Taiwanese health officials in Wuhan to learn about new coronavirus outbreak

China | 14 Jan 2020 10:51 am

Two Taiwanese health experts have arrived in Wuhan city in Hubei province to find out more about the pneumonia outbreak caused by a new coronavirus that has so far left one person dead and infected more than three dozen others, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control said yesterday.

They arrived in Wuhan late Sunday and are expected to stay there for two days, under the guidance of local health officials, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said, CNA reports.

As of January 12, a total of 41 cases were confirmed in Wuhan, with one fatality, while seven were considered serious, according to data compiled by China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The WHO has designated the novel coronavirus as 2019-nCoV and has urged all countries to improve public awareness and adopt self-protection measures against the disease.

Chuang said the WHO's decision not to name the virus after Wuhan was probably made to prevent people from assuming that the disease can only occur in certain places, and he assured the public that Taiwan has so far been free of the disease.

According to the CDC, Taiwan has implemented stringent inspection measures for inbound flights from Wuhan since December 31, following an outbreak of the disease in the city.

To date, more than 22 inbound flights and a total of 2,342 passengers have been screened, the CDC said.

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