There are 46,997 cases of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that was first identified in December in Wuhan, China, that have been confirmed by laboratory tests worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Earlier on Thursday, the WHO had said there were 60,329 cases and 1,369 deaths worldwide. Chinese health authorities have announced a 7-fold increase in the number of new cases of the virus, based on a case tally that now incorporates cases confirmed in China’s Hubei Province by CT imaging scans and not RNA tests. China’s National Health Commission said Feb. 12 there were 15,152 newly confirmed cases in China, using the new diagnosis criteria, compared with the 2,015 new cases reported on Feb. 11. "Hubei Province has added a ‘clinical diagnosis case’ classification to identify suspected cases with pneumonia imaging features as clinical diagnosis cases," the commission said in a translated statement on its website. The U.S. recorded its 15th case on Thursday, of a quarantined individual in Texas who had returned from China on a U.S. State Department flight on Feb. 7, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are three cases of people who have been diagnosed while in federal quarantine; two had been located at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. That first repatriated individual to be diagnosed with COVID-19 had first received a negative test in error, before positive findings were reported, public health officials have said. "The first and second patients arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities; there are no epidemiologic links between them," the CDC said in a statement. There are at least 600 U.S. nationals who are currently quarantined after returning from Wuhan on state flights.
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