China reports over 2K new cases of coronavirus, 143 deaths

A doctor checks the conditions of a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

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UPDATED 1:54 PM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Chinese Health Authority reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It has been announced that another 143 people have died from the deadly disease.

Saturday marked the second day the number of new cases fell since a spike in the hardest hit province of Hubei began, including clinical diagnoses in its official count.

Patients at a hospital in Wuhan will receive traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine. Some are even being treated using plasma therapy, which many have seen positive results.

A worker prepares medical supplies at the Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Chinatopix Via AP)

“In our hospital there have been four patients who have received plasma from convalescent patients,” stated Zhang Dingyu, president of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. “At present, in a short period of time they’ve shown positive signs, their vitals are stable, they are in better condition and their blood oxygen are stabilized.”

Meanwhile, more medical workers and supplies are being deployed to the Hubei province as the epidemic continues.

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50 more deaths may be due to 2018 Calif. wildfire

FILE – Smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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UPDATED 5:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Northern California newspaper is investigating additional deaths believed to be linked to the 2018 Camp Fire. The Chico Enterprise Record recently reported wrongful death claims made against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which showed at least 50 more deaths could be attributed to the California wildfire.

Caretakers and family members stated these victims were not included in the state’s official disaster victims count because they were either elderly or in poor health prior to the disaster. Claimants had medical experts and lawyers examine the deceased to prove the victims wouldn’t have died if not for the fire.

The Camp Fire, which was traced to PG&E transmission lines in 2018, ravaged Butte County. A total of 86 people were killed, making it the deadliest fire in state history.

These new claims could end in compensation for the victims’ loved ones. The newspaper said people are still falling victim to complications, such as smoke inhalation, as a result of the flames.

The utilities company has been ordered to pay back $13.5 billion in damages covering four fires from 2015-2018. A committee of mediators will decide this summer how the money will be distributed among victims.

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50 more deaths may be due to 2018 Calif. wildfire

FILE – Smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 5:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Northern California newspaper is investigating additional deaths believed to be linked to the 2018 Camp Fire. The Chico Enterprise Record recently reported wrongful death claims made against Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which showed at least 50 more deaths could be attributed to the California wildfire.

Caretakers and family members stated these victims were not included in the state’s official disaster victims count because they were either elderly or in poor health prior to the disaster. Claimants had medical experts and lawyers examine the deceased to prove the victims wouldn’t have died if not for the fire.

The Camp Fire, which was traced to PG&E transmission lines in 2018, ravaged Butte County. A total of 86 people were killed, making it the deadliest fire in state history.

These new claims could end in compensation for the victims’ loved ones. The newspaper said people are still falling victim to complications, such as smoke inhalation, as a result of the flames.

The utilities company has been ordered to pay back $13.5 billion in damages covering four fires from 2015-2018. A committee of mediators will decide this summer how the money will be distributed among victims.

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Overdose drug deaths drop for first time in 28 years

FILE – This Aug. 29, 2018, file photo shows an arrangement of Oxycodone pills in New York. Data released on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 shows that U.S. life expectancy has improved for the first time in four years, thanks to a sharp decline in the cancer death rate and to a drop in fatal drug overdoses. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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UPDATED 10:10 AM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the number of drug overdoses in the U.S. significantly fell in 2018. According to CDC data released Thursday, the number of deaths caused by drug overdose fell 4.1 percent from 2017 to 2018.

This is the lowest rates have been in 28 years. The decrease was primarily caused by a drop in deaths caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. This comes as the Trump administration has continued to take steps to halt the practice of over-prescribing in light of the opioid crisis.

Researchers have said there is still more work to be done to stop overdoses. The CDC data also showed fatalities from meth and cocaine are on the rise.

“So even though this is the first year where we’ve had a decline, I think it’s important to point out that we’re not we’re not done with an overdose crisis in the United States,” stated Katherine Keyes, associate epidemiology professor at Columbia University. “It’s still really important to put all of our public health efforts into reducing the burden of overdose.”

FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, members of the Coast Guard stand near seized cocaine in Los Angeles. The nation’s drug addiction crisis has been morphing in a deadly new direction: more Americans struggling with meth and cocaine. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, file)

According to reports, the lower death rates from drug overdoses in 2018, along with lower death rates from cancer, have helped the life expectancy in America go up for the first time in four years.

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