Archive | Contagious Alert RSS for this section

Coronavirus Update: France declares three infections #coronavirus #france #europe #emergency

Coronavirus Alert

The number of people killed in China by the virus rises to 26 and the number of confirmed global cases stands at more than 850.

The new strain of coronavirus has reached Europe after France confirmed three cases.

A 48-year-old man is being treated in a Bordeaux hospital in the southwest of the country after testing positive.

He had passed through the Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – before arriving in France on Wednesday.

Two other people are in hospital in Paris. They also travelled to China and are believed to belong to the same family.

Health minister Agnes Buzyn said France has developed a test doctors can use to quickly diagnose patients and this was one reason why it was the first European nation to confirm cases.

Ms Buzyn predicted there would probably be more positive tests in her country.

It comes as the United States announced a second case after a woman was found to have contracted the strain.

She is in her 60s and is being treated in a Chicago hospital where she is reportedly doing well. She had travelled to Wuhan in December before flying home to Illinois.

China announced today it is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in just six days to treat victims of the virus.

Work has started on the structure in Wuhan in the style of a facility Beijing constructed during the SARS epidemic 17 years ago.

Machinery including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers arrived at the site on Thursday night, with the aim of the hospital being operational by 3 February.

Courtesy of Sky News

Deadly Coronavirus Confirmed in France #coronavirus #france #europe

Coronavirus Alert

CORONAVIRUS has reached Europe as France declared its first two cases of the deadly virus as it continues to spread across the globe.

Coronavirus, first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has now reached Europe as France confirm two cases. The first is being treated in the southwestern city of Bordeaux while the second has been hospitalised in Paris. French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said during a press conference these were the first two cases in Europe and added it was likely other cases would arise in the country.

It comes as the United States confirmed a second case of the virus, after a woman in Chicago, Illinois, was found to have contracted it.

The woman in her 60s is being treated in hospital and is understood to be doing well.

She had returned from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, on January 13 and began experiencing symptoms a few days after arriving home.

She was then admitted to hospital and placed in isolation, health officials said.

At least 26 people have died in China as hundreds more have been made ill by the killer virus.

Cases have also been confirmed South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

China is currently in lockdown in a desperate attempt to curb the spread of the virus, with authorities shutting part of the Great Wall and suspending public transport in 10 cities.

Meanwhile people in the UK face ongoing tests for coronavirus as the Chief Medical Officer for England said there is a “fair chance” Britain will see cases emerge.

On Friday afternoon the UK Government announced 14 suspected cases had proven negative, but further people were still to be tested.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Witty, said: “I am working closely with the other UK chief medical officers.

“We all agree that the risk to the UK public remains low, but there may well be cases in the UK at some stage.

“We have tried and tested measures in place to respond. The UK is well-prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases.”

COBRA meeting earlier today about the government’s response to the virus should it be confirmed in Britain.

Upon emerging from the meeting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told media the clinical advice was that the risk to the public remains low.

Courtesy of

Fourteen people in UK tested for coronavirus #coronavirus #uk

Coronavirus Alert

Fourteen people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus with five confirmed negative and nine still waiting for results, Public Health England has said.

It is believed to include five people who have undergone tests for the virus in Scotland but none have been confirmed as having the disease, the country’s government said.

Two of those being tested had been diagnosed with influenza after travelling to Wuhan, China – where the outbreak is thought to have originated – while the three other people were “undergoing testing on a similar precautionary basis”.

“The risk to the Scottish public remains low,” a Scottish government spokesman said.

“The current advice is against all but essential travel to Wuhan.”

Sky News understands one person has also been treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Belfast for symptoms associated with coronavirus.

The patient is being looked at as a precautionary measure.

The outbreak has so far killed 18 people and infected more than 600 worldwide.

Professor Jurgen Haas, head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said he believes there will be many more potential cases in other cities in the UK.

He said: “The situation will be pretty similar in pretty much all UK cities with a large number of Chinese students.

“It’s not too surprising. My suspicious is that there will probably be many more cases in many other cities in the UK.”

Professor Haas said there is only one laboratory testing for the virus, operated by Public Health England (PHE).

He added that the cases have been flagged through the PHE infection guidelines as they travelled to Wuhan within the last 14 days and are showing signs of respiratory symptoms.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the NHS is “ready to respond appropriately” to any cases of coronavirus that emerge in the UK.

He told the Commons on Thursday that while “there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country, we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them”.

Courtesy of Sky News

Coronavirus latest: Fifth suspected case feared in UK as patient rushed to hospital #coronavirus #china #wuhan #uk

Coronavirus Alert

A MAN has been rushed to hospital in the UK after becoming the fifth patient suspected to have contracted the killer Chinese coronavirus.

The man, who is yet to be identified, displayed signs of the virus when he flew home to Belfast, Northern Ireland, from Wuhan, China. He has high temperature and was put into isolation initially by members of the public upon landing back in the UK. Four others in Ireland and Scotland have since shown signs of the deadly virus that has killed 17 people in China.

Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency said in a statement that medics are “keeping abreast of the changing situation around the Wuhan novel Coronavirus, and is liaising with partners across the UK including Public Health England and our local Health Trusts on this issue”.

It comes as the deadly virus is rapidly sweeping across China, infecting more than 630, and has spread to other Asian countries and the US.

Three Chinese cities – Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou – have been put on lockdown and massive Lunar New Year celebrations in the capital have been cancelled as authorities dash to contain the mysterious pneumonia-like virus.

Panic has quickly set in among residents of Wuhan, the city where coronavirus was first detected, after authorities ordered a halt to public transport and gatherings.

Cases of the flu-like virus have been confirmed in Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan and the United States.

Today, Chinese state television reported the official number of those infected had reached 634.

British officials are monitoring inbound flights from China as a precautionary measure and Health Secretary Matt Hancock has reassured Britons.

He is consulting England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty.

Yesterday, the Department of Health said direct flights from Wuhan to Heathrow will be met in an isolated part of Terminal 4 where a health team will be waiting to screen for any symptoms.

Courtesy of