Doctor Xu Fei introduces the treatment of a patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 27, 2020. The patient of the novel coronavirus pneumonia has been cured and discharged from the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University on Monday. He is the first coronavirus-infected patient that was cured in Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)
Doctor Xu Fei introduces the treatment of a patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province, Jan. 27, 2020. The patient of the novel coronavirus pneumonia has been cured and discharged from the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University on Monday. He is the first coronavirus-infected patient that was cured in Jiangxi Province. (Xinhua/Peng Zhaozhi)

The number of fever patients in central China’s Wuhan saw an increase, with over 15,000 during peak hours over the past few days, said Ma Guoqiang, the city’s Party secretary.

Wuhan usually received an average of 3,000 fever patients daily over the period of past years, so the surge in number resulted in long queues in some hospitals, Ma said at a press conference on Monday night.

“Currently there are 62 hospitals in Wuhan that are equipped with fever clinics, and the situation is getting better,” Ma said.

Hu Ke, a respiratory physician at Hubei Provincial People’s Hospital, said the number of discharged patients will also grow as diagnosis and treatment are being improved.

Hu said the treatment cycle for viral pneumonia is about two to three weeks. To ensure that cured patients infected with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) are noninfectious, they will have to go through two virus detections and meet other standards before being released. Enditem

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