GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY DECLARED, Pandemic Kills 213, Infected 9698, Critical 1864 Under Observation 247,820, New Cases In Singapore, Taiwan, And Korea
The World Health Organization
) has declared a Global Health Emergency
status with regards to the China coronavirus epidemic
, with implications very shortly that massive restrictions concerning air travel and public travel worldwide will be put into place along with numerous border closings. Airlines, hotels and other aspects of the tourism industry along with the event and seminar industries are expected to take massive losses. The declaration by WHO will also have numerous economic implications for China, not only now but in the near future. There are even more stringent measures being taken by countries like Russia, US, Europe etc that will be announced within the next 2 weeks as the virus pandemic does not seem to be slowing down but rather escalating at a very rapid phase with many governments concealing data to prevent panic and economic issues in their own countries.
The situation in Hubei is now getting out of control with more thousands more manifesting symptoms but lack diagnosis and even basic treatment or access to medical services due to overflows at hospitals and lack of medical supplies.
The 2019-nCoV coronavirus
is spreading rapidly with many other provinces in China
now becoming just like Hubei including cities like Chongqing, Henan, Hunan , Zhejiang and Shanghai. Typical scenes include empty roads, closed shops and mall, lack of food at supermarkets, lack of medical supplies and overflowing hospitals.
The death toll in China is now 213, with the number confirmed as being infected with the new coronavirus after having diagnostic test at 9698, another 1864 patients are in severe critical conditions and are manifesting end symptoms of the disease such as ARDS (acute respiratory diseases syndrome), sepsis and organ failure. Almost a quarter million patients all over China ie 247,820 are showing symptoms but have yet to get diagnostic test done while a few are awaiting test results. It must be noted that test kits are still scarce at the moment as production by the 4 licensed companies in China cannot keep up with the demand.
Meanwhile Singapore has reported another 3 more case, bring the total to 13
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed three more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus
in Singapore, bringing the total number of cases here to 13. In a press release on Thursday (Jan 30), the MOH said that the three new confirmed cases are all Chinese nationals from Wuhan who had travelled to Singapore
Taiwan's ninth case of China coronavirus
was reported on Thursday (Jan. 30) in what appears to be a case of a carrier who passed it on to his spouse.
At a press conference on Thursday, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that a Taiwanese woman whose husband works in Wuhan has been diagnosed with the 2019 novel
). The man was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms when he arrived in Taiwan on Jan. 12, but his wife began presenting serious symptoms on Monday (Jan. 27), causing her to seek medical attention and then admittance into a hospital the following day.
Chen said that at first, the man was experiencing a cough and runny nose but that he did not have a fever, which precluded him from requiring treatment at the time. As he believed he simply had a minor cold, he did not notify authorities.
However, after his wife developed symptoms of the disease, she sought medical treatment and on Thursday (Jan. 30) officially tested positive for the disease. The case is determined to be a household transmission, and officials will begin to monitor 10 friends and relatives with whom the couple came in contact over the past two weeks for signs of the disease.
South Korea on Thursday reported the first local case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly coronavirus
that has killed 213 people in China
and spread to more than a dozen countries.
The announcement comes as international airlines are either suspending or paring back services in and out of China
in a bid to halt the virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea confirmed two more cases Thursday, bringing the total six.
The sixth confirmed patient, a 56-year-old South Korean man, was diagnosed after being "in contact with the third patient" in the South, it said. He was quarantined at a hospital in Seoul.
However at press time, another case was announced in South Korea on Friday morning bringing the toll to now 7.
Apart from China
, human-to-human transmission has also been reported in Japan, Germany and Taiwan.
5 minutes ago, Japan announces three more cases bring its toll to 11
The number of global coronavirus infected cases stands as :Thailand (14 cases), Singapore (13 cases), Hong Kong (11 cases), Japan (11 cases), Taiwan (9 cases), Malaysia (8 cases), Australia (7 cases), Macau (7 cases), South Korea (7 cases), United States (5 cases), France (5 cases), UAE (4 cases), Germany (4 cases), Canada (3 cases), Vietnam (2 cases), Nepal (1 case), Mexico (1 case) Africa-Cote d’Ivoire (1case), Africa –Zambia (1 case) Sri Lanka (1 case), Ukraine (1 case), Finland (1 case), Philippines (1 case), India-Kerala (I case)
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