Countries on alert as China warns virus could spread furtherThe coronary virus has so far been detected in five countries prompting others to enhance fever checks at airports. This has prompted other countries to enhance fever checks at the airports to prevent the virus amid fears of bigger outbreak across the globe. China warned Wednesday that the virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and spread to other countries could mutate, as authorities scrambled to contain the disease during the Lunar New Year travel season. The illness is transmitted via the respiratory tract and there "is the possibility of viral mutation and further spread of the disease," National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin said at a news conference in Beijing. A prominent expert from China's National Health Commission confirmed this week that the virus can be passed between people.
Source: Standard Digital January 22, 2020 06:11 UTC