China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises To 17, China To Shutdown Outbound Public Transport In Wuhan
CHINA CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL – In just about 24 hours, the death toll from the new China coronavirus has risen to 17.
Dozens more cases have also been confirmed by health authorities across China and some foreign countries. In lieu of this, China had ordered the shutdown of outbound public transport from Wuhan.
Authorities urged residents of Wuhan not to travel outside of the city unless absolutely necessary.
The city would begin its lockdown at 10 am local time. In addition, the number of confirmed cases has ballooned to at least 547 with eight new deaths connected to the virus in Hubei.
Following this, cases were also confirmed in the Chinese territory of Macao and Taiwan. Meanwhile, the United States had confirmed its first case of the virus.
Foreign countries like Japan, Thailand, and South Korea also had confirmed cases. Australia and the Philippines have also quarantined individuals suspected to have the virus.
According to an article from CNN, there have been a total of 555 confirmed cases worldwide since the outbreak began mid-December of last year.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) had yet to declare the virus as a “public health emergency of international concern”. This could merit a coordinated global response to containing the virus.
On Tuesday, Chinese authorities announced they would initiate Class A prevention control measures. This is used during major outbreaks like the plague and cholera.
With this, health officials are given powers to lock down affected areas and quarantine high-risk patients. China had previously used this measure to tackle the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.
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