The possibility of the epidemic spreading remains relatively high on the Chinese mainland, said the spokesperson.
BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- A new round of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak is possible in China as imported cases have kept rising, said a Chinese spokesperson at a press conference Sunday.
Noting that 693 imported cases from 42 countries have been reported by the end of Saturday, Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, said the possibility of the epidemic spreading remains relatively high on the Chinese mainland.
Mi added that local transmission of COVID-19 has been basically blocked, with the number of existing domestic cases having dropped below 3,000.
China will further step up efforts on the prevention of sporadic domestic cases and imported cases by timely detection, fast treatment and precise control and prevention, Mi said.
Hu Xin is a postgraduate student at Newcastle University in England. Recently he didn't feel very well, but couldn't go out to see doctors, as across the UK, most people have to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So Hu turned to a free online medical consultation platform to consult with Chinese doctors.
This platform provides overseas Chinese nationals with access to domestic doctors who worked on the frontlines battling COVID-19.
WANG JIAN'AN, PRESIDENT Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine joined the platform a few days ago. He uses it not only to answer COVID-19 questions, but also shares his experience with global peers.
The platform, Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19, was developed by Alihealth of Alibaba group. It aims to facilitate online communication and share anti-epidemic knowledge and practical experience. So far over 100 thousand Chinese living overseas have consulted on this platform. And almost a thousand domestic frontline doctors voluntarily joined in.
With confirmed cases still rising in many countries, experts say more online consultations and experience-sharing will be happening around the clock. Chinese tech companies and frontline doctors aim to continue their help.
Male patients comprise 55.9% of 6,013 cases collected from Jan 1 to 29, 2020, according to a study recently published by a research group from Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University on an online academic platform.
In addition, 47 of the 67 asymptomatic infections confirmed in their hospital are women, which show a higher ratio of severity in male cases, according to the study.
The study pointed out that men are more likely to be transmitted by the novel coronavirus and develop severe symptoms. Researchers speculate that this may be due to the different immune mechanisms between the two genders.
Men and women are inherently different in terms of responding to virus infections. Generally, on the premise of the same exposure to the virus, men are more likely to get infected with more viral load than women; whereas when faced with the same level of infections, women may have more severe symptoms and poorer prognosis.
However, the figures under study only cover the period of January, and there are undoubtedly cases of the virus that are not reflected in the data. More data and research are needed to make a convincingly final conclusion.
Moreover, the study has not been peer reviewed nor formally published.