Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
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Coronavirus still an emergency for China, says World Health Organization chief

Coronavirus still an emergency for China, says World Health Organization chief

There were contradicting reports about the timing of when the Chinese tourist who died in France became ill and started to receive treatment. the tourist's illness. She arrived in France on January 16 and was quarantined at a hospital on January 25.

France has recorded 12 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 67,000. The professor at the Australian National University said the virus reached a staggering 8,000 cases within eight weeks, but it took SARS eight months to cause 8,000 cases.

Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpanah, head of Bichat's infectious diseases unit, said the man had visited two French hospitals but because he "didn't fulfill the definition" of someone at risk of having the virus, the hospitals decided it was unnecessary to test him.

The 80-year-old tourist died from a lung infection at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in northern Paris.

Europe has 46 cases of the virus that first emerged in central China in December. He later tested positive and was put in isolation at Bichat Hospital on January 28, Yazdanpanah said. The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.

It has since spread to more than 24 countries and prompted sweeping prevention measures from the Chinese government, including a lockdown of cities with a combined population of more than 60 million. Restaurants, cinemas and other businesses have been closed nationwide and sports and cultural events have been canceled to prevent crowds from gathering.

The coronavirus outbreak is still an emergency for China and it is impossible to tell where the epidemic will spread, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has said.

And in Europe, French authorities announced on Saturday the continent's first death related to the new virus.

Medical staff work in the negative-pressure isolation ward in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

He said the epidemic has presented a "severe challenge" to China's economy growth but said it was well positioned to rebound.

He said: "China has changed the way it has counted cases which has muddied the waters a little bit".

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