Three cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in France, two in Paris and one in Bordeaux.
The update – from two to three cases – was made this Friday by the French Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn.
The first case was recorded in Bordeaux, where a 48-year-old man went to a hospital complaining of fever and cough, symptoms associated with the virus. The diagnosis was confirmed by the doctors and the patient was treated during the day, remaining isolated "under observation". According to the French press, the patient recently came from China, where he comes from, and was in contact with people from the city of Wuhan, having passed through Holland before heading to France.
The second case, about which there is less information, was registered in Paris. It is known that the patient was treated and is hospitalized, also in isolation. "We know that this person traveled to China, but we do not know if he was in Wuhan," said the minister, asking travelers returning from the country to "call the medical emergency number" at the slightest signal.
The third case, confirmed a few moments ago, corresponds to a citizen who had also recently returned from China.
Virus has killed 26 people
The virus has already caused at least 26 deaths, two of them outside the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it began to spread. Symptoms are more severe than the flu and include fever, pain, malaise and breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath.
In mainland China there are more than 800 infected people and around 1,000 suspected cases, with other cases detected in Macau, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, United States of America and France. Chinese authorities have quarantined, preventing entry and exit, three cities where more than 18 million people live – Wuhan and neighboring Huanggang and Ezhou.
In Portugal, the Directorate-General for Health announced the activation of public health prevention devices, while the European Center for Disease Control raised the risk of contagion in the European Union to moderate, continuing to monitor the situation and carry out rapid health assessments. risk.
The World Health Organization emergency committee, meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, chose not to declare an international public health emergency, fearing it is too soon, although it recognizes that there is such a risk.