EYEAFRICA TV: Wuhan City, Hubei Province, central China: The continued drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases fully demonstrates the effectiveness of the steps China has taken to prevent and control the outbreak since it was first reported in December, a Chines expert said Thursday.
Central China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported eight new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease on Wednesday, with the number dropping to single digits, the National Health Commission (NHC) said Thursday.
“We saw a single-digit increase [in the number of new cases] today. First I want to say that our prevention and control measures have indeed played an important role. We have controlled the epidemic from the grassroots, including all the efforts since mid-February to provide treatment and testing to as many patients as possible. I think the positive change in the data has demonstrated the effectiveness of our prevention and control measures,” said Jiao.
Jiao said the biggest challenge at present is to take every possible step to save as many lives as possible.
“The cumulative mortality rate in Hubei is 4.5 percent, and the figure in Wuhan has stayed at 4.8 percent for a period of time, in a relatively steady state. I think the figure may change slightly in days to come,” said Jiao.
Jiao explained that the number of new cases is decreasing day by day, while the number of deaths is also increasing. The number of new deaths is growing faster than that of the new cases. That is why the mortality rate is likely to change.
Treating the patients in severe and critical conditions will continue to be prioritized, Jiao said.
“According to today’s data, there are still more than 3,300 severe patients and over 600 critical patients in Wuhan. Together, the number is around 4,000. These patients are still under treatment in hospital. Over 83 percent of them have at least one underlying disease. More than 50 of them are receiving non-invasive mechanical ventilation, 148 are going through invasive mechanical ventilation, 27 are using ECMO for treatment, and more than 90 need prone position ventilation,” said Jiao.
It is necessary to continue to promote and apply successful treatment experience, not only to emphasize the treatment of new coronary pneumonia, but also to pay attention to the protection of patients’ vital organs. In the meantime, care must be strengthened to detect changes in the patients’ conditions in a timely manner, she said.