The number of new deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours in the chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the epidemic, was 116, in sharp decline compared to the previous day, on Friday announced the authorities.
The Health commission of Hubei had reported in its daily bulletin of Thursday, with 242 deaths, and of 14 800 new cases, but these increases were due in accordance with the commission an amendment to the detection mode. Its bulletin Friday ad 116 deaths and 4823 new cases in this province of central China where the outbreak first appeared in December.
The total number of deaths in mainland China reached 1483. More than 64 600 people have been infected in the country.
Health officials in Hubei were reported to have started from the clinically diagnosed cases to ensure that patients are treated as soon as possible rather than having to wait for laboratory tests to confirm that they are suffering from the disease Covid-19. This change raises fears that the crisis would be more serious than what the chinese authorities have indicated.
Now, the sick of the province clinically diagnosed are also recorded. In clear, of the suspected patients who have undergone a simple radio lung can now be considered as sick confirmed. Until now, a test nucleic acid was indispensable.
Coronavirus: 4 to 5 billion dollars in losses for airlines
The outbreak of the new coronavirus has led to a potential reduction of 4 to 5 billion dollars ” of revenue for airlines around the world announced on Thursday the Organization of the international civil aviation organization (ICAO) in a statement.
The un has reported that “70 airlines have cancelled all international flights to and from China” and ” 50 other airlines have reduced their flying activities “.
As a result, this has led to a reduction of 80 % of the air capacity as a foreign for travelers to and from China and a 40% reduction of the air capacity of the chinese airlines, ” according to preliminary estimates of the organization.
The first quarter of 2020 has seen a ” reduction of 39 % to 41 % of capacity of passengers, a reduction of 16.4 to 19.6 million passengers, compared to forecasts of airlines “.
“Before the epidemic, the airlines had planned to increase capacity by 9% on international routes to and from China for the first quarter of 2020, compared to 2019,” said the organization.
The ICAO estimated that Japan could lose 1.29 billion of dollars of tourist revenue and the Thailand lose 1.15 billion.
In addition, the organization stresses that the consequences of the epidemic of the virus should be ” more important than those caused by the SARS epidemic in 2003 “.
China has closed the doors of several of its cities and prohibited the organized trips of its nationals inside the country and abroad, in an attempt to contain the contamination.
Countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States are advising against all travel.