The case count and death toll from a new coronavirus in China continued to climb Wednesday (Jan. 22) as officials stepped up efforts to control the spread of the virus. Federal officials on Tuesday detailed the first USA case: that of a man in his 30s who recently returned to Washington state from Wuhan and is being held in isolation at a hospital north of Seattle.
They said the province has confirmed 444 cases there. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, and wear a mask when you're in public, say public health experts.
The suspension includes local buses, ferries, long-distance buses and subways.
The state-owned People's Daily newspaper said in a tweet that no one would be allowed to leave the city starting at 10 a.m. and that train stations and the airport will shut down.
Dr. Peter Horby, a professor of emerging infectious diseases at Oxford University, said there were three criteria for such a determination: the outbreak must be an extraordinary event, there must be a risk of global spread and a globally coordinated response is required.
Currently, there are no direct flights from Cairo to Wuhan, but there are several between the Egyptian and Chinese capitals.
United States authorities last week announced similar measures at airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles and NY. The Chinese New Year falls on January 25, 2020, and the festivities continue until February 8.
Passengers are facing screening measures at five U.S. airports and a host of transport hubs across Asia.
Here's a look at the preventative measures adopted in some of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The hospitalized man had no symptoms when he arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma airport last week, but he started feeling ill. They have now announced plans to introduce similar measures at airports in Chicago and Atlanta this week.
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Late last week, USA health officials began screening passengers from Wuhan in central China, where the outbreak began.
Thailand has always been a favorite destination for Chinese nationals - the country tops the list of source markets for worldwide arrivals in the country.
The virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, has infected at least 295 people and spread to Thailand, Japan, and South Korea since it was first identified on 31 December 2019, according to Chinese state media outlet CGTN. That's up from around 300 cases and six deaths reported just yesterday (Jan. 21).
Today an emergency committee convened in Geneva to discuss whether or not the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China should be declared a "public health emergency of global concern".
Dozens of people have been isolated in the city's hospitals after arriving from Wuhan with flu-like symptoms, but only one case of nCoV had been confirmed as of Wednesday.
The most recent was a woman who had travelled to Wuhan and contracted pneumonia.
The Chinese government said Wednesday that it is sharing information regularly and working closely with the World Health Organization, which has a team on the ground in Wuhan to assist in virus response. The semi-autonomous city is a popular destination for Chinese nationals. It spread from Wuhan around China to highly-populated areas like Beijing, Shanghai, Macau and, more recently, Hong Kong.
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"You can not absolutely prevent entry into the country of a disease like this". No cases have been reported in Canada.
"We have not banned tourism groups from Wuhan but we are not encouraging them", Ao Ieong said. The WHO has, however, recommended simple precautions that can help in the prevention of the infection.