Coronavirus: Russia Closes Border with China, Virus Spreads to India and Philippines

  • Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that, so far, there were no cases of coronavirus infection in Russia.
  • Earlier this week, Russia stopped receiving tourists originating from China and asked it’s citizens not to undertake trips to China "that are not absolutely necessary."
  • India and the Philippines also confirmed their very first cases of the coronavirus infections this morning.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has announced that the country will close its 4,300 kilometer border with China for fear of the spread of the new coronavirus to the country. “The corresponding order was signed today, and it started being implemented. We will properly inform everyone of the measures linked to the closure of the border in the Far East region, as well as other measures by the government [to prevent the spread of the coronavirus],” Mishustin said.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus causing the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. The first suspected cases were officially reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.

The prime minister added that, so far, there were no cases of coronavirus infection in Russia. Earlier this week, Russia stopped receiving tourists originating from China and asked its citizens not to undertake trips to China “that are not absolutely necessary.”

Coronavirus Death Toll in China now at 170

Elsewhere in China, the number of deaths from the new coronavirus has risen sharply to 170 reported cases. In other countries, more than 60 cases of people infected by the virus have so far been confirmed. The World Health Organization warns that the entire world must be ready to tackle the spread of the deadly virus.

Some 1,700 new cases of infection were detected in China, 1,032 of which were registered in Hubei. That brings the total number of sick people in the country to 7,678. The number of people suspected of carrying the virus is estimated at more than 12,000. Infections have since been detected in every province in China. The authorities also reported the first coronavirus infection in Tibet today.

In India and the Philippines Too

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

India and the Philippines also confirmed their very first cases of the coronavirus infections this morning. In both countries, one patient was admitted to hospital with the coronavirus.

In India, the virus was detected in a student who returned from Wuhan, the Chinese city that is the epicenter of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The Indian Ministry of Health has said that the patient is in a stable condition, but in isolation in a hospital in Kerala.

The sick person in the Philippines is also from Wuhan. She is a 38-year-old Chinese woman. She is currently recovering in a hospital and is improving. She no longer shows any symptoms.

Variable Incubation Period

The incubation period of the new virus lasts an average of 5.2 days, but varies greatly from patient to patient, according to research by the Chinese health authorities.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first symptoms appear between two to ten days after the infection. They include, amongst others, a fever, a cough, shortness of breath and even acute breathlessness. The WHO requires all countries of the world to be prepared to detect, isolate and treat cases of the deadly coronavirus.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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