Chinese health authorities on Wednesday said the death toll due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the country has increased to 132, with 5,974 confirmed cases in 31 provincial-level regions.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is an airborne disease and its spreads by coughing, sneezing or touching an infected person's hand or face virus which are similar to the cold-causing ones.
Why is it called Coronavirus?
The image of the virus resembles a crown shape, when viewed under an electron microscope. The virus is therefore named after the Latin word Corona, which means crown.
How did it start?
Chennai based doctor said, "Coronavirus comes from NCOV strain, similar to SARS which occurred in Southern China in 2002. The first person who got the infection, went to a seafood market in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China. After some days the person felt fatigue and mild fever and after diagnosis, doctors found a unique morphology virus which is in club-shaped. Exponentially most of the patients were diagnosed with this virus in Wuhan city. On 31 December WHO China country said, an unknown virus disease was detected in Wuhan city. So far Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Germany, Sri Lanka, Australia, USA, Canada, Malaysia, UAE have confirmed cases of Coronavirus in their countries. Most of the patients who are diagnosed with Coronavirus were travelling from/to China".
The doctor said' "There are no positive cases of Coronavirus patients in India so far, but travellers from/to China are currently being isolated".
Precautions in Tamil Nadu:
Interacting with media persons on Monday, Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said that the State stands prepared to handle any suspected cases of coronavirus infections even though there are no cases notified in Tamil Nadu.
“No coronavirus case has been notified in India, while one person was diagnosed with the virus in Nepal. Thus, the neighbouring countries have been alerted to ensure all safety measures and be prepared if there is any risk of infection. Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Sikkim and West Bengal have been alerted as they are the neighbouring states in the country. Meanwhile, we are continuing to screen passengers at Chennai Airport with the help of Airport Authority of India,” the Health Minister said.
He added that the State Health department officials are also conducting symptomatic screening at the international terminals. “So far, there has been no suspected case of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu. A senior committee is monitoring the preparedness on a day to day basis and even the isolation ward at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital is being checked to keep an eye on our treatment protocol,” the Minister added.
He pointed out that there is no need to panic because of the coronavirus alert as it is a precautionary measure. The minister said that the State has issued advisory and alerted the healthcare officials to ensure action in case of any suspicion. “We may be able to arrest the issue in time,” he said Health department officials also held a meeting with the government hospital officials to ensure that the preventive measures on coronavirus are being followed by the hospital authorities.