Tuesday, March 31, 2020
China will include asymptomatic coronavirus carriers in its daily figures from Wednesday, its National Health Commission said on Tuesday. Officials said the new measures would help to address growing public concerns about the risks of infection with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, brought about by these silent carriers.
Classified Chinese government data previously seen by the South China Morning Post suggested that the proportion of silent carriers could be as high as one-third of those who test positive. The data suggested that by the end of February more than 43,000 people in mainland China had tested positive for the coronavirus but had no immediate symptoms. They were not included in the official tally of confirmed cases.
Chinese hospitals and clinics have had to report asymptomatic cases to local centres for disease prevention and control within two hours of detection. But until now the government has not published numbers for these carriers.
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