Coronavirus: China has cured first patient since outbreak

Young women wearing facemasks walk across a square usually filled with visitors at the Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong on Sunday (Jan 26), after the park announced it was shutting its doors until further notice over a deadly virus outbreak in China. Officials announced a patient has been cured in Shanghai on Sunday. - AFP

SHANGHAI: The Shanghai Municipal Health Commission has claimed that the first patient since the beginning of the deadly outbreak has been cured and discharged from hospital.

A 56-year-old woman locally identified as “Chen” was said to have been cured from the illness.

Chen demonstrated significant improvements in her respiratory system following pulmonary CT scans and two independent blood tests found the patient free from the Coronavirus, as reported on Sunday (Jan 26) by the state-owned Beijing Daily Newspaper.

The patient was reportedly released from quarantine after further examinations to prevent the spread of infections.

Chen was a resident of Wuhan–the city where the Coronavirus originated–for several years, according to RT.

She reportedly felt flu-like symptoms on January 10 before being admitted to hospital on Jan12.

After nearly two weeks under medical care, she has now been released, cured from the disease, it has been claimed.

The Express also published claims from Chinese doctors indicating that trial runs with an HIV wonder drug have “somewhat successfully” stopped the spread of the disease to cells.

The study concluded that “Nelfinavir could decrease the production of virus from cells”.

Since the intercontinental spread of the disease–which has now claimed 56 lives and has infected hundreds of others and more than35 million people are currently on lock down and five entire cities are quarantined.

In Wuhan, local authorities have hemorrhaged funds in order to counter the deadly virus.

Emergency facilities are currently being built in the city to cater for the demand from sick patients. A full fledged hospital just for the coronavirus patients will be ready by next week.

It was also reported that a 46-year-old man has become the first patient in east China's Zhejiang Province to recover from a similar kind of sickness. The man, surnamed Yang, left the hospital on Friday after undergoing treatment for a week.

The patient had been living in Wuhan for a long time. Yang will continue to visit the doctors for regular checkups. - Agencies/China Daily/Asian News Network
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