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Children are just as likely to contract coronavirus as adults, according to a new Chinese study #COVID19 #coronavirus #epidemic

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Children are just as likely to contract coronavirus as adults, according to a new Chinese study, countering the theory that kids are less susceptible to Covid-19.

Research on community transmission of the virus showed a “sharply increasing proportion of infected children” as the outbreak has progressed.

Scientists analysed 365 patients in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen – including 74 clusters comprising 183 cases. Children aged under 15 made up just 2% of the cases before 24 January. But from 25 January to 5 February, the proportion of children went up to 13%.

According to the researchers, the findings implied that children’s risk of becoming infected could substantially rise with more exposure to the virus. Transmission of the virus within families was also a major factor, they said.

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Rapidly spreading: #Chinese authorities confirm 136 NEW cases of deadly #virus in 2 days

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Health officials in Wuhan, China have revealed that 136 new cases of a mysterious new strain of the coronavirus have been diagnosed over just two days, bringing the total in the city to 198.

In a statement detailing the latest escalation in figures for the major viral outbreak, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said a third person has died from the illness, while two more are in critical condition. A further 33 cases among the newly diagnosed patients are classified as “severe.” All of the patients are being kept in isolation.

“The first symptoms were mostly fever, cough or chest tightness, and shortness of breath,” the agency said, advising anyone coughing or sneezing to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of germs.

“Pay close attention to symptoms such as fever and cough,” they added. “Seek immediate medical attention when such symptoms occur.”

Health officials said they’ve been carrying out medical observations on hundreds of people who came into close contact with those diagnosed to date, and no human-to-human transmission has been found. So far, the outbreak appears to be centered on Wuhan, but a small number of cases have been reported outside of China – two in Thailand and one in Japan.

Infectious disease experts at Imperial College London have calculated that the number of cases in Wuhan alone is approaching 1,700.

On Saturday, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention denied claims that the new outbreak is actually Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome), an outbreak of which killed more than 700 people around the world in 2002 and 2003, after cases were first reported in southern China.

Courtesy of rt.com

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Jordan reports 9th corona virus infection

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Jordan announced that it has registered a 9th corona virus infection for a male nurse in his 50s working at a private hospital and was one of a cadre that was treating an infected person at the hospital.

The health ministry said the new case was under an epidemiological investigation the ministry started for persons who dealt with infected people, adding that the man was in a stable condition.

The total number of cases registered in the Kingdom since reporting the first case in 2012 rises to 9; four of them died.

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