Myanmar reports first suspected case of coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A Chinese visitor to Myanmar suspected of being infected with coronavirus has been hospitalized in Yangon.

China Southern Airlines’ flight, carrying 79 passengers, arrived in Guangzhou from China.

Yangon International Airport general manager Soe Paing told AA that a 56-year-old Chinese male passenger was found to have coronavirus-related symptoms and was taken to hospital.

“Authorities did not allow the other 78 passengers to disembark,” Paing told AA.

According to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), only two passengers will be allowed to disembark from Myanmar, while the rest will not be allowed to enter the country.

“They will return to China on the same flight,” DCA sources told AA.

Myanmar health authorities said there were no cases of coronavirus in the country, even after the spread of coronavirus worsened.

To date, a total of 9,810 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in 23 countries around the world, 99 percent of them in China.

The coronavirus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan, is said to have been transmitted to humans by animals, especially bats.

China’s National Health Commission recently announced that the number of deaths in China from the outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached 213.

China has also confirmed about 9,600 cases of coronavirus-induced pneumonia, also known as 2019-nCoV.

Coronavirus has raised the alarm globally, with cases reported across Asia as well as in Europe, the US and Canada.

Travelers from China are being screened for the virus at airports around the world. Some airlines have suspended flights to Wuhan and other parts of China.

In an emergency meeting yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the new virus an international emergency.


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