The 2019-nCoV (2019 novel coronavirus), officially named as Covid-19 by the WHO, has spread to 26 more countries apart from China alarming public health authorities across the world. A total of 75,725 (including 74,651 in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection including 2,128 deaths including two in Iran, and one each in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, France, and Taiwan, have been reported across the world as of 20 February 2020. Out of the 74,651 confirmed cases in China, 11,864 are reported to be severe.
At least 114 new deaths reported from mainland China while confirmed new cases saw the biggest drop in almost a month.
At least 108 of the new fatalities were from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the epidemic.
The also reported 394 new confirmed cases, significantly lower than the 1,749 cases reported nationwide the previous day.
The latest confirmed number of cases is the biggest drop in almost a month.
Of the new infections, at least 349 were from Hubei. Nationwide, the cases have now reached 74,576.
The NHC also announced that Hubei has lowered its coronavirus count, by removing “clinically diagnosed patients” with negative ribonucleic acid test results.
Late on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump is confident that China is “trying very hard” in its handling of the outbreak.
Trump said in an interview with Fox 10 Phoenix. “Well, I am confident that they are trying very hard, I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along.”