Zhong Nanshan, China's top pulmonologist and high-level expert of China's National Health Commission, was on a bullet train heading to Wuhan to help combat the recent pneumonia outbreak on January 18.
As of January 20, there were 218 diagnosed cases of coronavirus-related pneumonia in China：
- Wuhan: 198
- Beijing: 5
- Guangdong Province: 14
- Shanghai: 1
on January 20. Human-to-human transmission is confirmed in the recent coronavirus-related pneumonia outbreak, Zhong Nanshan, Chinese pulmonologist and high-level expert of China's National Health Commission said in an interview with broadcaster CCTV on Monday. Two confirmed cases in south China's Guangdong Province denied traveling to Wuhan, but they still got infected after a family member came back from Wuhan, thus confirming human-to-human transmission, added Zhong.
The central Chinese city of Wuhan is beefing up measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, which has infected 219 people on the mainland and was detected in Thailand, Japan and South Korea. The Wuhan Municipal Health has said local tourist groups are banned from traveling outside of the city and vehicles entering and leaving will be subject to spot checks. Local authorities will continue to exercise control over management, and entry and exit into the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, the suspected source of the novel coronavirus, added the health bureau.
On January 23, the authorities are suspending all means of public transport in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, to prevent the spread of a novel coronavirus which caused a pneumonia outbreak that claimed 17 lives in three weeks, according to a statement released by the Pneumonia Epidemic Control Headquarters of Wuhan City. Starting 10 a.m. Thursday, the city will close all outbound routes via airports and railways, the statement says. The government asks local residents not to leave Wuhan "without special reasons." Bus, subway and inter-city bus services shall also remain suspended.
In a bid to discourage people from travelling so as to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, authorities of central China's Hubei Province have closed some expressway intersections in the region, local authorities said on Thursday.
A decision to declare the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in Wuhan an international health emergency has been delayed by a day, announced the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday. Concerned over the infection spreading in China and other countries, the WHO Emergency Committee met in Geneva to decide if the outbreak is a "public health emergency of international concern" that warranted a coordinated international response. Committee members were split down the middle, with the director general saying more information is needed.
Pictures released online showed a batch of doctors have set off from Shanghai to Wuhan, the center of the pneumonia outbreak, on a high-speed train one day before the Chinese New Year's eve.
CMG anchors Bai Yansong, Kang Hui, Shui Junyi, He Hongmei, Hai Xia and Ouyang Xiadan paid tribute to the medical professionals battling coronavirus in a special new section called "The Bridge of Love". They collectively shouted "Go China" as it is the aspiration of all Chinese people to join hands in defeating the virus.
On January 24, The government of Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, has decided to set up a special hospital for receiving coronavirus patients. The emergency center would be modeled on the treatment center which was built in Beijing in seven days to tackle SARS outbreak in 2003. The special hospital is expected to be up and running within the next six days.
On January 25, Wuhan is on lockdown to contain the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, the city suspended all public transport, shut down all outbound flights and trains, as well as services of bus, subway and inter-city bus. A vlogger in the city has recorded what life is like there.
On January 25, 30 provinces and municipalities have enacted level I emergency responses, the highest of four possible levels amid the new coronavirus outbreak. But what happens when a level I emergency response has been activated? In short, local governments will report to the State Council and follow procedures on information dissemination, inspections, and supplies, etc. All local government personnel are also placed on call and must follow decisions and arrangements made by the central government.
The government of Wuhan City on Saturday decided to set up a second coronavirus hospital to receive patients within the next 15 days. The new hospital is named Leishenshan Hospital and is expected to contain 1,300 beds, authorities said.
Chinese New Year's Eve is traditionally a time for family reunions. But instead of celebrating at home with their family members, medical workers from the country's three military medical universities – some with experience combating SARS or Ebola – rushed to Wuhan in the wee hours on Friday to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.
China's National Health Commission is sending 1,230 medical staff in six groups to Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in the region. Three of the six groups have begun their work in the virus-hit area. Local media earlier reported that 450 military medical personnel have also landed in the city to offer support.
China is racing to build a new hospital in just 10 days to treat patients at the epicenter of a deadly virus outbreak. The facility in the central city of Wuhan is expected to be in use by February 3 to serve an increasing number of patients infected by the coronavirus. The 1,000-bed hospital is designed to ease the pressure on other local facilities, which have had to cope with thousands of citizens seeking a diagnosis on their symptoms.
Hundreds of doctors from around China have interrupted their new year celebrations to head to Wuhan and support efforts to tackle the virus outbreak that has hit the city. A medical team of 135 experts from Guangdong Province are among them.
On January 26, the construction of Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital, based on the Xiaotangshan model Beijing invented in 2003 against the SARS outbreak, has entered its third day. While the construction workers have been working round the clock, a media practitioner in Wuhan has captured in this vlog what the construction site is like in his eyes.
In addition to the Huoshenshan Hospital, which entered its third day of construction, construction for the 1,300-bed Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan has also begun. The hospital will cover 30,000 square meters and is expected to be completed in two weeks.
Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital construction has entered its third day. At present, 25,000 square meters of land has been leveled. Steel bars and pipes are ready for gravel paving. Following the model of Xiaotangshan Hospital in Beijing during the fight against SARS in 2003, Huoshenshan Hospital will treat pneumonia patients infected by the new coronavirus. It is expected to be completed on February 1 and go into operation on February 3.
Chinese companies have provided all-round support for the creation of the new coronavirus hospital. China Unicom sent in workers equipped with protection gear and completed the 3G/4G/5G network coverage of the hospital area in just 36 hours. The building of a power supply network around the area is also underway. China Construction Fifth Engineering Division Corp has been working day and night to ensure timely completion of the hospital.
The Huoshenshan Hospital is expected to be handed over to the military on February 3, said the chief of the China Construction Third Engineering Bureau (CCTEB). He also highlighted that all the medical trash and wastewater from the hospital would be collected and disposed of separately from the current garbage disposal system. The local reserved water source in Wuhan won't be contaminated. The treatment center is planned to accommodate 1,000 patients infected by the novel coronavirus.
Construction workers in central China's Wuhan are working round the clock to complete a new hospital. The facility will receive patients infected with the new coronavirus. The Huoshenshan Hospital is expected to be built in six days.
The city of Wuhan in central China is building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat patients infected by the new coronavirus. Construction has begun in the city's western suburb. At one of the busiest construction sites in the world, hundreds of machines dig earth at the same time. Their common goal is to build a new hospital to combat the coronavirus. Chief Engineer Wu Zhizhen never leaves the site or his phone. To speed up the construction work, he stays alert.
Several different places, including Tianjin, Chongqing, Jilin and Henan in China have deployed medics and aid workers to help combat coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.
On January 27, China's Ministry of Finance and the National Health Commission allocated 9.95 billion yuan on Monday to support the battle against the novel coronavirus, bringing the total amount of subsidy to 60.33 billion yuan.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday came to the epicenter Wuhan, Hubei Province to inspect and guide the efforts to prevent and control the novel #coronavirus# outbreak. He also visited patients and medical staff.
With the death toll from the coronavirus now over 100 and more than 4,500 confirmed cases in China, thousands of medical workers are heading to Wuhan. The fight against the new type of coronavirus is winnable, but before that doctors make sacrifices of their own. CGTN's Zhao Yunfei introduces us to a bride-to-be who is postponing her wedding to save patients.
Constructions underway for makeshift hospitals to admit novel #coronavirus# patients. The makeshift hospitals are expected to be put into use within half a month.
Doctor's note: Despite a show of good cheer, singing and shouting on balconies may lead to the transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Thousands of people have been working day and night to build the Huoshenshan Hospital, the first isolation ward for coronavirus patients. In the meantime, millions of netizens are watching the construction process through live webcasting. Viewers have shown their great interest in this fast-building architecture, nicknaming the construction machines on-site "little green" and "forklift chan" for example. Many have also expressed their gratitude to the construction workers.
In order to reduce the chance of infection, Xie Jingjing, a nurse at Wuhan No. 4 Hospital, and her colleagues have had their long hair cut short. Both Xie and her husband are working on the frontline, and they haven't seen their son for more than ten days.
After two days' effort, workers and volunteers turned the Dabie Mountain Medical Center from an empty building into a 1,000-bed emergency facility. The first batch of #coronavirus# patients was transferred to the facility at around 10:30 p.m. local time on January 28, 2020. The medical center is in Huanggang, a prefecture-level city in central China's Hubei Province.
The general plans for the first and second phases of the Wuhan's second novel coronavirus hospital, Leishenshan Hospital, have been completed, with the total construction area expanded to about 60,000 square meters for the accommodation of more than 1,600 beds. The medical isolation area is now about 51,000 square meters, the accommodation area will be about 9,000 square meters, and over 2,000 medical staff members can be accommodated there.
The second batch of 21 medical teams from Xinjiang, Gansu, Guangdong, and Shanghai with a total of 2,287 medical workers, rushed to Hubei on Monday. As of now, 26 provinces, cities and autonomous regions including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as three military hospitals, have organized 52 medical teams with 6,097 personnel to support Hubei.
With just six days before the deadline, workers are speeding up the construction of Leishenshan Hospital in central China's Wuhan City, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. The hospital has a bedding capacity of 1,600 for coronavirus patients. Power is already up and running, and on-site progress is being live-streamed online.
Wuhan's Huoshenshan Hospital, which is being built to treat pneumonia patients with the novel coronavirus, is near completion. The two makeshift hospitals, Huoshenshan and Leishenshan, designated for #coronavirus# treatment in Wuhan will start treating patients on February 3 and February 6 respectively, says the city's mayor Zhou Xianwang.
The central China city of Wuhan is facing a never seen situation. Yet, the residents believe that the sun will soon light up the city and cherry blossoms will bloom again. When that happens, people will take off their facial masks to go wherever they want and visit those they've been missing for so long.
Accommodations for medical staff at Leishenshan Hospital consist of seven buildings with two floors, totaling 9,000 square meters, with a housing capacity of more than 2,000 people. Each room is around 25 square meters with independent sanitary facilities. So far, 75 percent of the accommodation has been completed, and indoor pipeline installation is underway.
As the novel coronavirus widens in China, there has been a shortage of medical supplies like masks. Overseas Chinese are organizing donations for people who are in urgent need back home.
As one of the emergency hospitals in Wuhan built in response to the deadly #coronavirus#, Huoshenshan Hospital is now complete and due to go into use on February 3.
One of the emergency hospitals in Wuhan built in response to the deadly novel coronavirus, the now complete Huoshenshan Hospital, went into operation on Monday. Thousands of construction workers stepped up construction day and night. It's hard to imagine how much work they've done in the past few days. CGTN's Wang Kailin went to the construction site and talked with workers who have witnessed the shockingly rapid progress.
Huoshenshan Hospital, Wuhan's first makeshift hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus, starts operating on February 3, 2020. China State Construction Engineering, one of the companies building the hospital, earlier posted photos of the hospital's interior. There are two beds in each medical ward, with an air conditioner and ventilator. Patients will be able to activate the pre-installed oxygen supply system with one click at bedside. With a capacity of 1,000 beds, Huoshenshan Hospital was handed to military medics on February 2. The hospital will be used exclusively for treating coronavirus patients, with no outpatient services provided.
Huoshenshan Hospital, a SARS treatment-model makeshift hospital in Wuhan, started admitting patients on Tuesday morning. The hospital, which was completed on Sunday morning, was built for treating pneumonia patients infected with the novel.
Leishenshan Hospital, the second new hospital to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, is expected to be completed today. Nearly 2,000 new cases in Wuhan were confirmed on Tuesday. Are there sufficient beds for the patients? CGTN's Zhao Yunfei is there to give the answers.
Leishenshan Hospital, the second specialized hospital built in central China's Wuhan City to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus will be put into use on February 8, said Hu Yabo, executive vice mayor of Wuhan, at a regular press conference on Friday, adding that "it will provide 1,600 beds." Hu also said that the number of beds in 28 designated hospitals in the city had expanded to 8,895.
Yan Hao, a doctor at one of the prefab hospitals in Wuhan, has encouraged his patents to dance to ease their tension and create a positive attitude to beat the #coronavirus#
In Wuhan, measures have been taken since February 9 to ensure that all confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients receive adequate medical care in an effort to halt the spread of the epidemic. CGTN reporter Huang Yichang followed the story of one coronavirus patient, Mrs. Yi, who was sent to a makeshift hospital in Wuhan.
The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in China, outside of Hubei Province, has declined for 11 consecutive days since February 3, said National Health Commission spokesperson Mi Feng at a press conference on Friday. The total number of severe cases outside of Hubei has also decreased for five consecutive days, according to Mi. Among all confirmed cases, the percentage of severe cases dropped from 9.44 percent on February 7 to 7.45 percent on Friday. The situation of the coronavirus epidemic has gotten significantly better in provinces outside of Hubei, Mi concluded.
A new temporary hospital with about 4,500 beds for infected patients with mild symptoms will be put into use on February 20 in central China's Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. It is the largest one of its kind in the city so far.
New COVID-19 cases outside central China's Hubei Province have declined for 16 consecutive days, while Hubei's newly confirmed cases have dropped below 1,000. 349 more cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Hubei as of Wednesday, after 279 previously confirmed cases have been ruled out and removed from the overall provincial data.
After 16 days of treatment, a five-year-old COVID-19 patient has recovered and was discharged from the hospital. She performed a dance for medical workers to show her gratitude. Since the girl's parents are still in quarantine, members of her community will take care of her until the family is reunited.
Doctor Elmer Huerta, the director of the Cancer Preventorium at Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, shared with CGTN some insights on what has been done in China since the start of the new coronavirus outbreak.
The youngest coronavirus patient, a three-month-old baby girl, was recently discharged from a hospital in Hangzhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province. The nurses at the hospital became "temporary moms" and when the farewell time came, the hospital's medical staff sent their best wishes to the baby in a video.
Huoshenshan and Leishenshan in Wuhan City are high-tech hospitals specially designed to combat the novel coronavirus. CGTN reporter Zhou Yiqiu explains how 5G is actually making a difference at these hospitals. With the help of 5G, long-distance medical treatment, involving real-time data collection, remote consultations, can take place.
Countries around the world need to follow China's example when fighting and preparing for COVID-19, a top World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Tuesday upon returning from the epicenter of the outbreak. Describing the response as "striking," Bruce Aylward, head of the joint WHO-China mission, said: "In 30 years of doing this business, I've not seen this before, nor was I sure it would work." Aylward warned that the rest of the world "was not ready" to deal with the virus, although "they could get ready fast" should they replicate responses undertaken by China.
Central China's Wuhan City imposed its lockdown on January 23. All public transportation was stopped, all commercial flights in and out of the city were halted, and residents were urged not to even leave their homes. It was an unprecedented move by the Chinese government. Ever since the lockdown, Wuhan has taken action to ensure public health. CGTN's Zhao Yunfei shows how.
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