By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In the latest in this ever evolving and concerning novel coronavirus  (2019-NoCv) outbreak linked to Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, the National Health Commission in China reports the confirmed and suspected case tally published today (computer translated).

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As of Jan. 20 at 6 pm China time, a total of 224 cases of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus were reported in China, including 217 confirmed cases (198 in Wuhan, 5 in Beijing, and 14 in Guangdong); 7 suspected cases:   2 cases in Sichuan, 1 case in Yunnan Province, 2 cases in Shanghai, 1 case in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and 1 case in Shandong Province).

Outside of China, exported, confirmed cases have been reported in Japan (1), Thailand (2), and South Korea (1).

State officials, all the way up to Xi Jinping say great attention and efforts must be made to prevent and control the outbreak, particularly with the large amount of travel expected with the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year 2020), which starts Saturday.

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Party officials say party committees and governments at all levels and relevant departments must put the people’s lives and health in the first place, formulate thorough plans, organize all parties to carry out prevention and control, take practical and effective measures, and resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic.

They continue to say they must do the best to treat patients, identify the causes of viral infection and transmission as soon as possible, strengthen case surveillance, and standardize the treatment process. It is necessary to timely release epidemic information and deepen international cooperation.