China bans foreign visitors after imported coronavirus cases rise

Elias Hubbard
March 28, 2020

The all India shutdown came as a surprise for health experts here as China had locked down only Hubei province during the worst run of the virus.

Despite having contracted the disease in mid-December and flagging it to health officials, the World Health Organization first received news of the coronavirus on December 31.

A Chinese doctor who spoke of the signs of the virus outbreak in January first week was punished for warning about the SARS-like virus.

The Paper reported Wei was quarantined in hospital when doctors linked COVID-19 to the market.

China has reported 3,299 coronavirus-related deaths, with most taking place in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global pandemic.

Ms. Wei, believed to have recovered, recalled her initial symptoms to the Chinese news outlet, The Paper: "I felt a bit exhausted, but not as exhausted as previous years".

"Patient Zero" has reportedly been identified as Wei Guixian, a 57-year-old shrimp vendor in the Huanan Market in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan has borne the brunt of the health crisis, with more than 50,000 people infected. A total of 54 reported new cases all came from overseas.

A Wuhan seafood merchant (not pictured) might hold the key to the origin of the COVID-19 virus.

The government pressed millions of residential complexes in Beijing and other cities to begin monitoring of body temperatures.

"China will stay in close touch with all parties and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances", the ministry said.

As the number of China's reported domestic COVID-19 cases has dwindled, it has had to contend with imported infections from recent overseas arrivals.

President Trump said at a briefing Thursday he may stop referring to coronavirus as "Chinese virus" if it bothered the Chinese community.

China's aviation regulator also said airlines need to "strictly" implement the latest edition of Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Guideline for Airlines issued by the Office of China Civil Aviation Prevention and Control Covid-19 Leading Group, take stringent prevention and control measures on the flights to and from China and ensure a passenger load factor that is no more than 75 per cent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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