A 57-year-old female shrimp seller in China’s Wuhan city, the beginning point of the coronavirus pandemic, has been referred to as among the first victims of coronavirus, that have claimed nearly 28,000 lives worldwide until now, based on media reports. The coronavirus ‘patient zero‘, who made a full recovery in January after month-long treatment, believes the Chinese government could’ve checked the high rate of the disease had it acted sooner.
Wei Guixian, as identified through the Wall Street Journal, was selling shrimps at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market on December 10 when she developed a cold. Believing she’d the regular flu, Wei went to a native clinic for treatment where she was given an injection, the Mirror UK reported.
However, Wei continued to feel weak and visited Eleventh Hospital in Wuhan a day later. The feeling of laziness continued and Wei visited one of the biggest hospitals in the region – Wuhan Union Hospital — on December 16.
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At the Union Hospital, Wei was told her sickness was “terrible” and also that many from Huanan Market had visited the hospital with matching the Symptoms of Coronavirus.
At the end of December, Wei was quarantined when doctors related the emergence of the coronavirus with the seafood market, the Mirror quoted Chinese news outlet The Paper.
The so-called “live market” continues to be closed indefinitely after the coronavirus outbreak.
Wei recovered her health in January. The COVID-19 ‘patient zero’ believes she has got a disease from a toilet she shared with meat sellers in the market. She said several vendors trading close to her also contracted the killer disease.
In a release, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission confirmed Wei was among the first 27 patients to test positive for COVID-19 as well as one of 24 cases directly related to the market.
Wei said the virus death toll might have been lower if the government had “acted sooner”.
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COVID-19 has spread over the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services find it difficult to cope. Since first being recorded late a year ago in China, the COVID-19 coronavirus has spread worldwide and been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. By early spring, Europe had become the worst-affected region, with Italy and Spain particularly effected. However, differences in testing prove that the total number of cases might be decreased for some countries.
Confirmed coronavirus infections all over the world approached a million as the pandemic spread at a “near-drastically” rate, with a six-week-old baby becoming one considering the youngest known victims.
Half the planet is under some kind of lockdown as governments find it difficult to tamp down an endemic which has killed thousands of people.
Those restrictions — while vital for health — risk causing global food shortages, experts have warned, as supply chains gum up and panic buying sparks export controls.
The death toll from COVID-19 continued its constant march upwards, having more than than 46,000 people believed to have died worldwide.
The United States, which now is the reason for nearly a quarter of reported global infections, logged its 5,000th death overnight, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
And, said President Donald Trump, things were going to get worse.
“We’re going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now, that are going to be horrific,” he said.
“But even in the most challenging of times, Americans don’t lose hope. We don’t give up to fear.”
Among the latest US fatalities was a six-week-old baby who was taken to a Connecticut hospital late a week ago.
“Testing confirmed last-night that this newborn was COVID-19 positive,” the state’s Governor Ned Lamont tweeted. “This is absolutely heartbreaking.”
The new coronavirus has primarily affected the elderly and people with pre-existing health problems, but a number of recent cases have highlighted that it can affect people from all of any age.
The dead have included a 13-year-old in France, a 12-year-old in Belgium and 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdullah in Britain, whose family said the “gentle and kind” boy experienced no hidden health complications.
World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom said the disease’s rapid spread was alarming.
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