China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak

Andrew Cummings
February 4, 2020

The World Health Organization reports that worldwide 362 people have now died and more than 17,000 are infected.

"Most countries appreciate and support China's efforts to fight against the novel coronavirus, and we understand and respect them when they adopt or enhance quarantine measures at border entry", Chunying said.

In Wuhan, which has been transformed from a bustling industrial hub into a near-ghost town, residents have been living in deep fear of catching the virus.

Travel and tourism shares also plummeted after a series of governments and airlines imposed drastic restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying condemned the U.S. for not providing "any substantial help" to China and making a fuss about the virus outbreak. The death toll in China overtook that of the SARS outbreak from the early 2000s over the weekend. When sitework began for the first hospital on January 23, the death toll in China was 26 with 830 people diagnosed with the virus.

Its medical facilities have been overwhelmed, and the government has been racing to build two new hospitals in extraordinarily quick timeframes.

The hospital, which will be staffed by around 1,400 army medics dispatched to Wuhan, is due to start treating its first patients on Monday.

Reopening of schools was also delayed to keep the virus from spreading further in Hubei, where the 1,000-bed hospital in the provincial capital Wuhan was completed in just 10 days.

Two other cases in the state were previously reported in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The emergence of the virus coincided with the Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions travel across the country in planes, trains and buses for family reunions.

The holiday - originally scheduled to end last Friday - was extended by three days to give authorities more time to deal with the crisis. City officials took the lead on building the structure, working with the country's health ministry and others.

The agency said it is now monitoring 82 people for potential infection with the virus.

The virus has killed more than 400 people and infected a further 20,000, almost all of them in Hubei, and spread to two-dozen countries since it emerged in December at a market that sold wild animals in the city. "It is really unsafe", the minister said.

Hong Kong shut nearly all of its land and sea border crossings with the mainland at midnight after medical workers began a strike demanding the border be closed completely.

Some of that may be used to support screening and monitoring returning U.S. citizens from China who are exempt from the presidential proclamation issued on Friday suspending entry of foreign nationals who had visited China within the past 14 days.

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