Coronavirus: 1,400 infected worldwide – Several Israelis quarantined after returning from China
Several Israelis who have recently returned from China have been quarantined on Saturday with suspected cases of the deadly Coronavirus, amid fears of a global epidemic.
Three of the patients have flu-like symptoms. However, medics at Tel Hashomer hospital were able to rule out the condition.
The common denominator for those put in quarantine was a recent trip to China.
One Israeli resident of Wuhan still left in the epicenter of the viral outbreak. Ofer is posting real-time updates on Facebook since Wednesday.
“This morning a friend sent me a message: ‘The Ministry of Health announces that there are no Israelis in Wuhan, China’ as far as they know. But I am here, and I am Israeli,” Ofer said. “I am under siege along with another 10 million residents until the anger dissipates and the new virus disappears.”
“We hung the Israeli flag in the window of the house. Now, even at the most difficult time in Wuhan, where nothing is clear and people are dying here every day from the new virus. So they will know that we are here and Israel is part of as well,” Ofer said.
His son said “Dad, don’t worry, now the virus won’t come to us, because we have a strong flag.”
The coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected some 1,400 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan. Travel restrictions have already hit several affected cities, and from Sunday, private vehicles will be banned from central districts of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak.
The virus reached Europe yesterday, with three confirmed cases in France, and has also been reported in Australia and the US. In total, 14 countries have been affected. Over 30 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the UK.
In the US, 10 possible cases in California, one in Texas and one in Tennessee are in isolation awaiting CDC test results.
The US is beginning an operation to evacuate its citizens and diplomats from Wuhan.
There are around 1,000 US citizens in the city and the embassy is in the process of contacting them to arrange seats on a plane back to the US.