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World Coronavirus Is Spreading Quickly Across China, as Confirmed Cases Triple

16:55  20 january  2020
16:55  20 january  2020 Source:   online.wsj.com

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An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.

A newly identified virus originating in central China has spread quickly around the country and across Asia, infecting 156 new patients in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other densely-populated cities, and reaching South Korea for the first time—a major escalation in the pneumonia-like disease’s transmission.

Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside of the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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BEIJING - An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person The Daxing health commission in the capital Beijing said it had confirmed two cases of coronavirus , while the southern Guangdong

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus—part of a class of pathogens that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to the deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS—has more than tripled to 218 cases, according to Chinese state media and health authorities. It has claimed three lives.

President Xi Jinping on Monday urged authorities to make efforts to prevent and control the spreading infection, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Officials should “release outbreak information in a timely manner and deepen international cooperation,” he said.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.

An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of The Daxing health commission in the capital Beijing said it had confirmed two cases of coronavirus , while the southern Guangdong province’s health commission confirmed

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Beijing, Shanghai and the southern metropolis of Shenzhen—three of the country’s biggest and most prosperous cities—confirmed a total of 14 patients infected with the pneumonia-causing virus, all of them on Monday, according to state media and local authorities.

South Korean authorities, meantime, said Monday that a 35-year-old Chinese woman who had flown into the country from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak first occurred, had contracted the coronavirus.

The sudden spread of the disease raises fresh concerns as tens of millions of Chinese citizens travel this week for the annual Lunar New Year, many of them to their hometowns. It is also likely to spark questions over the transparency of disclosures by Chinese health authorities.

China is working with other countries to prevent and control an outbreak, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular media briefing in Beijing on Monday. “We’ve formulated prevention and control plans, treated patients, monitored their close contacts, conducted epidemiological research and released information in a timely matter,” he said.

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Health authorities in Wuhan, the densely populated city of 19 million people at the epicenter of the outbreak, said Monday that the number of patients infected with the new coronavirus has jumped to 198, from 62 on Sunday. The statement said 35 of those cases were severe, while nine were critical.

The death of a third infected patient occurred over the weekend, Wuhan authorities said Monday, without offering any specifics. In the case of the two earlier fatalities, authorities had previously said the men suffered from existing illnesses.

A number of Chinese provinces—including Shandong on the east coast, Sichuan in the interior and southwestern Yunnan and Guangxi on the border with Vietnam—are all monitoring suspected coronavirus cases of their own, state broadcaster China Central Television said Monday. Separately, five suspected cases were reported by health authorities in coastal Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai on the country’s east coast.

While the newly discovered coronavirus is believed to be less serious than SARS, which killed hundreds of people after its outbreak in southern China in late 2002 and early 2003, the pneumonia-like virus is in the same class of pathogens and appears to be spreading quickly.

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An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus. The Daxing health commission in the capital Beijing said it had confirmed

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Chinese health authorities haven’t reached any conclusions about the new coronavirus’s origins and its spread. A number of patients were exposed to a large seafood and livestock wholesale market in Wuhan where the disease is believed to have first broken out, but others have said they didn’t visit the market and only came into contact with people in Wuhan.

The Wuhan market is close to the city’s main railway station, an important travel hub in the center of the country.

Chinese authorities haven’t ruled out the possibility of human-to-human transmission, although they have said the risk is low. The World Health Organization said Monday that the spread of the disease was likely the product of “some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts.”

Wuhan authorities didn’t mention human-to-human transmission in their latest statement. But they recommended that people wear a face mask and pay attention to fever and coughing symptoms.

In numerous instances, infected patients had traveled to Wuhan and showed symptoms of fever and fatigue.

The Chinese patient in South Korea had flown into Incheon International Airport from the Chinese city and was quarantined by airport authorities before being transferred to a medical center for treatment, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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BEIJING — An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday, as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.

South Korea confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on Monday in a 35-year-old Chinese woman from Coronaviruses are named after the spikes that protrude from their membranes, like the To prevent the spread of respiratory infections, the W.H.O. recommends that people wash their hands

Likewise, the previous three patients that have been identified outside China—two Chinese tourists in Thailand and a man from Japan—had all traveled from the Wuhan area.

South Korean authorities are in the process of identifying crew members and other passengers who were in close contact with the Chinese patient during her flight. They received reports of seven people with coronavirus-like symptoms and have released four of them. Authorities are separately monitoring 14 patients, according to Jung Eun-kyeong, director of KCDC.

In Shanghai, the one confirmed case was a 56-year-old female who had traveled from Wuhan, according to the city’s health authorities.

Beijing has five confirmed cases, according to state media; a district authority has said that two patients had returned from Wuhan.

One of the confirmed cases in southern Guangdong province is 10 years old, according to local authorities. Most of the other infected patients who have been identified by authorities have been elderly.

China’s national health commission said it has issued a new detection kit and is asking regional authorities to step up testing, which could uncover more previously unknown cases.

The sharp uptick since the weekend has sparked questions over whether authorities are underreporting cases or failing to disclose information in a timely fashion. At a hospital affiliated with Tsinghua University in the northern Beijing district of Changping, doctors believed that they had a coronavirus case, but were instructed not to disclose the information as of early Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter. A spokeswoman said Monday that the hospital would disclose information based on the city government’s instructions.

A separate independent estimate by scholars at Imperial College London said that more than 1,700 people in Wuhan are likely to have symptoms of the virus and could be infected with it, based on modeling of cases of the virus discovered in Thailand and Japan and estimates of the number of people passing through Wuhan’s international airport.

In the U.S., where no cases have so far been detected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection have begun screening people traveling from Wuhan for fevers, coughs or difficulty breathing.

Write to Chao Deng at Chao.Deng@wsj.com

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