Iraq bars foreign arrivals from China over coronavirus fears

Henrietta Strickland
February 3, 2020

According to its Department of Health, a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan was admitted after experiencing symptoms related to the disease.

Zhong played a major role in overcoming China's 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, a coronavirus from the same family as the current pathogen. The man's female companion also got the virus and remained in isolation at a Manila hospital, according to the country's health department.

Upon their return to the United States, those citizens will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days, he said.

MA has been preparing for a possible case of this new coronavirus, and we were fortunate that astute clinicians took appropriate action quickly.

China also confirmed 315 more severe infections, putting that total at 2,110.

Struggling to contain the virus, authorities took action in eastern city of Wenzhou on Sunday - some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Wuhan, the metropolis at the heart of the health emergency - closing roads and confining people to their homes.

In the Wuhan completed the construction of the first specialized hospital for patients infected with the virus.

The decision of issuing a new travel advisory was taken at a high-level review meeting held by the Cabinet Secretary on the preparedness to deal with novel coronavirus which has now spread to 25 countries.

A White House policy that starts Sunday will prohibit all foreign nationals, other than immediate family of USA citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the last 14 days from entering the country. He's "doing quite well" in quarantine at his home and is being monitored by public health nurses.

Regarding treatment, the CDC notes that the clinical course ranges from asymptomatic to severe or fatal and that some reports suggest that the illness can worsen during the second week. The German Red Cross reported two more cases there on Sunday, both German citizens who were airlifted from Wuhan on Saturday on a military transport carrying 128 people. Pakistani students studying in Wuhan University are appealing to the Pakistani government for evacuation. In the United States, there are eight confirmed cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the same number since Friday.

ASIA: South Korea reported three new cases of the coronavirus in the country. He was one of the two confirmed cases in the country; the other was a 38-year-old Chinese woman he was travelling with from Wuhan.

The number of Canadians who want to flee the Chinese province afflicted by the virus climbed to 325 on Sunday.

Also temporarily banned is travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The United Arab Emirates today reported its fifth patient, another traveler from Wuhan, Al Arabiya reported yesterday.

The first foreign fatality came as an increasing number of governments around the world closed their borders to people from China in a bid to stop it spreading.

The news of the man's death was released shortly after the Philippines announced it would immediately halt the arrivals of any foreign travellers from China.

Those who traveled to China, Hong Kong or Macau in the last 14 days would also be banned, the Inquirer said.

The global health situation remains similar as NetNewsLedger reported on February 1, 2020.

The latest World Health Organization bulletin also warned against a massive "infodemic" - an over-abundance of information - some accurate and some not - that "makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it".

The Canadian government has not yet clarified how long Canadian evacuees will be quarantined - or whether they will be at all.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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