The first case of coronavirus 2019-nCoV infection dates back to December 1 and the infected person had not been to the Wuhan fish market. This is what emerges from the reconstruction of the early stages of the epidemic published in the Lancet magazine and reported by Science magazine on its website. Of the first 41 cases examined by the Chinese research team led by Chaolin Huang, from the Jin Yin-tan hospital in Wuhan, 27 (66%) had been on the market since 10 December.
The official death toll from coronavirus rises to 80 deaths and over 2,300 confirmed cases of infection throughout China. Beijing has decided to extend the Chinese New Year holidays by three days until February 2, as part of government measures to combat the viral pneumonia epidemic. Initially the Chinese were due to return to work on Friday January 31, after seven public holidays which have resulted in hundreds of millions of trips across China.
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Premier Li Keqiang, "appointed by President Xi Jinping", is now in Wuhan , the epicenter of the epidemic. According to official media reports, Li, who heads a "high-level delegation", visited patients and doctors by listening and giving instructions on handling the emergency. "You are doing all you can to save lives and while you are doing it you have to protect yours," Li said to the staff of the Jinyintan hospital, wearing blue shirts and a mask to cover his nose and mouth.
The virus is not as powerful as Sars, but it is getting stronger and is causing new victims in China. Forcing the Beijing authorities to further restrictions, such as the ban on wildlife trade, from which the disease originated. Mongolia has closed its road borders with China due to the risk of spreading the new coronavirus. For the same reason, schools were closed.
The contagion, by the way, went all the way to Toronto. The flight attendant, hospitalized Saturday evening in Vienna, did not contract the coronavirus. In the meantime, however, a second suspect case is reported in the Austrian capital. It is a Chinese citizen who lives in Vienna and who has recently been on vacation in the area affected by the virus. The woman was hospitalized in isolation with flu symptoms.
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The genetic map of the 2019-nCoV Chinese virus indicates a 79.5% similarity with the Sars virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) which appeared between 2002 and 2003 and that both use the same weapon to attack the human respiratory system.
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