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Coronavirus Latest: Wuhan Infections Jump By More Than 13,000, Hubei Party Chief Removed

Thursday, Feb. 13, 11:20 a.m. Jiang Chaoliang, party chief of Hubei province at the outbreak's epicenter, has been removed and replaced by Ying Yong, mayor and deputy party chief of Shanghai, state media said. The move followed a huge surge of total confirmed infections in China on Wednesday, most of those in Hubei.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, jumped by 13,436 on Wednesday as the nation’s health authority has implemented a new way to diagnose and confirm the virus, according to official data (link in Chinese).

The rise is well above the city’s daily increases of infections between 1,000 and 2,000 during the past week. On Wednesday, the local death toll from the virus surged 216 to 1,036.

The new diagnosis criteria, released on Feb. 5, allows for the use of CT scans, in addition to nucleic acid tests, in the confirmation process in Hubei province. There had been criticism that earlier diagnostic criteria for the coronavirus were too stringent, and experts had called for the inclusion of CT scanning as a key basis for diagnosis.

An additional 14,840 cases of infection were confirmed in Hubei, the province around Wuhan, on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 48,206, which is higher than the entire national figure for the previous day. The death toll in Hubei rose by 242 to 1,310.

In other coronavirus-related news:

• Warm weather may not slow the outbreak of the new coronavirus as many expected, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although it is expected that the epidemic will ease as the weather warms up, “it’s premature to assume that,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

• The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix motor racing event, scheduled for April 17-19, joined a list of global events being canceled or postponed because of the epidemic. The organizer, Formula One, said it is considering potential alternative dates if the situation improves.

• MWC Barcelona, the wireless industry’s top annual event, is facing great uncertainties after some of the biggest telecom companies withdrew amid concerns about the outbreak.

The event is scheduled to run Feb. 24-27, drawing around 100,000 people. However, several major exhibitors including Deutsche Telekom AG, Vodafone Group Plc, Nokia Oyj, Ericsson AB and Sony Corp. pulled out. The organizer is deliberating on whether to cancel the event, Bloomberg reported.



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