CORONAVIRUS — Spike In New Confirmed Cases After Change In Diagnostic Criteria

Health authorities in China’s Hubei province reported on Thursday 14,840 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019-nCoV), almost ten times the number said a day earlier.

Increases come after a change in diagnostic criteria. Hubei’s health commission said in its daily statement that it had changed the diagnostic tests used to confirm cases, effective Thursday, meaning that doctors have broader discretion to determine which patients are infected.

From today on, we will include the number of clinically diagnosed cases into the number of confirmed cases so that patients could receive timely treatment.

The spike in confirmed cases looks scary, but…,

Fourteen thousand eight hundred forty new confirmed cases of COVID-19 don’t mean that nearly 15 Thousand people have got infected over the last 24 hours. A massive increase in the number of confirmed cases was caused by the change in “accounting practices.”

So, the rate of spread of the virus has not changed drastically overnight. The Chinese government has finally found a way to publish the correct amount of known infections and keep the face at the same time.


I decided to drop the Johns Hopkins corona tracker and switch to Worldometer’s COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC tracker. It’s not as good looking as the one from Johns Hopkins but provides more information.

  • Currently Infected Patients (Active Cases)
  • Patients in Mild Condition
  • Patients in Serious or Critical Condition
  • Closed Cases (Recovered / Discharged and Deaths)

Data on testing at The COVID Tracking Project. (US totals and state by state numbers.)

It’s also a good idea to read this article: Evidence over hysteria — COVID-19. (It looks like this post was taken down by Medium. Will see if it come back.) The material is still on at this location.

If you rather use tracker from Johns Hopkins, use this link. Remember, however, that in order to get the number of people presently infected (active cases) you must subtract “Total Deaths” and “Total Recovered” from “Total Confirmed”.

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