Xi Jinping calls coronavirus situation 'grave' as death tolls hits 42

The Chinese military has deployed hundreds of medics to Wuhan the epicentre of the viral outbreak

Hong Kong has declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China, while Australia confirmed its first four cases on Saturday.

This comes as several dozen suspected cases have been reported in the United States on Friday, according to the CDC. At least 1,326 cases have been reported in a number of provinces, 729 in Hubei alone.

"We are closely watching the situation in Canada and globally, and are meeting regularly with our counterparts across the country to make sure we are prepared if cases arise in B.C.", the pair said.

The full range of consular services, such as visa applications, are still available at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and U.S. Consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang, the spokesman said. The patient is in isolation at a hospital and in good condition. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

The coronavirus now has a whistleblower- a nurse in Wuhan that firmly insists in a shocking online video that near to 90,000 individuals in China have the illness, much more than the 1,975 reported by authorities.

A travel ban was implemented by the Chinese regime to contain the virus, affecting some 50 million people in Wuhan and nearby cities in Hebei Province.

On January 16, Japan's health ministry reports a confirmed case of a man who had also visited the city.

The city is placed under effective quarantine on January 23 as air and rail departures are suspended.

The virus has continued to spread across China despite the drastic travel restrictions and people wearing face masks
The virus has continued to spread across China despite the drastic travel restrictions and people wearing face masks

With people rushing to buy face masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus, China's central government has asked manufacturers to interrupt their Lunar New Year holiday to resume production.

President Xi Jinping: the country is facing a "grave situation" the virus is "accelerating its spread".

Wuhan City is considered as ground zero of the outbreak.

Officials in Toronto say the case was confirmed by a test there, but the illness would be officially confirmed once the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases in Winnipeg completes its own testing.

Dr Chant said some cases could have been caught sooner by Global Positioning System and urged doctors treating those with coronavirus-like symptoms to contact NSW Health. The patient is the second resident of Hong Kong confirmed as having the infection, out of a total of six cases detected in the city so far. DPH is advising healthcare providers statewide to be alert for patients who have traveled form Wuhan, China and present with fever and respiratory symptoms.

Illustrating the extend of disruption to life in China, overall passenger travel declined by almost 29% on Saturday, the first day of the Lunar New Year, from a year earlier, with air passengers down almost 42%, a transportation ministry official said.

Chinese authorities on Friday said they would create a makeshift hospital designed to have an area of 25,000 square meters with 1,000 beds is expected to be completed and put into use before February 3.


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