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US News China confirms deadly new virus can be transmitted by humans

18:11  20 january  2020
18:11  20 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Four new cases of an unfamiliar lung illness were reported in China on Saturday, increasing fears that the disease could The World Health Organization has said there is "no clear evidence" that the virus can be transmitted from human to human . Health officials warn of spread of deadly virus in China .

The virus already appears to have spread outside China , with three cases reported in Thailand and Japan involving people who had traveled through Wuhan. That acknowledgment raises the possibility that the virus could be present in other markets in Wuhan, experts said, adding to fears that more

a man standing next to a building: Medical staff carry a patient with the new coronavirus into Wuhan's Jinyintan hospital © Getty Medical staff carry a patient with the new coronavirus into Wuhan's Jinyintan hospital Chinese authorities have confirmed a deadly virus that has infected more than 160 people in four countries can be transmitted via human-to-human contact.

The confirmation comes as airports around the world introduced temperature screening as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel home and abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday.

China's National Health Commission confirmed it will step up monitoring during Chinese New Year as President Xi Jinping said 217 people in China have been infected by the new viral pneumonia.

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Chinese authorities have said they cannot rule out human -to- human transmission as the outbreak Chinese authorities have suggested that no human -to- human transmission has been confirmed . China 's mysterious outbreak could be new virus , WHO says. Chinese authorities have ruled out

The new cases, the first inside China outside the central city of Wuhan where the virus was first reported, come as the country gears up for Some experts say the new virus may not be as deadly as SARS, but there is still little known about it including its origin and how easily it can be transmitted

Three people have died from the virus and over the weekend new cases tripled to 139 in China, while cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

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The virus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people around the world during a 2002/03 outbreak that started in China.

The newest virus, which has no cure, has been dubbed Wuhan Virus as it originated in the eastern city of Wuhan, at its seafood market.

a group of people standing around a bag of luggage: Passengers arrive in Beijing ahead of lunar new year celebrations © Getty Passengers arrive in Beijing ahead of lunar new year celebrations Chinese New Year is this Saturday and brings with it a week long holiday when most people will travel home on Friday, often to the countryside from the cities, or take the chance to go overseas.

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The new virus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 Some experts say the new virus may not be as deadly as SARS, but there is still little known about it including its origin and how easily it can be transmitted

Meanwhile, Japan confirmed its first case of the virus - the second country outside China after Thailand to do so. The new virus has infected dozens of people, and many cases Local media say he is a Chinese national. It is not yet clear whether the virus can be transmitted between humans .

President Xi said: "The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan and other places must be taken seriously.

"Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people's lives and health first.

"They should ensure that the masses have a quiet, peaceful and joyous Spring Festival."

a group of people sitting in front of a crowd: Passengers wearing face masks wait for their train to Wuhan at Beijing West railway ahead of Chinese New Year © Reuters Passengers wearing face masks wait for their train to Wuhan at Beijing West railway ahead of Chinese New Year The virus spread on Monday to Shanghai, east of Wuhan, and the first cases in the southern province of Guandong were also recorded, including a 66-year-old man in Shenzhen, just over the border from Hong Kong.

Five people in Beijing have also been diagnosed, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Authorities in other countries have been put on alert, with at least half a dozen Asian countries and three US airports - New York's JFK, LA and San Francisco - screening incoming passengers from central China.

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The new virus belongs to the same family of coronaviruses that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Some experts say the new virus may not be as deadly as SARS, but there is still little known about it including its origin and how easily it can be transmitted between humans .

Chinese public health officials have announced a sharp rise in diagnoses of an emergent strain of coronavirus. The WHO has said the virus ' likely origin is "an animal Public health authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Sunday announced 136 new cases of a deadly strain of coronavirus.

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Two cases have been confirmed in Thailand, both women who had been to Wuhan, and the four Thai airports running flights between Wuhan are carrying out tests. One of the cases was detected by thermal serveillance equipment at Bangkok airport.

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A new strain of coronavirus has caused two deaths in central China . Authorities in Wuhan confirm that 45 people have been infected, but there may be more cases. The outbreak comes as people in China prepare to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.

18, reporting 17 new cases of the unknown virus . A day later, Chinese authorities confirmed 136 new cases across Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen A study, published by the Imperial College London on Jan. 17, estimates the total number of 2019-nCoV cases could be much higher than reported, with

South Korea reported its first case on Monday after a 35-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan tested positive a day after arriving at Seoul's Incheon airport.

Videos posted online showed authorities in protective suits on a plane at the airport in Macau, an autonomous region on China's south coast, checking the temperatures of every passenger arriving from Wuhan.

a close up of text on a white background: Signs at Tokyo's Haneda airport told passengers who had been to Wuhan to make themselves known © Reuters Signs at Tokyo's Haneda airport told passengers who had been to Wuhan to make themselves known

Hong Kong airport, where temperature screening is commonplace after the SARS outbreak, is stepping up its measures.

Singapore's ministry of health confirmed all passengers arriving at Changi Airport from China will be temperature screened in response to more cases and the spike in travel volume ahead of Chinese New Year.

Doctors began seeing symptoms including fever, coughing and breathing difficulties in people who worked at or visited Wuhan's seafood market late last month.

a group of people walking in the rain: A worker in a protective suit stands outside the closed Wuhan seafood market © Reuters A worker in a protective suit stands outside the closed Wuhan seafood market Health officials maintained on Sunday that the virus is not easily transmitted between humans and the hundreds of people who have been in close contact with diagnosed patients have not got sick.

President Xi's announcement that 217 people had been infected is much higher than the 62 cases health officials said on Sunday.

However, both figures are dramatically lower than a study from London's Imperial College which suggested there could be more than 1,723 cases in Wuhan alone.

It said: "It is likely that the Wuhan outbreak of a novel coronavirus has caused substantially more cases of moderate or severe respiratory illness than currently reported."

Some experts say the new virus may not be as deadly as SARS, but there is still little known about it, including its origin and how easily it can be transmitted between humans.

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