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Coronavirus: Epidemic should not stabilize until the end of April

2020-02-18T04:45:41.103Z

The number of infections and deaths continues to increase. China's commission of experts does not expect the epidemic to stabilize until the end of April.




According to a leading Chinese expert, the coronavirus epidemic may not stabilize until the end of April. "This is a very rough estimate," said Professor Zhong Nanshan, head of the Chinese government's expert group, in a video of a medical center from southern Guangdong Province, reported by the Nanfang Dushibao ( Southern Metropolis Daily ) newspaper.

The peak of the outbreak across the country is expected to be reached by the end of February. "Reaching the highest level does not mean the turning point," warned the renowned physician. However, he said that China's radical measures to curb the new coronavirus called Sars-CoV-2 were working.

Due to the now returning wave of migrant workers after the Chinese New Year holiday, which was extended due to the virus, he "may not expect a large increase". Very strict measures to control the flow of travel have been taken, Zhong Nanshan said in the video released on Tuesday.

Almost 2,000 dead in China

Within one day, the number of newly detected infections rose again by 1,886 by Tuesday. The number of infections reached a total of 72,436, as reported by the Health Commission in Beijing. A further 98 deaths were reported. A total of 1,868 patients in mainland China have already died of the new type of lung disease called Covid-19. Most cases are counted in central China in the severely affected Hubei province.

For the first time, a hospital manager has also fallen victim to the new lung disease. Liu Zhiming, director of Wuchang Hospital in Hubei's provincial capital, Wuhan, died on Monday, the China News news agency reported. A medical colleague reported that the chief doctor was in good health and did not expect himself to die from the lung disease called Covid-19. On Friday, a 59-year-old nurse from the same hospital had died of coronavirus.

So far, more than 1,700 doctors and nurses have been infected in the fight against the virus. At least six helpers had died of it by the end of last week, according to state television CCTV. The vast majority of those affected were therefore deployed to the particularly severely affected province of Hubei, in whose capital Wuhan the virus had broken out.

Economic impact

Due to the epidemic, the international auto show in Beijing will also be postponed in April. As the organizers said, the decision was made "to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and participants". The most important trade fair in the world's largest car market was supposed to be held in the Chinese capital from April 21 to 30. When the exhibition should be rescheduled remained open.

Apple will miss its sales forecast for the current quarter, just a few weeks old, due to the Corona virus outbreak in China. There are supply bottlenecks for iPhones because production in China is ramping up more slowly than planned, the company said. In addition, sales of Apple devices in China have recently been subdued, as many stores - and also the company's stores - were temporarily closed and had been poorly visited.

The factories of Apple manufacturers such as Foxconn and Pegatron as well as the most important suppliers are located outside the province of Hubei, which is particularly affected by the new lung disease. But elsewhere in China, the traditional New Year holiday was extended to avoid spreading. All production plants were running again. Apple still expects iPhone supply bottlenecks to temporarily impact global sales.

Source: zeit

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