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    Coronavirus Outbreak: China Announces Ban On Wildlife Trade; Says Virus Ability To Spread Getting Stronger

    China’s National Health Commission said that authorities’ knowledge of the nCoV was limited and they are unclear on the risks posed by mutations of the deadly virus

    In wake of the never-seen deadly outbreak of the novel coronavirus (nCoV), China has banned wildlife trade nationwide in markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms from January 26th, 2020.

    Any places that breed wildlife should be isolated, and the transportation of wildlife should be banned, the country’s market watchdog, agricultural ministry, and forestry bureau said in a joint statement.

    The virus has killed 56 people till now and a total of 1,975 confirmed nCoV cases have been reported. Lockdown continues in Wuhan and 17 other cities in Hubei province. All bus, metro and ferry services have been suspended, and all outbound planes and trains cancelled in Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak.

    As per local media reports, Xi’an city will ban long-distance buses to contain the deadly Coronavirus outbreak. Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for all-out efforts to prevent and control coronavirus outbreak.

    On the other hand, the transmission ability of the virus is getting stronger and infections could continue to rise. This was stated by China’s National Health Commission Ma Xiaowei on January 26th, 2020, Reuters reported. Xiaowei also said that authorities’ knowledge of the nCoV was limited and they are unclear on the risks posed by mutations of the deadly virus.

    Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for the new virus and the symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus an ’emergency in China’ but is yet to declare it global health emergency and has given its experts more time to gather information. 

    Meanwhile, the Indian government has set up a round-the-clock call centre to attend to the queries about the nCoV as the death toll from the deadly outbreak in China reached 56.

    “A 24×7 @NCDCgov Call Centre (+91-11-23978046) has been operationalised to monitor the list of contacts furnished by MEA; provide details of surveillance officers & in case of any query, direct concerned to relevant Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) officer,” the Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.

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