China coronavirus: Fears infections will rise as hundreds of millions travel
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China coronavirus: Fears infections will rise as hundreds of millions travel

January 24, 2020


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battling to contain a deadly coronavirus and Hubei Province as hundreds of
millions of Chinese prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year Beijing and Hong Kong
have canceled some major festivities to prevent large crowds gathering Wuhan and
other cities in Hubei have seen far more draconian measures with public transport
suspended on Friday Chinese authorities said the death toll had risen to 25 with
830 confirmed cases of the confirmed cases 177 were in a serious condition
and 34 have been cured and discharged the National Health Commission said
there are also 1072 suspected cases it added almost all of the deaths have been
in Hubei the virus emerged in the provinces capital Wuhan the World Health
Organization has not classed the virus as an international emergency partly
because of the low number of overseas cases currently 13 it may yet become one
said the who’s director-general dr. Ted Rosa de nom goo Brazos the u.s. said on
Thursday it was investigating its second suspected case what are the fears for
Lunar New Year it is one of the world’s largest annual migrations of people with
millions of people returning to their hometowns to celebrate the authorities
have canceled all large-scale celebrations in Beijing temple fairs are
banned film releases postponed in the Forbidden City will be closed to the
public Hong Kong canceled an International
Carnival in an annual football tournament China has effectively
quarantined nearly 20 million people in Hubei Province with no planes or trains
and are out of Wuhan road blocks have also been reported there have been long
queues and some squabbling at food stores for diminishing stocks face masks
are compulsory in all public places in Wuhan and some residents are saying it
is like a ghost town the BBC’s Steven McDonald in Beijing says that many
hundreds of thousands of residents have already left Wuhan to celebrate the
Lunar New Year elsewhere with an intubation period of
around five days he said they may have passed on the
virus without even knowing it what’s the global situation Vietnam and
Singapore were on Thursday added to the nation’s and overseas territories
recording confirmed cases joining Thailand the u.s. Taiwan and South Korea
Japan confirmed its second case on Thursday in South Korea its second case
on Friday there are only thirteen such cases overall with Thailand’s for the
most of any nation other than China other nations are investigating
suspected cases including the UK and Canada on Thursday US authorities said a
second suspected case was being investigated in the state of Texas a
health official said the patient had traveled from Wuhan and was a student at
Texas A&M University north of Houston the only confirmed case in the u.s. so
far as a man in Seattle Washington state he is said to be recovering and is due
to be released from hospital many authorities have announced screening
measures for passengers from China including on Thursday the major airport
hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan in the
US State Department warned American travelers to exercise increased caution
in China why is this not a global emergency analysis by James Gallagher
BBC Health and Science correspondent the view of the whose Emergency Committee
was now is not the time to reasons were cited the limited number of cases abroad
and the efforts made by China the latter seems to be a nod to the lockdown of
multiple cities in the past 24 hours which should minimize the risk of the
virus becoming a global problem but it may yet become one some scientific
details were also released with the w-h-o saying 25 percent of reported
cases were developing severe symptoms and there were two clues on how
infectious the novel coronavirus is there is a preliminary estimate of the
average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to known as
the r0 value of between 1.4 and 2.5 any number greater than 1 means the virus
has the potential to in the population but this is lower than
the figure for SARS and in Wuhan a fourth-generation case has been detected
this is a sustained chain of transmission involving four people it
remains too early to call the true extent of human-to-human transmission

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