6 Dead, Over 300 Infected as China Confirms New SARS-Like Virus Spreading Fast
A new, SARS-like virus in China has claimed at least six lives and infected more than 300 people as of Tuesday, January 21, 2020. It was also confirmed that the infection can spread between humans and that the virus has been reported beyond the country.
Zhong Nanshan, head of the team set up by China’s National Health Commission to investigate the virus, confirmed that at least two cases had been spread from human to human, adding that medical staff had also been infected.
On Tuesday, officials in central China’s Wuhan– where the coronavirus was first detected– announced a series of new preventive measures, including the cancelation of upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations which is expected to be attended by thousands of people.
Tour agencies have also been prohibited from taking groups out of Wuhan. Moreover, the number of thermal monitors and screening areas in public will be increased.
Traffic authorities will conduct spot checks as well on private vehicles arriving and leaving the city, to search for live animals, after the virus was associated with seafood and live animal market.
These new measures came after President Xi Jinping ordered to do “resolute efforts to curb the spread” of the virus on Monday, January 20.
However, there are fears that the efforts were too late as hundreds of millions of Chinese are expected to begin traveling across the country and overseas for the annual Lunar New Year.