In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, medical personnel scan a new coronavirus patient at a hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. (Chinatopix via AP)
UPDATED 6:10 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020
China has deployed at least 40 industrial incinerators to the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. Conflicting reports said the machines, which can reportedly handle about five tons of material per day, are either being used to dispose of animal carcasses or medical waste.
While its origins have not been confirmed, the virus is believed to have spread from bats to other animals before being passed to humans.
“Pandora’s Box has opened, unleashing the disaster, fear and illness. But there could be one thing still left in the box. That’s hope. As long as hope is there, we shall overcome the difficulty.”
– Dr. Tang Xin, Wuhan Union Hospital
Officials said the disposal of medical waste is vital in safeguarding people and preventing further spread of the disease.
Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses samples as analytic work continues to examine the genetic structure of a virus in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
Meanwhile, a travel warning has been announced for people traveling to Hong Kong. The CDC recently issued a Level 1 advisory for the region amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The agency has told travelers to avoid contact with sick people and to clean their hands often.
Although the warning did not advise cancelling travel to Hong Kong, it advised anyone who’s traveled there within the past 14 days to seek medical attention if they experience symptoms.
Commuters wearing face masks are mirrored in a subway station Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)