First up let’s have a look at the massive jump in reported new cases of coronavirus.
Nearly 15,000 new cases have been reported in a 24-hour period, taking the total number of cases to just under 60,000.
To get an idea of the significance of this, the figure for confirmed new cases for Wednesday was 2,015.
The commission noted that it had begun including cases diagnosed through new clinical methods from Thursday.
You may know that there has been a lot of debate in the media in recent days about a change in the way of counting figures by the National Health Commission.
There was a suggestion that from 7 February, people who had tested positive but showed no symptoms, were not counted as confirmed cases. It has been very difficult to pin down the exact changes, and I’ll try to do that today.
But from my reading, it’s likely that this huge jump in new confirmed cases reflects an adjustment of calculations, rather than a massively steep increase in actual new cases. I’ll keep updating you on this as we get more information on it.