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US News China virus: 25 dead as Wuhan city in lockdown

11:40  23 january  2020
11:40  23 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

China Reports Jump in Deadly Virus Cases, Adding to Fears of Outbreak

  China Reports Jump in Deadly Virus Cases, Adding to Fears of Outbreak BEIJING — The authorities in China reported a third death from a mysterious virus and more than 130 new cases over the weekend, including ones found in Beijing and southern China for the first time. The jump in cases raised questions about how the virus is being transmitted and added to concerns about the spread of the illness ahead of China’s busiest travel season.

The city of Wuhan , considered the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, is in lockdown . And residents in Huanggang, 45 miles away, have Image: The virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan 's seafood market. There is no vaccine for the new viral infection, which can cause pneumonia

A Hankou Railway Station employee monitors thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers at a security check in Wuhan , China , January 21 The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended China ’s swift response to a rapidly moving virus gripping the country, but despite a

a person standing next to a bag of luggage: The virus has killed 25 people in China © Getty The virus has killed 25 people in China The number of people killed by a new virus in China has risen from 25 - and overall cases to 616, the country has said.

It comes as millions of people prepare to travel domestically and abroad for the country's lunar new year celebrations which begin at the weekend.

The city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated, is in lockdown.

All its transport networks - including rail, bus, underground and ferries - have been suspended, and its 11 million residents have been ordered to wear masks in public places and at work.

"To my knowledge, trying to contain a city of 11 million people is new to science," said Gauden Galea, the World Health Organisation's representative in China.

"It has not been tried before as a public health measure. We cannot at this stage say it will or it will not work."

Overnight, the Chinese government released a breakdown of the details of the previous 17 people known to have been killed by the deadly virus.

All but two of the 13 men and four women were aged over 60 - and 10 out of the 17 had a pre-existing condition.

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Irish GPs are to be provided with full head-to-toe protective gowns and masks next week after warning the failure of the HSE to provide safety gear left them at risk of the deadly coronavirus. It follows growing concern about the virus threat here, following the detection of the first two cases of the killer infection in the UK.The HSE confirmed that the packs will be sent to GP surgeries after angry doctors' protests and the revelation that two Chinese tourists staying in an English hotel are infected with the virus.

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