A second person died of the corona virus in China amid fears that the deadly outbreak could spread worldwide, officials said.
The 69-year-old man, only referred to as Xiong, died in the early hours of January 15 at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan City.
He was hospitalized on December 31 with symptoms of the virus, officials from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said.
Medical treatment could not save him after his health deteriorated on January 4, local media claim.
Since December a total of 41 patients in Wuhan have been affected by pneumonia caused by the virus. The first death, on January 9, was a man of 61 years.
The news comes on the same day that Japan confirmed its first case of infection – a man in his thirties from Tokyo who had recently visited Wuhan.
It was the second time that the virus was discovered outside of China, after a 61-year-old woman was quarantined and treated in Thailand. She had also visited Wuhan.
A second person died of the mystery virus in the city of Wuhan, China. The 69-year-old man, known only as Xiong, died in the early hours of January 15 at Jinyintan Hospital
Japan confirmed its first case of infection by the new virus – a man in his thirties from Tokyo who had recently visited Wuhan. On the photo pedestrians in Tokyo wearing protective masks
THE NEW CORONAVIRUS IN THE TIME LINE OF CHINA
December 31, 2019: The WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of unknown cause pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. About 44 suspected cases were reported in the month of December.
January 1, 2020: A fish market was closed for environmental remediation and disinfection after being closely associated with the patients.
January 5, 2020: Doctors ruled out severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as the cause of the virus, as well as avian flu, respiratory syndrome in the Middle East and adenovirus. Meanwhile, Hong Kong reported
January 9, 2020: A preliminary investigation identified the respiratory diseases as a new type of corona virus, Chinese state media reported.
Officials at Wuhan Municipal Health Commission reported the first death of the outbreak on January 9, a 61-year-old man.
January 13, 2020: A Chinese woman in Thailand was the first confirmed case of the mystery virus outside of China. The 61-year-old was quarantined on January 8, but has since returned home after treatment, the Thai Ministry of Health said.
January 14, 2020: The WHO has told hospitals around the world to prepare in the “possible” case of the infection spreading.
It said there is a “limited” transmission of the virus from person to person. Two days earlier, the UN agency said there was “no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission.”
January 16, 2020: A man in Tokyo has been confirmed to have tested positive for the disease after a trip to the Chinese city of Wuhan.
A second death, a 69-year-old man, was reported by officials from the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. He died in the early hours of January 15 at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan City after being hospitalized for the first time on December 31.
Since two cases have been identified outside the country, the World Health Organization has warned hospitals worldwide to prepare for a possible global spread.
The coronavirus, which causes cold-like symptoms, including a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever, has never been seen before and has not been mentioned.
Officials have described the virus in China, a tourist hotspot for around 595,000 British tourists a year, as a “novel.”
Tests have so far shown that it is a new type of coronavirus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen that killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.
Forty-one cases have been admitted to the Chinese city of Wuhan – home to 11 million people – since December and dozens more have been hospitalized as suspect patients.
Of the 41 confirmed cases, 12 people have been recovered and fired, five are serious and under treatment, two have died and the rest are in a stable state.
A statement today revealed that a second death was declared at 12.45 pm on January 15 after medical treatment had failed.
Xiong, whose second name was not revealed, fell ill on December 31, 2019. His condition deteriorated on January 4 and he was taken to Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital.
He had severe cardiomyopathy – heart disease, abnormal kidney function, and severely damaged organs. It is not clear whether these were complications of the virus or underlying disorders.
The first death, a 61-year-old man, was reported by Wuhan Municipal Health Commission last week.
He died on January 9, being the first to be hospitalized after shortness of breath and severe pneumonia.
The man, who also suffered from abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease, was a frequent customer at a fish market in the suburbs of Wuhan.
Several other patients worked at the fish market in the suburbs of Wuhan. It has since been closed and investigated as a potential source of the strain.
Forty-one cases have been in the Chinese city of Wuhan since December. A fish market on the outskirts of Wuhan has been closed and investigated as a potential source
Countries in Asia, including Japan, Thailand and Singapore, have stepped up airport surveillance. Depicted, Bangkok airport staff performing thermal scans on a traveler
Although the virus was initially thought to be transmitted by animals, the WHO said there is now “limited evidence” for human-to-human transmission.
The first case identified outside the country in Thailand last week, ensured that the virus could cross borders.
GERMAN RESEARCHERS DEVELOP FIRST TEST FOR NEW VIRUS IN CHINA
Scientists who work to control the mystery virus outbreak have developed the first diagnostic test for doctors.
Virologists in Germany claim that the test will enable laboratories to diagnose the “new” corona virus in a “very short time.”
World Health Organization chiefs will share details of the test with countries around the world amid fears that may arise in other countries.
Laboratories can order a molecule from the Berlin Charite Hospital team to compare patient samples with those from an infected adult.
Following its online publication by the WHO, the test protocol will now serve as a guideline for laboratories.
Dr. Christian Drosten, an institute virologist, said, “We have just started receiving orders and are now starting to post the molecule.”
Until now, doctors have only been able to perform a general virus test and then have to sequence and interpret the genome, which takes time.
The woman, a Chinese who was on holiday in Thailand, was placed in quarantine on January 8. She was able to return home to China stably.
The Japanese government said on January 16 that a man who had been treated for pneumonia after returning from China had tested positive for the new corona virus.
Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “The news of a case in Japan is extremely worrying – but it is not surprising that we are starting to hear more cases in other countries.
“It is possible that the often mild symptoms of this coronavirus mask the actual number of infected people, or the degree of transmission from person to person.
‘It is likely that we are looking at patients who are affected by several animals for a few days and with a certain degree of transmission from person to person.
“Continuous research, with rapid and complete data exchange between the teams that are now working together across China and worldwide to build the information, is vital to ensure the correct response to this outbreak.”
Countries in Asia, including Japan, Thailand and Singapore, have stepped up airport surveillance in response to the large number of cases.
Temperature scanners identify people who have a fever, who are then separated and tested more thoroughly.
An increase in tourists is expected in the coming days as hundreds of millions of people travel around China for January 25 for Chinese New Year.
Dr. Farrar said, “Wuhan is an important hub and because travel is a major part of the fast-approaching Chinese New Year, the level of care must remain high.”
Hospitals have also been warned about the potential spread of spread. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of the emerging WHO disease department, said that hospitals around the world had received guidance on infection control.
This includes the potential for ‘super spread’ in healthcare, that is when a few sick patients can transmit the virus to dozens at a time.
Dr. Kerkhove discussed the possible spread of the virus and said: “This is something on our radar, it is possible, we have to prepare.”
Some hospitals in China have already been instructed to report cases of fever to anyone who has traveled to Wuhan in the last 14 days.