29 foreigners infected by novel coronavirus in China Official

29 foreigners infected by novel coronavirus in China Official

Iran on Wednesday reported two deaths, the first fatalities in the Middle East. Deaths have previously been confirmed in Taiwan, France, the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Australia has confirmed 15 cases of the virus as of February 19, including eight people who have recovered, according to the Australian government.

The vast majority of those have been in mainland China, where at least 2,004 deaths have now been reported.

Japan is in regular contact with other countries through a mechanism set up under worldwide health regulations so countries can follow up with their nationals who were passengers on the ship, Tedros said.

World Health Organization officials Wednesday started weekly meetings with diplomats from member nations stationed in Geneva to discuss the outbreak and response measures.

The church had been attended by a 61-year-old woman who tested positive, known as "Patient 31".

The preliminary findings published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine show the virus behaves much more like influenza than other closely related viruses and can be passed on by people before they show symptoms.

In South Korea, the mayor of the city of Daegu urged its 2.5 million people on Thursday not to go outside as cases of the virus spiked. The 2.5 million citizens of Daegu have been asked to stay home.

"We are in an unprecedented crisis", Kwon told reporters, adding that all members of the church would be tested.

The coronavirus, which causes an illness called COVID-19, was also causing concern in South Korea.

At the onset of the outbreak, many foreigners living in China, including Nigerians, had pleaded with their governments to evacuate them out of the country.

In a photo taken on Feb 17, medical staff work at an exhibition centre converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Fourteen of them have since tested positive for the illness, though they showed no symptoms on the flight back to the U.S. and were isolated from the rest of the passengers.

Local media said she had twice refused to be tested for the coronavirus on the grounds she had not recently travelled overseas. Wuhan residents reported overpopulation in hospitals and useless attempts to seek treatment.

The biggest cluster of infections outside of China is on a cruise ship in quarantine off Japan, where more than 540 out of 3,700 passengers and crew have tested positive.

Hundreds have now disembarked from the cruise liner docked in Yokohama. She said preliminary results from two ongoing clinical trials - one involving the HIV combination regimen lopinavir/ritonavir and the other using the antiviral remdesivir - are expected in roughly three weeks.

It's possible those people could develop symptoms later, but the situation also indicates that many coronavirus carriers in China may be going undetected, as they probably wouldn't visit a doctor without experiencing symptoms.

Iran once relied heavily on China to buy its oil and some Chinese companies have continued doing business with Iran in the face of USA sanctions.

China reported 114 new deaths on Wednesday but the number of new infections recorded was 394 compared with 1,749 on Tuesday.

"The data from China continue to show a decline in new, confirmed cases", Mr.

China on Thursday touted a big drop in new virus infections as proof its epidemic control efforts are working, but the toll grew overseas with deaths in Japan and South Korea.

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