China reports 830 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia

Andrew Cummings
January 24, 2020

In Australia, at least six people are being monitored for signs of the virus, while public health authorities warn the world is likely to see more cases confirmed in countries outside of China in the coming days.

Amid the outbreak of the virus, several Chinese cities have been put on lockdown, while Beijing has chose to suspend all festivities for the Chinese New Year.

The Shanghai Disney Resorts says tickets will be refunded after the company chose to temporarily close in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The new virus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed hundreds of people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

Didier Houssin, the chair of a WHO emergency committee, said Thursday that members remained divided about the need for a PHEIC, but that overall, they decided it was too early to recommend that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declare one.

"At this time, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China, but that doesn't mean it won't happen".

Hospitals visited by AFP journalists bustled as anxious patients arrived to be screened by staff wearing full-body protective suits.

Asked if face masks could provide protection, Professor Cosford said PHE was not advising people to use face masks at the moment, but is monitoring developments carefully.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, sneezing and coughing. Deepening the isolation, there were few flights available to the city.

These are moments that really mark the New Year, the passing of time.

Public Health Wales (PHW) said a Welsh resident was tested for the virus last week but results were clear.

Passengers have their body temperature checked as they arrive at a railway station in Yingtan City, Jiangxi province.

But he was not concerned about potential food shortages in a prolonged shutdown.

While sweeping measures are typical of China's Communist Party-led government, large-scale quarantines are rare around the world, even in deadly epidemics, because of concerns about infringing on people's liberties.

The coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, started at an animal and seafood market in Wuhan and has unfold to quite loads of a bunch of worldwide locations, including the US.

The Chinese government has effectively locked down Wuhan, cancelling planes and trains there and in the nearby city of Huanggang. Leading Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing also said it was temporarily suspending Wuhan services. Transport departments will also be waiving fees and providing refunds for ticket cancellations. In the capital, Beijing, major public events were cancelled indefinitely, including traditional temple fairs that are a staple of Lunar New Year celebrations. Health officials there said a man who returned to Seattle from Wuhan last week is hospitalized in good condition with pneumonia.

Probable cases are defined as suspect cases where novel coronavirus testing is inconclusive or testing was positive on a pan-coronavirus assay.

Beijing has been praised for its response, in contrast to SARS, when it took months to report the disease and initially denied World Health Organization experts any access. One case was cured in Japan.

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 830, the National Health Commission said.

Most cases are in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated in a market which traded in illegal wildlife.

Shanghai Disneyland said it would close for an indefinite period beginning Saturday "in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and cast".

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