Coronavirus: Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees

Workers wearing protective suits disinfect a commercial complex in Beijing following an outbreak of the coronavirusImage copyright Reuters
Image caption More than 63,000 individuals in China have been contaminated with the coronavirus

Beijing has ordered everybody returning to town to enter quarantine for 14 days or threat punishment within the newest try and comprise the lethal new coronavirus, state media report.

Residents had been informed to “self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine” after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays.

The measure got here as Egypt confirmed the primary coronavirus case in Africa.

Over 1,300 individuals have died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan metropolis.

The discover on Friday from Beijing’s virus prevention working group was issued as residents returned from spending the Lunar New Year in different components of China.

The vacation was prolonged this yr to assist comprise the outbreak.

More than 20 million individuals dwell in Beijing.

In China alone, greater than 63,000 individuals have been contaminated with the virus, and 1,381 have died.

Outside mainland China, there have been greater than 500 instances in 24 international locations, and three deaths: one every in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.

A World Health Organization (WHO)-led mission to China will begin its outbreak investigation work this weekend, specializing in how the virus – formally named Covid-19 – is spreading and its severity, director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned.

The mission, together with worldwide specialists, will even have a look at how and when greater than 1,700 well being employees contracted the virus.

The staff consists of 12 worldwide members and their 12 Chinese counterparts.

“Particular attention will be paid to understanding transmission of the virus, the severity of disease and the impact of ongoing response measures,” mentioned Dr Mike Ryan, govt director of the WHO well being emergencies programme.

What is the primary case in Africa?

Egypt’s well being ministry on Friday confirmed the primary case of the coronavirus in Africa.

The ministry described the individual as a foreigner, however didn’t disclose the nationality.

It mentioned it had notified the WHO, and the affected person had been positioned in isolation in a hospital.

Experts had earlier warned that it will not be lengthy earlier than the primary case was confirmed in Africa, given its more and more shut ties to China.

What is the scenario with Chinese medical employees?

Chinese officers say six well being employees have died.

Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China’s National Health Commission, mentioned 1,102 medical employees had been contaminated in Wuhan and one other 400 in different components of Hubei province.

“The duties of medical workers at the front are indeed extremely heavy; their working and resting circumstances are limited, the psychological pressures are great, and the risk of infection is high,” Mr Zeng mentioned, as quoted by Reuters information company.

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Media captionMedics in Wuhan resort to shaving their heads in a bid to stop cross-infection of the coronavirus

Local authorities have struggled to offer protecting gear comparable to respiratory masks, goggles and protecting fits in hospitals within the space.

On 7 February, the plight of medical employees was highlighted by the dying of Li Wenliang, a physician at Wuhan Central Hospital who had tried to concern the primary warning concerning the virus on 30 December.

He had despatched out a warning to fellow medics however police informed him to cease “making false comments”.

A wave of anger and grief flooded Chinese social media website Weibo when information of Dr Li’s dying broke.

What are the opposite developments?

  • In the UK, well being officers contacted a whole bunch of people that attended a convention in London, after it emerged that certainly one of them was recognized with coronavirus
  • China mentioned it will stagger the return of kids to high school – a number of provinces have closed faculties till the tip of February
  • In Vietnam, which borders China, 1000’s of individuals in villages near the capital, Hanoi, have been put below quarantine after a number of instances had been found. Vietnam has now confirmed not less than 16 instances
  • The Red Cross has known as for sanctions aid for North Korea, which might enable the help company to switch funds to purchase gear. Testing kits and protecting clothes are urgently wanted to arrange for a potential outbreak, it says

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