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World Ministry confirms number of Kiwis in coronavirus source city

09:45  27 january  2020
09:45  27 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Confirmed cases. Sources : National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China; local governments. The most likely number is around 6,000 cases, according to the latest estimates, which will Estimated number of coronavirus cases. With more confirmed cases outside of China

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has confirmed there are currently 21 New Zealanders in the Chinese city of Wuhan where the coronavirus is understood to have originated. 

MFAT has also confirmed that a "small number" of New Zealanders in Wuhan City and Hubei Province have requested consular assistance from the Government. 

"The New Zealand Embassy in Beijing is providing assistance to these individuals and families. For privacy reasons we do not comment on individual cases," a spokesperson told Newshub. 

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Most cases of the coronavirus have been in the city of Wuhan, which is one of China’s many big Throughout January, hundreds of people were confirmed to be infected with the Chinese Find official statements on the Chinese coronavirus on RT, as well as news on the numbers of people infected

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a man wearing a red hat: Watch the Director-General of Health's full press conference. © Image - Getty; Video - Newshub Watch the Director-General of Health's full press conference. "We are aware that some countries are providing their citizens with assistance to depart Wuhan. We are working closely with our China Posts and consular partner countries regarding how best to assist New Zealanders in Wuhan."

Wuhan is the sprawling capital of the Hubei Province in central China with a population of more than 11 million people. The coronavirus has so far taken the lives of 80 people in China, updated figures say. 

The MFAT spokesperson said New Zealanders in China "must comply with all Chinese laws, rules and regulations including the travel restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities to contain the virus".

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MFAT's travel advisory for China currently advises New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travel to Hubei Province due to the coronavirus outbreak, and this is under review. 

"We encourage all New Zealanders living and travelling in China to register their details on SafeTravel in order to receive updated government travel advice."

Those details can be found here

MFAT's update follows a press conference held earlier on Monday by the Ministry of Health's Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. 

"The situation in New Zealand remains unchanged... however, our assessment is that the likelihood of us getting a case is high," Dr Bloomfield said during the press conference in Wellington. 

He said that's because other countries - mostly in Asia - have confirmed cases of the illness and that people can be asymptomatic for up to 14 days so they "may be incubating it" when they come to New Zealand. 

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The first confirmed case was announced on 25 January, in a man in his 50s, who had travelled from Guangzhou to Melbourne on 19 January via China Southern Airlines flight CZ321.

But he said the likelihood of a sustained community outbreak in New Zealand remains low. 

"We have a cross-Government border working group that convened on Friday that includes a range of Government agencies," Dr Bloomfield said. 

He said it is currently "under active consideration" whether people from flights arriving in New Zealand from Australia will be screened since there have been confirmed cases. 

It's understood France, Italy, Japan, Australia and the United States are working to evacuate citizens from Wuhan.

Dr Bloomfield encouraged the public to be mindful of personal hygiene, such as frequent washing of hands, good cough and sneeze etiquette, staying at home and isolating yourself if you are sick, and avoiding close contact with others. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO)'s advice on the illness hasn't changed. 

"They don't recommend any specific measures for travellers and it also advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on China based on current information."

The Government has deployed public health staff to the Auckland and Christchurch airports to assess people arriving from flights from China - but the officials are relying on people to come forward if they think they have symptoms. 

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The table below shows confirmed cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and other countries. To see a distribution map and a timeline, scroll down. There are currently 1,384 confirmed cases worldwide, including 42 fatalities. Source . Guangdong province.

The number of dead climbed to at least 80, while in the United States, five cases were confirmed . In a news conference, the mayor, Zhou Xianwang, said that the estimate was based on the assumption that around half of the city ’s nearly 3,000 suspected cases of the coronavirus would eventually test

If a passenger's temperature is over 38degC they will be offered further advice and assessment "as appropriate".

District Health Boards (DHBs) have developed a hand-out and information post to display at the airports to circulate around flight passengers.

More than 2000 cases have been confirmed worldwide with four in Australia.

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