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28 / 01 / 2020
Wuhan, Hubei Province, CHINA
According to the WHO, On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia unknown etiology (unknown cause) detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. From 31 December 2019 through 3 January 2020, a total of 44 case-patients with pneumonia of unknown etiology were reported to WHO by the national authorities in China. During this reported period, the causal agent was not identified. The Chinese authorities identified a new type of coronavirus (2019-nCoV), isolated on 7 January 2020. On 11 and 12 January 2020, WHO received further detailed information from the National Health Commission China that the outbreak is associated with exposures in one seafood market in Wuhan City. On 12 January 2020, China shared the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus for countries to use in developing specific diagnostic kits. Transmission from animals to humans has been confirmed, but more research is necessary to learn the exact way of transmission and how the virus has come to be. On January 28, Belgium decide to change its travel advice to Hubei to not recommendable and to avoid fresh markets and people who show symptoms of illness. Nationals are advised to cancel all non-essential travel to other Chinese provinces except for Hong Kong. Bovendien wordt landgenoten aangeraden om niet-essentiële reizen naar de andere Chinese provincies (uitgezonderd Hong Kong) uit te stellen.
May 3, 2020, the US administration claims to have substantial evidence that the virus originated from a Chinese lab in Wuhan. China denies.
Situation in China on May 4, 2020: 84400 confirmed cases and 4643 deaths.
WHO, Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), SITUATION REPORT - 1 21 JANUARY 2020
WHO, Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), SITUATION REPORT - 15 4 MAY 2020