RT reported that the Institute of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences shared the first images of the corona virus on January 24.
The “Wuhan virus”, also known as 2019-nCoV, is closely related to both the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). So far, this virus has spread from China to a number of countries and territories such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, France …
Symptoms include from the common cold to a serious lung infection. Current countermeasures such as masks, mass disinfection and body temperature measurements still cannot prevent the spread of the virus.
China published the first images of the Wuhan virus. Photo: Institute of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences
To speed up research on the disease caused by the “Wuhan virus”, Chinese authorities have established a large database of corona viruses, including electron microscopes, manuals and sequences. check.
By announcing and integrating the genetic information of the pathogen, Beijing hopes to improve its early warning and prevention of similar infectious diseases in the future.
On January 24, the Associated Press reported that transportation had ceased operations in Wuhan City – the epicenter of the disease – along with at least 12 other cities in Hubei Province. Authorities in Beijing and many cities in China also canceled public celebrations and events marking the Chinese New Year.
Meanwhile, the hospital network in Wuhan City is in an overload situation. Local officials say they are quickly building a new hospital to cope with the crisis, expected to be completed by February 3. It will be modeled after a SARS treatment hospital built in Beijing for six days when the disease broke out in China.
World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said it was too early to draw conclusions about the severity of the “Wuhan virus”. In France, Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed that two infected patients were traveling in China, after which the country discovered one more case.