China coronavirus: Number of cases jumps as virus spreads to new cities

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authorities have reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days
marking the first time that the infection has been confirmed in the
country outside of Wuhan City the new cases were identified in the cities of
Wuhan Beijing and Shenzhen South Korea also reported its first
confirmed case of the virus on Monday following Thailand in Japan the total
number of confirmed cases now exceeds 203 have died from the respiratory
illness health officials have identified the infection which first appeared in
Wuhan in December as being a strain of coronavirus they say it has led to an
outbreak of viral pneumonia but much about it remains unknown
experts in the UK told the BBC the number of people infected could still be
far greater than official figures suggest with estimates closer to 1700
China has promised to step up monitoring efforts during this week’s Lunar New
Year celebrations when millions of people will travel to be with their
families who has been infected authorities in the central Chinese city
of Wuhan said 136 new cases had been confirmed over the weekend and a third
person there died from the virus in total the city alone has confirmed
almost 200 cases of the corona virus as of late Sunday
officials said 170 people in Wuhan were still being treated in hospital
including nine in critical condition health officials in Beijing’s daq Singh
district said two people who had traveled to Wuhan were treated for
pneumonia linked to the virus in Shenzhen officials said a 66 year old
man showed symptoms of the virus following a trip to visit relatives in
Wuhan the virus has also spread abroad two cases have been confirmed in
Thailand and one in Japan all of them involving people from Wuhan
ER who had visited the city South Korea reported its first confirmed case of the
mystery illness on Monday the Korea Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said a 35 year old woman was suffering from a fever and
respiratory problems after travelling to the country from Wuhan she was put into
isolation and treated at a local hospital they said what have health
officials said China’s National Health Commission on Sunday said the virus was
still preventable and controllable while warning that close monitoring was needed
given that the source transmission and mutation methods were unknown they said
there had been no cases of the virus spreading from one person to another but
that it had instead crossed the species barrier and come from infected animals
at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan the w-h-o said an animal source
seems the most likely source of the virus but that there was some limited
human to human transmission occurring between close contacts as more cases are
identified and more analysis undertaken we will get a clearer picture of disease
severity and transmission patterns it wrote on Twitter it noted that the rise
in cases in China was a result of increased searching and testing for the
virus among people sick with respiratory illness people could reduce the risk of
catching the corona virus by taking measures such as avoiding unprotected
contact with live animals thoroughly cooking meat and eggs and avoid in close
contact with anyone with colds or flu-like symptoms it said what exactly
is this virus viral samples have been taken from patients and analyzed in the
laboratory with officials in China and the w-h-o concluding that the infection
is a corona virus corona viruses are a broad family of viruses but only six the
new one would make it seven are known to infect people at the mild end they cause
the common cold but severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS is a corona
virus that killed seven hundred seventy four of the eight thousand ninety eight
people infected in an outbreak that started in China in 2002 analysis of the
genetic code of the new virus shows it is more closely related to SARS than any
other human coronavirus

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