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Live updates: China's coronavirus cases surge again as Valentine's Day takes hit – The Washington Post, The Washington Post

China again reported a big jump in coronavirus cases on Friday after changing its methodology for diagnosing and counting infections, denting hopes that the deadly outbreak could be petering out.

More places in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, are enacting “Wartime” measures, such as sealing off residential complexes and only allowing essential vehicles on the roads. Authorities in Yunmeng county, where the new steps kicked in on Friday morning, said that anyone attempting to breach the lockdown “at compounds, buildings or road connections” would be detained.

Here are the latest developments:

● More cities in Hubei province are putting in place “wartime” measures, barring citizens from leaving their homes and threatening penalties for anyone who breaches the orders.

● Apps are being used to track citizens who must provide their information before entering and exiting key Chinese cities, allowing authorities to collect a huge amount of data.

● Japan has said that people evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship are in serious condition, as the cruise industry braces for serious losses over coronavirus fears.

● China’s National Health Commission said more than 1, medical workers have been infected with coronavirus, six of whom have died, citing the latest available figures as of Feb. 23.


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more than 1, medical workers in China infected with virus

BEIJING – China’s National Health Commission said Friday that at least 1, 728 medical staff have contractracted coronavirus, and six have died.

Zeng Yixin, the v ice director of the National Health Commission, was citing the latest figures available as of Feb. 21. 23. Of these cases, 1, 700 were reported in Hubei province. The health commission said that the illness will be identified as an occupation injury for medical workers, who will be covered by insurance.

The most sensitive of these cases is the death of Li Wenliang , the whistleblower doctor who is considered the first to sound the alarm about the new virus when he leaked a document on Dec. from his hospital, confirming the diagnosis. When he succumbed from the disease, grief and rage filled social media, as the country saw his death as a parable for the Communist Party’s failings.

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