Japan will evacuate nationals from China virus city

08 Avril, 2020, 08:24 | Auteur: Therese Cote

There are three known cases of the coronavirus in France, the first European country to be affected by the outbreak.

The US has confirmed two cases of the virus in patients who had recently entered the country from Wuhan.

The report focuses on transmissibility, and the scientists say sustained human-to-human transmission is the only explanation for the large-scale outbreak in Wuhan.

SARS raged in China in 2003 and then spread worldwide, killing 774 people.

One spoke of a fear that sick patients with fevers will infect each other while waiting in long queues, even if they didn't have the coronavirus when they first arrived at the hospital.

Control steps in China would need to block 60% of transmission to control the outbreak, the researchers projected.

Also Sunday, two of Hong Kong's biggest attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, announced they were closing for the time being.

Both are being treated in hospital and are stable, health officials said. With the government issuing its most severe travel advisory.

The new totals include the first case from Qinghai province, the 30th to report a case.

Local media reported Saturday that all group travel from China to other countries will be banned from Monday, with travel agents having been told to stop organizing trips overseas. The vast majority of the infections and all the deaths have been in mainland China, but fresh cases are popping up. Where officials have imposed severe restrictions on travel and public gatherings.

The move comes as several other countries are arranging plans to evacuate their personnel and citizens. The flight is expected to leave tomorrow and will have USA medical personnel on board to monitor passengers.

Medical workers in Wuhan have been among those infected and local media reported a doctor had died of the virus on Saturday morning.

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A Chinese national in his 50s, who had been in the city of Wuhan where the virus first appeared, is in a stable condition in a Melbourne hospital after arriving from China on January 19 on a flight from Guangzhou, Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told journalists.

Besides the latest confirmed case, the KCDC said it has checked 47 people who have showed symptoms so far, with all testing negative for the illness.

Almost 2,000 people in China have been infected and 56 killed by the disease, which originated in the city of Wuhan. Three of those cases were confirmed in the 24 hours to Saturday morning.

The three-part of a group that traveled from Guangzhou, China, on Jan 20-were asymptomatic, but lab tests showed they were infected with the virus.

The patient is aged in his 50s and has been placed in isolation.

Meanwhile, Japan today reported its third imported case.

She came to Japan as part of a family of four.

Taiwan has uncovered three cases so far.

In the new findings, researchers suspect that the jump from animals to humans probably occurred recently, in November 2019 or in early December.

In Hong Kong, with five confirmed cases, the city's leader Carrie Lam said flights and high-speed rail trips between the city and Wuhan will be halted.

Some of the sequences confirm human-to-human transmission, including three sequences from Shenzhen that came from a single family, plus two almost identical sequences from Zhuhai in Guangdong province, also from a single family. "We would like to acknowledge the wonderful and timely work done by all scientists involved in this outbreak, but particularly those working in China", they wrote.

The group praised teams that have shared the genomes, which were all submitted to GISAID (the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data).

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