Written by: Chen Qianting
2020-01-20 17:10Last updated: 2020-01-20 17:10
Wuhan has not yet identified the source of the infection, but the total number of confirmed cases in the Mainland has reached 201. Thailand, Japan and South Korea have also recorded cases.
It is understood that a high-level expert group headed by Zhong Nanshan, director of the National Respiratory Diseases Clinical Medical Research Center, went to Wuhan yesterday (19th) to hear the prevention and control work of provinces and cities, and to understand the treatment of patients. The source pointed out that Yuan Guoyong, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, was also a member of the expert group. The National Health Committee and Hubei Province sent staff to accompany the expert team to inspect.
The Mainland authorities released the complete genetic map of the new coronavirus last week. New rapid tests can be used to find confirmed cases in various places including Hong Kong. The number of cases in Wuhan has increased sharply in the past two days, bringing the number of local cases to 198. In addition, two confirmed cases were recorded in Beijing and one confirmed case was recorded in Shenzhen. This is the first time a confirmed case has been recorded outside Hubei Province.
Professor Guo-Yuan Yuan, Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong. (Profile picture / Photo by Ou Jiale)
The Hong Kong Government sent a representative to the local government to participate in a study tour sponsored by the National Health and Medical Commission, and visited the hospital where the patient lived. "Hong Kong 01" obtained an internal document showing that the "National High-level Expert Group" led by "Sara ’s Hero" and director of the National Respiratory Diseases Clinical Medical Research Center, Zhong Nanshan, went to Wuhan yesterday (19th) to listen and review Local epidemic prevention and control work.
There are 5 members in the expert group, including Yuan Guoyong, Chair Professor of the Department of Microbiology, HKU, Li Lanjuan, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Diagnosis and Treatment, Gao Fu, Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Zeng Guang, Chief Scientist of Epidemiology of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Beijing Du Bin, director of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, Union Hospital.
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The expert group listened to provincial and municipal epidemic prevention and control work reports locally, went to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, which focused on treating patients with pneumonia, to understand the diagnosis and treatment, and also learned about the laboratory work at Wuhan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The expert team also visited the South China Seafood Market in Wuhan by car-related cases and held closed-door seminars locally. Yu Xuejun, deputy director of the National Health Committee, Yang Yunyan, deputy governor of Hubei Province, secretary of the party committee and director of the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee and others also accompanied the expert group on the inspection.
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