Coronavirus cases top 60,000 in China as death toll spikes
The fight against the novel coronavirus took a turn for the worse on Wednesday night, as Chinese health officials in the Hubei province reported 242 new deaths and 14,840 new cases of the flu-like virus.
That brings the worldwide death toll to at least 1,357 and the number of confirmed cases to more than 60,000 people, CBC news reported.
The rise in cases comes as Chinese officials broadened their definition of confirmed cases. Now, lung imaging can be used to diagnose the virus in a suspected patient, in addition to the standard nucleic acid tests, according to AFP.
Chinese officials said 13,332 of the new cases and just over half the new death toll can be attributed to the new classification.