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Angola has screened 1,630 passengers and has no record of suspected coronavirus cases

The Government announced that, on Monday, 1,630 passengers - 728 foreigners and 902 Angolans - were screened and "there is no record in the country of a suspected case" of the new coronavirus, guaranteeing "reinforcement of epidemiological surveillance".


The information was transmitted this Tuesday, in a press conference, by the acting National Public Health Director, Eusébio Manuel, referring that among the surveillance actions is the installation of bio-security measures at entry points.

"At airports, ports, bus stops and borders, epidemiological surveillance measures continue to be strengthened", said the official, adding that information, education and communication actions are taking place in the media about the virus.

China brought the balance of the new coronavirus to 106 dead and more than 4000 infected, detected at the end of the year in Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province. The previous balance pointed to 80 dead and 2700 infected.

Beijing authorities confirmed the first death in the Chinese capital of a person infected with the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a 50-year-old man who was in the city of Wuhan on 8 January.

Angola, even without any registration, has sentinel centers in national and provincial hospitals for case management, with "daily sending of technical guidelines" to provinces and health units.

According to Eusébio Manuel, an interministerial commission prepares, in its final phase, a Contingency Plan, and reports are prepared every day to update the country's epidemiological situation.

At the meeting, the authorities recalled that the coronavirus manifests itself with high fever, cough and breathing difficulties, asking the population to wash their hands frequently, avoid crowding and closed environments, among other measures.

A first confirmed case of contamination with this virus was registered in Germany this Monday, the second affected country in Europe, after France.

In addition to mainland China, cases of infection have also been reported in Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, France, Germany, Australia and Canada.

Chinese officials have admitted that the virus's ability to spread has strengthened. Infected people can transmit the disease during the incubation period, which takes between one day and two weeks, without the virus being detected.

The Chinese government has decided to extend the Lunar New Year holiday period, which was due to end on Thursday, to try to limit population movement.

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