Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

China cancels Lunar New Year events over deadly virus fears

China cancels Lunar New Year events over deadly virus fears

"New information obtained from our evolutionary analysis is highly significant for effective control of the outbreak caused by the 2019-nCoV-induced pneumonia", the researchers said. Most flights in and out of the city have been canceled.

"The decision about whether or not to declare a public health emergency of worldwide concern is one I take extremely seriously, and one I'm only prepared to make with appropriate consideration of all of the evidence".

Many countries are screening travelers from China for illness, especially those arriving from Wuhan.

"At this point, there has not been a positive case in Canada", Hajdu told reporters ahead of a meeting of Liberal MPs on Parliament Hill on Thursday.

The coronavirus family includes the common cold as well as viruses that cause more serious illnesses, such as the SARS outbreak that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003 and killed about 800 people, and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome, which developed from camels.

Though Tedros praised China's "very, very strong measures" to contain the outbreak.

The city had already warned people to avoid entering or leaving Wuhan. Beijing has canceled all large celebrations in response to the outbreak.

Authorities in Wuhan also made it mandatory to wear a mask in public places, according to state media.

"Airports and train stations that can be used to leave the city will be temporarily closed".

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Graham said with one case already confirmed in the USA , she expects it could make its way to Wisconsin soon. Chinese officials said at least 17 people have died, all in Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital.


The Chinese government has classified the outbreak in the same category as the SARS epidemic, meaning compulsory isolation for those diagnosed with the illness as well as the ability to implement quarantine measures.

"No one cares more about the health of the Taiwanese people than the Chinese Central Government", he said. The virus was initially linked to workers at a seafood market in the city.

"I think the actual number of people who has contracted the virus is definitely higher than the reported cases that we are seeing right now".

The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland said it is keeping abreast of the changing situation around the "Wuhan novel coronovirus", and is liaising with partners across the United Kingdom, including Public Health England and local health trusts.

In the USA, authorities said a man in his 30s near Seattle, who had recently travelled from Wuhan, was free from symptoms when he arrived at Seattle-Tacoma airport last Wednesday but contacted doctors Sunday when he started experiencing flu-like symptoms. For example, information on the outbreak is being prominently reported on the evening news.

"Our aspiration with these technologies is to bring a new pathogen from gene sequence to clinical testing in 16 weeks", said Richard Hatchett, CEPI's chief executive.

"We have not seen any evidence of onward transmission such as 3rd, 4th generation transmission", she said. North Korea has banned foreign tourists, a step it also took during the SARS outbreak and in recent years due to Ebola. "The closures will continue until further announcement", the government stated.

During the SARS epidemic, the Chinese government took months to report the disease and initially denied World Health Organization experts access to southern Guangdong province, where it originated.

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