Coronavirus: second death in China after Sars-like outbreak

Henrietta Strickland
January 17, 2020

Thailand has found a second case of the new Chinese coronavirus, authorities said on Friday (Jan 17), as the country ramped up checks of Chinese visitors ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.

When the illness first broke out, it sparked fears about a resurgence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), a flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people more than a decade ago.

At least 41 people have been hit with pneumonia linked to the new virus in China.

Authorities have tracked more than 700 people who were in close contact with infected patients. He died on January 15.

Most of the coronavirus patients this time either worked at or visited a particular seafood market in Wuhan.

Two patients in Thailand and another in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus. It was closed on January 1. However, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said earlier this week that limited human-to-human transmission can not be ruled out, as it revealed one case where a woman may have contracted the virus from her husband.

No human-to-human transmission of the virus behind the Wuhan outbreak has been confirmed so far, but the health commission has said the possibility "cannot be excluded".

The WHO said Thursday that "much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus".

"His condition is stable", said the MOH.

The patient in Japan, who was released from hospital, had also not visited the market.

The man is the third person in Singapore to be suspected of having the Wuhan virus.

It is preparing for the possibility of a wider outbreak, given the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays when millions of Chinese will be travelling home or overseas.

China has not announced any travel restrictions.

Xiong's is the second death associated with the current outbreak.

Several complained about censorship of online posts, while others made comparisons to 2003, when Beijing drew criticism from the World Health Organization for under-reporting the number of SARS cases.

"It's so unusual", wrote another, citing the overseas cases in Japan and Thailand.

The latest case comes after the authorities identified and warded two Chinese nationals with pneumonia here.

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