Published on : Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Chinese internal authorities have advised people to stop travel into and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of a new virus that has killed 9 people and 440 infected. Those living in the city of 11 million have also been told to avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings. The new virus has spread from Wuhan to several Chinese provinces as well as the United States, Thailand, and South Korea. Wuhan is Central China’s most popular city with top tourist attractions.
National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin in one of the first public briefings since the beginning of the outbreak said that there are 440 confirmed cases, with the origin a seafood market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals. The government urged not to go to Wuhan. And those in Wuhan please do not leave the city. The authorities also admitted that the country was now at the “most critical stage” of prevention and control. China had earlier confirmed that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place.
The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans. The signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Chinese authorities have advised people to stop travel into and out of Wuhan, the city at the centre of a new virus that has killed nine. Those living in the city of 11 million have also been told to avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings. Li Bin also added that there were 2,197 people who were known to have come into contact with infected patients.
No super spreader – a patient who has transmitted the virus to more than 10 people – has been discovered so far. At least 15 medical workers in Wuhan, presumably those who came into contact with patients, are known to be infected with the virus. Mr Li added that the festival would “increase the risk of the disease spreading and the difficulty of prevention and control”. He said that strict measures to control the disease would be put in place, calling for those in Wuhan to “avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings”.
These measures include temperature screening for all those leaving Wuhan and improved sterilisation and ventilation at major transport hubs. A ban on the trade of live poultry and wild animals has also been implemented in the city. State media reports said police were conducting spot checks to make sure this is enforced.