In a statement, the ministry added that “the health condition of those infected is stable and under medical observation” and the cases were “not a cause for concern”.
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The Ministry stressed that the epidemiological investigation centres in the country are working around the clock to early report any cases of the virus, noting that the health system in the country “works very efficiently and that the ministry is closely following the situation in a way that guarantees the health and safety of everyone.”
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus linked to the outbreak of respiratory illnesses first detected in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, early cases were linked to a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, indicating it was originally spread animal-to-person. However, other patients who have contracted the disease did not have exposure to animals so the origin is still not 100 percent determined.
Chinese health authorities announced on Tuesday that 4,515 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in 30 provincial-level regions by the end of Monday. A total of 106 people died of the disease.
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath and may appear in as few as two days or be dormant for up to 14 after exposure.
Coronaviruses are part of a family of viruses that are common in many different species, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. It is rarely transmitted from animals to humans but this has occurred in the past, such as with MERS and SARS.
It is spread person-to-person when respiratory droplets land on a patient when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
There is no current cure to 2019-nCoV but the CDC offered the following tips to prevent getting infected:
The CDC advises the following tips if you feel unwell, especially if you have visited China in the last 14 days:
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