By Tony Winterburn • 05 March 2020 • 9:39
Medical team and a patient in a hospital in Wuhan in the central province of Hubei in China.
The 36-year-old man died of respiratory failure due to Covid-19 in Wuhan, capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, five days after being apparently cured and was discharged from hospital.
The patient, Li Liang, was admitted to the hospital on February 12 and was discharged two weeks later on condition of being in quarantine for 14 days, according to the newspaper, which quotes local media.
However, two days after leaving the hospital, the man felt some symptoms again and on March 2 he was sent back to the health center, where his death was certified the same day.
The death certificate issued by the Wuhan health commission indicates that the direct cause of his death was COVID-19, according to the newspaper.
The deaths by COVID-19 in China increased in the last 24 hours in 31 people – 7 deaths less than in the count of the previous day – until a total of 3,012 deaths were added, the National Health Commission reported today.
All deaths were recorded in Hubei province, of which 23 occurred in Wuhan, which has been in quarantine since January 23.
In addition, 139 new confirmed cases were counted, 134 of them in Hubei, bringing the number of infected in China to 80,409.
According to official data, 52,045 patients have been discharged since the epidemic began, and more than 669,025 people who have been in close contact with those infected have been followed up, of which 32,870 remain under observation.
The priority of the Chinese Government is now to “protect against the importation” of infections from other countries after several consecutive days with more new cases of COVID-19 detected outside the country than in China, where there has also been growing concern about relapses.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but can also be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).
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