World Is Bali next? Fears mysterious and deadly Chinese virus could spread even further - as Indonesia starts screening tourists at airports
China is fighting to stop the spread of a mysterious, deadly virus as millions prepare to travel for Chinese New Year
China is stepping up its efforts to stop the spread of a mysterious, deadly virus as millions of people prepare to travel to celebrate Chinese New Year. The 2019-nCoV respiratory virus has caused three deaths, but not much is known about it.The virus has already spread with a few cases recorded in other parts in China and in other countries, but China said it will introduce "prevention and control measures" to stop it spreading during the major holiday.
Indonesian authorities have begun to screen tourists entering their airports for the deadly Chinese coronavirus after it travelled to Thailand and Japan.
There are fears the mysterious SARS-linked virus could hit Bali after a second case was reported in Thailand on Friday.
Two men aged in their 60s have died in China after being struck by the virus, which is understood to have broken out in Wuhan.
The spread of China's mysterious, fatal Wuhan virus is poised to get infinitely worse as the Chinese New Year travel rush begins
A deadly coronavirus known as the "Wuhan virus," or 2019-nCoV, is gripping China. At least three people have died from the illness, which originated in a seafood market in Wuhan, central China. The disease has since spread to at least two other Chinese cities and three other Asian countries.The spread could get much, much worse as hundreds of millions of people prepare to travel home for the Lunar New Year holidays this week, and cram into crowded train stations and airports.Authorities around the world are ramping up border health screenings, but scientists and Chinese citizens both say they're not enough.
Anung Sugihantono, from the Indonesian Health Ministry, said the nation had anticipated an outbreak and heightened detection at entry points around the country, The Jakarta Post reported.
There are thermal scanners at ports and airports in Indonesia to monitor travellers fevers amid fears the virus could spread.
Anung said there was not yet a travel warning for China.
'We are following the World Health Organization, which has not even issued a travel advisory,' Anung told the publication.
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Chinese health authorities confirm another 139 cases of the virus but Australian Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says there is "still no cause for alarm".Chinese health authorities confirmed another 139 cases of the virus which first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan had been detected on the weekend, and a third person has died.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the virus could spread and reportedly warned hospitals worldwide to prepare for cases.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to the deadly SARS, which killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.
The new coronavirus, which causes cold-like symptoms including a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and a fever, has never been seen before and has not yet been named.
The WHO has said 'much remains to be understood' about the coronavirus, which has been described as 'novel'.
Local authorities said a 69-year-old man died on Wednesday in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the epicentre of an outbreak of a coronavirus.
All Queensland doctors on lookout for potential coronavirus carriers
Authorities insist Australia's public health measures are up to the job of containing an outbreak, with a Brisbane man being monitored for the disease.Disease experts are urging people not to be concerned about a new strain of coronavirus, as a Brisbane man is isolated and tested for the potentially deadly disease.
Pneumonia linked to the new virus has hit at least 41 people in China, with the outbreak centred around a seafood market in Wuhan.
Of these 12 have recovered and been discharged from hospital, according to the Wuhan health commission, while five others are in a serious condition.
The second man to die became sick on December 31 and his condition worsened two weeks ago, it said, with the disease causing pulmonary tuberculosis and damage to multiple organ functions.
Three other cases have been detected - two in Thailand and one in Japan - with health managers in both countries saying the patients had visited Wuhan prior to their hospitalisation.
Thailand reported its second case of the coronavirus on Friday - a 74-year-old Chinese woman who had arrived from Wuhan earlier this week.
Her condition is improving, said Thai health officials, who urged people not to panic as there was 'no spread of the virus' in the Southeast Asian country.
China warned the deadly Wuhan virus is 'mutating' and could spread further, with over 2,000 people tested after being close to those infected
China is warning that the mysterious Wuhan virus is mutating, meaning it could spread further and being harder to control. 440 people have now been identified as infected in China, and killed nine people, while cases have been reported in other countries. The director-general of China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus is adapting and mutating - making it harder to manage and control.China's National Health Commission said 2,197 people have identified as having been in close contact with people who have the virus, and 1,394 of these are still under observation.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
THE NEW CORONAVIRUS IN CHINA TIMELINE
December 31 2019: The WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Around 44 suspected cases were reported in the month of December.
January 1 2020: A seafood market was closed for environmental sanitation and disinfection after being closely linked with the patients.
January 5 2020: Doctors ruled out severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as being the cause of the virus, as well as bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome and adenovirus. Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported
January 9 2020: A preliminary investigation identified the respiratory disease as a new type of coronavirus, Chinese state media reported.
Officials at Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported the outbreak's first death on January 9, a 61-year-old man.
January 13 2020: A Chinese woman in Thailand was the first confirmed case of the mystery virus outside of China. The 61-year-old was quarantined on January 8, but has since returned home in a stable condition after having treatment, the Thai Health Ministry said.
January 14 2020: The WHO told hospitals around the globe to prepare, in the 'possible' event of the infection spreading.
It said there is some 'limited' human-to-human transmission of the virus. Two days previously, the UN agency said there was 'no clear evidence of human to human transmission'.
January 16 2020: A man in Tokyo is confirmed to have tested positive for the disease after travelling to the Chinese city of Wuhan.
A second death, a 69-year-old man, was reported by officials at Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. He died in the early hours of January 15 at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan city having first been admitted to hospital on December 31.
January 17 2020: Thailand announces it has detected a second case. The 74-year-old woman had been quarantined since her arrival on Monday. She lived in Wuhan.
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