China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday that the new coronavirus is contagious even in its incubation period, which lasts up to 14 days, and that the virus’ ability to spread is getting stronger.
The South China Morning Post reports Ma Xiaowei, the minister in charge of the NHC, told a press briefing that” the authorities’ understanding of the virus was “limited” and they were also unclear on the risks posed by possible mutations”.
“The outbreak is expected to continue for some time,” he said.
According to the report more than 2,070 people have been infected with the new coronavirus and 56 killed since the outbreak was first reported in December.
“National Health Commission says understanding of infection remains limited, but its ability to spread is getting stronger.
“More than 1,350 medics had already arrived in the city to help battle the epidemic and a further 1,000 would follow, he said.
“More than 1,300 extra doctors and nurses have been deployed to Hubei to help battle outbreak, with 1,000 more to follow soon.
“In less than a month China has been overwhelmed by an outbreak of a previously unknown Sars-like coronavirus”.