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China has begun to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus that at the moment has left at least 56 dead among the 1,975 infected diagnosed in the Asian country, local press reported.
According to the state's Diario del Pueblo , scientist Xu Wenbo , from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, said the body was already developing a vaccine against the coronavirus "after successfully isolating the first strain of the virus . "
The news comes at a time when China is expanding prevention measures for the spread of the virus, such as the closure of access to the southeast town of Shantou , or the suspension of interprovincial bus services in Beijing, Tianjin, Xian and in Shandong province.
Shantou , a city of more than 5 million people located more than 1,000 kilometers south of Wuhan , will ban access to all non-essential vehicles after midnight (16H00 GMT), local authorities have announced, while the epidemic It continues to spread throughout the country.
For its part, the city of Canton has decided to close the swimming pools, thermal baths and gyms and has suspended large exhibitions "and all large-scale commercial and economic activities" for the same purpose.
These announcements arrive on the same day that Disneyland theme parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai have announced their temporary closure and Beijing has begun a suspension of its interprovincial bus services and implemented strict measures of sterilization of public transport.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV provisionally by the World Health Organization (WHO), are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath ).
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