Four 'generations' of spread seen with virus in China, alarming experts

Pablo Tucker
January 24, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) is alerted on by the Chinese authorities of a string of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people.

According to Wilfrid Laurier University professor and virologist Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, another factor that has made it hard for Canada and other countries to detect the virus is its long incubation period, which can range anywhere between one and two weeks. Another patient is being tested to rule out coronavirus at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, it is understood.

People wearing protective facemasks sit on a train usually packed with passengers ahead of the Chinese New Year yesterday. "He disinfected his house and stocked up on instant noodles", Liu said. "It may yet become one", he said.

"The affected nurse is being treated at the Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well", he wrote on Twitter.

Guards were patrolling highways, one resident said.

The father got a fever on January 17 and the son got the same symptoms three days later, according to Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sang, head of tropical diseases at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh city.


Guan helped successfully identify the coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak in China nearly two decades ago.

It cited an unnamed source at the construction company that will build it.

According to Dr. Kamran Khan, one of the reasons why assessing Canada's risk level remains hard to assess is because there's no non-stop flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city in which the virus was first detected, to Canada.

Authorities in Xiantao, a city of 1.5 million, said 30 toll station entrances were closed on the Hubei Expressway, prohibiting vehicles from entering the roadway.

"I try my best to stay home and only come out to buy the necessary goods when needed", a man surnamed Sun told AFP news agency from a small supermarket, which already had a few empty shelves.

He said last time he went out, surgical masks were selling for a higher-than-normal price of $7 each. He warned that the restrictions could hamper efforts to move medical supplies and personnel-and also scare infected people away from seeking care.


Gene detectives: It didn't take long for researchers to grab the genetic sequence of the virus, then blast it against big gene databases to see what other germs it is most similar to.

"As the situation develops we will update should there be any confirmed cases of coronavirus, rather than provide a running update on cases being considered on a precautionary basis".

Medical consumables such as surgical masks, protective clothing and disinfectant are running short.

Overnight, the World Health Organization said it was "too early" to declare the coronavirus outbreak as an worldwide public health emergency.

"The lockdown of 11 million people is unprecedented in public health history, so it is certainly not a recommendation the WHO has made", said Gauden Galea, the WHO's representative in Beijing, of the quarantine of two major Chinese cities.

"But we're preparing that the health system, GPs, emergency departments and so on should cases occur in New South Wales". The airport did not have any measures in place to disinfect surfaces or floors, indicating that the city government was being complacent despite pressing orders from central authorities in Beijing, Guan said. "We stressed to them that by having a strong action, not only they will control the outbreak in their country, but they will also minimize the chances of this outbreak spreading internationally". The company said it's in active discussions with researchers and clinicians in the us and China. He added that the global community should be prepared for a "potential evolution of the epidemic that may require" declaring a PHEIC.


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