Further cases of new Chinese virus are reported


Checks in Thailand will be especially rigorous, health authorities said, as there are a total of eight direct flights a day from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, to Bangkok, Phuket and Krabi, as well as flights every other day to Chiang Mai. But the agency said Friday that it will work to identify any travellers who may have been exposed.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health says it has no plans to introduce thermal screening at airports, adding that research had shown thermal screening to be generally ineffective at detecting influenza.

Three airports in the United States will screen passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of an outbreak of a new coronavirus that's in the same family as SARS, MERS and the common cold, health officials said Friday.

Japan confirmed its first case on Thursday, a 30-year-old Chinese man living in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo who had returned from a visit to Wuhan.

Arriving passengers will answer questions about any respiratory symptoms and will also have their temperature taken, he said.

While encouraging all countries to continue to prepare for disease prevention, the World Health Organization also provided guidance on how to monitor cases, treat patients, prevent onward transmission in healthcare facilities, maintain necessary supplies and communicate with the public about 2019-nCoV.

A second person died in China from a mysterious new pneumonia, Chinese health officials said.

In this file photograph taken on January 12, 2020, a woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market.

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The letter also said helicopters would be travelling in and around the Green Zone as part of the preparations. It will require the regime to come to the table with the goal of preventing further bloodshed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is deploying 100 extra staff members to the three airports to help with the screening of the virus, which experts have determined to be part of a group called coronaviruses and are calling 2019-nCoV. Those measures may include ordering the traveller to be transported to hospital to undergo a medical examination, and reporting the issue to the local public health authority.

All travellers to China, in particular to Wuhan city, have been advised to monitor their health closely.

Most of the cases have been tied to a large seafood market that also sold the meat of various animals. As well, ensure proper hygiene, such as proper hand washing, covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.

The ministry said it was keeping a close watch on developments.

The WHO said Thursday that "much remains to be understood about the new coronavirus".

Health authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, another coronavirus that started in southern China in late 2002 and spread to more than two dozen countries, killing almost 800 people.

A new type of virus originating from a city in central China may have infected far more people than first thought.

"People should be considering the possibility of substantial human-to-human transmission more seriously than they have so far", he continued, saying it was "unlikely" that animal exposure was the sole source of infection.