The Health and Family Planning Commission of Henan Province reported that a male farmer aged 54 from Dengzhou, Nanyang, is in critical condition. His close contacts remain asymptomatic.
Separately, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Sichuan Province reported that two male patients aged 55 and 75 from Suining are now hospitalised for isolation and management and are in critical condition. Their close contacts remain asymptomatic.
"Since late 2016, the number of human H7N9 cases reported in the Mainland hugely increased from six in November 2016 to 106 in December 2016 and 183 last month as of January 29, 2017. The number of cases in this wave so far has been much higher than that in the same period last winter. Cases imported from Guangdong have also been reported in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan," a spokesman for the CHP said.