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16 patients recover, 32 cases ruled out

NO new coronavirus case was reported in the city yesterday morning, with another 32 suspected cases ruled out and 16 patients discharged from hospital, the Shanghai Health Commission announced.

So far, the city has reported 328 infections and ruled out 1,692 suspected cases.

Among the confirmed patients, aged between 7 months and 88 years old, 170 male and 158 female, 144 have traveled or lived in Hubei Province before, 33 have traveled or lived in non-Hubei regions, and 151 have contact history with the infected.

A total of 109 patients are from outside the city, while 219 are local residents, which include those with registered residency or people staying in the city for over six months.

According to the SHC, 170 patients are stable, four are in serious condition and 13 are critical. A total of 140 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital. There has been one local fatality. Another 157 suspected cases are undergoing tests.

To improve the treatment of critical cases and reduce the fatality rate, a senior experts’ team is dealing with emergencies and keeping record of patients’ conditions throughout the day, particularly the elderly.

More support will be provided for the traditional Chinese medicine team of 122 members which left for Wuhan on Saturday to back disease control in Hubei, said Zheng Jin, a spokesman of the commission.

Besides the continuing efforts to prevent infection in working areas, the SHC has enabled the “1+16” hotlines for psychological assistance — hotline 12320-5 and 16 others for different districts. Another hotline for frontline medical staff in Wuhan will also be opened.


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