More than 75,000 people have been infected by the deadly coronavirus as per a recent study and this figure is only for the epicenter of the disease, Wuhan. The number is 10 times more of the number that the official statistics have given. The authors of the study said that they estimate about 75,815 people to be infected with the virus in the city of Wuhan where this disease actually broke out. On 31st of January, the Government of China has said that the number of cases have risen more than 9,700 for the whole of China and the death toll has risen to about 213.
For Wuhan and the Hubei Province the official figure says that there are close to 6,000 people who have been confirmed to be infected by this disease and a little more than 200 deaths have happened due to it. On this Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak to be a global emergency and said that as of now it was not going to give a recommendation of a travel ban or a lockdown. The author said that the discrepancy which is visible as per the estimates of the infection and the actual data was due to many factors specifically for Wuhan. The study was conducted by a Hong Kong based university.
The time it takes between the evidence of symptoms from the time the infection comes in. The delay in getting the medical treatment for infected people and the time that is needed for confirming the cases with the tests in the lab are major factors of this apparent mismatch. They have said that the epidemic has doubled in January in terms of the speed it is spreading.
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