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Macao confirms 2nd novel coronavirus case

File photo: Macaus city view. (Photo: Xinhua)MACAO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The second case of novel coronavirus has been reported in Macaos hospital, the special administrative region (SAR)s health service announced on Thursday morning.A 66-year-old man traveling from Wuhan of central China was sent to Centro Hospitalar Conde de Sao Januario Wednesday afternoon, after the health authorities in the Border Gate checkpoint found he had a fever, with his body temperature reaching 38.7 degrees centigrade.He was tested positive with novel coronavirus in the hospital and has been quarantined for medical treatment. His four family members traveling with him have also been quarantined for medical observation.

Hong Kong confirms 1st case of novel coronavirus pneumonia

Pedestrians don surgical masks to guard themselves against the Wuhan pneumonia in Hong Kong, Jan 8, 2020.(File photo: China Daily)HONG KONG, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Thursday confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Hong Kong, following two highly-suspected cases reported on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Video reveals battles against new coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan hospital

Reporters from Wevideo, a Chinese short video platform, ventured into Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University on Wednesday to report on Chinese doctors’ relentless battles against new viral pneumonia.(Screenshots: Wevideo)A patient from the city of Huanggang said he thought that he had a cold in the early stages of being infected with the Wuhan virus. A couple of days later, his symptoms started to deteriorate so he went to the hospital and a CT scan found a shadow on his lung. He was later confirmed as a new coronavirus-related pneumonia patient.He told Wevideo that he was in a coma when he was taken to hospital. He remembers his son asked him not to die so that he would not miss his sons wedding ceremony. The patient said, "I barely had any sleep in two days because I was afraid I would never wake up again."During a visit to the new pneumonia isolation ward at Zhongnan Hospital, Wevideo noticed that the hospital had provided food - a box of rice and four dishes - for patients. The nurse told patients while delivering meals from one ward to another, "From now on, it’s not necessary for your family members to bring meals. Your meals are provided by the government."The isolation gowns for medical workers are made of thin, light material. Some medical staff have been wearing their gowns for 12 hours without drinking anything or going to the restroom.During the interview, mist appeared on the mask of a medical worker with water dripping from it. The paramedics said it was the most relaxing moment when the mask was finally removed, because it meant that they could breathe fresh air.

China reports 571 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia

File photoChinese health authorities announced Thursday that 571 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 25 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Wednesday.A total of 393 suspected cases have been reported, according to the National Health Commission (NHC).The pneumonia situation had resulted in 17 deaths, all in central Chinas Hubei Province. The deaths reported from the disease were aged between 48 and 89, according to the commission.A total of 5,897 close contacts have been traced, the commission said, adding that among them, 4,928 are under medical observation while 969 others have been discharged.Based on the current knowledge, the incubation period of the virus, the interval between infection to onset of symptoms, can be as long as about 14 days, according to a prevention and control plan released Wednesday by the NHC.Here are tips from the World Health Organization and Chinas National Health Commission to keep you safe from the coronavirus:- Wear masks outdoors. Make sure to wear it properly by tightening up the nose clip and pulling the bottom of it over your chin so that your nose and mouth are both covered.- Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or flexed elbow.- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs. No unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.- Wash your hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, wash them with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.- Maintain good ventilation in public places.- Strengthen your immune system and exercise regularly.- Seek prompt medical help if you have symptoms of fever and respiratory infection.

Mobility, urbanization amplify coronavirus epidemic risk in China

Pharmacies in Wuhan are restricting customers to buying one mask at a time amid high demand and worries over an outbreak of a new coronavirus. (Photo:AP)It was a tough decision for He Qi, a Wuhan native, employed at an internet company in Beijing, to cancel her Spring Festival reunion dinner plans with her family.Behind her canceled travel plan is the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus – 2019-nCoV – in the city of 11 million people, spreading at an alarming rate.The virus has infected more than 450 people, claiming nine lives in the country since the first case was reported on December 31.The outbreak is happening at a time when millions in the country are traveling back home and overseas for the Spring Festival, making it the biggest annual migration in the world.Such large scale mobility has added wings to the new virus to transcend national and international borders. But travelers like He are cautious. "My parents advised me not to go over. But I will wait and see over the Lunar New Year, depending on how the situation develops, I might still go back."As He hopes that the outbreak might be controlled, the infection has spread to other cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Cases have also been reported from Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the US, leading to a global health scare.Urbanization, globalization and a festive season exacerbate virus riskA major transport hub, Wuhan has more than 41 international and regional air routes, directly linking major Asian, European and US cities.Such high mobility makes it easier for the new virus to spread to new areas. In the case of the new strain of coronavirus, Wuhan health authorities said human-to-human transmission is making it difficult to contain the outbreak.Urbanization has increased the population density and connectivity of people, which increases the speed at which new infections are spread, said a 2017 research published ...

Chinese military enthusiasts expect new warplanes in 2020

Chinas most advanced fighter jet, J-20, performs at the Chinese Air Forces "open day" event in Changchun, Northeast Chinas Jilin Province. (Photo: IC)Chinese military enthusiasts online are eagerly expecting new, homemade warplanes to debut in 2020, naming the next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet and the carrier-based early warning aircraft as their top wishes.They also hope to see domestically developed aero engines finally equipped on J-20 stealth fighter jets.The internet users appetite was whetted by a statement from the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) last week, in which the countrys main warplane developer announced the company would develop nine types of aircraft, conduct maiden flights for four types of aircraft, and receive a production permit for one type of aircraft in 2020.While the development plan may not be revealed to the public immediately, the maiden flights are more concrete, as the military channel of news portal Sina held a vote on its social media platform Weibo, asking military enthusiasts online which type of aircraft they would like to see.As of Wednesday, 42 percent of more than 4,000 votes went to the next-generation aircraft carrier-based fighter jet, 28 percent the carrier-based early warning aircraft and 23 percent the twin-seat variant J-20 fighter jet.While the new aircraft AVIC mentioned could include both military and civilian aircraft, Chinas military aviation equipment will definitely continue to see new progress in 2020, a military expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Wednesday.China needs to develop a stealth-capable carrier-based fighter jet to form a complete set with the countrys future aircraft carrier, air defense expert Fu Qianshao told the Global Times in a previous interview, noting details on the aircraft remain rumors.A replica of Chinas carrier-based early warning aircraft was spotted years ago. This type of ...

Wuhan temporarily shuts down local transportation to curb virus

People are seen wearing masks at Beijing Railway Station on Jan 21, 2020. (Photo: China Daily)The local government of Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus, announced that all public transportation in the city -- local buses, long-distanced buses, subway and ferry -- will be temporarily closed starting at 10am on Thursday.All flights and trains scheduled to depart from Wuhan also will be temporarily canceled to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus, the government said.Residents in Wuhan were suggested not to leave the city if there is no particular reason, according to the announcement.

China makes efforts against cross-region, cross-border spread of coronavirus

A doctor measures a mans body temperature in Wuhan, Central Chinas Hubei Province, during community activities to help prevent and control the new pneumonia. (Photo: China News Service)China has launched a string of measures and strengthened international cooperation and information sharing to lower the risk of cross-region and cross-border spreading of the new coronavirus, national health authority said on Wednesday.Ever since the coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, the Chinese side has been adhering to an open, transparent and highly responsible attitude toward the world health security, and taken the initiative to promptly share relevant information with WHO and countries and regions such as Russian and Chinas Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, Li Bin, deputy head of the National Health Commission (NHC), said at a press conference Wednesday in Beijing.As of Monday, relevant pieces of information have been disseminated 15 times.So far, four meetings have been convened between Chinese experts and representatives of the WHO. Chinese health authorities have also invited WHO experts to visit Wuhan and conduct an on-site probe on the disease, in order to deepen understanding and enhance cooperation to deal with the epidemic, Li noted.The NHC is also continuing close exchanges with global counterpart agencies, including the ones in the US, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, as well as their embassies in China, to share disease-related information and verify information on suspected and confirmed cases.The NHC also provided Hong Kong and Macao regions with free diagnosis toolkits, besides inviting experts from the regions to call on medical facilities in Wuhan in a bid to share details of the disease.In Wuhan, the city from which the virus stemmed, body temperature screening devices have been deployed in the airport, train stations and long-distance bus stations in order to monitor people leaving Wuhan, Li said.Some 15 temperature screeners have been installed ...

China to ensure mask supply for pneumonia prevention: MIIT

(Photo: Sohu)BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- China has launched emergency coordination of mask production to meet the growing demand for masks due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spread, said the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).Under a working mechanism of major infectious diseases control, the ministry is working with local authorities to coordinate local mask manufacturers to speed up production in all provincial regions.Meanwhile, the MIIT urged local departments to investigate emergency supplies for the purpose of epidemic prevention and control, in order to ensure the production and supply.The ministry had also started the work of ensuring production and supply of medicine inventory and materials needed for disease prevention and control since Monday.

Taobao bans vendors from hiking mask prices

File photoHANGZHOU, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Vendors should not hike prices of masks, according to Alibabas shopping site Taobao.Taobao sent the message to all vendors on the online marketplace via a notice on Wednesday. The company said it has launched official subsidies to make sure consumers will be able to purchase masks at reasonable prices.Both Taobao and Tmall marketplaces have sufficient masks. Delivery services will continue during the Spring Festival, according to Taobao.New coronavirus-related pneumonia cases have created buying craze for masks in China.The Chinese city Wuhan has taken a string of measures to tighten the control and monitoring of outbound travelers in an effort to curb the spread of new coronavirus-related pneumonia.

Wuhan suspends operations related to terrestrial wildlife

File photoWUHAN, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Wuhan, capital of central Chinas Hubei Province, suspended all operations related to terrestrial wildlife in the city from Wednesday to tackle the ongoing pneumonia epidemic.Wuhan has called for a strengthened crackdown on illegal acts of poaching, raising, transporting and selling wildlife and related products in the city, according to the municipal bureau of gardening and forestry.The city has also stopped issuing administrative permits related to wildlife, and required institutions and individuals who have obtained such permits to suspend operations.Relevant public institutions such as the local zoo, a local forest park and a bird park have been closed to the public. Relevant activities have also been suspended.

Wuhan starts screening roads to contain virus

File photo: AFPCentral Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday started screening its key roadways in an all-out effort to curb the spread of a contagious pneumonia that has killed 17 people.All vehicles and people that intend to move in or out of the city by roadare subject to the screening procedures to control the epidemic.The outbound travelers are required to go through a body temperature test. If found with fever, travelers will be transferred to designated clinics for further medical checks. Animals are also the target of scrutiny. The city has banned the transportation and sale of wild animals. The pneumonia, a result of a new type of coronavirus, was started from a local seafood market which also sold wild animals.Respiratory system specialists warn the coronavirus can be transmitted between people and is able to mutate. Wuhan Mayor Zhou Xianwang has appealed people to reduce traveling in and out of the city to curb the spread of the disease.

All people in public places in Wuhan required to wear masks

A medical worker takes a passengers body temperature at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, capital of central Chinas Hubei Province, Jan. 22, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)The Wuhan government has required all people in public places such as hotels, restaurants, cinemas, parks, shopping centers and on public tranportation to wear masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to an announcement made on Wednesday night.

444 infected, 17 deaths from novel coronavirus pneumonia reported in Hubei

444 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were confirmed in Central China’s Hubei province, resulting in 17 deaths, as of 8 pm Wednesday, local officials announced at a news conference.(Photo: Peoples Daily app/Xiao Luxin)69 new cases in Hubei, including 62 from the capital city Wuhan, were confirmed on Wednesday by 8 pm, with 8 new deaths.Among the confirmed cases, 399 patients are receiving treatment in hospitals, with 71 in severe condition and 24 in critical condition, said Yang Yunyan, deputy governor of the province, at a press conference.A total of 2,556 close contacts had been placed under medical observation, with 863 people released.(Photo: Peoples Daily app/Fan Haotian)In response to the outbreak, Wuhan has imposed travel restrictions that will allow local authorities to screen all the vehicles and passengers in and out of the city, as well as a requirement for all citizens to wear masks in the public.(Compiled by Han Xiaomeng; with input from Xinhua)

Macao beefs up prevention measures after reporting 1st novel coronavirus case

File photoMACAO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government has taken a wide range of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Macao, after reporting the first case of the pandemic earlier on Wednesday.The Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center of Macao SAR government held a meeting on Wednesday to review the latest development of the viral pneumonia, and measures taken in Macao to prevent local spread of the illness.The SAR governments Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U, who is also the centers vice chairperson, gave more details about the prevention measures, such as temperature screening at all boundary checkpoints and health declaration of inbound travelers upon arrival in Macao.Temperature checks have also been imposed at the entrances of all government buildings, she added.In accordance with the Law on the Prevention, Control and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, an executive order would be issued later to ask all employees at casinos to wear a face mask to protect the health of casino workers and visitors, said the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Paulo Martins Chan.Chan added that the fever-detection equipment has been installed at casino resorts.Other measures include suspension of tour visits between Macao and Wuhan, daily cleaning and disinfection of bus stations, taxi stations and street markets.The SARs Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng on Wednesday met with Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory expert and head of a high-level expert team of Chinas National Health Commission.Ho said the SAR government has paid high attention to the situation of the novel coronavirus epidemic and he hoped to listen to experts for suggestions of preventive measures in future.Zhong said Macao is a densely populated region with many casinos and hotels. During the upcoming festival, many tourists will travel between Macao and Guangdong Province. He suggeste...

Central gov't extends condolences over death of HK customs officers

Photo: CCTV Asia PacificBEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- A spokesperson for the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Chinas State Council Wednesday expressed condolences over the death of three on-duty customs officers in Hong Kong.Xu Luying also extended sincere sympathies to the families of the deceased as well as the injured personnel.A patrol vessel of the Hong Kong Customs sank while on duty in the waters near Sha Chau around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Xu said.Three customs officers died in the accident, while the other two on the vessel were injured, Xu said.The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

China offers fiscal support for treating novel coronavirus-caused pneumonia

BEIJING, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) - Chinese authorities have decided to offer financial support for treating patients with pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).A doctor measures a mans body temperature in Wuhan, Central Chinas Hubei Province, during community activities to help prevent and control the new pneumonia. (Photo: China News Service)Medical care for such patients must not be compromised due to payment issues, according to a notice released by the Ministry of Finance and the National Healthcare Security Administration.Financial support will be offered to patients after payments by medical insurance and assistance programs, while those who are treated outside of their place of residence will not be limited by existing reimbursement policies.Expenses from medicines and medical services needed for treating the pneumonia will be temporarily covered by medical insurance funds.Medical insurance departments will pay for expenses incurred in the treatment of the disease in advance to lessen financial pressures on hospitals, the notice said.

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