Rate of severe cases down
The rate of severely ill patients infected with the novel coronavirus has dropped significantly across the country, according to figures released by the National Health Commission.
In Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, the proportion of patients in serious condition decreased to 21.6% on Saturday from a high of 32.4% on Jan 28, commission spokesman Mi Feng said on Sunday.
In other parts of Hubei, the proportion of severe cases decreased to 11.1% on Saturday from the peak of 18.4% on Jan 27, and the percentage of severe cases across the rest of the country declined to 7.2% on Saturday, he said.
This was made possible by strengthened medical assistance, as well as centralized isolation and treatment, Mi said. "A substantial foundation has been laid to further increase the recovery rate and reduce the fatality rate," he added.