Chinese man, 56, catches the killer coronavirus ‘within 15 SECONDS’ of standing next to an infected woman at a market

Thursday, February 6, 2020
By Paul Martin

The unidentified 56-year-old, dubbed ‘patient five’, stood close to ‘patient two’
Local officials revealed neither patient wore a face mask to protect themselves
The man caught the virus after his brief encounter with the infected woman, 61
More than 560 people have died in the outbreak that has struck almost 30,000
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By STEPHEN MATTHEWS HEALTH EDITOR
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 February 2020

A Chinese man has caught the killer coronavirus within just 15 seconds of standing next to an infected woman at a market.

The unidentified 56-year-old, known only as ‘patient five’, stood close to ‘patient two’ – a 61-year-old carrier of the deadly SARS-like infection.

Jiangbei Health Commission, the man’s local authority, revealed neither patient wore a face mask to protect themselves.

Officials have confirmed the man caught the virus – which has struck nearly 30,000 people worldwide – after his brief encounter with the infected woman.

More than 560 people have now died in the outbreak, which has spread to almost 30 countries or territories outside of China, including the UK and US.

It comes as scientists announced today they are finally on the verge of naming the never-before-seen virus, which can spread through coughs and sneezes.

Officials are tracking the 14-day history of the 56-year-old man, who caught the virus at the Shuangdongfang market on January 23.

The man, who is thought to be from the coastal city of Ningbo, stood inside a booth with the infected woman at 7.47am local time. It is unclear how officials know he only stood next to her for 15 seconds.

Doctors claim he had had no previous contact with animals and was not acquainted with any other confirmed carriers of the virus.

After his encounter with the infected woman, he visited two more supermarkets and finally a restaurant before he was diagnosed on February 4.

Jiangbei health officials said 19 individuals who had close contact with the patients – among 18 carriers in the city of Ningbo – have been quarantined.

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One Response to “Chinese man, 56, catches the killer coronavirus ‘within 15 SECONDS’ of standing next to an infected woman at a market”

  1. Manny

    OKAY let’s follow this scenario. How the hell did they know the woman was infected and the man was not…How the hell did anyone know that it only took fifteen seconds to knfect the man.

    Who had the camera that filmed the encounter

    Does any of this sound like a bag of bull???

    #401
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