COVID-19 UPDATES – 242 deaths reported in Hubei yesterday, total worldwide cases reach 60,095


13th February 2020 – (Hubei) 242 people died from COVID-19 in Hubei yesterday. Total death toll increased to 1,310. Total number of deaths in mainland China has reached at least 1,355. The global death toll is at least 1,357, with one death in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Hubei authorities confirmed an additional 14,840 cases of the virus in Hubei yesterday, which brings the total number of cases in the city to 48,206.

There have been 33,693 patients hospitalized in Hubei, including 1,437 who are in critical condition, 3,441 patients have recovered and been discharged.

Total worldwide cases have reached 60,095 with 1,362 deaths as of 9.30am today.

A new COVID-19 case is confirmed in Southern California’s Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego County after a second evacuee from Wuhan, China under quarantine at MCAS Miramar tested positive. This is the 14th confirmed case in the US and the eighth in California. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 420 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 41 states, according to an update posted to the agency’s website on Wednesday. Of them, 13 have tested positive, 347 negative and 60 are still pending.

A ninth person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United Kingdom bringing the total number of cases in the country to nine. One of the eight confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the UK is an accident and emergency worker at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, according to the British Department of Health.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s chief medical health officer in Canada said today that a patient with the novel coronavirus has recovered from the virus.

3 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, including DBS employee, 2 church members. Of them, two are from the Grace Assembly of God church, and one of them works at DBS bank at the Marina Bay Financial Centre. All three of them have no recent travel history to mainland China. This brings the number of confirmed cases of the virus in Singapore to 50.

Total cases in Hong Kong increased to 50.The latest patient is a 51-year-old man who works in the same Peking Garden Restaurant  as the 37th female patient who contracted the virus during the hotpot gathering at Lento Party Room in Kwun Tong on 10th February. Also, a 25-year-old infected patient who was the 18th case has been discharged from Princess Margaret Hospital today. He became the first person to have fully recovered from the virus.

World Health Organisation official said yesterday that it’s too soon to predict the end of the coronavirus outbreak. “The number of newly confirmed cases reported from China has stabilized over the past week, but that must be interpreted with extreme caution. This outbreak could still go in any direction,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during the news conference.