The virus is spreading to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and more, and the death toll is rising. Here’s an update…
Yesterday the CDC confirmed a case in the state of Washington.
Today, reports are coming in that the virus is spreading and the death toll is rising.
Here’s more from Reuters, updated Wednesday morning:
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, heightening global fears of contagion from an infection suspected to have come from animals.
The virus has spread from Wuhan around China to population centres including Beijing, Shanghai, Macau and Hong Kong.
Abroad, Thailand has confirmed four cases, while the United States, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan have each reported one.
President Trump says it’s “totally under control”:
“We have it totally under control,” President Trump says after the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of the coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people in China. #Davos2020 https://t.co/QYmMpUcbFP pic.twitter.com/iuaQ1DikPB
— CNBC (@CNBC) January 22, 2020
Others are not at ease.
Here’s reporting from CNN today on the situation in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that Hong Kong has identified a first “highly suspicious” coronavirus case.
In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on stage in Davos, Lam said:
We have the first case of highly suspicious infection in Hong Kong from a passenger from Wuhan or from Wuhan via another city coming to Hong Kong.”
Lam said she has asked the health authorities to be on the guard. She added that the “rapid flow of people across the border” makes Hong Kong vulnerable.
“The most important point is to keep people informed so openness and transparency are important features in any public health system,” she said.