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Coronavirus in China: the coronavirus outbreak kills almost 500; WHO says “there is no known effective cure”: key points | World News


The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 490 on Wednesday. The viral outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries, has infected more than 24,500 people worldwide.

The virus that has been temporarily named, the “new coronavirus” (2019-nCoV) causes a respiratory disease similar to viral pneumonia, resulting in fever, cough and shortness of breath.

China has claimed a drop in the number of new suspected cases of coronavirus in the past two days, raising hopes that its strong measures can help contain the outbreak.

Here are the best developments of the day.


India invalidates existing visas for foreigners traveling from China

The government issued an updated travel notice that says that existing visas (including an electronic visa already issued) are no longer valid for any foreign citizen traveling from China.

In the travel notice, the health ministry again asked people to refrain from traveling to China in view of the coronavirus outbreak in their province of Hubei and said that travelers returning from the neighboring country could be quarantined.

On February 2, India temporarily suspended the installation of electronic visas for Chinese travelers and foreigners residing in China in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Wednesday’s announcement said that anyone with a history of travel to China since January 15 could be quarantined.

Meanwhile, the cabinet secretary held a high-level meeting to review the actions taken for the management of nCoV and the preparation of the states.


China’s virus situation in Wuhan is still serious, says city official

The vice president of the Wu Wu party, Hu Lishan, said that the situation of the coronavirus in the Chinese city is still serious and the city faces many challenges. Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has quarantined people in hotels, schools and private hospitals. There are 132 of those centers with 12,571 beds available until Tuesday, Hu said at a press conference.


WHO: “No known effective” treatments for the new coronavirus

The World Health Organization downplayed media reports on the discovery of “revolutionary” drugs to treat people infected with the new coronavirus, which is causing an epidemic in China and has spread to at least 20 other countries. . A Chinese television report said researchers at Zhejiang University had found an effective drug for the virus, while Sky News of Britain said the researchers had made a “significant breakthrough” in developing a vaccine. Oil prices jumped in the reports.

When asked about the reports, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said: “There are no known effective therapies against this 2019-nCoV virus and WHO recommends enrolling in a randomized controlled trial to assess efficacy and safety.” The process of developing and testing medications or vaccines against a new pathogen usually takes many years and is often full of traps and failures.

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Government of Delhi issues advice on coronavirus

The Delhi government issued a health warning about the new coronavirus (nCov) and prescribed what to do and what not to do so that the public avoids any infection, including avoiding frozen meat, authorities said. A 24-hour control room has also been established at the headquarters of the General Directorate of Health Services to answer questions related to the virus.

In its health notice, the Delhi government has asked people to be cautious, such as washing their hands with soap and water or rubbing them with alcohol; covering the nose and mouth when coughing; sneezing with tissues; avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu symptoms; avoiding frozen meat, in addition to the isolation of symptomatic patients for at least 14 days.

Among the activities prescribed for people, the government has asked them to wash their hands frequently with soap and water; avoid crowded places; stay more than one arm away from people with the flu; get enough sleep and rest; and drink plenty of water and eat a liquid diet and eat nutritious foods, according to the notice.

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The DGCI approves the ‘restricted use’ of anti-HIV drugs in nCoV patients

The General Drug Controller of India approved the “restricted use” of a combination of drugs widely used to control HIV infection in public health emergencies to treat those affected by the new coronavirus (nCoV), official sources said.

According to government sources, the Medical Research Council of India (ICMR) had requested an emergency approval from DCGI for “restricted use” of the combination of two medications, lopinavir and ritonavir, for the treatment of this respiratory disease.

“We did our own coupling studies and discovered that this could be a potentially useful drug against nCoV,” said an ICMR official. This combination together with other drugs has been used in clinical trials in China, where the coronavirus first emerged, and Thailand for the treatment of patients affected by nCoV.

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WHO issues a call for $ 675 million to fight the virus

The World Health Organization has asked for $ 675 million (613 million euros) in donations for a plan to combat the new coronavirus, mainly through investments in countries considered particularly “at risk”.

“Today we are launching a strategic preparedness and response plan … We are requesting $ 675 million to fund the plan over the next three months,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference in Geneva.

“Our message to the international community is to invest today or pay more later,” Tedros said, adding that the funding appeal was “much less than the bill we will have to pay if we do not invest in preparation now.” Tedros said that $ 60 million of the funds would go to WHO operations, while the rest would go to countries that require assistance to protect against the deadly virus.

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Three foreign citizens between 2528 under observation in Kerala

The Kerala government has said that three foreigners are among the 2,528 people under observation in the state for the new coronavirus infection and no new cases have been reported. At least 93 people with minor symptoms of the virus have been housed in isolation rooms in several hospitals, state health minister K K Shailaja told reporters here. The three positive cases of India for the virus come from the three state districts of Thrissur, Alappuzha and Kasaragod.

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