According to reports on The Washington Post, China has recorded no new local coronavirus cases for the second day in a row.
China recorded 39 confirmer cases of c.Covid-19 virus on Thursday, all of which were imported from abroad, officials said. Also, three deaths were recorded Thursday.
The Washington Post also reports that China has cracked down on new arrivals to the country in recent days, forcing many people into government-mandated quarantine in order to limit the spread of the virus and prevent new local clusters from emerging.
Statistically, nearly 81,000 cases of the virus and 3,248 related deaths have been confirmed in China since the outbreak was first recorded late last year. In Hong Kong, 208 cases have been recorded, including a recent uptick in cases imported from abroad. There have only been 17 cases reported in Macao and 108 in Taiwan.
Also, Italy replaces China as the worst hit country. In Italy, the death toll climbed to 3,405 on Thursday. More people have now died from the illness in Italy than in China, and morgues there are running out of space.
After a long struggle, China that has been struggling to contain the pandemic has something to simile about as Wuhan birds are beginning to sing
On December 31 last year, China alerted WHO to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province. The virus was unknown.
Several of those infected worked at the city’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which was shut down on January 1.
As health experts worked to identify the virus amid growing alarm, the number of infections exceeded 40.
On January 5, Chinese officials ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus – an illness that originated in China and killed more than 770 people worldwide in 2002-2003.
On January 7, officials announced they had identified a new virus, according to the WHO. The novel virus was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold.
Coronaviruses are common and spread through being in proximity to an infected person and inhaling droplets generated when they cough or sneeze, or touching a surface where these droplets land and then touching one’s face or nose.
On January 11, China announced its first death from the virus, a 61-year-old man who had purchased goods from the seafood market. Treatment did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died of heart failure on the evening of January 9.
On January 13, the WHO reported a case in Thailand, the first outside of China, in a woman who had arrived from Wuhan.
On January 16, Japan’s health ministry reported a confirmed case in a man who had also visited Wuhan.
On January 17, as a second death was reported in Wuhan, health authorities in the US announced that three airports would start screening passengers arriving from the city.
Authorities in the United States, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirmed cases over the following days.
On January 20, China reported a third death and more than 200 infections, with cases also reported outside Hubei province including in the capital Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen and the rest is history