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January 24, 2020

China is armored against the spread of the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which in the Dragon Country has reached the threshold of about 900 people infected and 26 dead, the youngest a 36 year old hospitalized at the beginning of the month after having had a fever for three days. Report the first victims outside the province of Hubei, whose capital Wuhan is the epicenter from which the outbreak started.

Negative to nCoV woman hospitalized yesterday in Bari
The patient admitted yesterday to Bari with flu symptoms is not positive for the new coronavirus. The same Policlicnio di bari communicates that "on the suspect case of the patient admitted to the infectious diseases department of the Bari Polyclinic, the Spallanzani Institute of Rome has communicated that the direct search for the coronavirus 2019-nCoV was negative. Yes confirms the diagnosis of mycoplasma infection, identified through diagnostic tests already yesterday evening. After a few more days of antibiotic therapy the patient will come out of isolation and will be able to continue therapy at home ".

Type B influence on the Parma patient
In the patient admitted to Parma for suspected case of Chinese coronavirus, the presence of the type B influenza virus emerged. This is the result of the first investigations carried out at the laboratory of the Institute of Hygiene of the University of Parma on an oropharyngeal swab of the woman. However, further investigations are awaited by the reference laboratories to exclude the presence of coronavirus.

Two cases in France
For the World Health Organization we cannot yet speak of a 'global emergency', but in the meantime the first two cases have been confirmed in France, one in Bordeaux and the other near Paris. "We will probably have more," said French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn. And Beijing has run for cover to try to stem the massive flows of these days in view of the Chinese New Year, which falls on Saturday 25th, one of the most popular traditional holidays. The government has ordered all travel agencies and industry operators to stop sales of national and international tours. In addition, it blocked transportation from at least 13 cities in central China, where at least 36 million people live.

The Juyongguan section of the Great Wall, the one closest to Beijing, the Ming tombs and the forest of the Yinshan Talin pagoda have been temporarily closed, as already happened for the Forbidden City. Disneyland in Shanghai, one of the major tourist destinations, has also announced the stop until a later date. Thousands of restaurant reservations have been canceled, while McDonald's has announced the suspension of operations in five cities in the province of Hubei. Numerous halls closed, in what is usually one of the best times for the box office, which last year generated over 800 million dollars in tickets sold.

The virus, meanwhile, continues to spread even outside Chinese borders. A second case has been confirmed in the United States. It is a 60-year-old from Chicago who returned from Wuhan on 13 January. The woman is "in stable condition". Nationally, over 2,000 travelers returning to the US have been screened at American airports and 63 patients in 22 states are under control; so far 11 have tested negative for the virus. In the meantime, contagions are increasing in South Korea, Japan and Singapore. The Italian Embassy in Beijing has announced that there are currently no cases of coronavirus among Italians in Wuhan. While masks and medical devices are starting to lack in the city, the construction of a new hospital with a thousand beds dedicated to the treatment of the disease has started in record time. The prefabricated structure, whose completion is scheduled for February 3, is modeled on the Xiaotangshan hospital in Beijing, built in 2003 for the Sars emergency: the works, which started from scratch, had lasted just six days. And in record time, a vaccine could also be ready for the first human tests: less than three months, compared to the 20 months that were necessary to arrive at an experimental vaccine for Sars.