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Newly-built hospital in Wuhan accepts patients infected with coronavirus

Newly-built hospital in Wuhan accepts patients infected with coronavirus”

A plane carrying Malaysians from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province where the illness has been concentrated, arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning, and the 133 people on board were to be screened and quarantined for 14 days, the maximum incubation period for the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending 250,000 coronavirus test kits to labs around the world as the number of cases from human-to-human transmission rises. There are about 150 confirmed cases in 23 other countries.

"We have a window of opportunity while 99 percent of the cases are in China", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told member states at the briefing.

Medical workers in Hong Kong are staging a second consecutive day of strikes Tuesday as the Chinese territory reports its first death from a coronavirus that has killed 425 people in mainland China.

Wuhan also plans to convert three existing venues, including a gymnasium and an exhibition center, into temporary hospitals to receive patients infected with the virus, the headquarters for the epidemic control said late Monday.

At least 10 people on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama have tested positive for the coronavirus, Japan's Health Minister said on Wednesday.

Passengers on the tram wear face masks in hopes to prevent contracting the spreading coronavirus in Hong Kong, Feb, 3, 2020. Wuhan alone had recorded over 6,380 cases and 313 deaths.

On Monday, Hong Kong's leader announced the closure of all but two land border crossings to mainland China in a bid to halt the spread.

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On Sunday the Philippines reported the death of a Chinese man who had come from Wuhan, the central city at the epicentre of China's health emergency.

But on Tuesday Hong Kong medics confirmed a 39-year-old man being treated for the virus had died.

He also reiterated his call for countries not to impose travel and trade restrictions because of the virus.

SARS is also believed to have originated in bats, although it jumped to civet cats before infecting people.

The Coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed almost 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

Patients are experiencing symptoms including fever, coughing, shortness of breath, confusion, and headaches.

The Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus in China is a novel strain and not seen before.



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