The Strategist

Chinese coronavirus outbreak: "Extremely serious" situation

01/27/2020 - 10:19

Chinese coronavirus, which appeared in Wuhan, is becoming more dangerous. According to the authorities of the PRC, the disease is now easier to transmit from person to person. The new virus has killed more than 50 people, infected more than 2 thousand. The Chinese authorities have already called the situation “extremely serious”; doctors are waiting for more than a thousand new patients and complain about the lack of resources. Cases of infection have been reported in more than ten countries, where mass events are canceled and borders are closed due to the spread of the disease. Head of WHO said on Sunday that he was going to China in connection with the virus outbreak. The pope urged to pray for the victims.

“According to the latest clinical data, the virus’s ability to spread becomes somewhat stronger,” said Chinese Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei at a meeting with reporters on Sunday, January 26. According to him, the incubation period of the virus is from one day to two weeks.

Mr. Ma emphasized that, unlike SARS, which claimed 775 lives in 2002-2003, the new coronavirus is transmitted from person to person until visible symptoms appear.

In this regard, Ma Xiaowei promised that the country's authorities would expand measures to prevent the spread of the virus. Among them are restrictions on the movement of the population and the cancellation of major public events. Among the announced measures is a temporary nationwide ban on the sale of game in markets, restaurants and on Internet trading floors. It is the corpses of wild animals, which are often dumped together under unsanitary conditions in Chinese markets, that some researchers consider as a kind of incubator for new viruses. Crocodiles, peacocks, snakes and other animals are freely sold for consumption on Taobao, a large online trading site.

The highest level of emergency has already been declared In 25 Chinese provinces with a population of 1.2 billion people.

Several cities are closed to prevent the spread of the disease. The governor of Hubei Province (where Wuhan City is located), Wang Xiaodong, said he was "exhausted" and blamed himself for the spread of the disease, and also complained about a lack of medical supplies. The mayor of Wuhan, in turn, predicted an increase in the number of infected by another 1,000 people.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State announced plans to remove consulate workers in Wuhan. A limited number of private individuals will also be offered special flight options to San Francisco.

The effects of a coronavirus outbreak in China are felt throughout the region and around the world: Hong Kong authorities have barred all residents of Hubei Province from entering the city. Taiwan also closed the entrance to almost all travelers from the mainland, with the exception of special cases and businessmen entering for work. The work of part of the border points between China and Kazakhstan has been discontinued. In Paris, authorities were forced to cancel a festive procession in honor of the Chinese New Year. The governments of several countries, including Kazakhstan and Ukraine, announced creation of working groups to counteract the spread of coronavirus. World Health Organization Director-General is Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday that he was going to China in connection with the outbreak. Pope Francis urged to pray for the victims, their families and the entire Chinese people. Coronavirus cases have been reported in more than ten countries, including the United States, France and Australia, but there have been no deaths outside the PRC.