People are alarmed over the increasing number of new coronavirus cases.
In China, there are already almost 300 cases on Tuesday. Health authorities not only in Asia but all over the world. Now, there are screening at airports, railway stations and highways to stop the spread of the disease.
The Chinese government’s expert team confirmed that virus could transmit from human-to-human. There have been six dead people already from the virus, and now cases are reported that this virus is now out in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. Philippines and Australia are yet to confirm the particular virus.
China’s Health Commission already confirmed 291 cases and 270 of them came from the province of Hubei, Wuhan City, which has the majority of these cases.
There has been a rise of 231 cases since Sunday in China. Other places where virus cases were reported are Beijing, 14 and Shanghai; 2. 13 more cases were published later on Tuesday, which totals 304, although it has yet to be verified. There are 54 more cases that they suspect could be coronavirus as well in the 14 provinces of the country.
The epidemiologist leader confirmed that 95% of the cases were in connection with the province of Wuhan, either for those coming in or out.
Fourteen members of the medical personnel who are caring for infected patients have been infected as well.
This virus outbreak started in late January, before the Chinese Lunar New Year, when people of several hundreds of millions travel either domestically or internationally. According to World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic, “More cases should be expected in other parts of China and possibly other countries in the coming days.”
Thousands of passengers from the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport have been wearing masks and authorities busied themselves with the screening measures on this holiday rush. Passengers going out of the airport to have been screened for their body temperature. They are closely monitoring the outbreak.
In America, they say it still possesses a very low deal of risk.
This virus belongs to coronavirus that causes illness from common cold to another severe disease such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS, which also killed almost 800people all over the world in the 2002-2003 outbreak. This paralyzed the Asian economy.
According to WHO, it will be holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday regarding the concern of this new outbreak. They are going to discuss international concerns and create some suggestions on how to manage the spread of the virus.
During the weekend, three airports in the US have already screened passengers coming from Wuhan to prevent the spread.
On Tuesday, in South China Morning Post, it was reported that any officials covering up for the outbreak or are withholding information will be punished severely “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.”
During the SARS outbreak, China was not fully extending precautionary measures in 2003, but Chinese President Xi Jinping that they would take “extremely crucial” means to fight the spread of the virus.
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