China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns

Darnell Taylor
January 25, 2020

The two-week shutdown of primary and secondary schools will come on top of the planned one-week Lunar New Year holiday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said.

Liu Moumou, male, 58 years old, was transferred to Jinyintan Hospital of the city on January 18, 2020 due to "intermittent fever with cough for 15 days, chest tightness, and gasping for 1 day".

Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, has been on virtual lockdown since Thursday, with almost all flights cancelled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town. "The patient is isolated and is undergoing treatment, and we do not have any further suspected cases at this stage", Mikakos told reporters. To meet the demand, Chinese authorities on Thursday pledged to build and open a new coronavirus hospital by February 3, modeling the facility on an emergency hospital built in Beijing during the SARS epidemic in 2003.

Chinese officials have put Wuhan on lockdown after the pneumonia-like virus has infected more than 1,300 people and killed 41.

State media said on Saturday that only authorized vehicles to carry supplies and for other needs would be permitted after midnight.

Footage, shared by news site Shanghaiist, from "ground zero" in Wuhan has emerged showing a hospital packed wall-to-wall with mask-wearing members of the public anxiously looking for help. Moreover, when you read about the cases of people who were admitted, it's evident that they could have been spreading the virus for weeks.

"I have to admit that I'm not actually anxious about the disease itself, it is more the isolation and I had holiday plans and now they are all gone".

The city will assign 6,000 taxis to different neighbourhoods, under the management of local resident committees, to help people get around if they need to, the state-owned English-language China Daily newspaper said.

China's biggest holiday, the Lunar New Year, unfolded Saturday in the shadow of the worrying new virus.

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A string of public events, including a new year gala and next month's marathon, would also be called off.

The latest tally, from 29 provinces and cities across China, included 237 patients in serious condition.

On Friday, the Health Ministry issued a warning for Israelis not to travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan and its surroundings, as Beijing struggles to deal with the new virus that has claimed the lives of 41 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities.

The three Chinese citizens, who entered Malaysia via Johor Baru, are the wife, 65, and grandsons of a 66-year-old man from Wuhan, who is now being treated in Singapore for the same virus. A third person, who is a close relative of one of the other two, has also been confirmed to have the virus.

The vast majority of the cases and all of the confirmed deaths to date have been in China, but the virus has also been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, France and the United States.

Fifteen medical workers are among those who have been infected.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold. "Human cases are more like the strains in snakes so that is the more likely".

According to the report, those interested will be responsible for the cost of being evacuated which could cost many times more the price of a commercial flight from China directly to the U.S.

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