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83% of virus patients released from hospital

NO new coronavirus cases were reported in Shanghai in the 12 hours to noon yesterday, the Shanghai Health Commission said.

Three patients, including one who was in serious condition, have been discharged from the hospital, while 18 suspected cases have been ruled out, it said.

Dr Hu Bijie, a member of the city’s coronavirus expert team, said the rate of discharges in Shanghai had reached 82.8 percent and the number of patients in hospital had been dropping sharply.

“It’s notable that four serious patients were discharged on February 22 and a critical one who had been supported by a breathing machine for 12 days was also discharged on February 25,” he said. “All this good news has boosted our medical staff and added to our confidence in winning the fight against the virus.”

Zheng Jin, spokeswoman for the heath commission, urged the public to work with medical staff and not to relax.

“It’s not time to take off our masks,” she said. “We have to continue staying at home more, washing hands often and keeping good hygiene, which are all crucial in preventing the virus.”

The patients discharged yesterday included a 5-year-old boy who had been to other regions but not to Hubei Province. He had been admitted to a hospital after developing a fever and was diagnosed with novel coronavirus pneumonia. He was transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University.

Another was a 64-year-old man surnamed Wu, who had been in close contact with infected patients. He was confirmed with the virus on February 2. The third was a 65-year-old woman surnamed Ju, who also had close contact with patients diagnosed with the virus.

So far, the city has reported 337 confirmed cases and ruled out 2,349 suspected cases. Among the confirmed cases, aged from 7 months to 88, 144 had traveled or lived in Hubei Province, 34 had traveled or lived in other regions, and 158 had contact with infected persons. One case is still under investigation.

A total of 111 patients are from outside the city, while 226 are residents.


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