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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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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