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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Six people die in Wuhan amid warning outbreak might spread and become a pandemic...

The World Health Organisation looks at declaring it an international health emergency as the number of cases increases rapidly.

Six people have died from a coronavirus outbreak in China as officials warned it is likely to spread in the coming days.

All the victims were in Wuhan, the capital of China's central Hubei province where the virus originated at its seafood market. The virus has been dubbed "Wuhan Virus" after the city.

Officials confirmed the new mystery virus, which has no cure, can spread between humans, and 15 medical staff in Wuhan have now been infected, prompting fears of a pandemic.

Concerns are growing as hundreds of millions of people in China are set to travel home, often from cities to the countryside, or travel abroad for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday which starts on Saturday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday to consider declaring an international health emergency, a move only used for the worst epidemics.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic warned: "More cases should be expected in other parts of China and possibly other countries in the coming days."

China's National Health Commission said 291 people have been infected in the country - mainly in Wuhan - since the virus emerged in mid-December, but reports are coming in all the time from different Chinese regions indicating the virus is spreading fast.

A study by Hong Kong University in collaboration with WHO estimated by Tuesday 1,343 people had been infected, along with 116 people in 20 other Chinese cities.

Thailand has also reported two cases, while South Korea, Japan and Taiwai have all reported one case, all people who had been to...

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  1. over 1450 confermed cases. 6 deaths. that means if you get sick with this illness, you have a 1/2 of 1% chance of it killing you.
    doesn't seem to be all that scary when you look at it that way.
    wonder what they are trying to scare us into supporting/doing this time.

  2. If the Chicoms say 'it may' be dam sure 'it is'.
    Does anyone else remember how a communst regime dealt with a nuclear power plant melting down?


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