Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus death toll climbs to nine, Chinese authorities say

Coronavirus death toll climbs to nine, Chinese authorities say

Camera IconA person walks across the skybridge at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where a man with the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States is being treated.

China has taken solid measures to resolutely curb the spread of the virus, and has released the whole genome sequencing of the novel coronavirus, which will help scientists and health authorities across the world develop diagnostic kits and study the viral pathogenicity.

Now, it may have spread into the United States, according to a source close to the CDC. He was hospitalized with pneumonia last week, and infection with the coronavirus was confirmed on Monday afternoon.

USA authorities are screening travelers from Wuhan at airports in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Li said the government had implemented measures to prevent further spread, including adding temperature checks, minimising large crowds, more screening of potentially infected patients and more protections for health workers.

Coronavirus symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever, and can sometimes lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. The agency says that it will also roll out screenings at airports in Chicago and Atlanta later this week.

Gao Fu, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control said at the same news conference.

The U.S. traveler from Washington state had returned on January 15, arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is not on the U.S. list for enhanced screening.

A manager at another foreign tour company contacted by Reuters said they too had been told of such a move, but that it was not yet clear who would be affected by such a policy, with more details expected on Wednesday. Six more illnesses have been reported in other Asian countries, in addition to the first American case. He said Japan and South Korea had confirmed one case each and Thailand three.

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The worries have been heightened by the coming of the Lunar New Year holiday rush, when millions of Chinese travel at home and overseas.

Health officials identified the first cases of the strain in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The Prime Minister has activated the National Incident Response Centre in light of the "evolving" risk of the coronavirus - confirming health officials are screening every flight from Wuhan, China.

It was in 2019 when the WHO declared a global health emergency for an infectious disease following an outbreak of Ebola in eastern Congo, which killed thousands of people.

Mr Morrison said while Australians should remain alert, they should not be alarmed. The National Institutes of Health are in the midst of developing a vaccine.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place.

2019-nCoV has evoked memories of Sars, with genetic analyses revealing it is more closely related to the pathogen than any other coronavirus. There are concerns that this may echo a 2003 episode, where a severe acute respiratory syndrome (also caused by a coronavirus from China) spread to more than 30 countries.

The pneumonia resulting from the infection of the novel coronavirus has been classified as a category B infectious disease and a quarantinable disease at the border, according to an earlier announcement by the NHC.

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