Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian authorities must prepare contingencies forthwith

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2020

Though it was initially feared the passengers showed symptoms of the novel coronavirus, United Airlines confirmed to PEOPLE that they were cleared by health officials. Most cases have been in Wuhan but the virus has also spread to other Chinese cities, and has also been detected in countries including the US, Japan and South Korea. Cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea, Japan, the US and Taiwan.

The virus is spreading between people, according to health experts, with over two dozen health workers having been infected. The estimate includes a 170,000 barrels per day loss of jet fuel demand, it added. Three major airports - in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles - have begun screening passengers traveling from or connecting through Wuhan.

He remains hospitalized at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., in good condition and isn't considered a threat to medical staff or the public, health officials said. India must be particularly careful given its patchy public health infrastructure.

She said people can protect themselves and others by washing their hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds, and by coughing and sneezing into a tissue or their elbow.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to determine whether China's outbreaks should be deemed a global health crisis.

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Scott Morrison today said while he was advised that the risk remained low, the Chief Medical Officer had confirmed the "situation is evolving".

However, animals are suspected to be the primary source of the outbreak, as a seafood market where live animals were sold in the central city of Wuhan was identified as ground zero for the virus.

On Wednesday, the authorities announced enhanced measures to contain the virus, including disinfection and ventilation at airports, train stations and shopping centres.

Health officials are investigating the source of the illness in China, and whether it was spread to humans from animals.

Distinguishing the coronavirus illness from common influenza will be challenging because symptoms are similar, he said. Kandola said people with cold- and flu-like symptoms should stay home, and if their symptoms are severe, they should go to the emergency room. This has scientists worrying that the coronavirus could be a new epidemic like the ones over the past few years such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which had an outbreak in 2012 that caused over 400 deaths, and MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), which killed almost 800 people during a 2003 outbreak.

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