US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — An emergency response to the coronavirus situation in Wuhan, China, probably helped prevent hundreds of thousands of additional infections across the country by February 19 (Day 50), according to a study published in the journal Science by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“Our analysis shows that without a travel ban in Wuhan and a national emergency response by then, there would have been more than 700,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside Wuhan,” said Professor Christopher Dai, one of the study participants.
He added that disease control measures in China have successfully broken the chain of transmission of viral infection between infected and healthy people.
A temporary ban on public transport, the abolition of recreational activities and meetings led to a decrease in the incidence of disease.
According to the study, in cities that introduced these measures before the start of the spread of coronavirus, there were much fewer cases of infection than in areas where bans were introduced later.
On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country ( Hubei Province ).
Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO gave it the official name COVID-19.
In early March, WHO announced a pandemic of an outbreak of coronavirus infection spreading worldwide from China. According to the latest data from the organization, about 750 thousand people have already become infected, more than 36 thousand have died.
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