As new virus spreads, Israel issues travel warning for Wuhan, China

China’s Virus Hit City of Wuhan to Get Goods Supplies Via 24/7 ‘Green Corridors’- Reports                REUTERS  China News Service

In its most recent update, the Department of Health said there are now "no confirmed cases in the United Kingdom or of United Kingdom citizens overseas, and the risk to the public is low".

BEIJING, Jan 25 (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping said China was facing a "grave situation" as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 42, overshadowing Lunar New Year celebrations that began on Saturday. The Hubei city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, is already under virtual lockdown, with severe restrictions on movement in place in several other Chinese cities.

Toronto Mayor John Tory stressed in a statement following news of the city's first coronavirus case that health officials have made it clear the risk continues to remain low.

It is not clear how lethal the new coronavirus is or even whether it is as risky as the ordinary flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the US alone. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late a year ago and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.

Israel's Health Ministry on Friday issued a travel warning for Wuhan, China and surrounding areas, following the death of 55 people in China and some 2,000 globally from a new virus.

While China has called for transparency in managing the crisis, after a cover-up of the 2002/2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) spread, officials in Wuhan have been criticised for their handling of the current outbreak. Because of this, and other protocol and procedures that Ontario has in effect, the case was quickly identified and protocols for protection of health care workers and the public was immediately enacted.

Chinese-ruled Hong Kong has six confirmed cases and said it would ban entry from Monday to people who have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days.

Airports around the world have stepped up screening of passengers from China, although some health officials and experts have questioned the effectiveness of such screenings.

The flight departs Wuhan on Tuesday for San Francisco, it said in an email to Americans in China, while warning of "extremely limited" capacity for private citizens.

Hubei's governor, Wang Xiaodong, said at a news conference on Sunday he felt "agonized" and responsible for the outbreak.

Checkpoints in Hubei province are preventing people from leaving, the airport has been closed, and numerous roads are blocked to all vehicles except those carrying patients or medical supplies.

In rare public dissent, a senior journalist at a Hubei newspaper run by the ruling Communist Party wrote on Friday on the Twitter-like Weibo social media platform that there should be an "immediate" change of leadership in Wuhan.

"He thinks one sentence of apology will be enough to solve the problem?"

The live coronavirus death toll count from the South China Morning Post reported 55 deaths from the virus in mainland China as of early Sunday morning.

"The transmissibility shows signs of increasing and the "walking source of infection" [where patients have few signs of disease] has made it hard to control and prevent the disease". The WHO released pamphlets to show that the best way to reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection is to clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

Image copyright EPA Image caption More people have been spotted wearing masks in London in recent days where many are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Two new cases were reported Sunday - one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County, Ariz. "If you feel unwell, go to the hospital in time", the message said.

Two people from the Chinese city - a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s - have been treated in hospital for fever.

The U.S. patients generally have been reported to be in good condition and were hospitalized in isolation for monitoring.

The US has confirmed two cases of the virus in patients who had recently entered the country from Wuhan.



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