China advises against handshake in fear of coronavirus

Health agencies around the world are trying desperately to stop the virus that has reached Thailand, Australia, the US, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Canada and Nepal

The deadly coronavirus spreading in China has taken a dangerous turn as its spread continues. China’s health experts are placing it in a very dangerous category. The most worrisome aspect of the epidemic is that the disease does not show symptoms at the early stage while afflicting people.

The administration in China is so paranoid that, in Wuhan, people are placed virtually under house arrest. No one is allowed to leave the city. Beijing has advised people not to shake hands with each other.

China has extended its Lunar New Year holiday so that the epidemic the coronavirus causes is better checked in a period of low activity by the country’s workforce. Cases of coronavirus infection have been reported and confirmed from around the world. About 3,000 people have so far contracted the disease. A majority of them (2,744) live in China.

Hubei reported the highest casualty of 76 dead patients out of reported cases of 1,423 admissions to hospitals. A 50-year-old man who had recently travelled from Wuhan on 8 January succumbed to respiratory system failure due to the virus in Beijing on Monday, informed the Beijing Municipal Health Commission.

So far, more than 80 people have died of this disease in China. Health agencies around the world are trying desperately to stop the virus that is spreading outside China, Thailand and Hong Kong have seen eight cases of infection each. The US, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have five cases each. Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia have reported four patients each. France has three. Vietnam and Canada have reported two. Nepal has one.

The whole world is on alert due to the coronavirus, not much information about which is available to doctors. The health agencies are not even aware of the method of its spread. This disease can cause pneumonia, which may prove fatal in extreme cases.

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