The People’s Daily has released a photograph of Liang Wudong, the doctor who died in Wuhan from the virus.
Here’s a what we know so far about the spreading coronavirus.
- A 62-year-old doctor, Liang Wudong, has died from the virus in Wuhan after treating patients. Reports say a second doctor Jiang Jijun also died from a heart attack after becoming exhausted from attending to patients.
- Chinese authorities confirmed on Saturday that 41 people had died from the virus and over 1,300 have been infected globally.
- 56 million people in 18 provinces are now subject to travel restrictions.
- China has ordered nationwide measures to identify and immediately isolate suspected cases of a deadly virus on trains, aeroplanes and buses.
- Shanghai has shut all cinemas until 30 January to try to stop the spread of the virus
- China’s Haikou city, the capital of the southern island province of Hainan, will start a 14-day centralised medical observation for tourists from the central Hubei province
- 1,200 military medical personnel have been sent to Wuhan to help with the outbreak, according to state media.
- Australia reported it’s first confirmed case of the virus – a man in his 50s who had returned from China and had visited Wuhan.
- Malaysia reported a third case of the virus on Saturday.
- Japan confirmed its third case.
- In the UK, 2,000 travellers who have arrived recently from Wuhan are being sought. Fourteen people tested negative for the virus.
- 12 countries outside China have confirmed cases.
The race is on to build a new hospital in Wuhan to treat patients infected with the virus. Here is a timelapse of the work so far:
There are reports on the Global Times that a second doctor has died. It says Jiang Jijun died from exhaustion from treating patients.
We’ve updated our explainer on where the virus has spread to:
China orders nationwide measures to identify and isolate cases
This from Agence France-Presse:
China has ordered nationwide measures to identify and immediately isolate suspected cases of a deadly virus on trains, aeroplanes and buses, as the death toll and number of patients has skyrocketed.
Inspection stations will be set up and passengers with suspected pneumonia must be “immediately transported” to a medical centre, the National Health Commission said in a statement.
The isolation of suspected cases must be followed by disinfection of the train, plane or bus.
The statement said “all departments of transportation” must “strictly” introduce prevention and control measures including screening measures in airports, railway stations, bus stations and ports.
To bring our numbers up to date – 56 million people are now subject to restrictions on their movement as authorities expanded travel bans in central Hubei province, now affecting 18 cities.
More signs that new year’s celebrations are off and many people are staying away from public places:
Chinese news website Caixin has a snapshot of what reporting on the outbreak in Wuhan during Lunar new year is like. In the piece Gao Yu describes rumours flying around the hospitals, including that patients were attacking doctors.
None of these things were true.
Overall, the city still operates in an orderly fashion. But shortages of medical devices and the fact that most local medical staff are incredibly overloaded are indeed severe problems. And most worryingly of all is the continuous spread of the virus…
Back in our hotel, we found protective gear waiting for us kindly donated by people we don’t even know, sent from around the country.
The three of us are the only customers of this hotel. They keep operating just for us, and put a small gift of fruit in our room – it’s the new year after all.”