China coronavirus accelerating its speed, Chinese president Xi Jinping warns


China’s president has warned of a “grave situation” as he said the killer coronavirus was “accelerating its speed”.

Xi Jinping held a special government meeting today to discuss the spread of virus that has killed 41 people and infected more than 1,300 globally.

Resources and experts will be placed at designated hospitals to tackle the virus and supplies to the Hubei province, where the virus originated, will be guaranteed and cost won’t be a hindrance, according to the TV report.

The government has sent 450 military medical staff, including those who have experience in fighting against SARS or Ebola, according to People’s Daily.

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media_cameraChinese President Xi Jinping has said the coronavirus was ‘spreading’. Picture: Nyein CHAN NAING / POOL / AFP

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Wuhan, a city with about 11 million people in the Hubei province, has been on lockdown since Thursday after it is believed the virus originated at meat market in December.

At least 56 million people in 18 cities are now on lockdown in China as the virus killed 41 people in the country.

Distressing video and photos show how staff have been overwhelmed with the patients flooding into overcrowded hospitals.

One unverified video reportedly filmed by a nurse in a Wuhan hospital appears to show overcrowded hallways and staff in fully-protective body suits allegedly stepping over three dead bodies.

A sea of people crowd a hospital corridor as they wait to get medical treatment. Picture: Weibopacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/China-coronavirus-accelerating-its-speed-Chinese-president-Xi-Jinping-warns.webp”/>
media_cameraA sea of people crowd a hospital corridor as they wait to get medical treatment. Picture: Weibo

The nurse wrote that staff and patients were “stuck” with the bodies, which are covered by white sheets, because no one is available to take them away.

Overworked medical staff are also wearing diapers because they don’t have time to use the toilet and others do so because they fear ripping off their hazmat suits when supplies are already so low, the Washington Post reported.

A Wuhan Union Hospital doctor who identified himself as Mr Do on Chinese microblogging site Weibo wrote: “We know that the protective suit we wear could be the last one we have, and we can’t afford to waste anything.”

Authorities in Wuhan, the ground zero of the outbreak, announced yesterday they were building a 1,000-bed hospital in a matter of days.

Patients queue up to seek treatment in Wuhan Tongji Hospital Fever Clinic in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. Picture: Weibopacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1579981377_222_China-coronavirus-accelerating-its-speed-Chinese-president-Xi-Jinping-warns.webp”/>
media_cameraPatients queue up to seek treatment in Wuhan Tongji Hospital Fever Clinic in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. Picture: Weibo

A second emergency hospital is going to build within weeks and house 1,300 beds, according to the People’s Daily.

Chinese authorities have already scrapped Lunar New Year celebrations for today to prevent the spread of the highly-contagious virus.

Major tourist attractions such as Shanghai’s Disneyland theme park, the Badling section of the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City is also shut today.

Residents 14 cities in the Hubei province, which is where the epicentre of the outbreak, have been banned from travelling, according to state-run Global Times.

Seven million people in Huanggang have been told not to leave after there were confirmed cases.

And at least one million residents in Ezhou are unable to travel after the rail stations were shut.

Suspended transport services have been put into effect in the smaller cities of Xiantao, Zhijiang, Qianjiang, Chibi, Jingmen, Xianning, Huangshi (including Daye City, Yangxin County), Dangyang, Enshi, Yichang and Xiaogan.

In Zhijiang city, all public venues have been shut down except hospitals, supermarkets, farmers’ market, gas stations and drug stores, Hubei Daily reported.

Indoor entertainment venues in Enshi city have also been shut down, it said.

In Australia, there have been four confirmed cases of the deadly virus confirmed.

NSW Health last night confirmed three men – aged in theirs 30s, 40s and 50s – are being treated in Westmead Hospital in Sydney and are in isolation.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said this afternoon that a case of the respiratory condition had been confirmed in a man who last week returned from China. The man, aged in his 50s, was in Australia for six days before being diagnosed.

The man is currently being treated at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Melbourne. Picture: Andy Brownbill.pacific.epeak.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/1579981378_157_China-coronavirus-accelerating-its-speed-Chinese-president-Xi-Jinping-warns.webp”/>
media_cameraThe man is currently being treated at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton, Melbourne. Picture: Andy Brownbill.

The Victorian case was the first confirmed case in Australia of “about a dozen” being investigated nationwide, an estimate put forward by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young on Saturday.

Parts of this article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Deadly virus ‘accelerating its speed’



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