Virus cases drop in China amid changes to reporting method

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The number of new coronavirus cases in China is declining as authorities have reportedly readjusted how they report new cases of the disease.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that new cases of the virus climbed by 394 on Thursday, a day after it was reported that the overall number of cases had passed 75,000 globally while more than 2,000 people have died.

Authorities are reportedly checking door-to-door in China’s Wuhan province, where the virus is thought to have originated at a seafood and live animal market, in order to register all cases of the illness. The country registered just more than 100 deaths between Wednesday and Thursday.

While significant, the number of new cases reported in China on Thursday is a sharp drop from the number reported the day before, 1,749, indicating that Chinese authorities are possibly getting a handle on the disease’s spread. Chinese authorities have also reportedly begun discounting cases of the disease that return negative test results in lab testing.

This new reporting method reportedly led to 279 suspected cases of the disease being properly classified as cases of other illnesses.

The majority of cases remain in China and Japan, where authorities are dealing with the disease on board a cruise ship that was quarantined by officials this week. A handful of cases have been reported in the U.S.

The virus typically presents with a form of pneumonia that, if not treated quickly, can be deadly.

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