, falling from a peak of 15.9 percent on Jan. 27 to 7.2% on Feb 15, Mi added.

"These changes have proven the current epidemic prevention and control measures are effective," said Mi.

The authorities and medics are carrying out differentiated measures on the patients with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, close contacts of the confirmed cases, and fever patients, the spokesperson said.

"The differentiated measures ensure that a large number of mild cases are treated in time, reducing the possibility of becoming severe cases," said Mi. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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