Coronavirus: China is not honest, suggests an American official, as Beijing expands “war” measures | World news

Chinese authorities expanded “wartime” measures to combat coronavirus when the United States called on Beijing to be more transparent than the outbreak.

Coronavirus victims reached nearly 1,400, with over 5,000 new cases reported on Friday, dampening the optimism that the virus will soon be contained.

At a meeting of senior executives in Beijing that spearheaded the government’s response to the crisis, officials demanded that other areas “take the same quarantine and bailout measures as Wuhan,” which has been blocked for more than two weeks, including centralization and patient quarantine.

The meeting, held on Thursday and chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, invited Wuhan to “speed up” the classification and quarantine of residents suspected or confirmed to have contracted the virus.

It came when a senior White House official called on Beijing to be more open.

“We are a little disappointed that we have not been invited and we are a little disappointed by the lack of transparency from the Chinese,” Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council told reporters.

Kudlow said that President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept US help, but “they will not leave us.”

“I don’t know what their reasons are. I know that apparently more and more people are suffering over there,” he said. “Is the Politburo really honest with us?” He asked, referring to the highest leadership body of communist China.

In Huanggang, one of the hardest hit areas outside Wuhan with over 2,000 cases and at least 59 dead, the authorities issued emergency measures for 14 days, “completely sealing” all residential areas and banning vehicles, except for those emergency, medical or official purposes.

Checkpoints will be established and public security systems will be deployed to implement the measures. The local district committee organizes necessary supplies to residents. “All residents should not enter or leave their communities without authorization,” said the notice.

In Dawu County, in central Hubei, which is home to over 600,000 people, officials also issued an emergency notice on Thursday afternoon that residential areas and buildings would be sealed and vehicles banned. Those who violate the rules “will be detained under wartime rules.” “In extraordinary times, extraordinary actions are needed,” said the warning.

What is the virus that causes Wuhan disease?

It is a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it comes from animals. Many of those initially infected worked or were often purchased in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the center of the Chinese city.

What other coronaviruses have there been?

New and problematic viruses usually come from animal hosts. Ebola and flu are other examples: severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and middle eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers) are both caused by coronaviruses that come from animals.

What are the symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus?

The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are accused of coughing, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there may be organ failure. Since it is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are unnecessary. The antiviral drugs we have against the flu won’t work. If people are hospitalized, they can get support for their lungs and other organs and fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who died were already in poor health.

Is the virus transmitted from one person to another?

The Chinese National Health Commission has confirmed the human-to-human transmission and there have been transmissions elsewhere. As of February 12, there are 45,182 confirmed cases and 1,115 deaths. There are cases in 28 other countries outside of China, with deaths recorded in one case in Hong Kong and one case in the Philippines. The overall number of people who contracted the virus may be much higher, as people with mild symptoms may not have been detected.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK doubled from four to eight after four other people in Brighton were diagnosed with the infection over the weekend.

One of the other four confirmed cases is being treated at HCID at Royal Free hospital in North London, and the two Chinese citizens who tested positive for York’s Coronavirus are being treated at the Newcastle HCID center.

Why is it worse than normal flu and how worried are experts?

We do not yet know how dangerous the new coronavirus is and we will not know it until other data is entered. The mortality rate is around 2%. However, this is likely to be overrated as many more people were probably infected with the virus but didn’t have symptoms severe enough to be hospitalized, and therefore were not counted. For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate of less than 1% and is expected to cause around 400,000 deaths globally each year. Sars had a mortality rate above 10%.

Should I go to the doctor if I have a cough?

Unless you have recently traveled to China or been in contact with someone infected with the virus, you should normally treat the symptoms of cough or cold. The NHS advises people to call 111 instead of visiting the family doctor’s intervention as there is a risk that they can infect others.

Is it a pandemic and should we panic?

Health experts are starting to say it could become a pandemic, but at the moment it is not up to what WHO would consider such. A pandemic, in terms of the WHO, is “the worldwide spread of a disease”. Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in about 25 countries outside of China, but not all 195 in the WHO list.

No need to panic. The spread of the virus outside of China is worrying but not unexpected. WHO has stated that the epidemic is a public health emergency of international concern and says there is a “window of opportunity” to stop the spread of the disease. The key issues are how transmissible this new coronavirus is among people and what percentage falls seriously ill and ends up in hospital. Often viruses that spread easily tend to have a milder impact.

Sarah Boseley Health editor is Hannah Devlin

In the Zhangwan District of Shiyan City, the authorities imposed similar restrictions and claimed that public security would help implement the measures. Gucheng County and Yunmeng County also implemented the same measures over a 14-day period.

As the country tries to slowly return to work in an attempt to keep the economy going, many areas remain paralyzed by the virus. In Shanghai, residents face increasingly stringent quarantine measures. A village has banned all cars and residents outside, a measure also adopted in many residential complexes in Beijing.

Michael Smith
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I was placed in a domestic quarantine for 14 days after my return to Shanghai. For my neighbors, only 1 person per family is allowed once a day. Some renters are denied access to their homes. This is an increasingly closed city. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/UMEmbTa8PN


February 14, 2020

Officials said that “peak” will not be seen on return trips after the Lunar New Year holidays this year and that all parts of the country should “continue protection and control measures”. Containing the virus in Wuhan, where the virus emerged in December, is still of “utmost importance” for achieving “economic and social development” this year, officials said.

The number of coronavirus deaths in China was reviewed on Friday 1380, after a huge peak on Thursday. The National Health Commission removed 108 deaths after discovering “duplicate statistics” in Hubei province, which was hit hard, according to its daily update, without giving further details.

Outside of China, one person died in Japan from the virus on Thursday night. The Japanese health ministry said an 80-year-old woman living in Kanagawa prefecture, west of Tokyo, has died. She had been moved from hospital to hospital as her condition deteriorated and she was confirmed to have coronavirus only after her death.
His death brings the death toll outside the mainland to three. The government said it would step up testing and containment efforts.

Meanwhile, the U.S. state department has expressed deep concern about North Korea’s vulnerability to the outbreak. The statement comes as North Korea struggles to strengthen quarantine and preventative measures.

North Korea has not yet reported a case of the new virus, but state media reports have suggested that an uncertain number of people have been quarantined after showing symptoms. Experts say an epidemic in North Korea could be terrible because of its chronic lack of medical supplies and poor health infrastructure.

Passengers on a cruise ship who spent two weeks at sea after being pushed back by five countries for fear of coronavirus began landing in Cambodia on Friday.

The MS Westerdam, which carried 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members, is docked Thursday in the Cambodian port city of Sihanoukville. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they got off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.

Additional reports by Pei Wu Lin

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