Vatican sends medical masks to ChinaPosted on 5th February 2020

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The Vatican has sent hundreds of thousands of masks to China in an attempt to help stall the spread of the Coronavirus.

The joint initiative of the Office of Papal charities and the Missionary Centre of the Chinese Church in Italy has sent hundreds of thousands of masks to China. According to a Press Statement by the Holy See Press Office, the masks have been sent to Hubei, Zhejiand and Fujian provinces, which appear to be the areas most affected by this virus.

Health officials believe the virus was initially transmitted from animals to humans, but that human-to-human transmission of the flu-like illness is now occurring.
The illness has now officially been spread to 28 countries around the world. Current statistics (  show that, of 24,619 people known to have been infected by the virus, there are 989 recoveries and 493 deaths nationwide, around 2% of those reported to have been infected with the virus. China's National Health Commission (NHC) says that about 80 percent of those who died were over the age of 60. 75percent had pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

It seems that the new virus’s fatality rate is relatively low. For comparison, the case fatality rate for SARS was 10%, and for MERS 34%.


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