Early Friday morning the government of China reported that an additional 5,090 people have been infected with coronavirus and another 121 people have died.
The Associated Press reported: “The number of reported cases has been rising more quickly after the hardest-hit province changed its method of counting them Thursday. There are now 63,851 confirmed cases in mainland China, of which 1,380 have died. Hubei province is now including cases based on a physician’s diagnosis and before they have been confirmed by lab tests. Of the 5,090 new cases, 3,095 fell into that category.”
The virus is continuing to spread globally. There are at least 585 confirmed cases of coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside China, as of Friday morning. The third person to die outside of China from the virus was a Japanese woman in her 80s.
Speaking on the virus, CDC director Robert Redfield told CNN that “This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission.”
“The containment phase is really to give us more time. This virus will become a community virus at some point in time, this year or next year,” Redfield added.