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p> Our passengers’ health and wellbeing is always our top priority and we continue to carefully monitor the Coronoavirus situation.

 

If you are concerned about a tour booked with us, read the latest Advice for Wendy Wu Tours China travellers

Coronavirus - Latest News

22 February 2020, 09:00

Update: 20 February 10:30

Update: 16 February 08:30

Update: 15 February 11:00

14 February 2020, 12:30

 

Update: 13 February 13:45

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Update: 11 February 2020, 12:00

Update: 10 February 10:45

  • World Health Organization confirms coronavirus cases are stabilising and peak is imminent

    The number of coronavirus cases being reported on a daily basis in China is stabilising, confirmed the World Health Organization on Sunday 9 February.

    The health agency advises this is good news and represents a significant turning point in the curtailment of the virus. Whilst reports would suggest that the virus is peaking the WHO advised that it would need to assess the case data over the next five to seven days to confirm this. Commenting on the latest reports, Michael Ryan, head of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme said “There has been a stabilisation in the number of cases reported from Hubei and we’re now in a four-day stable period where the number of reported cases hasn't advanced.”

    WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, also reinforced the message that the number of reported cases is stabilising, reflecting the impact of the control measures that have been put in place.

    As it stands the total number of people who have fully recovered form the virus is 3,466 – a figure which is nearly four times higher than the current mortality rate.

    Overall the fatality rate remains at 2% compared to SARS which had a fatality rate of 9.6% and MERS at 37.2%.

    It must also be noted that the current mortality rate is 910 whereas in 2019, influenza was responsible for 57,300 deaths around the world and infected over 41.3 million people.

Update: 9 February 07:30

  • As of midnight on 8 Feb, the China National Health Commission had received 37,198 reports of confirmed cases and 811 deaths and in all 2,649 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 33,738 confirmed cases (including 6,188 in serious condition) and 28,942 suspected cases. So far, 371,905 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 188,183 are now under medical observation.

Update: 8 February 11:00

  • "For more than four-in-five, this is a mild infection."

    James Gallagher - The BBC Health & Science correspondent stated this morning "This is the clearest detail we have had on the spectrum of disease this coronavirus can cause. It is good news for most people and emphasises that for more than four-in-five, this is a mild infection."

Update: 8 February 09:30

  • As of 24:00 on Feb 7, the National Health Commission had received 34,546 reports of confirmed cases and 722 deaths and in all 2,050 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 31,774 confirmed cases (including 6,101 in serious condition) and 27,657 suspected cases. So far, 345,498 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 189,660 are now under medical observation.

Update: 7 February 15:30

  • Drop in new Coronavirus cases is cautious good news

    A drop in the number of new Coronavirus cases for two days is good news, says the director general of the World Health Organization. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the numbers could go up again, but the last two days were showing a declining trend.

    At the Science Media Centre, Paul Hunter, professor in Medicine at the University of East Anglia, reported that over the last two days we have actually seen the first of two consecutive declines in the number of new cases.

Update: 7 February 09:30

  • As of 24:00 on Feb 6, the National Health Commission had received 31,161 reports of confirmed cases and 636 deaths in 31 provincial-level regions on the Chinese mainland and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, and in all 1,540 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital.

    There still remained 28,985 confirmed cases (including 4,821 in serious condition) and 26,359 suspected cases. So far, 314,028 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 186,045 are now under medical observation.

Update: 6 February 10:30

  • Recovery rates continue to rise. Latest figures are: 28, 339 reported cases of which there have been 565 deaths and 1,322 fully recovered.

    The national mortality rate is stable at 2.1% (at the beginning of the epidemic it was 2.3%) showing a decline. Whilst the number of reported cases has risen in the last two days, the speed of spread is plateauing indicating that the virus is being contained and is approaching its peak.

Update: 5 February 09:00

  • As of midnight on 4 Feb, the National Health Commission had received 24,324 reports of confirmed cases and 490 deaths on the Chinese mainland, and in all 892 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital. There still remained 23,260 suspected cases and 3,219 patients in serious condition.

    So far, 252,154 people have been identified as having had close contact with infected patients. 185,555 are now under medical observation. On Feb 4, 18,457 people were freed from observation.

Update: 4 February 15:00

  • Coronavirus expected to peak around Saturday 8 February

    Commenting on this breaking news, Wendy Wu, founder of Wendy Wu Tours said: “We have the latest update from Dr Zhong Nanshan, the leading doctor spearheading the elimination of coronavirus, that the virus is expected to peak around February 8th and then the speed of the virus spread will subside. In addition, full immunisation is expected within weeks rather than months.”

Update: 4 February 10:30

  • Virus recoveries are exceeding mortality figures

    The number of people having totally recovered from Coronavirus is exceeding mortality rates by a considerable margin. Figures released by the World Health Organisation show that there have been 427 mortality cases and 730 cases of total recovery.

    Yesterday three patients were discharged in Beijing having made a full recovery without the need for medical intervention. Patients made a full recovery via their own immune systems.

4 February 2020, 09:30

Update: 3 February 15:45

  • Medical experts are on the verge of creating formula to rapidly detect and suppress Coronavirus

    Zhang Yanjun, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Inspection, Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention has made the remarkable discovery on how the virus invades the body, how it multiplies, how it makes people sick and exactly how the virus is discharged to infect people. The whole lifecycle and gestation process has now been formally identified and tracked.

    Given this extraordinary breakthrough, medics at the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention can now focus on the corresponding drugs and vaccines for the prevention, suppression and treatment of the virus.

    Medics also expect that they are close to developing reagents for the rapid detection of the virus. It now takes three hours to test a case however with rapid test reagents, results will be produced in less than 15 minutes.

Update: 3 February 14:30

  • Dr Li Lanjuan announced that three complete sets of corona virus have now been separated and isolated in a Chinese medical lab and that immunisation will be ready in a matter of days and weeks. In addition research groups from Germany, UK, USA and Australia are working around the clock to finalise the immunisation.

    There are 45 new fatalities today, all in Wuhan, with 85 people being cured. The total number of fatalities since the virus began is 305 with the total number of people having recovered being 385. This is now the second consecutive day when the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of fatalities.

    Today 20 patients left hospital following a total recovery and constituting the largest number of patients released on the same day. The 14 medical staff who caught the virus from a brain surgery patient, during surgery pre-diagnosis, have all recovered and been released from hospital. This case gave light to the fact that the virus can be passed on from human to human, but only by close contact such as through saliva, sneezing and coughing.

Update: 3 February 2020, 09:00

  • China completes hospital build in record-breaking eight days.

     

    The first patients have now arrived at China’s new, state-of-the-art, 1000 bed hospital in Wuhan. Construction work started on the Huoshenshan hospital on 23 January, finishing eight days later.

    It’s taken 7,500 people to complete the build with, at the build’s peak, over 6,000 builders occupying the site, amassing over 24 hours of uninterrupted construction.

    The designer, CITIC Architectural Design Institute, contracted more than 60 employees in Han, working overtime day and night, to complete the site. The initial levelling design was completed in five hours, the complete design plan completed within 24 hours, with all construction plans completed within 60 hours.

    A second hospital with 1,500 beds is also under construction in the city and is due to open soon.

Update: 2 February 08:00

  • The number of confirmed cases climbed to 14,380 as of Saturday at midnight, including 304 deaths, data released by the Chinese National Health Commission on Sunday morning showed.

    There were also 4,562 new suspected cases reported, increasing the total suspected infections on the Chinese mainland to 19,544.

    While a total of 2,110 patients remain in serious condition, 328 people have been released from hospitals after being cured, the commission said. A total of 137,594 people that have had close contact with infected patients are still under medical observation, while 8,044 such people were released from observation

Update: 1 February 08:00

 

  • The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus climbed to 11,791 as of midnight of Jan 31, including 259 deaths and 243 who had recovered and been discharged from the hospital, according to the National Health Commission.

    A total of 17, 988 suspected cases were reported as of Friday. At present, 136,987 close contacts of confirmed cases had been tracked, and among them, 118,478 are under medical observation while 6,509 such people were freed from observation on Friday.

Update: 31 January 09:10

 

  • World Health Organization (WHO) praises Chinese government at the highest level for containing the virus

    The WHO has congratulated the Chinese government for their leadership, commitment to transparency, and the extraordinary efforts they have made to contain the virus. The committee praised China and the progress they have made to protect Chinese citizens as well as the global community. They quickly identified the virus and shared its findings so that other countries could diagnose it quickly and protect themselves, which has resulted in the rapid development of diagnostic tools.

    China has taken a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach to prevent further spread including daily contact with the WHO. It has also taken public health measures in other cities and provinces; is conducting studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, and sharing data and biological material. The country has also agreed to work with other countries who need their support. The measures China has taken are good not only for China but also for the rest of the world.

    Given the unprecedented measures China has taken to isolate and control the virus, the WHO confirms that it is now possible to interrupt virus spread, provided that countries put in place strong measures to detect it early, isolate and treat cases and trace contacts.

Update: 30 January 12:00

  • As of midnight 29 Jan, China’s National Health Commission confirmed that there are 7,711 confirmed cases of the virus. A total of 170 people have died of the disease, 1,370 patients remained in acritical condition and there are a further 4,456 suspected cases. 124 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery. A total of 88,693 close contacts had been traced with 81,947 still under medical observation , 2,364 of whom were discharged from medical observation on Jan 29.

Update: 29 January 2020, 17:00

  • Wendy was a guest speaker on BBC World News and the BBC Business Show giving her commentary on the Coronavirus situation.

Update: 29 January 2020, 14:00

  • As of midnight on 28 January, the National Health Commission have received a total of 4,515 confirmed cases of the virus. This figure includes 1,239 severe cases and 132 deaths. 103 cases have since been treated and discharged from hospital having completely recovered. There are a further 6,973 suspected cases under quarantine. A total of 65,537 close contacts have been tracked, of which 59,990 people are undergoing medical observation, and 1,604 people were released today after test showing negative of the virus.

Update: 28 January 2020, 16:00

  • Dr Zhong Nanshan, the medical expert behind the speed elimination of SARS and the leading doctor on the current Coronavirus, has stated that the virus should reach a peak in a week to 10 days and it will not increase on a large scale.

Update 28 January, 08:30

  • As of midnight on 27 January, the National Health Commission confirmed a total of 4,515 cases of the virus. This figure includes 976 severe cases as well as 106 deaths. 60 cases have since been discharged from hospital having completely recovered. There are a further 6,973 suspected cases.
  • Medics are controlling the escalation, evidenced in the fact that 47,833 people, deemed as being in close contact with the virus, have now been tracked. 44,132 members of this group are receiving medical treatment, with 914 members of this group released on the same day.
  • The virus has been successfully identified, separated and isolated.
  • Medical tests can now accurately detect and report on the virus within three hours.
  • The immunisation is expected to be developed in the lab within 30 days. Once developed it will then be field tested, then mass produced and released to the affected area with overall completion expected in 2 months.
  • Xiehe Hospital in Wuhan has successfully treated 11 virus patients and released them, with all being completely clear of infection.
  • Two hospitals are being built, each with 1000 beds, in order to provide a full quarantine facility

Update 27 January, 09:00

  • As of midnight on 26 January, the National Health Commission had received a total of 2,744 confirmed cases, including 80 cases of mortality (the mortality rate is 2.9% among patients. It is a level 2 contagious disease, much lower than SARS and Ebola, both of which are level 1), and 51 cases of total recovery.
  • The majority of the mortality cases are elderly patients, of an Asian ethnicity who have recently travelled to or live in Wuhan.
  • The virus is passed on by saliva, at close contact. 

Advice for travellers to China

Updated 22 February, 09:00

We are carefully monitoring the current travel advice, in line with our forthcoming tour departures, on a daily basis.

At the moment the travel advice to China is to avoid all travel to Hubei Province as well as all but essential travel to mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao). Currently some sightseeing attractions are temporarily closed.

The current travel advice is relevant for travel to China now, i.e in the next few days, and is changing on a daily basis. We are fully expecting the travel advice to be revised again shortly and will update as soon as this information changes.

All clients due to travel in February have been contacted and we are curerntly contacting those due to travel in March to make alternative arrangements. All our tours to China beyond 31 March are currently planned to operate as normal.

April & May Departures

We are expecting our tours to run smoothly without any issues.

In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer your full tour, we will be in contact three weeks before your tour departure to discuss your options with you.

June onwards

If you wish to amend or cancel your booking, standard terms and conditions apply as detailed in your booking confirmation.

Our passengers’ health and wellbeing is always our top priority and we continue to carefully monitor this situation.

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