Coronavirus: WHO readies master plan to tackle rapid spread in China

Coronavirus: WHO readies master plan to tackle rapid spread in China

The WHO has been able to track down the source of transmission in all but eight of the 441 cases of the virus outside China, its head of emergencies Michael Ryan said.

The acceleration in cases was not necessarily an indicator of a surge in the illness known as COVID-19 because the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital of Wuhan changed the way it counted cases.

For the first time, China has disclosed the number of medical workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The biggest cluster of infections outside of China has been on a cruise liner quarantined in a Japanese port, with 218 people on board confirmed as infected and hospitalized.

A 15th case of the coronavirus in the United States was confirmed Thursday, as authorities reported a second death outside of China due to the outbreak.

On Friday, China reported a further 5,000 new cases and 121 new deaths.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said, the BBC reported on Thursday.

But in Geneva, World Health Organization officials warned Wednesday against reaching premature conclusions on the Chinese data.

"The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great and the risk of infection is high", Zeng Yixin, vice-minister of the commission, told a news conference.

"After they were admitted, they did gradually improve and eventually their symptoms resolved completely", said Leis, referring to the man.


Other cases of the coronavirus in the US were reported in Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington state, Wisconsin and MA, where a UMass Boston was diagnosed with the respiratory infection late last month.

Alex Sobel, MP for Leeds NW, said he is one of 250 people at the summit - attended by MPs and transport chiefs - who may have come into contact with the bug.

Outside China, there are 447 cases in 24 countries and two deaths.

The numbers in Hubei: The epicenter of the outbreak has now recorded 48,206 cases.

A bus departs from the dock where the Diamond Princess cruise ship sits under quarantine with its thousands of passengers and crew.

"I think we will find a vaccine", she said.

"What criteria are we going to use to turn them off?"

That number remains at 15, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released more detailed information Friday: Of the 443 people under investigation in the USA, 347 have tested negative and 81 others were awaiting their results.

"While 195 people were discharged from quarantine yesterday, more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine", the agency noted.

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