Friday 24 January 2020

Coronavirus patient in Wuhan is sealed in a PLASTIC TUBE

Coronavirus patient is sealed in a PLASTIC TUBE to avoid contaminating others while being transported by Chinese medics in hazmat suits
  • Footage filmed in Huizhou, China, shows medics taking extreme care
  • 20 medical workers in the nation have been struck down with the virus
  • At least 17 have been killed and 532 have been sickened in the outbreak
  • Wuhan, the source of the virus, has ordered all residents to wear masks
  • Never-before-seen footage shows doctors in hazmat suits treating patients
Medics secure the plastic tube with the suspected coronavirus patient inside
23 January, 2020

Hazmat-clad Chinese medics have been spotted transporting a coronavirus patient inside a sealed plastic tube in a bid to avoid cross-infection. 

Footage shows two medical workers in hazardous material suits pulling a sufferer out of an ambulance and then wheeling the individual towards a hospital building.

Footage shared by Radio Free Asia shows medics donning hazmat suits transporting a coronavirus patient in a sealed plastic tube in Huizhou, a city in southern China's Guangdong
The small coastal city, with a population of nearly five million, reported its first confirmed case on Monday
Footage shared by Radio Free Asia shows medics donning hazmat suits transporting a coronavirus patient in a sealed plastic tube in Huizhou, a city in southern China's Guangdong
Twenty medical workers in China have been struck down with the new strain of coronavirus while looking after patients, the country's officials have revealed. 

The virus originated in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China, and has so far killed 17 people and sickened more than 530 in the country.

Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the United States have also reported confirmed cases.

The 17-second clip, released by Radio Free Asia on social media, was filmed in Huizhou in southern China's Guangdong Province.

The small coastal city, with a population of nearly five million, reported its first confirmed case on Monday.

As for the whole Guangdong province, 26 people have been struck with the virus, including seven serious cases and three critical cases.

The never-before-seen pictures were taken inside the intensive care units of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of the hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak

It's believed that the source of the virus were the live animals traded in Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, the largest of its kind of Wuhan, which spreads along the banks of the Yangtze River.

The Chinese authorities have urged its people not to travel in and out of Wuhan for the upcoming Lunar New Year, and strengthened the health screening in transport hubs across the nation.

And the government of Wuhan has ordered all residents to wear face masks in public places.

Chinese officials this week confirmed that the virus had spread between humans, suggesting it can be passed through coughs and sneezes.

The first pictures and footage of Chinese doctors treating patients who were struck down with a new deadly virus have also emerged.

Images shared by the Central Hospital of Wuhan, where the virus originated, show medics donning hazmat suits attending to the sufferers at the hospital's intensive care units.

While a video report released by state broadcaster CCTV captures the tense atmosphere at the intensive care units of the city's Jinyintan Hospital, where most of the patients are being looked after.

Experts in the country today claimed that they had found ways to effectively kill the virus.

Li Lanjuan, an expert from National Health Commission's, said at a press conference: 'Coronavirus will die in 30 minutes in a temperature of 56 degrees Celsius.

'Ether, 75 per cent Ethanol and disinfectant containing Chlorine can effectively kill the virus.'

The killer coronavirus may already be in Britain, health experts have admitted today - as they warn humans have 'no immunity' to the deadly disease.

The news came as Heathrow Airport announced it would take the extraordinary measure of separating all passengers flying into the UK from Wuhan to try to stop the infection reaching British soil.

Health chiefs have now raised the threat level in the UK and one said this morning the outbreak currently has a death rate similar to the global Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, which went on to kill more than 50million people.

Leading scientists have also today warned up to 10,000 patients may have caught the SARS-like virus in Wuhan - more than double the previous estimate.

Officially, around 530 people have been diagnosed internationally and the Hubei Provincial Government has now confirmed the death toll has almost doubled, from nine to 17. Antibiotics do not work for viruses.

It emerged last night that the disease had reached the US. A man in his 30s from Washington State, who had travelled back from Wuhan, was confirmed to be the first American case.

Patients have already been confirmed in Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, and one man in Australia is being tested for the virus. Another suspected case has been recorded today in Mexico.

US President Donald Trump today said America 'has a plan' to contain the spread of the virus, which officials have confirmed can spread between humans.

But British experts who fear there could already be a case of the never-before-seen virus in the UK have warned screening in the UK 'is not foolproof' and said that the borders are too 'porous' to keep the infection out.

Scientists are desperately trying to contain the outbreak of the virus, which scientists say may have come from bats and can cause a fever and pneumonia

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