As death toll in coronavirus outbreak crosses the 1,300 mark, countries around the world gear up to combat the deadly virus. On Thursday, Japan confirmed first death of an infected person- a second death outside China case after Philippines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said.
“Outside #China, there are 447 cases from 24 other countries, and two deaths. In addition to the death in the Philippines, there is now one more death of the world, in Japan”-@DrMikeRyan #COVID19 #coronavirus
World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 13, 2020
In its daily coronavirus press conference, the WHO said that the number of laboratory confirmed cases in China have reached 46,550. The WHO also maintained that there were 447 cases in 24 countries, of which only two – Japan and Philippines – have reported deaths due to coronavirus. In India, one of the three infected persons in Kerala has been discharged.
The fatality rate of the new virus is still under scrutiny, since the outbreak hasn’t ended. According to the data available till February 13, death rate in coronavirus (deaths over confirmed cases) is still much lower than other viral outbreaks such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Ebola virus.
However, the death rate of the H1N1 Swine Flu (2009-10) outbreak is still much lower, though the estimated number of deaths by the H1N1 flu was still extremely high.
Of the estimated 60,000 cases and over 1300 deaths, the death rate of novel coronavirus stands at 2.3 per cent.
The SARS outbreak of 2002-03 reported 8,096 cases of which 774 had died, thus a fatality rate of 9.6 per cent.
The death toll of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was 11,325 between 2014-16 and recorded a death rate of 40 per cent.
The number of deaths due to the H1N1 in the 2009 outbreak was the highest among the four.
Though the WHO said that a total of 18,500 laboratory confirmed deaths took place due to the pandemic H1N1 influenza, the Lancet had reported that the number could be 15 times more than what’s been recorded. The Lancet had said that the number of deaths due to Swine Flu could be as high 2,80,000
In Thursday’ press conference, WHO director for health emergencies program Mike Ryan said, “In terms of the international mission, the coronavirus advanced team and their Chinese counterparts have now finalised the scope of work and design of the mission. We expect the rest of the international team to start arriving in China over the weekend.”
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