China will intensify efforts to contain the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan before the Lunar New Year holidays, as an increase in confirmed cases has fueled fears that the virus will spread to other countries.
The National Health Commission said Sunday that departments should work together to carry out preventive measures.
“Our commission will increase our guard during the Spring Festival, pay close attention to the development and change of the epidemic, and direct the implementation of prevention and control measures,” said the commission, adding that he believes the outbreak can be controlled. .
Wuhan’s health authority confirmed on Sunday morning that there are 17 more cases of the virus in the city, bringing the total number of known patients to 62.
Two people died from the virus in Wuhan, the largest city in central China with a population of approximately 11 million people. Three cases have been confirmed abroad, two in Thailand and one in Japan, involving people from Wuhan or who recently visited the city.
China, the World Health Organization and authorities around the world are intensifying efforts to contain the virus, which initially emerged in Wuhan at the end of December as a wave of patients believed to have pneumonia.
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Many of China’s 1.4 billion people will travel in the country and abroad during the Lunar New Year recess that begins next week, generating concern about the spread of the virus to other countries.
The virus belongs to the same coronavirus family as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people worldwide during an outbreak of 2002/03 that also began in China. In Canada, 44 people died, many of them health workers.
Although some experts say that the new virus may not be as deadly as SARS, little is known about it, including its origin and the ease with which it can be transmitted among humans.
Huanan Seafood Market
The World Health Organization said Sunday that some of the new cases appear to be unrelated to Huanan’s wholesale seafood market, which is believed to be the center of the outbreak. Due to China’s efforts to implement a broader assessment, new cases can be identified in the coming days and weeks, he added.
“The fact that three cases have been exported to Thailand and Japan without connection to the Huanan seafood market suggests that the virus has spread beyond the Huanan seafood market to the community,” said David Hui, professor of medicine Respiratory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Wuhan will strengthen oversight of major events and reduce the number of public meetings, state media Chen Yanxin said, the city’s deputy mayor said Sunday.
Wuhan officials said that since January 14 they are using infrared thermometers at airports, railway stations and other passenger terminals in the city to strengthen detection.
The airport authorities of the United States, as well as most Asian nations, control Wuhan passengers.
A report by the MRC Center of the London Imperial College for Global Infectious Disease Analysis said that there are likely to be “substantially more cases”, not yet detected or reported. He estimated that by January 12 there were 1,723 cases in Wuhan City with the appearance of related symptoms.