The Hubei Provincial Health Commission explained that the new methodology includes "those patients who have been clinically diagnosed."
Until Tuesday, infected cases were detected by a ribonucleic acid test, the results of which took several days. This delayed the timely treatment of patients.
From now on, the new diagnostic criteria determine that the results of a computerized tomography scan will be sufficient to consider a person infected. In this way, patients receive treatment on time.
Benjamin Cowling, the co-director of the Center for Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Hong Kong, says the new criteria are adequate to assess the impact of the epidemic.
"It makes perfect sense to include the probable cases. It is a delicate movement to modify the criteria but it is good to change it now," Cowling explained and added that he believes that the outbreak's peak could be reached by the end of February.
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