A Chinese coronavirus expert has issued a stern warning that the country may be on the brink of another outbreak due to the rising number of infected people arriving from around the world.
Professor Li Lanjuan, 73, a member of the coronavirus expert team in Beijing, said she was:
‘very worried that imported cases could trigger another large-scale epidemic in our country’.
Her worries increased after health experts revealed information about China’s first case of a person who is thought to have contracted COVID-19 from someone coming back from abroad.
This is happening while Wuhan, the city most hard struck by the epidemic is starting to return back to normal.
"lmported cases could trigger another large-scale epidemic." Professor Li Lanjuan, a member of Beijing’s expert team on the coronavirus.
Professor Li told China News that the control and prevention of imported cases was an ‘arduous’ mission for medical experts.
‘This requires us to continue to intensify our efforts and work tirelessly to prevent the coronavirus pneumonia epidemic from spreading in other cities.’
For more than 50 days Professor Li has been leading her medical team in the fight against the virus in Wuhan.
She told Wuhan reporters the following:
‘Cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou have frequent international communications. [I am] very worried that imported cases could trigger another large-scale epidemic in our country.’
The deadly virus first emerged at the end of last year and has continued spreading worldwide, infecting more than 350,000 people and killing over 15,000.
The concerns in China follow a decision by Hong Kong to issue a ban for tourists entering the city, including transit arrivals.
In the last few days, Hong Kong has seen a steady increase of coronavirus cases.
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Source: Daily Mail