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Coronavirus Causes Panic Around World as China Quarantines Cities
The first two months of 2020 have found the world gripped with worry over an outbreak originating from China of the novel coronavirus, a virus that currently can’t be vaccinated against and can kill people. The Chinese government has quarantined multiple cities, which means people weren’t allowed to go in or out of the cities. Other countries have pulled their citizens out of affected areas.
At time of writing, over 1,300 deaths have been reported because of the coronavirus while over 60,000 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.
The coronavirus outbreak emerged out of the city of Wuhan in central China in late 2019. Scientists speculate that the virus originally came from bats, and that one potential source of origin was a seafood market in the Wuhan area.
China reported a spike in cases of people affected by coronavirus in January, with new incidents emerging outside of Wuhan. It came at the start of New Year celebrations, when people across the country travel to their hometowns.
Due to further spread, China quarantined Wuhan. Since then, more quarantines have been issued for Chinese cities.
Coronavirus cases have emerged in other countries too, including the United States, Japan and nations in Europe. Many countries have started restricting the number of people from China who can come to their countries because of the coronavirus, while also advising citizens to avoid China for anything but vital travel.
Many countries, including Japan, have chartered special flights for their citizens in Wuhan and other affected cities to get out of there. Scientists in Japan are also working hard to develop a vaccine for the virus.
At time of writing, 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Japan. A cruise ship from Hong Kong carrying over 3,700 passengers was quarantined in Yokohama after one passenger from Hong Kong was diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 2014 Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China has made many around the world worried, but it is hardly the first virus outbreak in the past ten years to spark concern globally. One of the worst in recent memories came in 2014 with an outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa.
This outbreak originated in the country of Guinea in December 2013, and scientists believe bats played a prominent role in spreading the deadly virus. Soon after, Guinea government officials reported further outbreaks of the disease not only in their borders, but also in neighboring countries such as Sierra Leone and Liberia. In the coming months, Ebola cases were reported in other African countries, and eventually appeared in the United States and Europe. The outbreak finally waned in 2016.
The graphic below shows how widespread and deadly this outbreak of Ebola was.
Reading Comprehension Test
- Where does the 2020 coronavirus outbreak probably come from?
a. Nations in Europe.
c. A vaccine.
d. A cruise ship.
- Which of the following is true?
a. The city of Wuhan has largely kept on as normal since the outbreak.
b. Almost no people have died of coronavirus.
c. Many countries have pulled citizens out of affected regions in China.
d. While widespread, there is an easy cure for coronavirus.
- What has Japan NOT done to counter coronavirus?
a. The country quarantined a cruise ship from Hong Kong in Yokohama.
b. Doctors in Japan are working hard to make a vaccine.
c. The country quarantined airports to stop the spread of the virus.
d. The country sent special flights to China to take Japanese citizens home.
- Which country recorded the most cases of Ebola infections?
a. Sierra Leone.
- What do the current coronavirus and the 2014 Ebola virus NOT have in common?
a. The virus originated from bats.
b. The virus made its way to the United States.
c. The virus made its way to Europe.
d. The virus was thought to be found in a seafood market.