COVID-19 confirmed and death case development in China 2020

As of March 31, 2020, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 that originated in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in China, had infected over 82 thousand people and killed around 3,300 in the country. After quarantine measures were implemented, the National Health Commission (NHC) reported no new local coronavirus COVID-19 transmissions for the first time on March 18, 2020. Over 90 percent of the patients have recovered.

From Wuhan to the rest of China

In late December 2019, health authorities in Wuhan detected several pneumonia cases of unknown cause. Most of these patients had links to the Huanan Seafood Market. With Chinese New Year approaching, millions of Chinese migrant workers travelled back to their hometowns for the celebration. Before the start of the travel ban on January 23, around five billion people had left Wuhan. By the end of January, the number of infections had surged to over ten thousand. The death toll from the virus exceeded that of the SARS outbreak a few days later. On February 12, thousands more cases were confirmed in Wuhan after an improvement to the diagnosis method, resulting in another sudden surge of confirmed cases.

The overloaded healthcare system

In Wuhan, 28 hospitals were designated to treat coronavirus patients, but the outbreak continued to test China’s disease control system and most of the hospitals were soon fully occupied. To combat the virus, the government announced plans to build a new hospital swiftly. On February 3, 2020, Huoshenshan Hospital was opened to provide an additional 1,300 beds. Due to an extreme shortage of health-care professionals in Wuhan, thousands of medical staff from all over China came voluntarily to the epicenter to offer their support.

Number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cumulative confirmed and death cases in China from January 20 to March 31, 2020

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Sources

Release date

March 2020

Region

China

Survey time period

January 20 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

The source recorded the case numbers in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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