Four Coronavirus Cases Confirmed In Australia As Officials Rush To Contact Travelers

Staff members monitor thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers who have just landed at the arrival terminal in Beijing Capital International Airport

Staff members monitor thermal scanners that detect temperatures of passengers who have just landed at the arrival terminal in Beijing Capital International Airport

Chinese President Xi Jinping called the outbreak a grave situation, and the government stepped up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, which remains on lockdown.

While China has called for transparency in managing the crisis, after cover-up of the 2002/2003 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), officials in Wuhan have come in for criticism over their handling of the outbreak.

Wang said authorities are now trying to get factories to resume production - most would have closed for the Lunar New Year holiday - and requisition factories that make the suits for export.

By January 24, the death toll in China stands at 26, with the government reporting more than 830 infections.

Cases have also been detected in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the United States and Vietnam.

Australia confirmed its first four cases on Saturday, Malaysia confirmed four and France reported Europe's first cases on Friday.

He added that it was likely the number of cases would continue to rise and confirmed that there have been 2,057 cases of coronavirus globally.

Snakes, peacocks, crocodiles and other species can also be found for sale via Taobao, an e-commerce website run by Alibaba.

The case was confirmed in a citizen of Wuhan who had arrived in Japan on 22 January on holidays, according to the NHK.

South Korea confirmed its third case, according to Yonhap news agency.

He also predicts that "infection will be established in other Chinese cities, and importations to other countries will be more frequent".

France's foreign ministry said it was working on "eventual options" to evacuate French citizens from Wuhan "who want to leave". On Saturday, the China Tourism Association announced a halt of all outbound tourist groups amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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That's because unlike with SARS, the coronavirus is infectious during its one-to-14-day incubation period, China's National Health Commissioner, Ma Xiaowei, said at a Sunday press conference, Reuters reported.

Beijing has made a decision to delay the start of classes after the Lunar New Year holiday ends, the official Beijing Daily reported on its website.

Underscoring fears that the virus could spread further, Beijing will suspend long-distance bus service entering and leaving the capital of 20 million people from Sunday due to "requirements of epidemic prevention and control", the official People's Daily newspaper reported.

The country's most important celebration has been all but canceled for at least 56 million people as authorities expanded travel bans across central Hubei province to try and contain the spread of the virus.

The outbreak has prompted widening curbs on movements within China, with Wuhan, a city of 11 million, on virtual lockdown, with transports links all-but severed except for emergency vehicles.

"The individual has now been transported to a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition". The city has said another hospital was expected to be completed February 3.

Medical workers have been among those infected and Wuhan media reported a doctor died of the virus on Saturday. The 62-year-old physician was hospitalized on January 18 and died a week later.

At a media briefing on Friday, Ontario's chief medical officer of health said that, unlike SARS, when China tried to hide the extent of the outbreak, hampering the global response, Canada is prepared in the likely event that the coronavirus comes to this country.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.

Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, lead to shortness of breath and some patients needing hospital treatment. It can develop into pneumonia, which can be fatal. Wild and often poached animals packed together in Chinese markets are blamed as incubators for viruses to evolve and jump the species barrier to humans.

More than 1,300 people have been infected globally with a virus traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife. Xinhua quoted centre official Xu Wenbo as saying the they had isolated the virus and were identifying seed strain.

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