barbijo, The deadly novel coronavirus has killed more than 420 people and infected at least 20,704 globally. Here is a look at how countries in Asia are handling the epidemic. The deadly novel coronavirus has killed more than 420 people and infected at least 20,704 globally since it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. Though 99 percent of cases have been confined to mainland China, cases have been reported throughout Asia, Europe and North America. People pass by a screen warning about a new coronavirus in a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP)
barbijo - On Tuesday, the virus claimed a life in Hong Kong -- the second outside mainland China. The first known fatality outside China was reported in the Philippines on Sunday. The World Health Organization (WHO), which declared a global emergency last week, has praised China for “setting a new standard for outbreak response,” despite others' criticism of China’s draconian measures to contain the virus. China has put Wuhan on lockdown, having deployed 1,400 medical personnel and staff to a newly constructed hospital in the city. The hospital, which was constructed in less than 10 days, includes 1,000 beds, intensive care units, and sections for diagnosis and infection control, according to Chinese media.
barbijo, Around the world, governments have implemented various measures to stop the virus from spreading in their country. Here is a look at some of those efforts: Thailand Thailand has reported the highest number of cases outside mainland China, with 25 as of Tuesday. On Sunday, an infected 71-year-old patient tested negative for the virus 48 hours after Thai doctors treated her with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat the flu and HIV, according to Thailand’s health ministry. Commuters wear face masks to protect themselves from air pollution and new virus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP)
barbijo - “The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours,” Dr. Kriengsak Attipornwanich said during a news conference. “From being exhausted before, she could sit up in bed 12 hours later.” Singapore Behind Thailand, Singapore has reported 24 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The country’s health ministry said during a news conference Tuesday that Singapore is prepared to cancel mass gatherings, suspend schools and reduce non-essential care services should cases of human-to-human transmission escalate.
barbijo - “This is a scenario which we are prepared for,” said Health Minister Gan Kin Yong. “As the situation evolves, we will step up our posture accordingly to further contain the situation in Singapore.” Japan Unlike other countries that have enacted strict border controls on travelers from China, Japan’s response has been comparatively relaxed. A poster promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is posted next a train door as a commuter wearing a mask looks at his phone in a train, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP)