Coronavirus infections skyrocket as China refines diagnostic methods

According to China's Global Times, the numbers of novel coronavirus infections reported on daily basis outside epicentre Hubei Province declined for the 10th consecutive day as reported on Friday, with 267 new cases.

Health authorities in China's Hubei Province said on Friday that 116 additional deaths from the new coronavirus have been confirmed. Though Chinese authorities initially stipulated that only Canadian passport holders would be able to leave the quarantined region, they seem to have relaxed that rule, Champagne said, but he did not elaborate on whether Canada would make arrangements to fly more of them out. As many as 55,748 are now undergoing treatment, while 1,380 people have died.

Authorities in Hubei on Thursday started counting patients who were "clinically diagnosed" via lung imaging, in addition to those who undergo lab tests.

The new figures for total infections gave no sign the outbreak was nearing a peak, said Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.

Two Hubei health officials were also sacked earlier in the week.

Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday - a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. The death was the third outside mainland China, after two others in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

"Investors will surely avoid Asia for the time being and will shift funds to the U.S., geographically the most separated from the region", said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

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The virus is believed to have emerged late past year at a seafood market in the city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife. The Westerdam cruise ship anchored Thursday off Cambodia for health checks on its 2,200 passengers and crew.

On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan. It had anchored offshore early in the morning to allow Cambodian officials to board and collect samples from passengers with any signs of ill health or flu-like symptoms. The Diamond Princess has been under quarantine since last week after it was learned that a former passenger who had disembarked in Hong Kong had tested positive for COVID-19.

World Health Organization figures released earlier on Thursday had shown China reporting a total of 46,550 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in December.

China's Hubei province reported 4,823 additional coronavirus cases, confirming that the almost 15,000 reported a day earlier was a one-off situation due to a new method for counting infections.

Many countries have implemented travel restrictions on recent visitors to China, which has more than 99 per cent of the world's reported infections.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept United States help, but "they won't let us".

Speaking about the first four days of his illness to Bloomberg, he said: 'I suffered from a high fever and pains that tortured every part of my body.

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