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Ministry of Health Press Release on SARS (29/05/2003)
The Press Office under the Ministry of Health published Thursday afternoon a press release on the latest SARS situation on the Chinese mainland. On May 29, 4 provinces reported new SARS cases, of which, 1 province reported both new diagnosed cases and new suspected cases, 3 provinces reported new suspected cases, and the remaining 27 provinces reported no new case. From 10:00 am May 28 to 10:00 am May 29, China reported 3 new cases, 85 patients recovered and 2 deaths. All the 3 new cases used to be suspected but now are confirmed as SARS patients. Beijing reported 3 new cases (all of which used to be suspected but now confirmed as SARS patients), 62 patients recovered and 1 death. Hebei reported no new case, 3 patients recovered and 1 death. The remaining provinces reported no new diagnosed case or death. Patients who had recovered and been discharged from hospital included 9 from Shanxi, 4 each from Tianjin and Inner Mongolia, 2 from Guangdong, and 1 from Henan. By 10:00 am May 29, China had a total of 5,325 SARS cases (966 medical workers; Inner Mongolia reported 1 misdiagnosed case.), which included 3,121 patients who had recovered and been discharged from hospital and 327 deaths. Now 1,877 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals. From 10:00 am May 28 to 10:00 am May 29, China also reported 10 new suspected cases, including 6 from Beijing, 2 from Guangdong, 1 each from Hebei and Shanxi. From 10:00 am May 28 to 10:00 am May 29, China also reported 174 misdiagnosed suspected cases, of which 141 were from Beijing, 12 from Guangdong, 8 from Inner Mongolia, 3 each from Hebei and Shanxi, 2 each from Heilongjiang and Shaanxi, and 1 each from Tianjin, Jiangsu and Hubei. By 10:00 am May 29, China had a total of 1,120 suspected cases. By 10:00 am May 29, 26 provinces had reported SARS cases. So far, Hainan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Qinghai provinces, and Tibet Autonomous Region have not found any case. Of the provinces having reported suspected or diagnosed SARS cases, Heilongjiang and Xinjiang still reported no diagnosed case; Ningxia, Zhejiang, Fujian, Chongqing, Jiangxi and Shandong reported less than 5 diagnosed cases respectively; Anhui, Shanghai, Gansu, Jiangsu, Hubei, Liaoning and Hunan reported less than 10 diagnosed cases respectively. Hunan, Fujian and Shandong had reported no new diagnosed case for more than 1 month; Ningxia, Jiangxi, Henan, Chongqing, Zhejiang and Shaanxi had reported no new diagnosed case for 20 days; Anhui, Jiangsu, Gansu, Tianjin, Jilin, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hubei had reported no new diagnosed case for 10 days; Shanghai and Sichuan had reported no new diagnosed case for 6 days; and Liaoning had reported no new diagnosed case for 5 days. (China.org.cn May 29, 2003)

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