China locked down 18 cities around Wuhan City in Hubei Province, where the coronavirus epidemic started from. The virus already infected about 2,000 and killed 56 people in the country, according to recent reports.
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed this new virus outbreak in China as an emergency condition. The virus reached to 11 other nations as well. Those countries are – South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, and the USA. The health authorities, in a lot of American states, as well as different other countries, are assessing the potential crises. According to state media, Shanghai also reported its first death due to the spread of this new virus in the country.
The investigators from all over the globe are taking strict measures to counter a worldwide epidemic. Health experts also speculate that the transmission rate of this deadly disease will presumably grow because of numerous Chinese traveling overseas as well as at their hometown on the week-long Lunar New Year holidays.
How Did the Outbreak Start?
China first notified the WHO on December 31, 2019, about sudden pneumonia cases due to unexplained reasons in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. In this city, some patients reportedly were suffering from respiratory diseases since December 8, 2019.
So, in order to know the microbe causing the illness, Chinese public health officials conducted environmental evaluations at their wholesale market selling seafood, poultry, and wildlife.
The agricultural ministry, the markets watchdog, and forestry bureau declared in a mutual statement that due to the coronavirus outbreak, China banned regional wildlife trade in supermarkets, markets, e-commerce portals, and restaurants.
Coronavirus – Causes and Symptoms
Corona virus got its name from the spikes projecting from its membranes that are similar to the sun’s corona. The virus can affect animals and people alike. The incubation period of this ailment is still unknown. As per certain sources, it could vary from 10 to 14 days.
The infected person can show signs of various respiratory illnesses. The symptoms of this virus are fever, fatigue, shortness of breathing, and dry cough. The more critical cases can show signs such as severe acute respiratory tracts, pneumonia, and kidney failure. The diseases can even be fatal.
This specific virus is from the same class of coronaviruses like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Approximately 800 people died during a 2002 to 2003 SARS epidemic that also originated from China.
Safety Measures Imposed to Prevent Disease from Spreading
- China is taking serious steps to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. It forbade the raising, transporting, and even trading of all wild animal species until the national epidemic situation comes to an end.
- Both the trains and flights will not go out of Wuhan city. In fact, residents could not depart the city without a precise reason. This step is utterly to curb the spread of the fatal illness.
- Shantou in southern China in China is imposing different travel restrictions. Non-emergency vehicles like public transport, taxis, and ferries would not be allowed into the city, as per city officials. Additionally, every passenger deboarding at its railway station has to go through the virus screening process. If detected, the patient will be requested to return for the prevention and control of the epidemic.
- From Sunday, the north-central city of Xian, likewise, would halt all taxis, as well as intercity and long-distance bus services, to curb the issue.
- The northeastern city authorities of Tianjin announced that the long-distance bus services would also stop in the city from Monday.
- Disneyland and Ocean Park, renowned theme parks in Hong Kong popular theme parks, are shut down for preventing the coronavirus cases from accelerating.
- The US staff at its Wuhan consulate would move to the United States at the earliest, announced The US State Department. Hence, other US citizens from other China’s cities will get a restricted number of seats on a flight scheduled to depart on Tuesday.
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