Who is most likely to catch China's coronavirus?

Henrietta Strickland
January 24, 2020

Announcing a public health emergency of worldwide concern, or PHEIC, grants the WHO director-general certain powers, including the ability to issue recommendations for how countries should respond.

While Chinese officials were quick to inform world health authorities about the new disease, they appear to have tried to repress the news at home.

Authorities in China have imposed indefinite travel restrictions on tens of millions of people across sevencities in an unprecedented effort to contain the spread of a deadly new coronavirus, as hospitals at the epicenter of the outbreak struggle to handle a surge in new patients.

China notified the World Health Organization of a pneumonia outbreak of then-unknown etiology on December 31, 2019.

Nathalie MacDermott of King's College London said on Science Alert that the virus is most likely spreading through droplets in the air passed on by people sneezing or coughing.

Canada is not considering using thermal scanners to screen passengers from China for fevers as they enter Canada, Dr. Tam said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The UK is monitoring direct flights arriving into the UK from China as a precaution.

A child wears mask to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus at the Hong Kong West Kowloon High Speed Train Station, in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2020.

At dawn on Thursday, Italian Red Cross officials were on hand at Rome's Fiumicino airport to meet the last flight from Wuhan before the Chinese city's airport was shut down.

"All our Global Positioning System and hospitals across the country have had a letter from the chief medical officer and the medical director at NHS England and us at Public Health England, so that if somebody does present and they are anxious, if they do meet our criteria, that they will be put somewhere where they won't infect other people while they're assessed and while we can get them tested".

The National Health Commission said the death toll was revised upward following eight new deaths on Thursday, and 259 new cases reported across the country.

Before flights from Wuhan were grounded, passengers arriving in the US from flights originating in the city were directed to Kennedy Airport in New York, Los Angeles International, San Francisco International, O'Hare Airport in Chicago and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport where facilities were set up for screening.

"People who plan to travel should check the travel advice on gov.uk".

The virus, which was first discovered in the city of Wuhan in December, has spread to every province in China, except the remote autonomous regions of Qinghai, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, with the number of infections rising to 846 worldwide.

The coronavirus family includes the common cold as well as viruses that cause more serious illnesses, such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-03 and killed about 800 people, and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, or MERS, which is thought to have originated from camels.

"I remain concerned given the rising number of cases, growing number of individuals that have died or who are critically ill, reports that isolation wards in Wuhan are full and health care workers are becoming infected".

"Nigerians are advised to remain calm", the government of Africa's most populous nation said Wednesday. "It could be in a day, it could be in a couple, it could be any time", he said.

China is Africa's top trading partner.

Across China, a slew of cancellations and closures dampened the usual liveliness of Lunar New Year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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