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Coronavirus outbreak in China: Centre issues travel advisory

NEW DELHI/BEIJING, JAN 17 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/17/2020 12:00:58 PM IST

China confirms second death

The government has issued a travel advisory asking citizens to follow certain precautionary measures while visiting China in the wake of the outbreak of Coronaviruses (CoV) there. China on Friday has confirmed a second death due to a new type of coronavirus in Wuhan city. The advisory issued by the Union health ministry stated that even though the mode of transmission of the novel coronavirus is unclear as of now, those visiting China are advised to avoid travel to farms, live animal markets or where animals are slaughtered, and refrain from consuming “raw or undercooked meat”.

It suggested avoiding close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness, such as cough, runny nose among others. The travellers are advised to wear a mask if they have symptoms of respiratory problem.

It also stated that as on January 11, as many as 41 confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have been reported so far.

“Only travel-related cases have been reported (one each) in Thailand and Japan. The clinical signs and symptoms are mainly fever with a few patients having difficulty in breathing. The mode of transmission is unclear as of now...,” the advisory read.

WHO Thursday stated that not enough is known about the coronavirus to draw definitive conclusions about how it is transmitted, clinical features of disease, or the extent to which it has spread. It urged all countries to be prepared to tackle the spread of the virus. 

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the Union Health Ministry has instructed screening of travellers from the neighbouring country at Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata airports using thermal scanners. 

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan took a stock of public health preparedness in the country on Friday. State governments have also been advised on the necessary precaution to be taken on the issue. 

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