Deaths from China’s new flu (Coronavirus), China virus deaths rise to 17
New Cases In Macau virus rose to on 17 on Wednesday with more than 540 cases confirmed, increasing fears of contagion from an infection suspects to originate from illegally trade wildlife.
The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerges from an animal market in central city of Wuhan, with cases now detects as far away as the United states.
Contrasting with its secrecy over the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that kills nearly 800 people, China’s communist government has this time given regular updates to try to avoid panic as millions travel for the Lunar New Year.
‘’ The rise in the mobility of the public has objectively increased the risk of the epidemic spreading’’, National Health Commission vice-minister LiBin said.
The WHO was meeting in a high-tech room at its Geneva headquarters to decide whether the.
Outbreak is a global health emergency.
Many Chinese were cancelling trips, buying face masks, avoiding public places such as cinemas and shopping centers, and even turning to an online plague simulation game or watching disaster movie ‘’The Flu’’ as a way to cope.
The virus has spread from Wuhan to population centres including Beijing, Shanghai, Macau and Hong KONG
The latest death toll in Hubei, province, of which Wuhan is the capital, rose from nine to 17 by midday on Wednesday, state television quoted the provincial government as saying.
The official China Daily newspaper said 544 cases had now been confirms in the country. Thailand has confirmed four cases US, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have each reported one.
US President TRUMP said US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had a good containment plan.
‘’We think it is going to be handled very well,’’ he says at Davos in Switzerland.
Li said the virus; which can cause pneumonia and has no effective vaccine, was being spread via breathing. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Fears of a pandemic initially spooked markets but they regained their footing on Wednesday. But companies across China, from Foxconn to Huawei Technologies and HSBC Holdings, warned staff to avoid Wuhan and handed out masks.
Terry Gou, founder of Apple supplier Foxconn, said he was advising employees not to visit China. Automaler General Motors Co, which operates a plant in Wuhan in a joint venture with China’s SAIC Motor, placed a temporary restriction on employee’s travel to Wuhan.
The chief executive of one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors, Aercap, said he expected the virus to impact Chinese airlines’ profitability in the first quarter.
Chinese officials believe wildlife trafficked at a Wuhan market was the source of the virus. Two sources said provincial and city officials in Wuhan had been told to remain in the city, and those who had left were told to report their whereabouts.
Airports globally stepped up screening from China.
Russia strengthened its sanitary and quarantine controls, Britain said it was starting enhanced monitoring of passengers from China. Italy created a task force to monitor the possible spread of the virus.
The Chinese-ruled gambling hub of Macau confirmed its first case of pneumonia linked to the coronavirus and tightened body-temperature screening measures.
A first case emerged in Chinese-ruled Honk Kong, media reported, with the patient arriving via railway from the mainland. A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following trip to Wuhan is under observations as case of the coronavirus.