Beijing has cancelled popular New Year public events at temples in the capital, the historic Forbidden City will close from Saturday, and Shanghai Disneyland said it also will shut down for an indefinite period from Saturday.
The Chinese city of Wuhan is rapidly building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat victims of a new coronavirus, mobilising machinery to get it ready by early next week, state media said. We encourage healthcare providers to stay vigilant when examining patients for symptoms and travel history and to contact their local health departments immediately if they see a potential case. Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province. The 32-year-old male patient, who had arrived from Wuhan, was treated at a hospital in Kathmandu and discharged, officials said. He died following a sudden cardiac arrest on January 23. Patients to date have typically experienced a mild cough for a week followed by shortness of breath, causing them to visit a hospital.
The Wuhan coronavirus, called the "2019 novel coronavirus" or 2019-nCoV, is part of a family of viruses known to circulate in animals and sometimes in humans. The first city to be locked down was Wuhan, but the woman in question seemed to have left before it was put in place, the BBC said. The market is closed for investigation.
According to the CDC, the agency is "conducting entry screening of passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan, China to five major airports: Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles, (LAX) New York city (JFK), and San Francisco (SFO)".
Both the USA cases returned to the country before the screening began. Over 10 cases were reported in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S., Singapore, France and Vietnam.
While speaking to an worldwide media outlet, WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organisation is still not declaring a public health emergency of worldwide concern as it is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. In response, Chinese authorities imposed a number of dramatic measures this week to control the outbreak, including banning travel out of cities most affected. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases. By Friday night, China has reported over 890 confirmed cases of infection and 26 deaths. Authorities in turn have been keen to pledge transparency.
On Friday, staff in full-body protective suits were seen checking the temperatures of people entering a subway station in Beijing.
The state broadcaster CCTV's annual Spring Festival Gala program, which attracted more than 1 billion viewers past year, paid tribute to the medical workers fighting the outbreak. "With the most transparent public information ... on the battlefront of the epidemic, we will definitely win". Nationwide, 29 provincial-level regions have reported confirmed cases. But they're really stressing that the risk to the public at this point remains very low. "We will probably have other cases". "And they will recover". She will not need additional care because she is no longer displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus, the BBC said of the embassy's report.