The death tolls from the Chinese coronavirus has crossed 1000 in China, raising more questions on finding a cure for the coronavirus infection. The rapidly increasing death cases have made it a deadlier epidemic than SARS, which made it to headlines in 2002-2003 Although the World Health organization has shared that coronavirus cases are stabilizing but death tolls are not coming slow.
With over a hundred more deaths, mainly in Hubei, the Chinese province is the epicenter of this viral outbreak. This toll has now crossed 1000 deaths which are higher than deaths by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), health officials say.
The latest data from the last four days show “some stabilization” in coronavirus reports but there are still chances that it may shoot up soon. Nearly, 40000 people in China are now infected with coronavirus and this number is increasing day by day. The residents of Wuhan are facing difficulties to get their daily supplies as public exposure is the biggest source of viral spread. they are advised to stay inside and the whole province is having transport restrictions.
This outbreak has led the Chinese government to completely lock down the affected cities while attempting to control the virus. The virus emerged rapidly during the Chinese Lunar Year celebrations when people were not aware of it.
Michael Ryan from “WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme” says;
“The “stable period” of the outbreak “may reflect the impact of the control measures.”
Currently, millions of people in Wuhan are under complete lockdown. A woman whose husband was infected shared that
“The local government asked people to stay at home as much as possible, but there are not enough goods in the shops each time we get there, so we have to go out frequently”
Wang Bin an official from the Ministry of Commerce shared that viral control requires certain challenges such as price increase, shortage of labor, poor logistics, etc. He says;
“It is difficult for the market supply to reach normal levels.”
The Hubei province has five-day supplies of meat and eggs and three day supply of vegetables. Students from other nationals, currently in Wuhan are also worried about their safety in China. Whenever they are out to get daily supplies, they are fearful of being a victim of coronavirus.
Initially, China tried to cover this incidence but as soon as this news made to the international media, the whole world is concerned about it.
Ian Lipkin from Columbia University who has previously worked on SARS outbreak with China says;
“This virus was percolating along without anyone realizing it was there. If, in fact, the methods for containment have been adequate or effective at all… I think we will start to see some dramatic reduction in China around the third week of February.”
Many public buildings in Wuhan are now shifted to medical care units and China has built two new hospitals especially for coronavirus patients. However, the affected people are still waiting to get a bed in the hospital as the hospitals are already crowded with people who need coronavirus treatment.