Chinese health authorities have been given a sliver of hope after the largest study carried out since the outbreak started found new COVID-19 cases appear to be falling. A study by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of new COVID-19 infections seemed to be falling since earlier this month, prompting guarded optimism from health authorities. It also found more than 80% of the 45,000 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus it studied were mild, 14% had severe symptoms such as pneumonia and 5% had critical symptoms. The sick and elderly were most at risk and medical staff are at a high risk, the report found. Men were more likely to die, with a 2.8% mortality rate, while women had a 1.7% chance of dying. Advertisement Mainland China reported 1,869 new cases and 98 deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total deaths in the country to 1,868 since it was first detected in mid-December. The number of deaths was down slightly from the 105 fatalities reported the day before. More on Covid-19 COVID-19: Boris Johnson commits to appointing chair of public inquiry by Christmas as he meets bereaved families COVID-19: Scotland delays enforcement of… Read full this story
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