Fears 14-day coronavirus quarantine is two weeks too short after Chinese pensioner took 27 days to show symptoms

Sunday, February 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

A man, 70, drove to Shennongjia, Hubei, where he met his sister on January 24
The Chinese pensioner, known as Jiang, then developed fever on February 20
He tested positive for coronavirus a day later, says government statement
The case has sparked fears that a 14-day quarantine is two weeks too short

By PHOEBE ECKERSLEY
DAILYMAIL.COM
23 February 2020

A Chinese pensioner who took 27 days to show coronavirus symptoms has sparked fears that a 14-day quarantine is two weeks too short.

The 70-year-old man was infected with the killer virus in China’s Hubei Province and showed symptoms nearly four weeks later, the local government said on Saturday.

He drove to Shennongjia, in north-western Hubei, from eastern Ezhou, where he had close contact with his sister, who had been infected, on January 24, according to the Hubei government website.

The pensioner, identified as Jiang, developed fever on February 20 and tested positive for coronavirus a day later, according to a government statement.

This case could change the current policy which presumes a 14-day incubation period.

It comes as the global epidemic has killed 2,458 people and infected 78,572.

And there is a reported surge in untraceable clusters of new coronavirus patients which has caused experts to warn that ‘containment methods are not going to work’.

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