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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-02-12 15:54

The Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored at the Yokohama port near Tokyo. [Photo/Agencies]

>135 infected on cruise ship

The number of novel coronavirus cases aboard a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan nearly doubled Monday as officials announced 65 new patients have been diagnosed with the infection.

The new figures bring the total number of cases on the Diamond Princess vessel to 135.

The ship, which has been under quarantine since last Tuesday, was already the largest center of infections outside the Chinese mainland.

Those who were diagnosed with the disease would be taken to local hospitals for treatment while the vessel remains quarantined through at least Feb 19.

The Diamond Princess, operated by California-based Princess Cruise Lines, is anchored at Yokohoma, just south of Tokyo.

Cruise officials began screening some of the 3,711 passengers and crew members after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man tested positive for the virus.

Passengers were told to avoid leaving their rooms and employees began wearing surgical masks while dropping off food outside passengers' doors to limit human contact.



>Univ to teach useful skills

Getting a university degree has never seemed more important: College graduates earn more money, live longer, and are happier.

But college degrees are expensive (especially in the US), narrowly focused (especially in the UK), and often fail to build the skills employers want (true in most countries).

A new university in the UK wants to change that.

The London Interdisciplinary School, which will launch in 2021 with a target of 100 students, will scrap traditional academic subjects and offer a three-year bachelor of arts and sciences degree designed to tackle real-world issues. The curriculum is built around interdisciplinary problems - knife crime, childhood obesity, palm oil in supply chains, plastic pollution - as well as quantitative and qualitative research skills.

The idea is similar to a US liberal arts degree (a rarity in the UK) but also more explicitly focused on "interdisciplinarity," or drawing on multiple subjects - economics, psychology, sociology, statistics - to solve complex problems like childhood obesity.

Employers like the Met Police, Innocent, and Virgin, will provide project ideas and offer a five-week work experience for students.


Patients who have recovered from novel coronavirus pneumonia celebrate with medical workers before they are discharged from a temporary hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Tuesday. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

>Recovery rates go up

The recovery rates of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei province and across the country have all risen significantly, said Mi Feng, a spokesman of the National Health Commission, on Monday.

According to data analysis, the recovery rate of novel coronavirus pneumonia across the country was 8.2%, compared with 1.3% on Jan 27, Feng said at a news conference held by the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism. The recovery rate in Hubei province reached 6.1% from 1.7% on Jan 27 and the rate in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, rose to 6.2% from 2.6% on Jan 27, he added.

"It shows medical treatment across the country has been effective," he said.

China's new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia outside Hubei province has been dropping for seven consecutive days, said the National Health Commission on Tuesday.



Medical workers test novel coronavirus samples at a lab in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Feb 6, 2020. [Photo by Zhou Chao/for chinadaily.com.cn]

>False-negative test results

Reports that nucleic acid tests have returned false-negative results for people infected with the novel coronavirus have prompted medical workers to deploy multiple measures to identify infections and implement rigorous isolation measures amid the viral epidemic.

Gao Zhancheng, head of the respiratory and critical care department at Peking University's People's Hospital, said a range of factors will impact the accuracy of nucleic acid testing, including the severity of symptoms, the illness' development, the extraction method and the circumstances at laboratories.

"Nucleic acid testing targeting other viruses also cannot ensure full accuracy. However, such testing remains an irreplaceable way to confirm infection," he told a news conference held by the State Council's Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism on Sunday. "Under the current treatment guideline, suspected cases that have tested negative for the virus once are also required to be quarantined at designated facilities for strict observation."


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