tirsdag 28. januar 2020

China coronavirus: Premier Li Keqiang orders Wuhan hospitals to admit patients as city struggles to cope

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has ordered authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of a deadly coronavirus outbreak – to ensure that all patients with the illness are admitted to hospital, as countries around the world impose travel restrictions and start pulling their citizens out of the city. Li inspected efforts to contain the outbreak in Wuhan on Monday, as the death toll rose to 82. So far all of the fatalities have been in mainland China, where there are also more than 2,800 confirmed cases.

The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also arrived in Beijing on Monday to discuss ways to slow the spread. Top Chinese leaders are scrambling to ensure that preventive measures are adequately implemented to minimise the risk of further expansion in an outbreak that has already seriously disrupted public life and even elite politics.