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Health

China confirms 3rd death due to viral pneumonia

Beijing / A third person was confirmed dead Monday in China following a new viral pneumonia similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which over the weekend saw 136 new cases, including two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen, authorities said.

Health authorities in Hubei province’s capital Wuhan – with a population of 11 million and where the outbreak is thought to have originated – said the third death occurred Saturday.

The source also said 36 of the 136 new coronavirus victims are in a serious or critical situation.

Among the newly infected, 70 are women and 66 are men, aged between 25 and 89, and all of them showed symptoms the same symptoms: fever and fatigue, dry cough and – in many cases – dyspnea (shortness of breath).

According to Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, 198 people have been diagnosed so far, including the three dead.

Of the cases detected outside Wuhan – the first time that China has confirmed cases outside the city – both the Shenzhen patient and the two from Beijing said they had traveled to Wuhan recently.

South Korea on Monday announced its first confirmed case in a 35-year-old woman who traveled from Wuhan to Incheon International Airport on Sunday. She is now in an isolation ward, while the cabin crew and fellow passengers on the plane are being monitored.

Three people are in isolation and another 14 are being examined, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which raised its alert level from “blue” to “yellow.”

Two other cases have also been confirmed in Thailand and one in Japan.

On the 14th, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that prevention measures had been implemented in hospitals worldwide following this new outbreak.

In addition, United States health authorities began Friday to impose controls on passengers arriving or connecting through Wuhan in airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

According to the WHO, Chinese laboratories have already sequenced the coronavirus genome and provided that data to the global health community to help diagnose possible cases outside their country.

The outbreak has caused panic in China as the situation is reminiscent of 2003, when severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) spread across the country and caused a total of 646 deaths (813 worldwide), according to WHO figures.

According to the United Nations health agency, between 14 and 15 percent of SARS cases end in death, while in the case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a related disease also caused by a coronavirus, the mortality rate rises to 35 percent.

So far, there are only six types of this family of viruses known: four of them causing mild respiratory conditions similar to a cold, and the other two responsible for SARS and MERS. (January 20, 2020, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla de... (Mainly, the text talk about...)
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los casos de una nueva neumonía que se están registrando en China.
B
un comunicado de la OMS en relación con un brote de neumonía en China.
C
unos protocolos para prevenir que haya más casos de una nueva neumonía en China.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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se desmiente que esa neumonía sea la causa de la muerte de tres personas.
B
las autoridades chinas confirman que hay cerca de dos mil casos de personas contagiadas.
C
hay personas fallecidas a causa de esa neumonía.
Question 3
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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se desmiente que haya personas contagiadas en Japón y en Tailandia.
B
no se han dado casos de esa neumonía fuera del territorio chino.
C
China no es el único país donde ya se han dado casos de esta neumonía.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the tet that...)
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el primer caso de esta neumonía se detectó en la ciudad de Wuhan.
B
el brote de esta neumonía se detectó por primera vez en la capital de China.
C
por ahora no hay casos de esta neumonía en la capital de China.
Question 5
En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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ese tipo de coronavirus no se conocía hasta ahora.
B
nadie ha sido dado de alta.
C
todavía no ha comenzado una investigación sobre el origen de este brote.
Question 6
En el vídeo... (It's watched in the video...)
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aparece la fachada de un hospital y de una lonja.
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solo se ven imágenes de una lonja en China.
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todas las imágenes fueron grabadas dentro de un hospital chino.
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En el texto, la palabra 'vírica' hace referencia a... (The word 'vírica' refers to...)
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algo que es muy conocido.
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la vida
C
un virus.
Question 2
"Detección" se refiere... ("Detección" refers to...)
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al hecho de detectar algo.
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a algo que se desconoce.
C
a algo que está en mal estado o deteriorado.
Question 3
En el texto 'haya' es... (In the text, 'haya' is...)
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un tipo de árbol.
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una persona del presente del subjuntivo del verbo hallar.
C
una persona del presente del subjuntivo del verbo haber.
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La expresión "por el momento" significa... (The expression "por el momento" means...)
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"por ahora".
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"siempre".
C
"en ningún momento".
Question 5
El artículo determinado para 'brote' es: (The definite article for 'brote' is:)
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la
B
el
C
los
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