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Coronavirus: Suspect in hospital is "calm, conscious, collaborative and without fever in the last 24 hours"

The Government ruled out this Friday the possibility of canceling trips to and from China, despite the registration of a suspected case of the new coronavirus being followed up at the hospital, referring to "there are no reasons for this”.


"There are no reasons to suspend flights or travel to and from China, so we will continue to manage and monitor the information and as, eventually, there is a situation that gets out of hand, we will have to increase and improve the measures", said the inspector general of Health, Miguel Oliveira, in Luanda.

Speaking this Friday, at a press conference on the prevention measures for the new coronavirus, whose epicenter is the Chinese city of Wuhan, the official said that Angola had tracked, in the last 24 hours, about 2500 passengers and "did not register any cases positive".

"We are doing the screening at the main entry point, which is the international airport 4 de Fevereiro, and in the last 24 hours we have not identified any who have symptoms of the disease, but teams are still on the ground to continue monitoring the situation", he said.

China raised the balance of the pneumonia outbreak caused by a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to 213 dead and nearly 10,000 infected at the end of the year in Wuhan, capital of central Hubei province.

According to the official, the Chinese citizen hospitalized at Clínica Girassol in Luanda, since 26 January, suspected of having contracted the new coronavirus remains "calm, conscious, collaborative and without fever in the last 24 hours".

"And without changes in liver and kidney function", he added, referring that the approximately 180 citizens with whom he had contact, after returning from China, "are properly monitored with the team on the ground to follow up".

The inspector general of Health also dismissed speculation about the alleged death of the Chinese citizen, which circulates on social networks, saying that the patient "is stable and there are no reasons for panic".

In addition to the mainland of China and the Chinese regions of Macau and Hong Kong, there are more than 50 confirmed cases of infection in 20 other countries - Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Philippines and India.

Miguel Oliveira stressed the need for people to constantly wash their hands with soap and water, at least 30 seconds, at a time when bio-security and epidemiological surveillance measures "continue to be reinforced".

Sentinel hospitals have been installed in national and provincial hospitals.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Thursday an international public health emergency (PHEIC) due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China.

An international public health emergency requires the adoption of preventive and coordinating measures worldwide.


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