China virus toll hits 41, Australia reports first cases

Marco Green
January 25, 2020

Wuhan, already on lockdown, will ban most vehicles including private cars from the downtown area in a further bid to limit the spread of a new disease that has infected almost 1,300 people and killed 41.

The city of Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed two cases. They are trying to prevent the virus from spreading in the city and to other part of the country.

Health officials said there "is no immediate threat to the general public in Chicago".

"We are steadily pushing forward the disease control and prevention".

But because it's new and somewhat mysterious - and now that it's crossed the Pacific Ocean - the Wuhan coronavirus has prompted growing concerns.

A security officer in a protective mask checks the temperature of a passenger following the outbreak of a new coronavirus, at an expressway toll station on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Xianning, a city bordering Wuhan, on Friday.

The short answer is yes. "Public-health workers should be on the lookout".

Australia has now also raised its travel alert for the province of Hubei to its highest level and warns "do not travel" to the area. But for everyone else: "Breathe".

Media captionWhat's life like in quarantined Wuhan? Since we are more familiar with the region, they asked us what is the way to get us out.

Singapore has announced at least three cases - a 66-year-old man and his 37-year-old son, who arrived in Singapore on Monday from Wuhan, and a 52-year-old Wuhan woman, who arrived in the city-state on Tuesday. A few days later, he started showing symptoms of pneumonia and contacted his doctor.

At a media briefing on Friday, Ontario's chief medical officer of health said that, unlike SARS, when China tried to hide the extent of the outbreak, hampering the global response, Canada is prepared in the likely event that the coronavirus comes to this country.

Wuhan to build second designated hospital to treat patients. 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.

He showed no symptoms on the flight, so may have not been contagious at that stage.

A doctor working at a hospital in Wuhan, China, has died after contracting coronavirus.

While coronaviruses are common causes of colds, new strains are troubling for public health officials because they can spread rapidly among people who have no immunity to them, and they sometimes cause more severe illnesses.

Like the flu, the Wuhan coronavirus seems to have a greater impact on older adults and people with underlying health conditions.

"We are taking a very precautionary approach and they are in an environment where we can support them and that they are in isolation", he said. How that transference happened, and what animals the virus sprang from, remain unknown.

One victim, Xia Qianqing, 36, told how she went to hospital in early January after feeling sick but was told her condition was not serious enough.

The World Health Organization on Thursday opted not to declare the outbreak a global health emergency yet, with a divided committee ultimately declaring it was "too early" to make such a declaration.

Health officials are now monitoring 63 patients across 22 states. Japan confirmed a third case, a Chinese tourist in her 30s who had arrived from Wuhan on Jan 18. That case is in Washington state, and the CDC expects there will be more cases in the coming days and weeks.

"No one really knows what is going on or how long this will last", he said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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