Patients at one of Wuhan’s coronavirus hospitals have been given turtle meat for dinner while being quarantined, it has emerged.
‘Today’s meal includes softshell turtle meat,’ one person in isolation claimed in a video released by Chinese media.
The contagious disease, which has killed 638 people, was passed onto humans from wild animals – especially bats and snakes – through other animals, experts believe.
Chinese scientists today suggested that pangolins might be the link which allowed the virus to spread from bats to mankind.
‘Today’s meal includes softshell turtle meat,’ claimed one person in isolation in one of the makeshift hospitals in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak
Patients infected with the novel coronavirus are seen resting at a makeshift hospital converted from an exhibition center on February 5. China has ordered Wuhan city to move all confirmed and potential coronavirus patients as well as their close contacts into quarantine
Softshell turtles are considered highly nutritious in the traditional Chinese medicine. People believe the species, native to China, can help sick people recover more quickly (file photo)
The meat of softshell turtles, or ‘jia yu’ in Mandarin, is considered highly nutritious in the traditional Chinese medicine.
People believe that those turtles, native to the country, are rich in protein and can help sick people recover more quickly.
They can come from the wild or breeding farms, and are usually simmered in water to make a nourishing broth.
China has demanded four types of people in Wuhan to be put into mandatory isolation in quarantine stations: confirmed cases, suspected cases, people who have close contact with the former two, and those who have fever. Pictured, patients rest at a makeshift hospital
A screen grab from a CCTV news programme shows China’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan delivering her order to Communist officials at a meeting aimed to curb the outbreak
The Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 638 people and infected more than 31,520 globally
Independent Chinese video news outlet, Ren Jian Zhi Bei, yesterday published a video taken by several patients inside a makeshift coronavirus hospital.
The first patient, a woman, can be heard saying: ‘Brothers and sisters, look, you are fighting on the front line, and we are fighting on the front line with you.’
A second patient, a man, showed viewers a set of life necessities given to him by the medical centre, including slippers, a towel, toothpaste and toilet paper.
A third patient, also male, introduced the hospital meal. He said: ‘Today’s meal includes softshell turtle meat.’
China’s Vice Premier demanded Communist officials of all levels take active lead in this ‘wartime condition’, or face being ‘nailed onto the pillar of historical shame forever’. Pictured, medical workers help patients infected with the coronavirus check in at a makeshift hospital
The city has around 14 million residents, but it remains unknown how many people would be quarantined or where they would be kept. Pictured, patients infected by the coronavirus are taken to a makeshift hospital at Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center
The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 638 lives and infected more than 31,520 people in 28 countries and territories around the world – but 99 per cent of infections have been in China.
The outbreak has prompted the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, several governments to impose travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.
Since the virus broke out in Wuhan in late December, Chinese experts have tracked down its source to wild animals, especially bats and snakes. They believe the virus was spread to human from the bat through other animals..
Wuhan workers started to install temporary wards in a dozen sports halls and exhibition centres this week. These facilities (one of them pictured above) are dubbed ‘fang cang’ or ‘shelter’ hospitals and would bring some 10,700 more beds to those in need
Workers walk in the Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Centre after working there overnight on February 4. The temporary medical centre has around 1,000 hospital beds
Researchers at the South China Agricultural University have identified the pangolin as a ‘potential intermediate host,’ the institution said in a statement on Friday.
Despite all eight species of pangolin under protection from trafficking by international law, they are one of the most bought and sold mammals in Asia and Africa, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
In Asian countries, particularly China and Vietnam, their meat is a delicacy and their scales are used as ingredients for traditional medicine.
But British academics cautioned that this is only a preliminary investigation and its findings are far from conclusive.
Pangolins (one pictured in Bangkok) may be the link that facilitated the spread of the virus
The country’s Vice Premier Sun Chunlan called on a ‘people’s war’ against the fast-spreading epidemic, which has killed at least 638 people and infected more than 31,520 globally.
She demanded Communist officials of all levels take active lead in this ‘wartime condition’, or face being ‘nailed onto the pillar of historical shame forever’.
The city has around 14 million residents, but it remains unknown how many people would be quarantined or where they would be kept.
Wuhan officials are now carrying out door-to-door health checks to identify potential carriers who would need to be isolated.
Where CAN Wuhan quarantine its coronavirus patients?
Confirmed coronavirus cases have spiked in the city of 14 million since late last month
Chinese city Wuhan has built two dedicated hospitals, converted more than a dozen sports halls and set up 132 quarantine stations in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
But the emergency facilities, which have more than 25,870 beds in total, are not enough to keep confirmed and suspected patients of the disease which has killed 638 people.
Local officials have ordered construction workers to set up many more makeshift wards ‘as fast as possible’ after Beijing this week demanded the city round up all confirmed and potential sufferers and put them in mass quarantine camps.
The city’s government today instructed four universities to be turned into isolation centres with a total of 5,400 beds.
While leaders of Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, last week directed that all hotels, hostels and empty factories should be prepared to be transformed into quarantine stations.
Wuhan has put more than 25,870 beds in dedicated coronavirus hospitals and quarantine camps, but they are not enough for potential patients in the city ravaged by coronavirus. Pictured, patients are seen in a makeshift hospital converted from Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province, on Wednesday
Wuhan has around 14 million residents, according to its Mayor Zhou Xianwang.
Nine million residents are currently in the city, which went into lockdown 16 days ago, and five million people had already left by then, Mr Zhou revealed.
Workers in Wuhan already constructed two hospitals from scratch in the space of two weeks: 1,000-bed Huoshenshan Hospital and 1,600-bed Leishenshan Hospital.
This week, they started to install temporary wards in more than a dozen sports halls and exhibition centres.
These facilities, dubbed ‘fang cang’ or ‘shelter’ hospitals, would bring some 10,700 more beds to those in need.
Official Xinhua News Agency reported that 20 more fang cang hospitals were due to be built, but did not explain how many beds they were expected to have.
Authorities had also established 132 mass quarantine camps with 12,571 in total by Tuesday, according to a government notice.