- For the first time, Chinese authorities reported a death due to coronavirus in the capital, Beijing.
- The United States has since advised its people to avoid traveling to any region in China.
- The first case of coronavirus has been reported in Germany.
The number of deaths in China due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus has increased from 80 to 106. The number of those infected has increased by nearly 1300 new cases. The Chinese authorities made this announcement on Tuesday. This brings the number of people worldwide who have been infected by the deadly virus to atleast 4,515 as of 27 January, which is a sharp increase from atleast 2,835 a day earlier.
Pupils from schools and universities in the Asian country are staying at home for the time being. Because of the Chinese New Year, they are on holiday, and the Ministry of Education has not set a date when studies will resume. For the first time, the Chinese authorities also reported a death due to the coronavirus infection in the capital, Beijing. No deaths from the virus have been reported outside of China. All but six of the deaths so far were in the city of Wuhan.
The United States has since advised its people to avoid traveling to any region in China, at least for the time being. Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous region in China, is also not taking any chances. All museums, stadiums, libraries and schools in the region have since been closed for the time being.
South Korea is sending some planes to the Chinese city of Wuhan to evacuate its nationals in connection with the outbreak of the new coronavirus. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, there are hundreds of people who are to be taken back home. The repatriation plan was issued by Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun during an emergency meeting. China has already stopped public transport to and from Wuhan to prevent further spread of the virus.
Elsewhere, the first case of coronavirus has been reported in Germany. The victim is a man from Starnberg, in the southern state of Bavaria, about 30 kilometers southwest of Munich. According to the Infectious Diseases task force in Bavaria, the patient is in good condition. ”He is being medically monitored and isolated. Persons who were in close contact with the man are being informed about possible symptoms and hygiene measures. and ways in which the disease can be transmitted,” said a spokesman for the German Ministry of the Interior on Monday evening.
According to the State Department of Health and Food Safety, and the Robert Koch Institute, the risk of the virus spreading in the country is low. “Basically we are vigilant, we take things very seriously, but we are also well prepared,” said Jens Spahn, Minister of Health, to the local press. The infected patient is isolated and his health is stable.
Coronavirus is a respiratory virus and can cause diseases such as pneumonia or a cold. A deadly version of coronavirus was responsible for the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in China, known as SARS, which affected around 8,000 people and claimed 774 lives in the early 2000s.