In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Chinese government has extended the national new year holiday by three days.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday visited the province of Wuhan, Hubei’s capital, where the disease broke out. The death toll in Hubei increased from 56 to 76, with five other deaths reported elsewhere. In Shanghai, businesses have been redirected not to return to work until February 10.
The directive applies to all firms with an exemption of supermarkets, medical suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and utilities.
The World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus flew to Beijing. His visit will help discuss the outbreak and the most favorable solution.
Currently, there are 44 cases confirmed in other countries, including Australia, the United States, Thailand, with deaths only reported in China.
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China
Currently, there’s no permanent cure for coronavirus disease as it causes a severe infection in the respiratory system. Most reported deaths consist of elderly individuals.
So far, the National Health Commission (NHC) has reported 461 people in critical condition, 5,794 reported cases, 2,827 confirmed cases. The remaining 51 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital.
The present situation in China
Tianjin, Xian, Shanghai, and Beijing have stopped the movement of long-distance buses. Scaling of new year celebrations will hopefully help contain the spread of the disease. This move will see official institutions and schools remain closed for the rest of this week.
Residents in the province of Guangdong have created face masks to be used in public. Disney parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong will remain closed until further notice.
China’s National Health Commission reported that remote villages in the country were struggling to deal with the spread of disease.
A person can contract the disease in its incubation stages. Therefore, people must be careful. In human beings, the incubation period for the disease ranges from one to 14 days.
International reports on coronavirus
World Health Organization confirmed 14 cases of the disease outside China
- One in Nepal
- Two in Vietnam
- Three in Japan and France
- Four in South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore
- Five in Australia and the USA
- Eight cases in Thailand
The virus spread through illegal trading of wildlife at the Huanan seafood market in the province of Wuhan. Authorities have temporarily banned all wildlife selling in China.
Subways are disinfected daily in Beijing, with ticket machines and escalators disinfected three times a day. On the other hand, the city of Tianjin has advised drivers to clean taxis after carrying passengers.
WHO advises people to be extra careful about respiratory and hand hygiene. Primarily people must cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Also, they should use disinfectants on their hands.