Live updates: Director of Wuhan hospital dies of coronavirus as infections mount in China

Live updates: Director of Wuhan hospital dies of coronavirus as infections mount in China

The number of coronavirus infections across China continues to rise, although at a slower rate outside the epicenter of Hubei province.

Officials have been sounding a more upbeat note in recent days about the prospects for containing the virus. But a renowned Chinese pulmonologist who predicted a peak this month has since clarified his remarks to say that the peak may be followed by a plateau, rather than an outright fall in cases. Here is what we know:

● A neurologist and a retired nurse who returned to work have died after becoming infected while treating coronavirus patients in Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter. Their deaths bring the total number of medical workers who have succumbed to the virus to eight.

● A Chinese pulmonologist predicted the number of infections will plateau, rather than fall, after hitting a peak later this month. WHO experts are still struggling to understand how fatal and contagious the disease is outside China due to a lack of data, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news briefing Tuesday.

● The Diamond Princess quarantine will end as scheduled on Wednesday, said Japan’s health minister, as 88 more cases were discovered, bringing the total linked to the ship to 542.

● Russia will temporarily suspend entry of Chinese citizens due to the coronavirus outbreak starting Thursday, banning them from traveling to Russia for employment, tourism and education.

● The World Health Organization released updated numbers Tuesday morning showing 72,528 cases of coronavirus in China, including 1,870 deaths. In the past 24 hours China reported 1,891 new cases, using its newer metric, which includes both lab-confirmed cases and those confirmed by clinics. Outside China there are now 804 cases in 25 countries, with three deaths, WHO officials said at its daily news conference in Geneva.

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