Coronavirus toll hits 106; 4,275 confirmed cases

Coronavirus toll hits 106; 4,275 confirmed cases
Health workers disinfected a residence in Ruichang, China, a city in Jiangxi Province.
Beijing, Jan 28 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/28/2020 12:24:00 PM IST

Thousands of health personnel on Tuesday arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll due to the disease has increased to 106 in the Asian giant, with 4,275 confirmed cases.

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying. “Today, 13 more teams, more than 1800 medical staff will be arriving in Wuhan,” Jiao Yahui, deputy director in charge of medical affairs with the National Health Commission, told the media.

Jiao added that 4,130 medical personnel have arrived in the city since January 24.

The official said that some of these reinforcements will be sent to seven other cities in the province, which has been put into de facto quarantine to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Jiao added that more than 10,000 beds will “soon” be made available for patients, including those in two new hospitals that are being built in the city, one of which is expected to open on February 1 and the other within two weeks.

Most of the new cases and deaths were registered in the province of Hubei, who’s capital city is city Wuhan, where on Monday 892 new cases were detected and 22 deaths were confirmed.

Access to and from the city has been cut off since January 23 in order to contain the spread of the virus. According to local authorities, 9 million people remain within the city.

The rest of the deaths nationwide, according to CGTN, took place in the provinces of Hebei, Henan, Heilongjiang, Hainan as well as in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

At the moment, Tibet remains the only province that has not registered any cases.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Public Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai said on Tuesday that another six cases of coronavirus in Chinese nationals were in the country, bringing the total to 14 - the highest number of infections in a single nation outside of China.

Five of them are from the same family - between the ages of six and 60 - who arrived in Thailand from Hubei, while the other arrived from Chongqing. All patients twice tested positive for the virus and are pending official confirmation from an expert.

WHO assures all necessary help

Beijing, Jan 28 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Tuesday assured Beijing all necessary help to contain the coronavirus outbreak as he asked the global community to remain calm and not to overreact in the wake of the epidemic.
Ghebreyesus, who is visiting Beijing for talks with Chinese officials on the crisis, appreciated China’s efforts in curbing the spread of pneumonia.
During his meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ghebreyesus said the WHO and the international community speak highly of and fully affirm the decisive measures the Chinese government has taken, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
He said the WHO does not recommend the evacuation of nationals, and called on the international community to remain calm and not overreact. The WHO is confident in China’s epidemic prevention and control ability, he said. After the virus outbreak, China identified the pathogens in record time, shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus with the WHO and other nations, and carried out a series of effective measures to curb the spread of the virus, he said, adding that the power of China’s system and the effectiveness of its measures are “rarely seen in the world” and are “admirable.”
He said the WHO hopes to strengthen cooperation with China and is willing to provide all necessary help.

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