Three people in Scotland 'being treated for suspected Coronavirus'

Laverne Higgins
January 23, 2020

The virus was first detected last month in Wuhan, in central China, but has since been confirmed in other cities in China, as well as in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

While the definitive origin of the virus has not been confirmed, most of its first cases were linked to a seafood market in Wuhan.

Over 1 million Taiwanese work or live in China, many of whom will travel home for the Lunar New Year holiday, including employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan who have already returned to Taiwan.

"We would encourage further incorporation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization instead of trying to exclude them", the official said, stressing its importance as "corona cases are popping up in Taiwan".

Chinese New Year celebrations at the end of January will cause an increased travel volume to and from China and within China, the EDC said, increasing the likelihood of arrival in the European Union of possible cases.

After a meeting at its Geneva headquarters on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would decide on Thursday whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency, which would step up the worldwide response.

The emergency committee will meet again from 1100 GMT on Thursday, after its chair, Didier Houssin, said the experts were split over declaring a public health emergency.

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According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Emergency Committee on the new pathogen was still divided over whether the outbreak was a public heath emergency of global concern after meeting for a second time this week.

"We stressed to them that by having a strong action not only they will control the outbreak in their country but they will also minimize the chances of this outbreak spreading internationally". "It is this that allows them to infect other species including humans", he said.

Qatar's Ministry of Public Health issued national guidelines for dealing with new cases of coronavirus, with alerting all hospitals in the country to report any suspected respiratory infections, especially of travelers returning from the affected countries in a 14-day period of their arrival.

Users on the Chinese social media network Weibo said that they are concerned about the government being transparent and timely on releasing information about the outbreak of the virus. Like the new respiratory virus, SARS belongs to a group of viruses known as the coronaviruses. The World Health Organization postponed until Thursday a decision on whether to declare an global emergency over the outbreak of the flu-like illness, which can cause pneumonia and other severe respiratory symptoms, including one case in the United States.

Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China, Jan. 22, 2020. Among confirmed patients are 15 medical workers, further adding to worries about a possible global pandemic.

Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners who covers the video games market in China and Asia, also appeared to confirm this development on Twitter.

According to Wilfrid Laurier University professor and virologist Stephanie DeWitte-Orr, another factor that has made it hard for Canada and other countries to detect the virus is its long incubation period, which can range anywhere between one and two weeks.

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