- New details are emerging indicating that there has been a surge in the number of cases of the coronavirus in China
- Challenges with regard to determining the number of infections have become a problem as various tools are being used
- On a global scale, the total infections are however reported to be about 60 000
Briefly.co.za has learned that new methods of diagnosis have led to an approximate 15 000 cases of the coronavirus in China.
Information available shows that the standard way to confirm the status of a patient is slow and often misses infections in early stages.
Other diagnostic tools have increased the possibility of the presence of the disease in the Hubei province by 45% to nearly 50 000.
This has raised questions about the true scale of the crisis as there is no standard to determine it.
As per a report by Bloomberg, it also dashes hopes of a possible reduction in the number of cases as the number of those globally affected has shot up to about 60 000.
Until recently, several patients with symptoms akin to pneumonia, found with the help of CT scans, could not be diagnosed as positive without an additional nucleic acid test.
An attempt to deal with the menace would require a consistent test of blood samples for antibodies.
The latest trends demand a change in method aimed at renewing efforts to ensure the adequacy and reliability of tests.
In the wake of efforts at eradicating the virus, accusations have flown about with regard to an apparent delay of news by local and central government officials.
It has been gathered that eight local doctors who tried to warn others were reprimanded by local authorities but were later vindicated by the country’s Supreme Court.
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