China’s president warns coronavirus outbreak is far from over

Medical staff checking passengers arriving from Iran in the airport in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

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UPDATED 6:38 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

China’s president has warned that the coronavirus outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

While speaking to some of his top officials on Friday, President Xi Jinping said the peak of the outbreak has not yet been reached. Xi’s remarks came as other Chinese officials assured governments around the world the outbreak will soon be over.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said more needs to be done to contain the disease.

“The window of opportunity is still there, but our window of opportunity is narrowing,” stated WHO Director Tedros Adhanom. “That is why we called the international community to act, and that is why I explained yesterday (that) although we are asking for the international community to act quickly, that is not what we see.”

The outbreak has so far taken the lives of more than 2,000 people. The disease has also dealt a heavy blow to China’s economy after the country was forced to close a significant number of factories.

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China’s president warns coronavirus outbreak is far from over

Medical staff checking passengers arriving from Iran in the airport in Najaf, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:38 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

China’s president has warned that the coronavirus outbreak will likely get worse before it gets better.

While speaking to some of his top officials on Friday, President Xi Jinping said the peak of the outbreak has not yet been reached. Xi’s remarks came as other Chinese officials assured governments around the world the outbreak will soon be over.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said more needs to be done to contain the disease.

“The window of opportunity is still there, but our window of opportunity is narrowing,” stated WHO Director Tedros Adhanom. “That is why we called the international community to act, and that is why I explained yesterday (that) although we are asking for the international community to act quickly, that is not what we see.”

The outbreak has so far taken the lives of more than 2,000 people. The disease has also dealt a heavy blow to China’s economy after the country was forced to close a significant number of factories.

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China deploys 40 incinerators to Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak

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)

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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)

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Public health emergency declared over coronavirus outbreak

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks about the coronavirus in the briefing room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 3:10 PM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has declared a public health emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During a briefing at the White House on Friday, Azar said temporary measures will go into effect on Sunday. These measures will include suspending entry of foreign nationals, who pose a risk of transmitting the virus, into the U.S.

“At this time, the risk to Americans remains low and we are working to keep it that way,” he said. “We will continue our work to monitor, respond to and mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.”

The secretary also said any Americans returning from China’s Hubei province will be under a mandatory 14 day quarantine. Those returning from other parts of China will undergo screening and be on a self-imposed quarantine.

Azar added there will likely be more coronavirus cases in the U.S., including cases of limited person-to-person transmission. More than 200 people have died from the coronavirus in China so far.

FILE – This Wednesday, July 17, 2019, file photo shows American Airlines planes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The fast spreading virus has caused two major U.S. airlines to halt all flights to China. On Friday, Delta announced it was canceling all U.S. flights to China between February 6th and April 30th. American Airlines will halt flights between the two countries until March 27th.

United has canceled several flights between February 1st and 8th, but held back on canceling all flights.

The State Department issued a travel advisory on the same day, which warned Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

“By imposing temporary travel restrictions on China, the president has taken decisive action to protect Americans against the Wuhan coronavirus,” stated Sen. Tom Cotton. “I commend the administration for taking the situation seriously and erring on the side of caution.”

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World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), talks to the media at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

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UPDATED 2:25 PM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) is declaring an international emergency in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, the organization panel announced the fast spreading disease, which has infected more than 8,200 people across the world, is now a global health emergency.

Since it emerged less than a month ago, the coronavirus has resulted in at least 170 deaths and has spread from China to more than a dozen other countries.

“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries,” explained WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The greatest concern is for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it.”

According to officials, the declaration does not mean the agency has a vote of no confidence in China. The announcement was intended to help the agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, center, Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, M.D., left, and U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy director James Carroll speak about opioids with reporters in the Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

White House officials have downplayed the threat posed by the Chinese coronavirus. On Thursday, Assistant Public Health Secretary Brett Giroir said the federal government is monitoring the virus’ spread.

“This is no cause for urgent panic in any way in the United States,” stated Giroir. “This is currently under control.”

The secretary said screening procedures and medical teams are currently in place at U.S. airports to prevent new cases of the coronavirus from spreading. He added officials are taking proactive measures to contain the threat.

“Really, this is a dynamic, rapidly changing event. The news can change at any given moment. But the resources are deployed, the government’s mobilized and we feel confident. We have good diagnostics now by the CDC. The (National Institutes of Health) NIH already has candidate vaccines as well as many other individuals.” – Adm. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Public Health

The virus has already affected almost 8,000 people worldwide and claimed 170 lives, but its global spread has slowed in recent days.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington, about the federal government’s response to a virus outbreak originating in China that has has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100. Standing with Azar are, from left, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease Director Nancy Messonnier and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Report: U.S. planning to evacuate Americans from Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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UPDATED 11:07 AM PT — Saturday, January 25, 2020

The U.S. government is organizing a flight of out the Chinese city of Wuhan to evacuate American citizens and diplomats amid the coronavirus outbreak. The local U.S. consulate is reportedly contacting American citizens to offer them a place on the plane, which will seat around 230 people and is expected to take off on Sunday.

Around 1,000 U.S. citizens are said to be in Wuhan. However, those who choose to evacuate on the plane will be responsible for the cost of their ticket. The flight will be directly to the U.S. Onboard medical personnel will be present to ensure the infection doesn’t spread.

The U.S. government is also planning to temporarily close the consulate in Wuhan.

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a staff member wearing a hazardous materials suit hauls a bin at a hospital that reported a coronavirus death in Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Meanwhile, officials in China are taking on a massive construction project to build a quarantine hospital within 10 days. Authorities reportedly started building the 1,000 bed hospital on Friday. It will be used to treat patients who are being turned away from overcrowded hospitals in Wuhan.

At least 41 people have died and 1,200 others have been infected by the new and unknown virus, which includes pneumonia-like symptoms.

In 2003, a similar building was quickly erected during a SARS outbreak.

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