Chinese authorities announced on Sunday that they had identified 17 more people infected in the center of the country with a new form of viral pneumonia, which caused two fatalities and put other countries on alert.
In total, 62 cases of the new coronavirus were registered by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, with 19 being discharged from the hospital, while two men in their 60s – one with severe pre-existing conditions – died of the disease.
At least half a dozen Asian countries have adopted exceptional measures.
The number of people infected with the virus probably exceeds a thousand cases and is much higher than that advanced by the local authorities, according to British researchers.
In an article published on Friday by scientists at a research center at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London it is pointed out that the number of people infected in the Chinese city is likely to be much higher.
Researchers at the Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, which advises institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO), estimate that "a total of 1,723 cases" in Wuhan have been showing symptoms of the disease since January 12.
The alert for the spread of the virus was issued this week by the WHO, after the first cases detected outside China were known, in Thailand and Japan, with the three patients having recently visited Wuhan.
The cases of viral pneumonia fueled fears about a potential epidemic, after an investigation identified the disease as a new type of coronavirus, a species of virus that causes respiratory infections in humans and animals and is transmitted through coughing, sneezing or contact. physicist.
In response to this information, the United States announced on Friday that it will monitor passengers on flights from Wuhan to airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
This is a period of increased circulation of citizens to and from China because of the Chinese New Year celebrations on the 25th.
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