China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

A report published by the London Imperial College's MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis said there are likely "substantially more cases" of the new coronavirus than now announced by Wuhan authorities: its base scenario estimate is that there would be 1,723 cases showing onset of related symptoms by january 12. Worries have been heightened by the Lunar New Year holiday rush, when millions of Chinese travel at home and overseas.

The new cases, the first inside China outside the central city of Wuhan where the virus was first reported, come as the country gears up for the Lunar New Year holidays later this week, when hundreds of millions of Chinese travel domestically and overseas. However, they also did not rule out that she may have contracted the coronavirus from eating food that the man brought home from the market.

In Wuhan, the city in central China where the new strain first emerged, 136 new cases were found over the weekend the local health commission said, without giving details about the person who died. Three people have died.

Thailand is on high alert ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays next week, when almost a million Chinese visitors are expected to arrive. Thailand and Japan have confirmed new cases of the virus earlier this week, stoking worries globally as numerous 1.4 billion Chinese people will travel overseas during the Lunar New Year holidays that begin next week.

On Wednesday, a woman with the new virus was quarantined in Thailand and last night, officials in Japan said they had recorded their first case.

According to information available to the World Health Organization (WHO) at the start of 2020, 41 cases of the novel corona virus had been diagnosed in Wuhan, the capital of Huabei province in central China.

Videos posted online show people in protective suits checking one-by-one the temperatures of plane passengers arriving in Macao from Wuhan.

But health authorities suspect a fish market in Wuhan is the "ground zero" for the new infection.

Both affected patients had just returned from a trip from Wuhan, but neither had visited the market, which was closed and subsequently disinfected on January 1.

"Spending time in large crowds or crowded areas can increase the risk of getting sick", said a travel health report from the agency, the federal agency responsible for public health, preparedness and response to emergencies, and control and prevention of infectious and chronic diseases.

The virus has caused alarm because of its connection to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which killed almost 650 people in China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. The Chinese government initially tried to hide the severity of the SARS epidemic, but its coverup was exposed by a high-ranking physician.

Xiong exhibited abnormal renal function, severe impairment in multiple organs, inflammation of the heart muscle and other pressing conditions when he was admitted to the hospital. "That kind of thing must not happen again in China.".

"The detection of three cases outside China is worrying".

The clinical signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection are mainly fever with a few patients having difficulty in breathing, the Indian travel warning said.

Two patients in Thailand and another in Japan have been diagnosed with the virus. State broadcaster CCTV recommended staying warm, increasing physical activity, eating lightly and avoiding crowded places.

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