Coronavirus outbreak: Virus to 'spread with rapid increases' experts warn

Andrew Cummings
January 25, 2020

A doctor treating victims infected with the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has died from the virus amid signs that the area's health system is struggling to cope with the outbreak.

Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed two cases.

Airports across the nation have set up checkpoints to screen passengers from China and other countries for signs of illness, with local authorities accelerating quarantine efforts to contain the virus as a countless number of people visit relatives back home or travel overseas.

"We will continue to focus on Wuhan and strengthen the implementation of various prevention and control measures", China's National Health Commission Vice Minister Li Bin said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Almost 1,300 people have now contracted the mysterious disease across 12 countries in the past months, leading to at least 41 deaths. Almost all of those who died were in the Wuhan region, but officials have confirmed two deaths elsewhere.

In the past week, the CDC started funneling travelers from Wuhan to the USA through five airports equipped to screen them: New York City's Kennedy airport, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago's O'Hare airport.

When The Seattle Times asked readers this week what questions they had about it, one person in Marysville wondered whether it's even safe to go out and celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend around Washington state.

The coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected 1,300 since its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

She said "the recent coronavirus outbreak originating from China to other countries including Singapore may impart some uncertainty to near-term business and consumer sentiments".

The country reported a confirmed case of the new coronavirus that causes pneumonia-like sickness Monday and another Friday, and said it has checked 32 other people for the new coronavirus so far with all testing negative.

Media captionWhat's life like in quarantined Wuhan?

One man was admitted to hospital on Jan 10, four days after his return from a visit to Wuhan. The first cases in the EU/EEA were confirmed in France. All are Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore two days earlier.

As the city slides into isolation, pharmacies have begun to run out of supplies and hospitals have been flooded with nervous residents.

Nepal said a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had the deadly disease. Buzyn said authorities are seeking to reach anyone who might have come in contact with the patients: "It's important to control the fire as quickly as possible".

Victoria's Deputy Chief Health Officer Angie Bone said the man's family are being closely monitored.

It is not clear how lethal the new coronavirus is, or even whether it is as unsafe as the ordinary flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the US alone.

South Korea confirmed its second case of the virus on Friday. He was confirmed as positive at 2.15am today following a series of tests. The country reported its first case on January 20 - a 35-year-old woman who flew in from Wuhan. "The patient is isolated and is undergoing treatment, and we do not have any further suspected cases at this stage", Mikakos told reporters.

The virus was traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.

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