Outbreak: Human-to-human coronavirus transmission confirmed in China, 217 people infected

BEIJING — The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus.

Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two people in Guangdong province in southern China caught the disease from family members, state media said.

The National Health Commission task force also found that some medical workers have tested positive for the virus, the English-language China Daily newspaper said.

Human-to-human transmission could make the infection spread all the more rapidly and broadly. The episode is accepted to have begun from individuals who got it a crisp nourishment showcase in the city of Wuhan in focal China.

Zhong said the two individuals in Guangdong had not been to Wuhan yet relatives had come back from the city, the China Daily said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that it's "amazingly urgent" to take each conceivable measure to battle another coronavirus that has infected 217 individuals in the country.

His comments, refered to by state supporter CCTV, came that day that the country revealed a sharp ascent in the quantity of individuals contaminated by the novel type of viral pneumonia, remembering the principal cases for the capital.

The flare-up comes as the country enters its busiest travel period, when millions load up trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays.

"The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan and other places must be taken seriously," Xi said, according to CCTV. "Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people's lives and health first."

They should "ensure that the masses have a quiet, peaceful and joyous Spring Festival," he added.

Health experts in the central city of Wuhan, where the viral pneumonia seems to have started, said an extra 136 cases have been affirmed in the city, which currently has a sum of 198 infected patients. As of the end of the week, a third patient had died.

Five people in Beijing and 14 in southern China's Guangdong region have likewise been diagnosis to have the new coronavirus, state supporter CCTV detailed Monday evening. An aggregate of seven presumed cases have been found in different pieces of the country, remembering for Sichuan and Yunnan areas in the southwest and in Shanghai.

The outbreak has put different country on alert as a large number of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year. Health Experts in Thailand and in Japan have just distinguished at any rate three cases, all including late travel from China.

South Korea reported its first case Monday, when a 35-year-old Chinese lady from Wuhan tested positive for the new coronavirus one day after landing at Seoul's Incheon airport. The lady has been disengaged at a state-run clinic in Incheon city, only west of Seoul, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an announcement.

At any rate about six nations in Asia and three U.S. airport have begun screening incoming airline travelers from central China.

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