China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reported
SEE ALSO :Chinese pump Sh100m into projectsThe new virus is from the same large family of coronaviruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China. Although experts say the new virus does not appear to be as lethal as SARS, there is little known about its origins and how easily it can spread. Thailand and Japan have confirmed cases of the virus, all involving people who have traveled from Wuhan. A report published by the London Imperial College’s MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis said there are likely “substantially more cases” of the new coronavirus than currently announced by Wuhan authorities: its base scenario estimate is that there would be 1,723 cases showing onset of related symptoms by Jan. 12. Chinese health authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
SEE ALSO :President Uhuru’s 2019 State visitsThe 17 new patients began exhibiting symptoms such as a fever or cough before Jan.13, the statement in Wuhan said. The new confirmed cases come from testing done on Jan. 16 and 17, according to Huang Chaolin, the chief physician at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital. The news of the latest coronavirus outbreak was trending on Weibo, a microblogging platform in China, on Sunday morning. Weibo regularly filters content that is deemed sensitive. There has been local-level censorship of news about the outbreak, however. Two individuals told Reuters they were ordered by police to remove social media posts. Many on social media shared the news and called on others to be careful, as travel is increasing during the lead up to the new year.
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