Passengers wearing masks can be seen everywhere in Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, China.
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According to the Queensland Department of Health, a man who recently returned from Wuhan, China to Brisbane, Australia is suspected of being infected with the deadly new coronavirus and is currently being tested.
The man arrived in Brisbane on January 1 this year and was isolated at home after showing symptoms of the disease.
The man may transit through Sydney after departing from China.
According to the authorities, people do not need to panic right now.
Queensland’s chief medical officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said the man had seen a general practitioner after developing symptoms.
"We discovered that a man who had visited Wuhan had a respiratory illness. We are currently following up on his condition."
"Now, he is recovering at home."
"We have conducted some tests on it and are currently waiting for the test results."
Medical staff at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital are treating patients with pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus.
She said that since the authorities need to obtain more medical information from China, the final test results may have to wait several days.
"At present, the only thing we can do is a routine test for coronavirus."
"We cannot perform a specific test for this specific virus, because we have not seen it before, so we must perform a specific test to determine that it is that specific virus."
"We haven't got the primer yet."
"The World Health Organization has announced [the gene sequencing primer for this virus]. China has previously provided details to the World Health Organization, so this primer is currently available."
"So we need to obtain gene sequencing primers developed for this particular coronavirus."
This new type of coronavirus can be transmitted through human-to-human contact, and there is no vaccine to deal with it.
Australian airports step up screening of passengers from China
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Australia has stepped up airport screenings for passengers from China. Earlier, Chinese authorities confirmed that a new strain of coronavirus, commonly known as the Wuhan novel pneumonia virus, has spread from person to person.This has triggered new concerns about the global epidemic.
China’s official Xinhua News Agency said that China’s National Health Commission stated that the virus that causes the new type of pneumonia has spread to other cities and some medical workers have been infected by patients.
This new type of pneumonia began in the central city of Wuhan and has now spread to other cities including the capital Beijing and Shanghai.5 new cases have been confirmed in Beijing and 14 have been confirmed in Guangdong Province.A new case was reported in Shanghai.
The number of cases has tripled and currently exceeds 220 cases, with three known deaths.
Thailand, South Korea, and Japan have all reported cases, involving people who have been to Wuhan.
Today, Australia’s chief medical officer stated that Australia’s risk is low, but warned that the disease has an incubation period of about one week during which symptoms will not be obvious.
Professor Brendan Murphy warned: "You cannot completely prevent diseases like this from entering this country."
"If this new type of pneumonia becomes more severe, it cannot be prevented from entering [Australia]".
As the Lunar New Year approaches, hundreds of millions of people have joined China's Spring Festival transport army, which has brought challenges to the control of the new coronavirus epidemic.
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He said that stricter inspection measures will be launched for the three flights arriving in Sydney from Wuhan every week.
These flights will now be handled by border security and biosecurity personnel and NSW health officials.
He said: "We are doing some detailed modeling to see if there are other flights from China with a high percentage of passengers from Wuhan, and we may also consider expanding this screening."
"But we have to analyze to find out where they are from, because there are 160 flights from China every week."
There is no vaccine to deal with this new virus. Chinese President Xi Jinping said that curbing the epidemic and saving lives are the top priorities.
"We must put the people's life safety and physical health first, and resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic," he was quoted by China's state-run TV station.
In addition to the difficulty of containing the virus, hundreds of millions of Chinese people will travel at home and abroad during the Lunar New Year that begins this week.
After the first case of pneumonia was discovered in Japan, pedestrians wore masks when walking in the Tokyo shopping district.
AP: Eugene Hoshiko
Many countries around the world have also strengthened screening of tourists from Wuhan, including the United States and many Asian countries.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, an epidemic infectious disease expert and director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity (Wellcome Trust), said people need to be vigilant.
"Wuhan is an important central hub city, and the Spring Festival Transport is an important part of the upcoming Chinese New Year. People's worries must be maintained at a high level," he said.
"This epidemic will have more impact."
This virus and severe acute respiratory syndrome (also known as SARS, or SARS) belong to the same coronavirus family. SARS caused nearly 2002 deaths worldwide during the outbreak of SARS from 2003 to 800.That time the epidemic also broke out from China.
Symptoms include fever and difficulty breathing, which are similar to many other respiratory diseases and make screening difficult.
The virus spread outside China
On January 1, passengers arriving at Tokyo's Narita or Haneda Airport from Wuhan, China, are required to undergo temperature testing upon arrival.
Last night to this morning, South Korea confirmed its first case. This is a 35-year-old Chinese citizen who left Wuhan and was called the fourth confirmed patient with Wuhan pneumonia outside China.
Thailand has reported two confirmed cases, both Chinese tourists from Wuhan.
Japan also confirmed a case in which a Japanese citizen fell ill after visiting Wuhan.
A report by the Global Infectious Disease Analysis Center of London Imperial College predicts that as of January 1, there may be 12 cases of related symptoms in Wuhan.Chinese health authorities did not directly comment on the report.
"This [new pneumonia virus] outbreak is very worrying. Uncertainty and [cognition] gaps still exist, but now it is clear that there is human-to-human transmission," Sir Jeremy said.
The World Health Organization said on Monday that "animal origin" seems most likely to be the main source of the epidemic, and some "limited human-to-human transmission" occurs between close contacts.
A computer program simulates the appearance of this new type of coronavirus.
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Due to the outbreak, the stock prices of Chinese pharmaceutical companies and mask manufacturers have soared.
"Who knows how many people who have been to Wuhan may not know they have been infected? A netizen on Chinese social media platform Weibo said.
Many of the first cases of coronavirus are related to a seafood market in Wuhan.Just after the authorities launched an investigation, the market has been closed.
The official newspaper "Global Times" said in an editorial that the government needs to disclose all information and not repeat the mistakes of SARS.
Chinese officials concealed the SARS epidemic for several weeks.Since then, the death toll has continued to increase, and various rumors have forced the authorities to disclose the true epidemic.
The editorial also wrote: "China has taken a big step forward from 2003 in terms of medicine, social affairs management, and public opinion."
"[Hiding the incident] will eventually cause a catastrophic blow to the credibility of the government, and it may also trigger a doubled social panic."
In Wuhan, a person in a white bio-protective suit treated a patient in a hospital.
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