January 22, 2020 / 2:55 AM / a month ago

China takes more measures to protect healthcare workers in virus outbreak

BEIJING, Jan 22 (Reuters) - China is taking more strict measures in hospitals to protect healthcare workers in the new coronavirus outbreak, and will increase training for healthcare workers nationwide, officials from the country’s health commission said on Wednesday.

Infection of medical staff in the outbreak shows there are loopholes in treatment methods, Jiao Yahui told a press briefing in Beijing.

Gao Fu, head of China’s Disease Control Centre, also told the briefing that authorities are still learning about the new virus, when asked to compare its deadliness to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003. (Reporting by Cate Cadell and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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