As per the recent official reports, the deadly coronavirus has so far killed over 100 people. This has resulted in the United States asking its citizens to reconsider travelling to China. The outbreak has severely impacted the country’s economy. Other neighbouring countries including India have also issued a high alert. By Tanvi Jain
The death toll due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus has claimed over 100 lives in China. As of January 27, China has confirmed of 4,515 cases. The United States has warned travellers to reconsider their visit to China.
China has itself imposed a travel ban and extended New Year holiday just to keep people at home and avoid getting exposed to the deadly virus. The virus has impacted both — health as well as the economic situation of the country.
With oil prices hitting a three-month low, the global stocks have seen a major decline, and China’s Yuan has dipped to its weakest level in 2020. The damage to the world’s second-biggest economy has agonised the investors.
Other than China, countries like Japan, Nepal, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, Australia and France have also confirmed cases of the virus.
Authorities in China’s Hubei province which lies at the heart of the outbreak has been facing flak from the public. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the epicentre of the outbreak Wuhan in order to encourage medical workers and promised reinforcements.
Following a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, China’s ambassador to the United Nations also assured of the Chinese government’s measures to prevent the epidemic.
China’s heavily censored social media also faced anger over the virus, as the agitators alleged it to have been originated from the market where the wildlife is sold illegally.
Furthermore, India is also taking preventive measures against the virus. As per media reports, a high alert has been issued at the Indo-Nepal border and various other Indian states. Although no cases have been reported so far, states like Kerala and Maharashtra have kept nearly 200 people under observation.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also took to Twitter advising against travelling to China and assuring support to Uttarakhand government for screening at the Nepal border.
Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar has also assured of the Indian Embassy in China constantly keeping up with the health of Indians in the country.
As of January 25, the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed 1,320 cases globally, 1,297 from China, excluding five from Hong Kong, two from Macau, and three from Taipei. It has also confirmed 1,965 cases from 20 Chinese provinces and the fact that out of the 23 confirmed cases 21 had a travel history to Wuhan.