The January 31 coronavirus tally
- Jan 17: 41
- Jan 19: 62
- Jan 20: 201
- Jan 21: 291
- Jan 22: 440
- Jan 24: 830
- Jan 25: 1,287
- Jan 26: 1,975
- Jan 27: 2,744
- Jan 28: 5,974
- Jan 29: 7,711
- Jan 30: 9,692
- Jan 31: 11,791
The number of cases is slightly higher than yesterday but the delta is slowing. Reports throughout China suggest there is a shortage of test kits, especially in Wuhan so take these numbers with a grain of salt. That said, the growth in the provincial numbers also appears to be slowing.
A study in the Lancet today based on the incidence of the virus in travelers suggested there were 75,800 cases in Wuhan alone at the start of the week.
There are 5,019 new suspected cases to bring the total to 17,988, up from 12,167 yesterday.
The number of dead has risen to 259 from 213 yesterday with 243 cured and discharged. Of the cases, 1,795 are severe.
136,987 close contacts have been tracked and 118,478 are under medical observation.
A better slice of news is that a company says it has developed a test kit for coronavirus that can detect the virus in 8-15 minutes.