The number of people infected has increased to 444. Russia and Mexico say that visitors from China are hospitalized with the suspected virus. China has closed the border.
A new type of pneumonia caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV has already killed 17 people in China. This was stated by the head of the health committee of Hubei Province Yang Yunyan at a press conference on Wednesday, January 22.
“As of 20:00 local time, the number of people infected in Hubei province was 444, 17 people died,” Yunyan said.
Mexico said it was investigating a possible coronavirus infection in the state of Tamaulipas. The patient is now under observation. This was stated by the President of the country Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Russia is also testing a probable case of coronavirus infection. Mash channel writes that “in Pulkovo hospitalized a man with suspicion of a new Chinese coronavirus.” The 23-year-old Russian flew to St. Petersburg from Shanghai today (with transfers in Krasnoyarsk and Moscow).
“The guy was rushed with a temperature of 38 degrees with Pulkovo checkpoint, now he is in the hospital. At the moment, doctors are investigating whether it is the same virus or not,” the publication says.
In turn, the Chinese authorities announced the closure of the borders to foreign tourists to prevent the spread of the virus.
As a precautionary measure, the DPRK has temporarily closed the border to foreign tourists since 22 January. If you have booked tours for these dates, our staff will contact you to clarify the details,” the press service of the North Korean tour operator Young Pioneer Tours said.
Earlier, China invited WHO specialists to Wuhan. The country’s authorities have also invited specialists from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan to the city where the pneumonia outbreak is located.