The number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus in China has exceeded 570. This was announced on Thursday by the state Committee on hygiene and health of China.
Earlier, the people’s daily newspaper, citing official data, reported 554 cases in 27 regions of the country. 17 residents were killed. According to updated data, 95 of those infected are in critical condition. More than 5.8 thousand people were in close contact with the sick, and all of them were quarantined.
According to published statistics, the majority of cases are registered in Hubei province, the administrative center of which is the city of Wuhan, where the epidemic began to spread. The first case was identified in the territory of Heilongjiang province, which borders Russia. In Beijing, the number of infected people increased by four more, to 14 residents.
In second place among the regions in the number of cases of coronavirus is the southern province of Guangdong, followed by Zhejiang province, Shanghai, the Central cities of Chongqing and Tianjin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, Henan and Sichuan provinces. The administration of the southern island of Hainan also announced the registration of four infected people, three of whom are residents of Wuhan.
The Chinese government has introduced increased measures to prevent the beginning of the epidemic, maintaining active contacts to combat it with the world health organization, Russia and other States. As the authorities specified, the fight against the spread of pneumonia is at the “most critical stage.” According to experts, the virus with an incubation period of two weeks is spread primarily by airborne droplets, but the primary source, according to the analysis of competent government agencies, was wild animals.
“From 10.00 local time on January 23, the work of public transport in the city of Wuhan, metro, ferries and long-distance flights is temporarily suspended. Residents should not leave the city without special reasons. Outgoing flights from the airport and train stations are temporarily closed. The time of their recovery will be announced later,” the special emergency headquarters for fighting the spread of pneumonia said in a statement.