French health authorities confirm first cases of new coronavirus in Europe

A Victorian case of the potentially deadly coronavirus has been confirmed

A Victorian case of the potentially deadly coronavirus has been confirmed

Hong Kong has declared the outbreak of a new virus an emergency and will close primary and secondary schools for two more weeks after the Lunar New Year holiday. Most schools are off next week, and Lam said they would not re-open until February 17.

Airports across the nation have set up checkpoints to screen passengers from China and other countries for signs of illness, with local authorities accelerating quarantine efforts to contain the virus as a countless number of people visit relatives back home or travel overseas. The city is rushing to build a 1000-bed hospital by Monday, state media said.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China now stands at 1,287, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Saturday. The virus has also been reported in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Nepal.

Passengers arriving on all flights from China are being stopped and given health information about the virus, its symptoms and what to do if they become unwell.

It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a public announcement: "Australians are being strongly advised not to travel to Wuhan or the Hubei Province in China".

A police officer checked the temperature of a driver in Wuhan, where public transportation was suspended.

The cities of Yichang, Suizhou and Jingzhou were the latest added to the list on Friday evening and Saturday.

In a dramatic escalation of the central government's involvement, China deployed 450 military medical staff to Wuhan, state media said. Only authorized vehicles to carry supplies and for other needs would be permitted after that, the reports said. It killed an estimated 50-100 million people in the era when population was small and people and goods were not mixing as they are right now.

Two cases, including a Chicago woman returning from China, have been confirmed in the United States.

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China is now marking the Lunar New Year, one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar.

The city's Guiyuan Temple is normally thronged for the Lunar New Year with tens of thousands of devotees paying respects to a deity associated with wealth.

Almost 1,300 people have now contracted the mysterious disease across 12 countries in the past months, leading to at least 41 deaths.

The latest tally for infections comes from 29 provinces and cities across China and includes 237 patients in serious condition.

In Bordeaux, "the patient is 48 years old".

"Everyone is just trying to protect themselves", said a man in a surgical mask at a Wuhan pharmacy where customers were stocking up on masks, gloves and disinfectant.

Australia on Saturday confirmed its first case of the virus, a man who arrived in Melbourne from China a week ago.

China has put millions of people in lockdown in an attempt to curb the virus from spreading while the 11 million residents of Wuhan have been told not to leave.

The woman is hospitalized in isolation.

It also asked people to wash their hands frequently, cover their mouths when coughing and if they have respiratory problems wear a mask.

Even the usual influenza that circulates each year has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 people in the United States annually since 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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