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How does China test patients for covid-19?


To be counted as a suspected case, individuals have to check several boxes, including symptoms and travel history

A sudden surge in the number of novel coronavirus cases in China has put a spotlight on the ways patients are tested for the illness, from lung imaging to uncomfortable lab tests that are not always accurate.

On Thursday, China saw its largest one-day jump in confirmed cases — adding over 15,000 — after health officials in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, changed their counting criteria to include those "clinically diagnosed".

Here's a look at what that means and how ...


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