New coronavirus still spreading rapidly in China

Daniel Fowler
February 4, 2020

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has called on the United States not to overreact to the coronavirus outbreak and instead to work with China in combating the virus, China's People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday.

The 57 confirmed new deaths was the single-biggest increase since the new coronavirus was detected late a year ago in the central city of Wuhan, where it is believed to have jumped from animals at a market into humans.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu-like virus a global emergency and experts say much is still unknown about the pathogen, including its mortality rate and transmission routes.

There are now 11 confirmed USA cases of the viral disease, which originated in Wuhan, China, said Nancy Messonnier, MD, the director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

The CFR in Hubei Province was 3.1 percent, as the majority of the deaths occurred in the province, accounting for 414 cases, or 97 percent of the total, Jiao said.

New cases were reported in the United States, including a patient in California infected through close contact with someone in the same household who had been infected in China.

The hospital is one of the two makeshift hospitals dedicated to treating patients infected with the virus.

About 1,400 military medics will treat patients at the hospital, dubbed "Fire God Mountain", according to state media.

And those deaths were all reported in Hubei Province the epicenter of the virus, which has also seen over 2-thousand new cases overnight.

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A second hospital with 1,500 beds is under construction.

Countries continued to fly evacuation flights for citizens out of Wuhan. It was built in just 10 days, its prefabricated wards equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and ventilation systems.

Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said additional hospital space was crucial to stopping the spread of new infections.

Hong Kong, which was hard hit by the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, has stopped almost all ground transportation links with the mainland, halted cross-border trains and halved the number of mainland originating flights.

"The lack of hospital rooms forced sick people to return home, which is extremely unsafe".

Many airlines have stopped flights to parts of China, with Japan's biggest carrier, ANA Holdings, the latest to announce cuts, saying it would slash the number of flights to Beijing by two-thirds for at least seven weeks.

The virus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and since then, cases of it have been registered in more than 24 countries, including the United States.

A 39-year-old man who had visited Wuhan, China, where the virus first appeared, died at Hong Kong's Princess Margaret Hospital Tuesday morning, the hospital confirmed.

The US, Australia, New Zealand and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China recently, and they have also warned their own citizens against travelling there.

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