WHO chief praises China's virus fight, urges more from world
WHO chief praises China's virus fight, urges more from world
By Canadian Press
China reports major drop in new virus cases 143 new deaths Feb 15 2020
15 February, 2020, 23:08
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an global health emergency.
A total of 5,606 patients were receiving treatment in these hospitals now, Xinhua news agency quoted Wang Hesheng, deputy head of the NHC, as saying at a press conference in the provincial capital of Wuhan, also the epicentre of the outbreak.
The Philippines has lifted a travel ban that was imposed on visitors from Taiwan, and will evaluate other restrictions including those on Macau, government officials said on Friday.
More than 2,600 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in China, as people returning to Beijing from holidays were ordered to quarantine themselves for 14 days to try to contain its spread.
The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 66,492, according to a notice from China's National Health Commission.
Furthermore, he said, it will be important to review which type of information is needed so that the world can use this window of opportunity to prepare health systems and workers for possible outbreaks.
The death toll from the new coronavirus epidemic in China surged past 1,500 on Saturday after 139 more people died in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.
China has been struggling to get the world's second largest economy going after the lunar new year holiday, which was extended by 10 days to help contain the virus.
The virus that emerged in central China in December has infected more than 67,000 people globally and has killed at least 1,526 patients, the vast majority in China. "We don't know how much time".
An 80-year-old man in France has become the first person in Europe to die from the coronavirus.
Restaurants, cinemas and other businesses have been closed nationwide and sports and cultural events have been cancelled to prevent crowds from gathering.
Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said she learned Friday night about the death of the patient, a man who tested positive for the virus in late January and had been in intensive care at a Paris hospital equipped with isolation rooms. His daughter also fell ill but authorities say she is expected to recover. It said no one with symptoms would be allowed aboard the flight.
On Thursday, the number of new cases reported by authorities in Hubei spiked to 15,152.
Simultaneously, "it is necessary to increase use of police force and strengthen the visible use of police", Xi said, calling for a crackdown on behaviour that "disrupts social order" including hoarding medical supplies. Nine European nations have reported cases, with Germany having the most at 16.
The COVID-19 has posed a big threat to the medical staff in China as more than 1,700 Chinese health workers have been infected by the virus while treating the patients and six of them have died so far.
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Those six include the 50-year-old daughter of the deceased tourist and five Britons who became infected at a French ski resort. Three deaths from the virus have so far been recorded outside mainland China - in the Philippines , Hong Kong and Japan .
The 15 USA instances, unfold amongst seven states, largely contain vacationers who just lately returned from China. Two earlier USA cases were found among evacuees flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Southern California.
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Beijing has ordered anyone returning to the city to be quarantined for 14 days or risk punishment in a bid to contain coronavirus. The National Health Commission reported 143 new deaths on Saturday, with all but four in Hubei, raising the toll to 1,523.