COVID-19 recoveries bring tears of joy. Every number has a face.
It doesn’t get much better than this. When the fight for life against a vicious bug saved a four-month-old baby girl in China, there was good reason for the tears of joy that fell when two consecutive COVID-19 tests came back negative.
The virus microorganism, a vicious pathogen (bug) allegedly spewed into the human environment by wild animals, is now called the COVID-19. Call it what you like, this baby with her parents, doctors and nurses were not going to succumb to this rotten microscopic vermin. Baby ‘Haikou’ beat the hell out of the bug.
The picture and its story: Baby ‘Haikou’ survived COVID-19 pneumonia. She fought and killed a vicious ‘bug’. Now four-months old she made a full recovery at Haiku People’s Hospital thanks to the Nurses Without Borders and friends in Hainan Province, China. She had returned to Haikou after traveling with her family to Xiaogan, a city in Hubei Province. Baby ‘Haikou’ was diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection on January 27 when she was only three months old. Her infection turned into pneumonia. Her winning fight was no small feat. She is a shero.
The picture and its story: Haikou City People’s Hospital, Haidian Island, Haikou City, Hainan Province, China. This is where nurses and doctors smash microorganisms that attack babies.
The picture and its story: Meet Wang Congyang who is a young pupil who reduces his traveling time away from home by doing his school work at home under parental supervision.
The picture and its story: Compassion shines through a hazmat suit in an isolation ward where a COVID-19 Pneumonia patient with promising vital signs is now taking water by mouth.
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FPMag has learned of two cases in the DPRK (North Korea). Since this is such scanty information it is not considered to be newsworthy until the universe of COVID-19 is officially stated by Pyongyang. The world should be ready to assist.
Important: Belgium, Cambodia, Finland, India, Nepal, Philipines, Russia, Spain, and Sri Lanka have been removed from our list. In each country there are no longer patients reported as infected with COVID-19.
*The Chinese are focussed on identifying only severe cases. It is possible that there are as many as 50,000 new cases each day in China says Professor Neil Fergusson of the Imperial College of London. The vast majority of these cases look like a mild version of the common cold, he says.
*The Chinese government admits that there are hundreds of thousands of other possible cases. The effort that is made to report the numbers of significant COVID-19 lower respiratory (pneumonia) cases and their outcome is extremely important and nobody FPMag is talking to sees that any other way. We trust our sources are doing their level best to state the true facts.
Most cases have a very good outcome. But when 1,716 medical workers fall ill because of insufficient flow of safety supplies needed to treat hundreds of thousands of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases, the outcome of patients is challenged further. What went wrong with the international community? Maybe it was just initial inertia, or maybe China should have got the word out earlier. Hopefully the world will step up now that as one humanitarian said with vigour, "China needs our help."
*1,716 Medical workers have become COVID-19 patients. 6 have died. These are our brothers and sisters. "They each have a heart and a soul. They each have a face. They each have a family," urges nurse Sara Qin in Wuhan.
They became ill because they were under equipped to cope with the most massive epidemic in modern times. Those left on the front lines need help. They need supplies. "Where are the airplanes delivering these donated goods going to land. It's the donor's choice," suggests the petite nurse in Wuhan, speaking in Mandarin.
At 04:00 on February 16, 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 2048 new confirmed cases and 105 new deaths (100 in Hubei, 3 in Henan, and 2 in Guangdong). 1563 suspected cases were added.
On the same day, 1,425 cases were cured and discharged, 28,179 close contacts were released from medical observation, and 628 severe cases were reduced.
As of 24:00 on February 16, according to reports from 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, there were 57934 confirmed cases (10644 of which were severe cases), 10844 cases were cured and 1770 were dead A total of 70,548 confirmed cases were reported, and there were 7,264 suspected cases. A total of 546,016 close contacts were traced, and 150,539 close contacts were still in medical observation.
There were 1933 newly confirmed cases in Hubei (1690 in Wuhan), 1016 new cases of cured discharges (543 in Wuhan), 100 new deaths (76 in Wuhan), and 49847 confirmed cases (36385 in Wuhan). Among them, 9797 were severe cases (8056 in Wuhan). A total of 6639 discharged patients were cured (3458 in Wuhan), 1696 deaths (1309 in Wuhan), and 58182 confirmed cases (41152 in Wuhan). There were 909 new suspected cases (338 in Wuhan), and 4826 suspected cases (1971 in Wuhan).
A total of 87 confirmed cases were reported from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: 57 cases in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2 cases discharged, 1 death), 10 cases in the Macau Special Administrative Region (5 cases discharged), and 20 cases in Taiwan (2 cases discharged, 1 case died ).
* USA: GMT: 2020-02-16 Time: 03:24
* In the United States there are 81 patient results awaited. That includes specimens received and awaiting testing, as well as specimens in route to CDC. By this time 347 cases had been tested as negative and the patients were discharged with good outcome.
Philippines: GMT: 2020-02-17 Time: 03:18
* In the Philippines there are 171 patients awaiting results from test labs. By this time 347 cases had been tested as negative and the patients were discharged with good outcome. 42 people who came in contact with the first 3 COVID-19 patients are showing symptoms.
* Singapore: GMT: 2020-02-17 Time: 03:17 Confirmed cases: 75 | Cases tested negative: 871 | Cases pending test results: 119 | Discharged: 19
* These are reported examples only. We have not obtained information from all countries.
Sources for this statistical data.
The following sources are available to readers. Also, FPMag and The Nurses Without Borders make direct contact and interview colleagues and sources close to the information around the world to track events and statistics.