Source: Arabic.Net – Agencies
It also showed that the authorities are also examining 1072 cases, which are suspected to be part of the epidemic that has appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
In addition, China expanded its unprecedented massive closings, to include about 25 million people Friday, to try to contain the deadly virus. At least eight cities – Wuhan, Yizhou, Huanggang, Chibi, Qianjiang, Jinjiang, Jingmen and Qiantao – all closed in central China’s Hubei Province, where the disease is concentrated.
Wuhan, which has the majority of cases, also announced that it would build a private hospital with a capacity of about 1000 beds similar to the facility built by Beijing during the SARS epidemic. The hospital will be built on an area of 25,000 square meters and will be completed on February 3, according to the municipal authorities.
An international emergency
The World Health Organization has announced that it is “too early” to consider the emerging corona virus that has emerged in China and has begun to spread to the world as a “public health emergency on an international scale.”
“One of you is not wrong, it is an emergency in China, but it is not yet a global health emergency. It may become so,” said WHO Director-General Tidros Adhanum Gebresus, at a press conference in Geneva. He added that, as of today, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China.
“We know that there is a human-to-human transmission in China, but it appears that so far it is only restricted to family groups and health care workers caring for infected patients. There is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside of China, but as such,” he said. This does not mean that this will not happen. ”
Quarantine on Wuhan
China has taken extreme measures to combat the emerging coronavirus, which has begun to circulate in the world, as it initially imposed a quarantine only on Wuhan, the source of the epidemic, as well as two neighboring cities, as of Thursday.
The disease, which is a strain of the SARS virus (acute respiratory syndrome), has reached several Asian countries and even the United States, where some infections have been recorded.
It is mentioned that the epidemic is a new type of corona virus, a strain that includes a large number of viruses that may lead to diseases such as the common cold, but also to other more serious diseases such as SARS.
It is also noteworthy that the WHO does not declare a global emergency except in rare epidemiological situations that require a firm international response, such as the swine flu “H1N1” in 2009, the “Zika” virus in 2016, and Ebola, which swept a part of West Africa between 2014 and 2016 and the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo 2018.