Health Officials Confirm First Case of Coronavirus in Australia

Katie Ramirez
March 11, 2020

More deaths were reported in regions outside of the epicenter of the virus and the number of confirmed infections surged to 1,975, with 324 people considered to be in severe condition.

French automaker PSA Group says it will evacuate its employees and their families from Wuhan in central China, quarantine them in another major Chinese city and then bring them back to France.

Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting with top officials of the ruling Communist Party on the prevention and control of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, China's state media reported Saturday. Such as just how risky it is and how easily it spreads between people.

The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because much about it is still unknown, such as how unsafe it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can lead to pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of global concern on Thursday.

"We are maintaining close communication with health commissions and embassies in China. including Japan, Thailand, South Korea and the USA", said Ma, in response to a question from CGTN.

Containment efforts, which have thus far included transportation and travel curbs and the cancellation of big events, will be intensified, Mr Ma told a crowded news briefing on the second day of the Lunar New Year holiday. More than 1,400 new beds have been added. The Weekly investigates misinformation and disinformation, and the fight to protect the public. The ban does not apply to Hong Kong residents.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening.

The State Department said on Sunday it was arranging a flight to repatriate staff at its Wuhan consulate and other American citizens trapped in the city. He described the situation as severe and said medical supplies were still tight.

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On Saturday, Ontario government and health officials revealed Canada's first "presumptive positive case" of coronavirus has been confirmed in Toronto - a man in his 50s who is being treated at Sunnybrook hospital.

The lethal virus, which has caused 56 confirmed deaths and almost 2,000 total infections in China, and spread to about a dozen countries, is believed to have originated in a market in the central city of Wuhan, where a range of wildlife was reportedly sold.

"For this new coronavirus we have not identified the source of the infection and we are not clear about the risk of its mutation and how it spreads". The city will assign 6,000 taxis to neighbourhoods to help people get around if they need to.

The minister declined to estimate how long it would take to bring the situation under control, but said travel restrictions and other strict measures should bring results "at the lowest cost and fastest speed".

"The emergency service was aware of his travel history and used full precautions", she said, noting he had spent time in Wuhan, the virus's epicentre.

The government also reported five cases in Hong Kong, two in Macao and three in Taiwan.

Professor Murphy said both NSW and Victorian health authorities were "working flat-out" to track down passengers who sat within two rows of the infected individuals.

Two cases have been diagnosed in the USA, one in Washington state and one in Chicago.

In an illustration of how such efforts could miss cases, doctors at a Paris hospital said two of the three Chinese nationals in France who have been diagnosed with the virus had arrived in the country without showing any symptoms.

In the US, two cases have been reported and health authorities are monitoring more than 60 people for potential infection.

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