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Press Release on the Outbreak of COVID-19, 13 February

(13 February)

As of 12 February, in mainland China, 59,804 confirmed cases had been reported, among which 5,911 were cured and discharged from hospital, 1,367 died, and 52,526 still under treatment. There was 13,435 suspected cases pending test results in mainland China as of 12 February. In Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, 50, 10 and 18 confirmed cases have been reported respectively by 12 February.

On 12 February, the confirmed cases in Hubei province increased by 14,840, much higher than that of the previous day, 1,638. The reason is because of the inclusion of clinically diagnosed cases. Clinically diagnosed cases are unique to Hubei statistically. According to the latest version of the diagnosis and treatment scheme released by the Chinese National Health Commission, any suspected cases with pneumonia-related computerized tomography (CT) scan results are counted as clinically diagnosed cases. The Hubei provincial health commission said the diagnosis criteria revision has been made to give those who have been clinically diagnosed the timely standard treatment of confirmed cases to further improve the treatment success rate.

On 12 February, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee convened for the third time to discuss the situation of COVID-19 prevention and control. Chaired by General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping, the meeting pointed out the importance of addressing the crux of epidemic control by raising hospital admission and cure rates and lowering infection and case fatality rates. It called for efforts to improve treatment for patients, especially those in severe conditions, by pooling the best medical and technological resources, to carry out timely review of diagnostic and therapeutic solutions and apply the effective ones on a bigger scale, and to step up development of medicines and vaccines.

On the approval of President Xi Jinping, who is also the Chairman of the Communist Party of China’s Central Military Commission, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sends an additional 2,600 medical personnel to support the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. The PLA medical mission covers two hospitals in the city and will operate under the mode of Huoshenshan Hospital, which is the first makeshift hospital established in early February during the epidemic. By 13 February, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have dispatched three batches of more than 4,000 medical personnel to Wuhan since the outbreak of the epidemic.

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