Coronavirus Outbreak: Chinese Doctor who first warned about virus, dies

Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who was among the first to alert other medics of the new coronavirus outbreak died of the epidemic on Thursday, reports said.

34-year-old Wenliang, an ophthalmologist in Wuhan started observing that patients had symptoms similar to the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03.

He sent out a message to colleagues about deadly virus but was summoned by police for “rumour-mongering.”

He later got infected by virus while treating a patient.

The number of confirmed deaths in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 636 on Friday with the number of total confirmed cases crossed 30000, chinses Health Officials said.

According to the sources, another 41 people on board a cruise ship off Japan’s coast have tested positive for coronavirus. With this, the number of confirmed infections has risen to at least 61 in Japan.  

According to Ministry of Heath of India, 138750 passengers from 1265 flights have been screened for Novel Coronavirus illness till yesterday.

No new case has been detected, the statement said.

All 645 evacuees from Wuhan, China have tested negative for Novel Coronavirus. In addition, 510 samples have been tested by ICMR network laboratories of which all have tested negative except for 3 already reported positive. The 3 positive cases are clinically stable, it said.

Community surveillance and contact tracing is ongoing by IDSP for 6558 persons across 32 States/UTs, it added.

Fourth Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) meeting was held on February 6, under Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to discuss various technical issues including review period of follow up required for asymptomatic travellers from China.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in coordination with central Ministries and all States/UTs is taking adequate measures for management of Novel Coronavirus in India.