With every passing day, the situation is getting bad to worse in China as death toll and infection numbers from a new coronavirus soars dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, increasing tention the epidemic is far worse than being reported.
Also, the overthrowing of two top-level politicians supervising the epicentre of the outbreak,raised questions over China’s handling of the crisis, it happsened only hours after President Xi Jinping claimed “positive results” in battling the outbreak.
While the World Health Organisation also responded quickly over Chinese claimed regarding the measures to control the epidemic, which has now officially killed more than 1,350 people in China, could reach at climax in coming weeks.
“I think it’s way too early to try to forsee the beginning, the middle or the end of this epidemic right now,” said Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies programme.
The fear of virus can be seen as many countries have banned travellers from China in a bid to stop people spreading the disease.
Since emerging from the central Chinese province of Hubei, where tens of millions of masses have been locked as part of an unprecedented quarantine effort, the virus has had ramifications globally.
Moreover, the alarming and biggest one-day deaths toll of 242 people amid the mushroom increase of 14,840 infected people that reached to nearly 60,000 on Thursday since the crisis began, is a matter of great concer not only for China but also for the international comity.
The huge increases in number of infected people were because they had broadened their definition for cases to include people “clinically diagnosed” via lung imaging, Hubi authorities said.
Tens of millions of other people far from the epicentre are also enduring travel restrictions. Authorities in Hubei have been accused of concealing the gravity of the outbreak in late December and early January
The death of an infected doctor who had tried to raise the alarm about the outbreak in December, but was silenced by authorities, triggered an anger in China.
China had been praised by the World Health Organisation for its transparent handling of the outbreak, in contrast to the way it concealed the extent of the deadly SARS virus epidemic in 2002-2003.
But it has faced continued scepticism among the global public as there may be similarities with the way it dealt with SARS, and US officials have also called for more openness from China’s Communist Party rulers.
Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country, as hundreds of people have now been infected in some two dozen countries.
And this week’s Singapore Air Show — Asia’s biggest — was badly hit by exhibitors withdrawing and low attendance
The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan’s coast, where 44 more people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of infections on the Diamond Princes to 218.
The epidemic has threatened to harm the Chinese economy, the world’s second-largest, with ANZ bank warning that China’s first-quarter GDP growth would slow to 3.2-4 per cent, down from a previous projection of 5pc.