No new coronavirus case reported in city as 25-year-old patient dies

Cai Wenjun
35 suspected cases were ruled out, and 100 are undergoing tests for virus
Cai Wenjun

No new cases of novel coronavirus infection were confirmed in Shanghai in the latest 12 hours as of midnight Friday, and 35 suspected cases were ruled out, the city's health commission said on Saturday morning.

The commission said a 25-year-old confirmed patient, with obesity and infection of influenza B, had died of the novel coronavirus, raising the citywide fatality toll to three. The man was confirmed as a critical case of coronavirus on January 29. He died on Friday night of multiple organ failures despite all-out medical efforts, the commission said.

So far, the city has reported 334 infections and ruled out 2,065 suspected cases.

Among all confirmed patients, aged between 7 months and 88 years old, 144 have traveled or lived in Hubei Province, 33 have traveled or lived in other regions, and 157 had contact history with infected persons.

A total of 110 patients are from outside the city, while 224 are local residents — those with registered residency and people staying in the city for over six months.

According to the commission, 107 patients are stable, three are in serious condition and 10 are critical. A total of 211 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Another 100 suspected cases are undergoing tests, the commission said.

Staying at home to avoid human contact is an effective way for coronavirus prevention; however, medical experts advise that people suffering from chronic diseases should go to hospital for doctor's prescription when running out of drug at home.

During the epidemic, people with diseases like cerebral and cardiovascular diseases should follow doctors’ advice and keep enough supply of medications at home. It is wrong to avoid hospital visits or stop taking medicines against doctor's advice.

Going to nearby medical centers, such as district-level hospitals or neighborhood health centers, can reduce infection risks on the way, and going to nearby drugstores with doctor’s prescription or prescription obtained at hospital apps are all effective measures, experts say.

Currently, doctors are prescribing medicines for chronic diseases for a maximum of three months in order to cut patients' hospital visits.

Drugstores are also surveillance spots for coronavirus prevention, as each person must undergo temperature check and those purchasing fever medicine will be reported.

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