The spread of the deadly coronavirus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned after a special government meeting on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.
China is facing a “difficult situation,” its president told senior officials.
The new virus has killed at least 56 people and infected nearly 2,000 since its discovery in Wuhan.
The United States, meanwhile, has announced that staff at the Wuhan consulate will be evacuated on a special flight on January 28.
According to the State Department, the private Americans who are most at risk will also be able to board flights to San Francisco.
Meanwhile, UK-based researchers have warned of a real possibility that China will fail to contain the virus.
Travel restrictions have been introduced in several affected cities. From January 26, private vehicles will be banned from the central neighborhoods of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak.
According to the Chinese state newspaper People’s daily, a second emergency hospital for up to 1,300 new patients is to be built there and will be completed in half a month. This is the second such rapid construction project: work on another 1,000-bed hospital has already begun.
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Specialized military medical teams have also been transferred to Hubei Province, where Wuhan is located.
The urgency reflects concerns both in China and elsewhere about the virus, which first appeared in December.
The lunar New Year’s holidays for the year of the rat, which began on January 25, have been canceled in many Chinese cities.
In mainland China, passengers have their temperatures checked for signs of fever, and stations are closed in several cities.
Hong Kong announced the highest level of urgency and school holidays have been extended.
Several other countries are dealing with several cases, with patients being treated in isolation.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that include the common cold.
However, this virus has never been seen before. It’s called 2019-nCov, for the “new coronavirus.”
New viruses can become common in humans after crossing the animal species barrier.
TORS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome] the 2003 outbreak began in bats and spread to the flower cat, which passed it on to humans.
This new Chinese virus also causes severe acute respiratory infection.
Symptoms appear to begin with a fever followed by a dry cough and lead to shortness of breath after a week, and some patients need hospital treatment.
There is no specific drug or vaccine.
Based on early information, it is estimated that only a quarter of those infected are “severe” and that the dead are mostly – though not exclusively – elderly, some of whom have pre-existing conditions.
Chinese authorities suspect a seafood market that “engaged in illegal wildlife transactions” is the source of the outbreak.