Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich declared a nationwide health emergency on Friday to stop the new strain of coronavirus from slipping into the country, Sputnik reported.
"We have already signed a decree declaring an emergency over the new type of coronavirus… We will make every effort to detect cases and stop the epidemic from spreading across Chile", Manalich told reporters.
More than 20 countries have reported infections since the virus emerged in China last December, but South America has so far avoided the spread. The virus, which may cause severe respiratory illness, has sickened over 31,000 people globally and killed over 600.
The symptoms of the new coronavirus are typical of common cold or flu: fever, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing.
Last week, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency in light of the outbreak.
Iran death toll from coronavirus reaches 210
At least 210 Covid-19 patients have died in Iran, sources within the country's health care system have told BBC Persian.
This figure, as of Thursday evening, is way above the official figure of 34.
The official figure for infected people is at 388 but many have challenged official figures. Most victims are from the capital, Tehran, and the city of Qom where the Iranian outbreak started.
Iran's government has defended its response to the spread of the virus and denied it is withholding information about the number of people affected. News.Az
Azerbaijani President allocates AZN14m for improvement of water supply in Aghdam
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order to provide funding to improve water supply for irrigation and drinking in 18 residential areas in Aghdam district.
Under the presidential Order, Azerbaijan Irrigation and Water Management Open Joint Stock Company is allocated AZN1.4 million for digging 20 sub-artesian wells to improve irrigation of cultivable lands and supply of drinking water for 24,740 people in 18 residential areas in the district.
TABIB Coronavirus doesnt have deadly effect on children younger than 10
“There are 7 varieties of coronavirus. From these, 4 are the diseases causing nasal discharge in people and take their course with such easy fly symptoms as a sore throat. Other varieties of this disease which were detected in the recent past and are spreading now have caused epidemics”, said Vasif Aliyev, head of TABIB’s Working Group, member of Operative Task Force under Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan, APA reports.
He said there is no standard, specific, antivirus treatment method for any of these varieties: “Only the symptomatic treatment is applied to them. There is neither vaccine nor antiviral medicinal preparation for these diseases. Just some medicinal preparations are used for treatment, but their efficiency hasn’t been completely proved”.
V. Aliyev noted that according to the statistics, this virus doesn’t have deadly effect on children younger than 10: “Mainly the elderly people, the people suffering from a chronic disease – diabetes, chronic kidney, heart and liver failure, as well as the people have undergone organ transplantation, and the people suffering from oncology diseases bear this disease more heavily due to their weak body resistance. Some patients can recover in two weeks, but others can suffer more heavily, at the same time there is a likeliness of the repeated contraction of the virus. Similarly to the repeated contraction of the flu virus, the coronavirus can also be caught repeatedly. This is a case for all viruses”.