The preliminary study found that a more aggressive strain of the new
The prevalence of the more aggressive virus type decreased after early January 2020, they said.
“These findings strongly support an urgent need for further immediate, comprehensive studies that combine genomic data, epidemiological data, and chart records of the clinical symptoms of patients with
Experts not directly involved in the study said its findings were interesting, but cautioned against drawing firm conclusions from such preliminary research.
“It’s difficult to confirm studies like this without a direct side-by-side comparison of
Also on Wednesday, one of China’s top medical associations said that the median incubation period of the
The remarks by Du Bin, chairman of the critical care medical branch of the Chinese Medical Association, mark the most conclusive assessment of the
The revelations came amid a fall in new
NEW CASES DOWNMainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of
The total number of cases on the mainland has now reached 80,270. The number of deaths rose by 38 to bring the total toll
All but one new death occurred in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
With the number of new daily infections overseas now exceeding new cases in China, Chinese officials have begun to seek ways to control the spread of the virus outside of China and guard against future outbreaks.
Authorities have asked
An infected person is known to have arrived in China from Iran, one of the virus’ new hotspots, last week.
China is encouraging domestic producers of medical protective equipment to export protective suits to meet overseas demand as the virus spreads, Cao Xuejun, an official with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.
China’s health authorities are also studying setting up emergency reserves for medical resources and protective materials, Mao Qunan, an official at China’s National Health Commission said at the same briefing.