Coronavirus death toll rises in China


CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that have a halo, or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under an electron microscope. [CDC/Dr. Fred Murphy]

Vishnu Nair, Staff Writer

For the past few weeks, China has been under the attack of a virus called MERS. Mers is caused by MERS-CoV coronavirus. This respiratory illness was first surfaced in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. Since then, it has spread to other countries.

The virus has reached the U.S., and the largest outbreak outside the Arabian Peninsula occurred in South Korea in 2015. Now, the virus is affecting China and death tolls are rising rapidly. Many people are dying and more than 800 infected as the Wuhan Coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and across the world.

Tens of millions of people have been locked down. In China’s Hubei Province, 10 cities are facing travel restrictions. This includes the city of Wuhan itself. The city of Wuhan has ordered that no patients are rejected.

Some authorities have canceled all small to large-scale Lunar New Year celebrations. Which seems to be quite a big deal. This shows how threatening the virus is to people. This virus has affected not just China, but many other countries as well.

This virus is so deadly that an Italian cruise ship, with 6,000 people on board is on lockdown after two Chinese passengers are suspected of catching the virus.  One of the couples has a fever and both are being kept in solitary confinement on board as the ship is docked in Civitavecchia, north of Rome.

Even Russia has closed its border with China. There have been no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Russia as of now. They’ve stopped giving out electronic visas to anyone who is a Chinese national.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said: “We have to do everything to protect our people.”

Although, Russia is working with China to try to find a vaccine for this deadly virus.

The coronavirus has seemingly popped out of nowhere and is taking many lives. Currently, it is on a rampage and it looks like it isn’t going anywhere for now. Hopefully, a vaccine can be developed in time before this turns into a worldwide problem.

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