Coronavirus infected are trying to spread the disease by deliberately SPITTING at health care workers in Wuhan, claims South African teacher trapped in the city
- Jessika Bailing, a teacher trapped Wuhan, made the shocking claims
- She said she had heard of patients spitting at doctors to contaminate them
- Ms Bailing, 23, said a viral video showed a patient spitting on elevator buttons
- Coronavirus can be spread from person to person via a simple sneeze or cough
- Figures show cases have tripled in three days to more than 6,100
Coronavirus patients are trying to spread the disease by deliberately spitting at health care workers, it has been claimed.
A South African teacher trapped in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, said the infected were also spitting on elevator buttons.
She has been in hiding ‘afraid to go outside’ in case she is struck with the deadly disease, as figures show cases have tripled in three days.
Coronavirus can be spread from person to person via a simple sneeze or cough, and this strain has been regarded as highly contagious.
The number of people confirmed to have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus has now exceeded 6,100 since the outbreak began almost a month ago.
Some 132 people have now died, most of whom lived in Wuhan, now a deserted city in which thousands of European and American expats are being rescued from.
Coronavirus patients are deliberately spitting at health care workers to try and spread the killer disease, it has been claimed. Pictured, a patient at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University being treated by medical staff in protective suits
Jessika Bailing, a South African teacher trapped Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, said the infected were also spitting on elevator buttons
Ms Bailing said: ‘I covered myself from head-to-toe with gloves on my hands, glasses to cover my eyes and of course, my mask’
Jessika Bailing said a viral video showed a patient spitting on elevator buttons. Pictured, medical staff treat a patient with the new coronavirus at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan
World Health Organization figures show just 2,014 patients had been struck down with the SARS-like infection by Sunday, January 26. This has now risen dramatically to 6,168, with cases in the US, Australia and Canada
Jessika Bailing, the South African teacher trapped Wuhan, told the Metro: ‘I’ve heard shocking stories about infected people going out of their way to contaminate others by taking off their masks and spitting in doctors’ faces.
‘I saw one video of a man spitting on all of the buttons in an apartment elevator.’
The 23-year-old said she is ‘so scared’ to go outside and had only done so to do a ‘terrifying supplies run’.
She added: ‘I covered myself from head-to-toe with gloves on my hands, glasses to cover my eyes and of course, my mask.’
As cases of the new coronavirus rise, fears are growing that the outbreak in mainland China is now bigger than the 2003 SARS epidemic, when 5,327 cases of the killer virus were confirmed.
There were just 445 cases of coronavirus by Wednesday last week – meaning the outbreak that is continuing to escalate has increased in size by almost 14-fold in the space of seven days.
China’s National Health Commission warned the spread of the infection is only going to get worse, with Dr Zhong Nanshan fearing the crisis will peak ‘in the next 10 days’.
Sources claim hundreds of British nationals stuck in coronavirus-hit Wuhan are gearing up to be flown back to London tomorrow.
Health officials in the capital Beijing today warned cases are on the rise. The city has one confirmed death and 102 confirmed cases of the virus so far.
And the United Arab Emirates has become the latest country to confirm cases, announcing four patients from the same family had caught the infection.
Leading scientists have made stark warnings that there could be tens of thousands of patients already infected – far more than the official toll.
Despite growing fears, China has been maintaining a positive front in its ‘battle of Wuhan’. President Xi Jinping said the country would defeat the ‘devil virus’.