Chinese citizens fear the government has 'not disclosed things about coronavirus'

Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Jan. 22 2020 at the airport in Beijing China

Health Officials in hazmat suits check body temperatures of passengers arriving from the city of Wuhan Jan. 22 2020 at the airport in Beijing China

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will decide whether to declare the outbreak a global health emergency, which would step up the worldwide response.

The WHO has stopped short of declaring the disease a global health emergency, which the agency defines as an "extraordinary event" that requires a coordinated worldwide response.

Travel restrictions, whether put in place by employers or government authorities, will severely disrupt the plans of millions of people, because during Lunar New Year hundreds of millions of Chinese move around the country to spend the holiday period with their families.

"575 of those cases and all of the deaths have been reported in China".

China's government also isolated two other communities: the nearby cities of Huanggang and Ezhou. Already the virus has been collected and decoded from at least 24 victims in Wuhan, Shenzhen, and other cities.

Bats were the source of SARS, which was then believed to be spread to weasel-like mammals called masked palm civets and then humans.

The public transport authority in Wuhan announced on Wednesday that all buses and trains in the city, which has a population approaching 10 million, would shut down from 10am local time on Thursday.

The father was hospitalised on January 17 with a high fever, days before his son showed symptoms, health officials said.

The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first discovered in the city of Wuhan, home to 11 million people and capital of the Hubei province.

At present, the virus is transmitting from close human-to-human contact, similar to previous coronavirus outbreaks that led to SARS and MERS epidemic.

There are more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus, which has spread overseas, with Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam the latest affected.

In an effort to contain the spread, officials in China shut down travel in three cities including Wuhan, which is considered the epicenter of the outbreak.

Outside of China, confirmed cases of the virus have appeared in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, the ministry stated. Experts have found that snakes are susceptible to the virus and they may have eaten infected bats. Chinese officials were fearful of telling the truth about the SARS outbreak.

But Tedros stressed Thursday there was so far "no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China". The virus was initially linked to workers at a seafood market in the city.

WHO's emergency committee stressed the need for global vigilance and information sharing, and recommended a new meeting in "a matter of days to examine the situation further". Adhanom lauded the country's surveillance system for lower respiratory tract infections, which first identified the coronavirus outbreak and enabled healthy authorities in the affected region to quickly implement containment measures.

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