Wuhan to follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in new coronavirus control

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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Contsruction is underway on a new hospital designated to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Caidian District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Courtesy Xinhuanet)
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Updated 26 January 2020

Wuhan to follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in new coronavirus control

  • The 1,000 bed hospital is expected to pool medical resources to provide isolated and efficient treatment for infected pneumonia patients
  • China on Thursday morning locked down Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, in an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of the epidemic

WUHAN, China: Wuhan will follow Beijing’s SARS treatment model in building a designated hospital for patients infected with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.

The Wuhan headquarters for the control and treatment of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus said on Friday the upcoming hospital is designed to have an area of 25,000 square meters and will be in use by Feb. 3.

The 1,000 bed hospital is expected to pool medical resources to provide isolated and efficient treatment for infected pneumonia patients.

In the treatment and control of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, that spread rapidly on the Chinese mainland in 2003, Beijing built the Xiaotangshan Hospital, a temporary medical center in the northern suburb of the city.

The hospital will be built near the Wuhan Workers’ Sanatorium in the Caidian District in the western suburb to treat infected patients.

Construction equipment has been sent to the hospital construction site.

The headquarters said the upcoming hospital will follow the building model of the Xiaotangshan Hospital using movable plank houses so that the construction will be completed quickly.

The Xiaotangshan Hospital was built in seven days. The hospital admitted one-seventh of the SARS patients in the country within two months.

Currently, coronavirus patients are being treated in several designated hospitals and 61 fever clinics in Wuhan.

China on Thursday morning locked down Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, in an unprecedented effort to curb the spread of the epidemic, after it resulted in 25 deaths, including 24 in Hubei and one in northern China’s Hebei Province.

  • This article is based on a report on Xinhuanet


Pakistan shuts schools, suspends Iran flights to curb coronavirus spread

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Pakistan shuts schools, suspends Iran flights to curb coronavirus spread

  • Latin America sees its first confirmed case of coronavirus in Brazil
  • Two countries in Europe - Estonia and Germany - have announced on Thursday their first cases of the virus

ISLAMABAD/RIO DE JANEIRO: Pakistan on Thursday shut schools in several areas and suspended flights to and from Iran to try to stop the spread of new coronavirus, after reporting its first cases of the infection, officials said.
The South Asian nation bordering China and Iran, both of which have been hit hard by the virus, reported its first two cases on Wednesday.
Both people had recently traveled to Iran as part of large groups of pilgrims from Pakistan’s Shi’ite Muslim community. Health officials have said both were “stable.”
In Britain, the number of coronavirus infections has risen to 15 cases. Elsewhere, two countries in Europe - Estonia and Germany - have announced on Thursday their first cases of the virus.
Latin America meanwhile saw its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide when Brazil’s government announced that a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy this month had the virus.
The Brazilian man had spent two weeks in northern Italy’s Lombardy region on a work trip, where he contracted the contagious virus, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to four, the country’s health authority said on Thursday.
In the western canton of Geneva one person was tested positive for the virus while it was also confirmed in a couple in the southeastern Alpine canton of Grisons, it added.
“All three patients are isolated in the hospital. Their condition is good,” the Federal Office of Public Health said.


Brazil’s national health agency Anvisa has been working to map all contact the man had with others, and on Tuesday requested the manifest of the flight he took to investigate other possible cases.
The Health Ministry said that the man received some 30 family members at his home after returning to Sao Paulo on Feb. 21. Those people are under observation, as are with passengers from the plane.
In Sydney, Australia’s prime minister said the country considered the new coronavirus to be a pandemic Thursday, going a step beyond the WHO as he extended a travel ban on visitors from China.
Announcing a national emergency response plan to the contagion, Scott Morrison said he was considering “additional measures” for monitoring travelers arriving in the country.
“We’re effectively operating now on the basis that there is one — a pandemic,” Morrison said. “We believe the risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us.” Australia has reported 22 infections, but none that were contracted or passed from person-to-person inside the country.
Morrison’s warning comes as he scrambles to burnish his leadership credentials after fierce criticism of his handling of the months-long bushfire crisis. His government is also embroiled in a deepening political scandal over the funneling of taxpayer money into areas his coalition targeted in last year’s election.
Meanwhile, South Korea reported 171 more cases of the new virus on Thursday, bringing its total number of infections to 1,766.