Beijing / Hong Kong / Containing the coronavirus in its epicenter, the city of Wuhan, and preventing its spread abroad remains the top priority of the Chinese authorities, who on Tuesday tried to send a message of calm, despite the 425 dead in Mainland China and the 20,428 infected to date.
This figure represents an increase of 64 deaths compared to the previous day, although all took place in the province of Hubei, as well as the majority of those newly diagnosed.
To the death toll must be added that of another victim in the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong, a 39-year-old man who had contracted the coronavirus.
China insists that the death rate is low
The spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, claimed “rationality” and “objectivity” to the international community, reiterated that the virus maintains a low mortality rate of 2.09%, and that if Hubei, epicenter of In the epidemic, the mortality rate is 0.16%.
The spokeswoman insisted that China can control the outbreak and that “the World Health Organization (WHO) made it clear that it did not recommend or even opposed travel restrictions against China.”
In that regard, the Civil Aviation Administration of China today ordered the country’s airlines not to suspend their international routes to and from countries that have not imposed travel restrictions on Chinese passengers.
And while on Monday the ministry lashed out at the United States for “creating and spreading panic” with its attitude, Hua preferred to underline today that China is waiting for Washington’s help.
China’s economic and social stability at stake
After several days of silence, Chinese President Xi Jinping said last night at a meeting of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that it is necessary to take “resolving measures” to stop the outbreak since the country’s economic and social stability is at stake, according to the official Xinhua agency.
The semi-autonomous region of Macao announced today that it will close its casinos for two weeks due to the coronavirus, which has already left ten cases in the city, while the National Reform and Development Commission (CNRD) warned that the outbreak is especially affecting consumption.
Meanwhile, thousands of Hong Kong health workers continued their strike today to force the local government to completely seal the border with the People’s Republic.
The Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan City, built in just ten days to combat the outbreak of coronavirus, began receiving its first patients today.
The hospital center, consisting of prefabricated modules and with a capacity of 1,000 beds, will be operated by 1,400 military doctors.
The clinical trial with a coronavirus drug
A group of researchers announced that they will implement a clinical trial in China with a drug that has already shown some effectiveness against Wuhan’s coronavirus in an infected patient in the United States, reports the Chinese official newspaper The Paper today.
The drug is called Remdesivir, it was developed for the Ebola virus by the American biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences and, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the clinical condition of an infected patient in the United States “visibly improved” after a treatment intravenously with that drug.
Doctors from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing will lead the trial in a total of 270 randomized patients with mild or moderate infections with the coronavirus.
(February 4, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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