10 countries have confirmed cases of new coronavirus
People in more than 10 countries, mostly in Asia, have been diagnosed with the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China. new strain of coronavirus is spreading around the world after originating at a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
In China, 81 people have died with 2,744 cases recorded. as the country steps up its response to the crisis by restricting movements and closing tourist sites.
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Cases have also been confirmed in Europe, North America and several Asian countries, stoking fears of a global pandemic during the Lunar New Year, China’s peak travel season.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that the respiratory illness is an emergency in China but said last week that it was too early to declare it a public health emergency of international concern.
Here are the countries that have so far confirmed cases of the new coronavirus:
Australia has confirmed five cases of the virus. The most recent was a 21-year-old woman who was on the last flight out of Wuhan to Sydney before China imposed a travel ban.
The other cases have been detected in a man who arrived in Melbourne from China a week ago.
And three men in Sydney who had recently arrived from China had tested positive for the disease and were in isolation in local hospitals.
Cambodia confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country on January 27.
Health Minister Mam Bunheng said the patient was a Chinese national in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, he said.
As of January 27, 2,744 people had been confirmed infected across China, most of them in and around Wuhan.
Eighty-one people have died, nearly all in the Hubei province, but officials have confirmed four deaths elsewhere, including one in Shanghai.
The city of Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed five cases.
In Hong Kong, six people are known to have the disease, with more than 380 suspected cases reported.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam later declared the outbreak an “emergency” – the city’s highest warning tier – and said all official celebrations of the Lunar New Year would be cancelled.
There are three known cases of the coronavirus in France, the first European country to be affected.
A 48-year-old man is in hospital in Bordeaux. He had recently travelled to Wuhan and returned to France via the Netherlands.
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Two others have been hospitalised in Paris, one of whom is a relative of one of the other infected patients in France.
All three had recently travelled to China and had now been placed in isolation.
France’s health minister has said it is likely that there will be more cases and that authorities are surveying all the people that the patients have come into contact with after arriving in France.
On January 26, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, citing the health ministry, said a fourth case had been confirmed in a resident of Wuhan in his 40s who was visiting Japan for a holiday.
Japan’s health authorities confirmed a third case on January 25. The country’s health ministry said a woman in her 30s who lives in Wuhan had contracted the virus.
The country’s first case was reported by the health ministry last week: a man who had visited Wuhan and was hospitalised on January 10, four days after his return to Japan.
Local media said the second patient was a man in his 40s who was originally from Wuhan and on a trip to Japan.
Malaysia confirmed four cases on January 25. All were Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore two days earlier.
The most recently confirmed was a 40-year-old man who was being treated in hospital.
A 66-year-old woman and two boys, aged two and 11, were in a stable condition and being kept in an isolation ward at a public hospital, Malaysia’s health minister said.
They are all relatives of a man who was found to be infected in Singapore.
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Nepal said a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had tested positive for the deadly disease.
The patient, who was initially quarantined, recovered and was discharged. The government said that surveillance has been increased at the airport “and suspicious patients entering Nepal are being monitored”.
Singapore has announced four cases, all are individuals who arrived from Wuhan over the last week.
South Korea confirmed its fourth case of the virus on January 27.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control (KCDC) said a 55-year-old South Korean man had returned from Wuhan on January 20 and tested positive for the virus.
KCDC said a day earlier that a 54-year-old South Korean resident of Wuhan who arrived