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slamabad: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain will visit China from September 1 to 4 and will attend China’s V-Day celebrations, the foreign ministry said on Monday. The visit was being undertaken at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, a foreign ministry statement said. During the visit, the president will attend the military parade to be held in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on September 3, and will also hold meetings with Chinese leaders.

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The two sides will review important aspects of bilateral relations and exchanges will also take place on regional issues and international developments, the statement said. “Pakistan and China attach highest priority to their strategic cooperative partnership. Exchanges at the highest level are the hallmark of their unique friendship and wide-ranging cooperation,” it said. “The president’s visit would further consolidate the existing all-weather relations between Pakistan and China in all areas of importance, especially political, economic and strategic,” the statement added.

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New Virus Can Spread Through Human Contact: China

China: Possible That New Virus Could Spread Between Humans

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Security guards stand in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China. VOA

The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday.

Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more serious diseases. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday.

While preliminary investigations indicate that most of the patients had worked at or visited a particular seafood wholesale market, one woman may have contracted the virus from her husband, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a public notice.

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Commuters wear protection masks inside a subway train in Hong Kong, China. VOA

The commission said the husband, who fell ill first, worked at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Meanwhile, the wife said she hasn’t had any exposure to the market.

It’s possible that the husband brought home food from the market that then infected his wife, Hong Kong health official Chuang Shuk-kwan said at a news briefing. But because the wife did not exhibit symptoms until days after her husband, it’s also possible that he infected her.

Chuang and other Hong Kong health officials spoke to reporters Wednesday following a trip to Wuhan, where mainland Chinese authorities briefed them on the outbreak.

The threat of human-to-human transmission remains low, Chuang said, as hundreds of people, including medical professionals, have been in close contact with infected individuals and have not been infected themselves.

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She echoed Wuhan authorities’ assertion that there remains no definitive evidence of human-to-human transmission.

The outbreak in Wuhan has raised the specter of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. SARS is a type of coronavirus that first struck southern China in late 2002. It then spread to more than two dozen countries, killing nearly 800 people. (VOA)

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