China’s National Health Commission said Saturday that 143 more people had died from the new coronavirus, bringing the death toll to more than 1,500. The commission also confirmed another 2,641 new virus cases, but that represented a drop from higher numbers in recent days. The previous day, China reported 5,090 new infections.
China’s government recently changed its methodology for diagnosing and counting new cases, causing a spike in the number of reported cases. Under the new method, doctors can use lung imaging and other analysis to diagnose a patient instead of relying on laboratory testing.
China’s health commission said Saturday that most of the new deaths were in Hubei's provincial capital of Wuhan, which is where the coronavirus outbreak is believed to have begun.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 66,492 as of Friday night, with the death toll at 1,523, according the commission.
On Friday, the commission’s vice minister, Zeng Yixin, said 1,716 health workers had also been infected by the coronavirus and six had died.
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