CHINA Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak

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Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak

Xinhua

21:17, March 02, 2020

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BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- China is in a nationwide mobilization to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here are the latest developments:

-- China's daily new confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have seen an overall downward trend for two weeks. The number of newly discharged patients nationwide continues to show an upward trend, fluctuating around 3,000 in recent days.

The rapid rise of the epidemic in Wuhan has been contained, with the local outbreaks in Hubei outside Wuhan brought under control.

-- A team of doctors in a hospital in central China's Hunan Province successfully 3D printed the model of the nidus of a patient infected with the coronavirus on Monday.

Compared with computed tomography (CT) images that are two dimensional, 3D models offer a more vivid reconstruction of a patient's arteries, veins and bronchi, which can be of great help in clinical therapy, according to He Yucheng, a doctor with Chenzhou No. 1 People's Hospital and the head of the team.

-- As of Sunday, 260 troops and 130 transport vehicles from the Central Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) had transported 8,500 tonnes of household goods and 23,600 pieces (sets) of protective materials and equipment to Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic.

Helicopters sent by the Central Theater Command had also transfered 6.5 tonnes of medical supplies by Sunday.

-- Nearly 3,000 beds have been set up by 63 military hospitals designated to treat patients with the novel coronavirus disease, with over 10,000 military medics working at the front line.

As of Sunday, the designated hospitals of the armed forces and military medical teams dispatched to Hubei had treated 4,450 COVID-19 patients with 1,000 cured, said Chen Jingyuan, a health official with the Logistic Support Department of the Central Military Commission.

Three military-led hospitals in Wuhan, capital of Hubei, had admitted 3,467 severe COVID-19 patients and cured 689 patients.

-- China's daily output of face masks reached 116 million units as of Saturday, 12 times the figure reported on Feb. 1, as production expansion moves into top gear, official data showed Monday.

By the end of February, the daily production capacity of masks in China more than quintupled from Feb. 1 to 110 million units that came in medical and non-medical calibers, the National Development and Reform Commission said.

-- The National Health Commission said it received 202 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 42 deaths on Sunday on the Chinese mainland. All the deaths were in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

Also on Sunday, 2,837 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, while the number of severe cases decreased by 255 to 7,110.

The overall confirmed cases on the mainland had reached 80,026 by the end of Sunday, including 32,652 patients who were still being treated, 44,462 patients who had been discharged after recovery, and 2,912 people who had died of the disease.

-- Hubei Province reported 196 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection.

The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 67,103 and that of total deaths to 2,803.

Wuhan, the provincial capital, reported 193 confirmed cases and 32 deaths on Sunday. In total, the city has registered 49,315 confirmed cases and 2,227 deaths.

The province also saw 2,570 patients discharged from hospital after recovery on Sunday, bringing the total number of discharged patients in the province to 33,757.

-- The temporary hospital with the most beds in Wuhan had discharged a total of over 1,000 people as of Sunday.

The Jianghan temporary hospital, converted from Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, started receiving patients from Feb. 5. It is equipped with 1,564 beds and over 1,100 staff.

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