By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Today, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). One of the cases is a female in her 80s (21st case) while the other case is a male in his 30s (22nd case). The two patients are family members of 19th and 20th cases announced yesterday.
The contact tracing initiated by the health agency found that the 21st case developed symptoms February 6, and the 22nd case had a fever and cough from January 28 to February 6. The two patients were confirmed infected with COVID-19 after lab tests today. As 22nd case don’t live with the other 3 family members, the case is believed to be contracted from the index case at a family reunion during the Lunar New Year holiday, and thus it is determined to be a family cluster.
The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported investigating three additional cases of novel coronavirus infection, taking to 60 the number of confirmed cases so far in Hong Kong.
A spokesman for the CHP said, “According to our preliminary epidemiological investigations, some of the confirmed cases are locally infected. The CHP strongly urged the public to maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community.”
Today, Chinese officials reported 1886 new confirmed cases and 98 new deaths (93 in Hubei, and 3 in Henan).
To date, 72,436 confirmed cases have been reported in China, including 1,868 deaths.