China reports 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia

Cheryl Sanders
January 22, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of the mysterious coronavirus in the us on Tuesday. So far, official reports say four people have died and 219 others have been infected, including 198 in Wuhan, 14 in Guangdong, five in Beijing, and two in Shanghai.

Fifteen medical workers also tested positive for the virus, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission has said.

Singapore authorities on Wednesday started screening all passengers arriving on flights from China as the city-state stepped up measures to combat transmission of the fast-spreading flu-like coronavirus. The officials said the man sought care quickly after monitoring news about the virus and is in good condition, though he has been hospitalized out of an abundance of caution.

A handful of cases have also been identified overseas, including in Japan and the United States.

However, animals are suspected to be the primary source of the outbreak, as a seafood market where live animals were sold in the central city of Wuhan was identified as ground zero for the virus.

Health officials are investigating the source of the illness in China, and whether it was spread to humans from animals.

This week, China celebrates the Lunar New Year, the most important event in the Chinese calendar with hundreds of millions of people travelling across the country to celebrate with family.

Li, the health commission official, said that measures were being taken to monitor and detect infected people from Wuhan, and that people should avoid going to the city and people from the city should stay put for now.

People arriving at Heathrow from the Chinese city hit by a coronavirus outbreak will enter through a separate area in an attempt to prevent the virus from reaching the United Kingdom, the transport secretary has said.

Screenings began last week at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that it "is working closely with the state of Washington and local partners".

Those who pose a potential risk will be placed in isolation at designated facilities for more testing and to prevent potential spread of the coronavirus.

Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever.

At the Nova Hotel in Yellowknife on Tuesday, tourists expressed mixed feelings about the coronavirus outbreak. Those with more unsafe types of coronavirus could experience shortness of breath, chills and body aches, the CDC said. They are known to have circulated in camels, cats and bats.

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