While the Coronavirus death toll soars to 132 with about 6,000 infected, the head of China’s National Health Commission called for an emergency meeting followed by a press meet. Speaking at the press briefing, Ma Xiaowei, the National Health Commission Minister confronted that the Coronavirus’ ability to spread getting stronger with each passing day making it harder for the authorities. Confirming that the dreadful virus spread to at least 11 other countries and regions cases continue to be discovered in countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Australia and France, Xiaowei stated that their scientists are already working in collaboration with US National Institute of Health to figure out a vaccine against the new coronavirus.
He also stated that as the part of containment efforts the China authorities have imposed transportation and travel curbs and have cancelled permissions to all big events. Ma Xiaowei said that infected people without symptoms could still spread the disease to others. Answering to the media, Xiaowei speculated the virus to have originated late last year in a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife, has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada.
On the other hand, the China government is making rapid progress in the construction of the brand-new hospital in Wuhan. With the medics in Wuhan reporting over overcrowded hospitals and a shortage of test kits, protective gear and other medical equipment, the authorities announced to build a new hospital on a war footing for the treatment of the infected people. Various videos and pictures which surface online showed shocking progress in the construction of two hospitals which are set to open services from February 3rd.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 29, 2020