The Chinese Politburo met for a crisis meeting to discuss the spread of the novel corona virus. The meeting was led by head of state and party leader Xi Jinping. According to state television, the party's central authority has decided to set up a working group to deal with the new lung disease.
By doing so, the party and state leaders demonstrate the importance they attach to the fight against the spread of 2019-nCoV. The virus has now spread to almost all regions of the country with the exception of Tibet. According to the latest information, more than 1,300 cases are in China confirmed, 41 people have died. However, according to estimates by London scientists, the number of people affected in Wuhan alone, where the virus first broke out, could now be more than 4,000.
China recently tried to contain the virus in the region around Wuhan. Bus, train and flight connections from the area with several cities and more than 40 million inhabitants are interrupted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed the measure. In addition, the authorities have started the construction of an emergency clinic in Wuhan, which can hold 1,000 beds and should be completed by February 3.
The virus has not only spread within China. Cases in mostly single-digit cases have meanwhile been registered in numerous other countries in the East Asian region. The United States and Australia also had one infected person, and three infected were registered in France on Friday.
The virus is said to have its origins in an animal market in Wuhan and belongs to the group of coronaviruses, These usually trigger respiratory diseases, which can vary in severity, but usually only trigger colds. However, the causative agent of SARS also belonged to the virus group that killed around 800 people in China and Hong Kong in 2002 and 2003.