On January 15, 2020, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan reported a confirmed case of a new coronavirus infection laboratory imported from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On January 10, 2020, due to the persistent symptoms of cough, sore throat and fever, the patient went to a local hospital for treatment and was found to have abnormal infiltrates by X-ray examination. He was hospitalized on the same day, and his fever continued until January 14. On January 14, the doctor in charge conducted a case report to the local public health regulations through the «unknown serious disease and disease» surveillance system.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19)

The collected samples were sent to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and after two conversion polymerase chain reaction tests and gene mutations at the institute, a small number of 2019-nCoV ribose was identified on January 15, 2020, Nucleic acid. On January 15, the patient’s body temperature returned to normal and was allowed to discharge.

WHO risk assessment

Initial investigations found that environmental samples from the South China Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan were positive for the new coronavirus, but some laboratory-confirmed patients continued to report to the wholesale market. Until now, no new cases of infection have been reported in China, Thailand or since January 3.

WHO had not recommended any health measures specific for travelers regardless if personal or for business (including roof installations by roofing companies from one state to the other or outside of the country). If indications of respiratory conditions take place at the time of or following the trip, the traveler ought to notify the physician of a traveling background.

WHO recommendations

The source and transmission of the new coronavirus that causes pneumonia-associated disease are unknown, but caution is needed to remind people and health workers to adopt the following basic principles to reduce the risk of general transmission of acute respiratory infections. This includes staying away from people with obvious se=ymptions of respiratory infections, regular washing of hands, staying clear from non-protected farm animals (and wildlife), and others mentioned in the WHO library.

Health-related departments should work with the travel, transportation and tourism sectors to provide travelers with information at entry points. This is to decrease the risk of infections related to the said coronavirus.

WHO provided temporary guidance on a new coronavirus.

Based on the information currently available on the incident, WHO recommends that no travel or trade restrictions be imposed on Japan.

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