The new virus, beginning in Wuhan, China, has confirmed the human-to-human transmission to four, while the virus is now spreading to other major cities in the country.
The 89-year-old victim of this new type of corona virus became an elderly man living in Wuhan, China.
There have been 200 reported cases of the virus in China, most of which occurred in Wuhan, while people in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen also complained of shortness of breath.
China’s National Health Commission confirmed Monday that two cases of the infection were caused by human-to-human transmission in Guangdong Province, China.
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In a separate statement, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said at least 15 medical workers in Wuhan were also affected by the virus, one of which is in critical condition. These patients are being kept separate during treatment.
South Korea also confirmed its first case on Monday, while two cases were reported in Thailand and one in Japan. The victims were recently returned from Wuhan.
The rapid rise of these cases has come at a time when millions of Chinese people are preparing to travel on New Year’s Eve.
Airline travel is being screened in Singapore and Hong Kong by passengers. Similar measures have been launched by the United States on Friday at three of its major airports – San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Australian authorities have also announced that they will begin screening travelers arriving from Wuhan to Sydney.
Scientists have told the BBC that the number of people infected with the virus in China is many times higher than what is officially reported.
British experts estimate that the number is closer to 1700, and according to the World Health Organization, China currently has 218 cases of the virus.
Who are the victims?
Authorities say the virus spread from China’s central city of Wuhan, which has a population of 10 million.
On Monday, it reported 136 new cases, compared to 62 in the city earlier.
As of Sunday evening, authorities said 170 people were undergoing treatment in hospitals, of which nine were in critical condition.
Remember that the scientists told the BBC that the number of people infected in China due to a strange virus is many times higher than what is officially reported. However, British experts estimate the number is closer to 1700.
In December last year, it was reported that two people were killed in respiratory disease in Wuhan, China.
Scientist Professor Neil Ferguson says he is more concerned about the outbreak than he was a week ago.
This research was carried out by the MRC Center for Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, London. The organization also offers suggestions to the World Health Organization including the UK.
Gabriel Leung, president of the Department of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, cautions against the virus during a press briefing:
Wash your hands frequently, do not rub your nose or mouth.
Be careful and wear a mask when you go out.
Avoid visiting crowded places.
If you have traveled to Wuhan, must make your medical examination.
Don’t hide from your doctor that you traveled to Wuhan.
What is this virus?
The samples of the virus were sent to the laboratory for testing where they were studied.
World Health Organization officials have come to the conclusion that it is a corona virus. There are many types of this virus, but there are six of them, and there are seven different types of the virus that infect humans.
They have a fever that causes severe respiratory problems. In 2002, the Corona virus killed 774 people in China and affected a total of 8098 people.
The genetic code for this new virus has shown that it is similar to Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).