China says virus spreading between humans as WHO set to meet
China has confirmed human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of a new SARS-like virus as the number of cases soared and authorities Tuesday said a fourth person had died.The news came as the World Health Organization said it would consider declaring an international public health emergency over the outbreak. The discovery of human-to-human transmission comes as hundreds of millions of people are crisscrossing the country in packed trains, buses and planes this week to celebrate the Lunar New Year (AFP / WANG Zhao / MANILA BULLETIN) The coronavirus, which has spread to three other Asian countries and infected more than 200 people in China, has caused alarm because of its genetic similarities to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Read more: China coronavirus claims 4th victim as more screenings added The discovery of human-to-human transmission comes as hundreds of millions of people are crisscrossing the country in packed buses, trains and planes this week to celebrate the Lunar New Year with relatives. Enhanced screening measures including fever checks have been set up at airports in Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States, with particular attention on arrivals from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Health authorities there, where a seafood market has been identified as the center of the outbreak, said Tuesday that an 89-year-old man became the fourth person to die from the virus and that 15 medical staff had been infected. A second case was also confirmed in Shanghai on Tuesday, while five people have been diagnosed with the illness in Beijing. The virus has also reached Japan, Thailand, and South Korea, with four people hospitalized after visiting Wuhan. A man showing symptoms of the disease who had travelled to the Chinese city has been put in isolation in Australia as health officials await test results, authorities said Tuesday. Rare WHO meeting Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China’s national health commission, confirmed that the virus was being transmitted between humans, state media reported late Monday. The WHO had previously identified animals as the likely primary source, but had warned of “some limited human-to-human transmission”. Zhong told CCTV that patients can contract the virus without having visited Wuhan. He also said 14 medical staff had been infected but it was not clear if he was referring to the Wuhan cases. In southern Guangdong province, two patients were infected by family members who visited Wuhan, he told CCTV. The WHO said a key emergency committee would meet Wednesday to determine whether to declare an international public health emergency. Read more: WHO emergency group to meet on spreading China virus The agency has only used the rare label a handful of times, including during the H1N1 — or swine flu — pandemic of 2009 and the Ebola epidemic that devastated parts of West Africa from 2014 to 2016. The number of people hit by the new coronavirus is expected to rise, especially with increased monitoring and testing for the disease. Doctors at the University of Hong Kong released a study on Tuesday estimating that there have been 1,343 cases of the new virus in Wuhan. Scientists at Imperial College in London said last week the number was likely closer to 1,700. Fears spreading The Chinese government announced Tuesday it was classifying the outbreak in the same category as SARS, meaning compulsory isolation for those diagnosed with the disease and the potential to implement quarantine measures on travel. China’s President Xi Jinping said that the virus must be “resolutely contained” and stressed that information must be released “in a timely manner”, in his first public comments on the outbreak on Monday. The Communist government was accused of covering up the SARS outbreak in 2003 but some foreign experts have praised the swift release of information on this new virus. “The speed of response is testimony to improved global preparedness,” said Jeremy Farrar, director of British healthcare foundation Wellcome Trust. “But we must not be complacent, there is still much to be done to ensure countries across the world are protecting people from epidemic threats of diseases known and unknown,” he said. Read more: Manila Bulletin News
China reports SARS-like virus spreads across country, nearly 140 new cases
China virus contagious between people – gov't SARS expert'Currently, it can be said it is affirmative that there is the phenomenon of human-to-human transmission,' says Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist who helped expose the scale of the 2003 SARS outbreak.
SARS-like virus spreads in China, reaches third Asian countryA third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan. Meanwhile, South Korea reports its first case. DOH I hope you are doing something to prevent this from entering our country. Sa mga utak kikiam... kasalanan ni duterte yan. Talking about the real legacy of Lord Digong - Let's welcome all the chinese in our country, let them spread the virus to us, treat them as VIPs, make them defecate on our beaches, make them employees of POGO companies, allow them to practice their kidnapping skills.
WHO emergency group to meet on spreading China virusA World Health Organization emergency panel will meet this week to discuss a SARS-like virus that has spread beyond China and that a Beijing government expert said Monday is contagious between humans.
Yuan tumbles, yen rallies as spread of China virus unnerves marketsBecause they tried to hush it up!
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