Virus is China’s ‘biggest health emergency’: Xi

Clay Curtis
February 26, 2020

In China, the number of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 approaching 77 to the thousands who died nearly 2,5 thousand people.

While China has been praised by the World Health Organization for its handling of the epidemic this time, the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who was reprimanded for warning about the virus, sparked calls for political reform and freedom of speech in the country.

In comments reported by state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday, Xi said the epidemic "has the fastest transmission, widest range of infection and has been the most hard to prevent and control".

"We are completing a significant amount of tests compared to other jurisdictions", said Dix in a tweet published Saturday.

Xi acknowledged that the epidemic will "inevitably have a large impact on the economy and society", but he said the effects will be "short-term" and controllable.

Chinese health officials in worst-hit coronavirus hit Wuhan city ordered 14 days' quarantine for all recovered patients following reports that some of them tested positive for the virus after recovery.

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Monday's death toll was a jump on the 97 deaths reported Sunday.

This means that the virus' incubation period could be much longer than the now accepted 14 days.

China has so far reported 397 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus with 109 deaths as of Feb 21 (Friday), increasing the total fatalities in the country to 2,345 so far.

In its travel advisory about the virus, the federal government still says that anyone who has travelled to Hubei province in the last two weeks should self-isolate at home after returning to Canada, and contact local health authorities. During the day, more than 100 confirmed new cases.

As of Saturday, Covid-19 has infected more 78,771 people worldwide, and killed 2,462.

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