BEIJING | France was reported Saturday, the first death from new coronavirus outside Asia, fuelling concerns about the global epidemic of which the balance sheet has now exceeded 1,500 deaths.
A chinese tourist to 80 years hospitalized in France since late in January, passed away Friday evening, on Saturday announced the French Health minister Agnès Buzyn. This death is the “first country outside of Asia, the first in Europe,” she said.
Mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) has for the time being identified 1523 deaths due to the coronavirus, according to figures released Saturday.
Only four deaths were recorded elsewhere in the world: one on the chinese territory, in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, and the other three respectively in Japan, the Philippines and France.
China has also made state Saturday, over 66 000 cases of contamination on its territory, mainly in the province of Hubei, home to the epidemic of viral pneumonia Covid-19.
While the Hubei remains cut off from the world for three weeks and several cities in the East of the country have adopted containment measures drastic, Beijing has turn out muscled on Friday its restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.
The capital will now require all persons arriving from outside to self-impose a quarantine of 14 days, at their home or their hotel, under the penalty of sanctions, reported the Beijing Daily, a newspaper official. The activity in the city remains largely paralysed, and many businesses charge telework to their employees.
Of this regulation to the terms and conditions of application are not detailed takes place when, after vacation of the lunar New Year extended, many Chinese returned to their region of origin to the feasts must now return home.
Some 283 million journeys have been made in the country between the 25 January and 14 February, according to the vice-minister of Transport, Liu Xiaomin.
1 case in Africa
The epidemic of Covid-19 keeps the world on alert, with nearly 600 confirmed cases of contamination in more than twenty countries.
Egypt announced on Friday that it recorded the first case on the african continent.
But the main focus of infection outside of China remains to be the cruise liner Diamond Princess, quarantine in Japan: 285 cases of contamination have been confirmed, including 67 new cases announced Saturday.
An estimated 3,700 passengers and crew members remained confined to their cabins. A spokesman for the u.s. State department has announced that nationals of the United States on board would be evacuated and undergo a quarantine of two weeks on their return to american soil.
In China, the fight against the virus is “a great test for the system and the governance capacities of the country”, acknowledged Friday that the chinese president Xi Jinping.
The government must “strengthen its control of the media online,” he also insisted in remarks published on Saturday by the press of the state, so that the users have made multiple criticisms of the authorities regarding the management of the crisis.
Sign of the drastic measures adopted across the country, the central bank announced on Saturday that the tickets used were disinfected and placed in quarantine for up to 14 days, before being put back into circulation.
After initially praised Beijing for its “very professional job”, the United States had complained Thursday of a “lack of transparency on the part of the Chinese”, regretting that the country has not responded to the proposal of sending us experts.
The health authorities in Hubei have announced Thursday, to the general surprise, a widening of their definition of people with viral pneumonia Covid-19.
The WHO in Beijing
So far, a screening test was necessary to declare a case “confirmed”. From now on, patients with “clinically diagnosed”, in particular with a simple radio lung, will also be recognized.
The new definition has automatically inflated the number of people officially infected with the announcement of a surge of more than 15, 000 new cases of contamination Thursday.
The number of new cases in China is, however, stumbled on Saturday at 2641, the vast majority in Hubei, the number of new cases in out-of-province (221) continuing to fall.
Zhong Nanshan, a medical expert chinese veteran of the fight against SARS (2002-2003), stated, the peak of the epidemic, “by mid – or end of February”.
More conservative, the world health Organization (WHO) considers that it is “far too early” to make predictions.
An international team of experts WHO must arrive in Beijing this weekend for a joint mission with their chinese counterparts.
They will perform inspections in the field, will review the measures of prevention, will visit research centres and make recommendations to contain the outbreak, said a spokesman for the chinese ministry of Health, Mi Feng.