It was reported in 26 January 2020 that the total number of confirmed Wuhan virus cases is at 2,744 in China.
In a day, 1,291 new confirmed cases were registered in China: the first time that the virus register a four-digit new infections in a day.
And the death toll just hit the three-digit mark, at a whopping 106 deaths; an increase from 80.
That’s not good.
In fact, it’s been a day with bad news, and we’re not even halfway through the day.
A Day of Bad News
Other than the sudden influx of confirmed cases in China, the world is also bracing for the worst.
In a day, Germany, Canada and Cambodia all registered their first confirmed case.
As Donald Trump complains about the his impeachment trial, he also mentioned in a Tweet that the US has offered China help on the Wuhan virus.
We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2020
Here in Singapore, the fifth confirmed case is also announced yesterday, and MOH has warned us that there might be more cases.
The ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition’ (DORSCON) Leven remains at Yellow.
Expert Warns That The Number Should be 100,000
Prof Neil Ferguson, a public health expert at Imperial College, predicts that there should be at least 100,000 people who’re affected by the virus.
And while there hasn’t been a case in the UK yet, the expert says, “Sooner or later we will get a case. There are very large numbers of Chinese tourists across Europe right now. Unless the Chinese manage to control this, and I’m sceptical about whether that is possible, we will get cases here.”
There are now two countries in Europe with confirmed cases now (France and Germany).
To get the latest update about the status of the outbreak in Singapore, do bookmark MOH’s website.
Here are the usual tips again from MOH:
- Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
- Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
- Observe good personal hygiene;
- Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
- Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.