A Chinese man caught the murderer coronavirus within just 15 seconds of being at a market next to an infected woman.
The unknown 56-year-old, known only as ‘patient five’, was close to ‘patient two’ – a 61-year-old carrier of the deadly SARS-like infection.
Jiangbei Health Commission, the man’s local authority, revealed that neither patient was wearing a face mask to protect himself.
Officials have confirmed that the man has contracted the virus – which has affected nearly 30,000 people worldwide – after his brief meeting with the infected woman.
More than 560 people have now died in the outbreak, which has spread to nearly 30 countries or territories outside of China, including the UK and the US.
It comes as scientists announced today that they are finally about to call it a never before seen virus that can spread through coughing and sneezing.
The unknown 56-year-old, known only as ‘patient five’, was close to ‘patient two’ – a 61-year-old carrier of the deadly infection on the Shuangdongfang market (photo) in Ningbo
The man, presumably from the coastal city of Ningbo, was in the cabin with the infected woman at 7:47 am local time (photo, the market)
Nearly 30,000 people have now been diagnosed with the corona virus that has destroyed China. Most cases around the world are among people who caught it in China and then left the country
WUHAN CORONAVIRUS: WHAT WE KNOW AGAIN
What is this virus?
The virus has been identified as a new type of corona virus. Coronaviruses are a large family of pathogens, most of which cause mild lung infections, such as the common cold.
But coronaviruses can also be deadly. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is caused by a corona virus and killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.
Can the Wuhan coronavirus kill?
Yes – Almost 500 people have died so far after a positive test for the virus.
What are the symptoms?
Some people who get the Wuhan coronavirus have no symptoms at all, or only very mild ones such as sore throat or headache. Others may suffer from fever, cough or breathing problems.
And a small proportion of patients will develop a serious infection that can damage the lungs or cause pneumonia, a life-threatening condition that causes swelling and fluid retention in the lungs.
How is it detected?
The genetic sequencing of the virus has been released by scientists in China and countries around the world have used this to make laboratory tests that must be performed to confirm an infection.
Delays in these tests, in test results and in people going to hospitals in China mean that the number of confirmed cases is expected to be only a fraction of the actual extent of the outbreak.
How did it start and spread?
The first cases identified were people connected to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.
Cases have since been identified throughout China and have been known to spread from person to person.
Is it similar to something we’ve ever seen before?
Experts have compared it to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. The epidemic started in South China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
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Officials follow the 14-day history of the 56-year-old man who caught the virus on January 23 in the Shuangdongfang market.
The man, presumably from the coastal city of Ningbo, was in a booth with the infected woman at 7.47 a.m. local time. It is unclear how officials know that he was only 15 seconds beside her.
Doctors claim that he had not had any previous contact with animals and was not familiar with other confirmed carriers of the virus.
After meeting the infected woman, he visited two more supermarkets and finally a restaurant before being diagnosed on February 4.
Jiangbei health officials said that 19 people who were in close contact with patients – among 18 carriers in the city of Ningbo – were quarantined.
China is looking for bed space for thousands of newly infected patients, it was revealed today.
The closed city of Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, destroyed by coronavirus, is to open a second field hospital with 1,600 beds.
The first hospital with 1,000 beds was opened earlier this week to give doctors more room to treat the thousands of beaten patients.
Authorities have said they turn public buildings into temporary medical facilities to deal with the influx of sick people.
It was also revealed today that Tencent, the second largest company in China, may have accidentally leaked the true extent of the corona virus death toll.
The tech conglomerate is said to have shown coronavirus figures with 154,023, which were infected on Saturday and killed 24,589.
The Tencent webpage entitled “Epidemic Situation Tracker” was quickly updated to show the official figures of 14,446 infected and 304 deaths, Taiwan News reported.
Amid widespread speculation, the Beijing Communist Party may be suppressing the ravages of the deadly flu-like virus.
Although the topic of news articles, posts on social media and political discussions during the past month, the corona virus that is rapidly conquering the world has not yet received an approved name.
It is called 2019-nCoV, meaning that it is a new (new) type of coronavirus that was discovered in 2019, but this is just a placeholder.
Experts say that the problem of containing the corona virus is that so many patients have mild, cold-like symptoms and do not realize that they have the infection – but it can quickly kill
HOW MANY CASES ARE THERE IN EVERY COUNTRY?
Other unofficial names have emerged, including the China corona virus, Wuhan corona virus and even the inaccurate “snake flu.”
But scientists from the International Committee for Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) say they have chosen a name for the bug and submitted it for approval.
The experts have not yet announced the name, but say that it can be announced within a few days.
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It was revealed yesterday that a Chinese baby, born from a Wuhan corona virus patient, was diagnosed with the deadly disease 30 hours after delivery.
Doctors in China said they feared the infection could be transmitted from mothers to their babies in the womb.
The news came after experts claimed that the virus could also be spread by faeces.
The infected child, whose gender was not revealed, was born in Wuhan on Sunday. Their mother was confirmed to have the corona virus before giving birth.
Doctors gave the baby a test 30 hours later and the result turned out to be positive.
The baby was then transferred to the Wuhan Children’s Hospital, which has been designated by the government to treat all infected children.
The condition of the three-day-old baby was stable and was closely monitored, the hospital reported today via a post on its official social media account.