KEY POINTS

  • China turned down U.S. experts for fight against coronavirus
  • Chinese officials declined American experts entry three times
  • Coronavirus outbreak has claimed 131 lives as of now

As the death toll due to Wuhan coronavirus inches towards 200, China needs all the assistance from experts across the world.  However, China turned down scientists from the U.S.  three times including one made through the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters about China’s stand on seeking any assistance. Later, China agreed to welcome foreign help for dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Daily Mail, the WHO said on Tuesday that China has welcomed the organization’s experts to study more about the deadly coronavirus that has spread from Wuhan to several other countries.

Azar said in his press conference that the U.S. made multiple attempts to send scientists and medical experts, but China had declined the offers. He stated that China should be more cooperative and transparent while dealing with something like the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that the coronavirus outbreak is speeding up.

“Life is of paramount importance. When an epidemic breaks out, a command is issued. It is our responsibility to prevent and control it,” Jinping said to Chinese media over the weekend, via CNN.

The coronavirus is spreading, but the fatality rate of the reported cases remains less compared to other virus-related diseases. Until, Tuesday, Jan. 28, the fatality rate of coronavirus was close to 2.3 percent. Meanwhile, according to WHO’s reports, the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) has a fatality rate of 35 percent and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has a 9.6 percent mortality rate.

Common Symptoms of Coronavirus

  1. Runny nose
  2. Malaise and headache
  3. Muscle pain
  4. Sore throat or cough

Complications due to Coronavirus

  1. Breathlessness
  2. Pneumonia
  3. High fever (above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius)
  4. Severe cases can lead to the patient’s death

Meanwhile, in Wuhan, masks are compulsory for people going out. Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that eight million masks are produced in 30 factories each day.

Investors are increasingly worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus, which has now killed at least 132 people and infected more people in China than SARS Investors are increasingly worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus, which has now killed at least 132 people and infected more people in China than SARS Photo: AFP / Anthony WALLACE