Local hospitals screening for coronavirus as outbreak continues to spread in China

Henrietta Strickland
January 25, 2020

Media captionWhat's life like in quarantined Wuhan?

China has stepped up its response to a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 41 people and infected at least 1,287 as of Saturday, placing restrictions on 13 cities, including 12 in Hubei Province - the centre of the outbreak.

Chinese officials have mobilized military medical personnel to help Wuhan doctors and Wuhan authorities have issued plans to build another hospital in six days, which could potentially house another 1,000 patients.

On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a second person been diagnosed with the virus in the United States after returning from the Chinese city of Wuhan.

"If we receive a confirmation of a case of novel coronavirus, further communication will be provided to the public and media", he said.

"The infections are way more terrifying than what you see on the television", a woman, who says she works at a hospital, said in a WeChat voice message to her niece. She said she and around a dozen doctors saw more than 100 patients that day, but they "had no supplies at all".

Residents have been advised not to leave, and roadblocks have been reported.

Despite the lockdown, the virus is already spreading further afield. According to CNN, McDonald's temporarily closed down restaurants in five cities in China beginning Friday.

While most of the deaths have been older patients, a 36-year-old man in Hubei died on Thursday.

The pneumonia situation had resulted in 41 deaths, including 39 in central China's Hubei Province, one in north China's Hebei Province and one in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, according to the National Health Commission. Another major city, Shanghai, which is much closer to the epicenter of the outbreak, cancelled some activities scheduled for the holiday season and said that some tourist attractions will be closed, including some parks, viewpoints on the skyscrapers and main museums. Just four were women.

A spokesperson for MetroHealth System said they are also doing screenings for anyone who presents symptoms and has been to Wuhan, China in the past two weeks. He is also held in a personal chamber in the Bichat hospital in Paris. She had not taken public transportation or attended any large gatherings, for example, so it's unlikely she passed the infection to others before getting care. A third case was announced in a statement from her ministry about three hours later. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in multiple countries, including Thailand, Japan, Brazil, and the US.

Singapore confirmed its third case, known to be the son of another patient, also on Friday.

Nepal is among the countries reporting cases, the WHO's Western Pacific regional office (WPRO) said on Twitter today, though no details were available.

Other nations are investigating suspected cases, including the UK, US, and Canada.

Others think that it may be too early to speak about macro effects of the virus, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently calmed investors when it did not qualify the outbreak as a global emergency. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was keen to stress that the decision was not final, while urging countries to take steps to limit the virus' spread.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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