Published: Sun, January 26, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Wuhan coronavirus: NSW investigates four possible cases

Wuhan coronavirus: NSW investigates four possible cases

The ministry said it expected more imported cases because of high travel volume from China, where the virus has killed 25 people and infected more than 800, according to Reuters.

Some experts believe the virus is not as unsafe as the one that caused the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which also began in China and killed almost 800 people, or the one that caused Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed more than 700 people since 2012.

Singapore has confirmed two more cases of a new strain of coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

The municipality authorities of Wuhan, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated, said Friday that the city is building a new 1,000-bed hospital, expected to be completed by February 3. Anyone who suspects they have been exposed to the virus should immediately seek medical treatment if they start having trouble breathing, develop a fever, or have issues with coughing. Preliminary research suggested it crossed to humans from snakes.China has advised people to avoid crowds and 10 cities in the central province of Hubei, where Wuhan is located, have suspended some transport, the Hubei Daily reported.

Wuhan shut down public transport to prevent further spread of the fatal virus. Almost all flights at Wuhan's airport had been cancelled.

The outbreak has prompted authorities in at least eight Chinese cities to impose travel restrictions and cancel public events to curb the spread.

Across China, a slew of cancellations and closures dampened the usual liveliness of Lunar New Year.

"This year we have a very scary Chinese New Year". All flights, long-route buses and trains have been banned from traveling outside of the city; soldiers have been deployed to physically stop travel outside of the city.

The city of 11 million people, and neighbouring Huanggang, a city of seven million, were in virtual lockdown. "All these festivities for the Lunar New Year have been cancelled, including things like temple fairs, which are gatherings where sometimes hundreds of thousands of people gather in parks near temples to eat, get together and watch dragon dances".

"Here at the University of Edinburgh we have more than 2,000 students from China and they are always coming and going back to China so we are relatively sure we will have cases in the United Kingdom from travelers coming back from China", he added.

Travelers from China are being screened at several airports across the world in the wake of a deadly viral outbreak.

"In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our guests and Casts, Shanghai Disney Resort is temporarily closing Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown", it said on its website.

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