Over 1,700 medical staff infected with novel coronavirus in China

Friday, 2020-02-14 16:30:18
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Medical staff treat a 14-month-old baby infected with the novel coronavirus in an ICU isolation ward of Wuhan Children's Hospital in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 27, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)
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A total of 1,716 Chinese medical workers had been infected with the novel coronavirus by February 11, accounting for 3.8 percent of the overall confirmed cases in China, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Friday (February 14).

Among them, six people had died from the virus, standing at 0.4 percent of the country's total deaths, said Zeng Yixin, deputy director of the NHC, at a press conference.

The number of infected medics in Hubei Province hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak reached 1,502, or 87.5 percent of the national confirmed cases of medical staff, while the figure for the capital city of Wuhan was 1,102, or 73.4 percent of the infected medics in the province.

* Chinese health authorities Friday said it received reports of 5,090 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 121 deaths on Thursday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

Among the deaths, 116 were in Hubei Province, two in Heilongjiang, and one in Anhui, Henan and Chongqing respectively, according to the National Health Commission.

* An expert from Wuhan called upon cured patients who had been infected with the virus to donate plasma at hospitals as antibodies have been identified in the plasma of some patients.

* A four-month-old baby infected with the novel coronavirus was discharged from hospital on Wednesday after recovery in east China's Jiangxi Province.

* Chinese authorities on Thursday stressed differentiated measures for different regions to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak and demanded efforts to improve patient treatment and expedite research on drugs at a high-level meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

* Vice Premier Hu Chunhua called for all-out efforts to ensure stable employment amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Xinhua