1st case of coronavirus confirmed in Chicago, CDC says

Henrietta Strickland
January 25, 2020

Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the #CoronavirusOutbreak battle in Wuhan, dies from the virus at age 62.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million, has been in virtual lockdown since Thursday, with almost all flights at the airport canceled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town. Cases have been confirmed in 10 countries.

The Hong Kong Marathon has been nixed as part of the emergency measures.

It has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41 since being discovered last month in Wuhan, China.

The extra staff sent to Hubei included 450 military medics with experience of battling Sars and Ebola, state media said, who arrived in Wuhan on Friday night. We are contacting many people [who were on board the flights] and we don't want them to be unduly alarmed. Authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events, and closed major tourist sites and movie theaters. This is the second verified case of coronavirus in the USA, a sickness that has caused the province of Wuhan, China to be placed under quarantine to prevent its spread.

Zou Tianjing, 30, an alcoholic drinks distributor, said she was resigned to spending the Lunar New Year at home, reading and watching movies.

The Chinese man aged in his 50s tested positive for the virus on Saturday after visiting a GP on Thursday and going to hospital on Friday.

However, the illness was also confirmed as reaching Europe on Friday as three cases were confirmed in France. And the United States reported its second case, a Chicago woman in her 60s who was hospitalized in isolation after returning from China.

The Wuhan government is rushing to build a 1,000-bedded hospital in the outskirts of Wuhan to treat coronavirus patients.

"We have confirmed a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Victoria - the first in Australia".

But it is not clear just how lethal this coronavirus is, or even whether it is as risky as ordinary flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the USA alone.

"Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and difficulty breathing".

One foreign resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the transport lockdown was causing problems though he was able to get around, albeit slowly.

China's second-largest e-commerce firm, JD.com Inc, said it was donating one million medical masks and other supplies like disinfectant. It is expected to be completed February 3, officials said.

In California, a sick person who landed on Wednesday was taken for medical treatment after displaying flu-like symptoms. The hospital is set to be completed by February 3.

There is one reported case of a man in Vietnam who had no travel history to Wuhan but was a family member of a confirmed case who visited the city.

DPH is working closely with the CDC, local public health partners and health care providers to evaluate this case and prepare for any future potential cases in North Carolina. "We have to see our family", said a man getting off the train who gave his family name Hu.

Currently, testing for coronavirus takes about six hours, but the timeframe will likely be reduced in the future, she said. But the World Health Organization said it will reconvene a meeting with its global counterparts in the coming days and reassess the situation.

In the USA, the latest person confirmed to have the disease was reported to be doing well.

The CDC is monitoring 63 people in the U.S.in 22 states for possible illness, but says that current risk to the American public is "low".

The news comes after the virus has claimed more than 40 lives in China, with the infection spreading across the globe.

The person did not have close contact with anyone after leaving the airport in North Carolina and wore a mask the entire time while at the airport.

The vast majority of the infections and all the deaths have been in mainland China, but fresh cases are popping up.

Nepal said a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had the deadly disease.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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