Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in every region in mainland China, with the most recent case confirmed in Tibet.
This has upped the number of confirmed cases in the country to 7,711 as of January 29, as according to media sources.
The death toll now stands at 170.
Sixteen other countries have also reported cases of the virus, including the US, UAE, and Canada.
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The World Health Organisation will meet today to discuss whether the virus is a global health emergency.
“In the last few days the progress of the virus, especially in some countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Dr Ghebreyesus remarked that there is a possibility that this will become a bigger outbreak.
At least four Pakistani students in China studying in Wuhan, have caught the virus. Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health confirmed this and informed that they are “well.” Precautionary measures are being taken to evacuate the students from China.
According to sources, there is no found cure or vaccine for the virus yet, as it is still a new virus. The elderly and sick are likely to be more prone to it.
The virus outbreak took place in China’s Wuhan. The city has been closed off and transport has been restricted. The US and Japan have initiated evacuation of their citizens. Japan has confirmed that three passengers returning to the country from Wuhan had contracted the virus.
EU citizens are going to be evacuated along with two flights scheduled. Australia, Canada, the Philippines and Malaysia have announced evacuation of their citizens from Wuhan as well.
Pakistan has not made similar plans, however, it has started screening passengers arriving from China, directly or indirectly.