China Officially Reports That Number Of Cases Of Viral Pneumonia Is Now 291 With 6 Deaths
According to Chinese health authrorities, the number of people in China
infected by a new SARS
-like virus jumped to 291 on Tuesday.
Since the last 24 hours, there has been nearly 80 new confirmed cases of the virus
that has so far killed six
people, with over 900 still under medical observation, said the National Health Commission.
The recent confirmed cases are mostly in Hubei province where a seafood market in the capital city Wuhan
has been identified as the epicentre of the outbreak.
The official statement did not confirm if the new cases are in Wuhan
or other areas across the province.
The health commission said there are five confirmed cases in Beijing, 14 in the southern province of Guangdong and two in Shanghai.
The heath authorities added that there are over 50 suspected cases under observation in 14 other provinces and regions across China
, including the northeastern Jilin province, eastern Zhejiang and southern Hainan.
Meanwhile countries across Asia have ramped up measures to block the spread of the new virus
which can be transmitted between humans, raising fears of a massive outbreak during the upcoming major holiday travel rush.
According to WHO, cases are already been emerging in Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, etc.
A Chinese health official from Beijing who wished to remain anonymous told Thailand Medical
News that in reality there could be thousands of cases if not more as proper medical protocols were not in place since the beginning coupled with the lack of diagnostic kits in the initial stages and the heavy coverup and censorship by the government. Even death reporting across the country had not been properly put into place as in reality there could be far more deaths from the virus
that was actually reported.
International health experts are expecting the real magnitude of the health scenario to materialize about a forthnight to a month after the Chinese New Year and many are expecting that another pandemic is most likely.