Woman filmed 'spitting on door handles' amid coronavirus outbreak

A woman living in the epicentre of the coronavirus has been accused of spitting on her neighbours’ doorhandles, local outlets have reported. 

The woman was reportedly filmed at almost 10pm on February 8 lurking around the hallways of the Wuhan building, according to KNews.

Footage shows the unidentified woman moving her mouth after leaning close to the handles of two doors.

The news outlet said more than 30 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the woman’s residential area, as well as 90 people suffering from fevers, and patients had been quarantined in their homes. 

Footage shows the unidentified woman moving her mouth after leaning close to the handles of two doors. Source: KNews

The owner of the building told KNews they were aware of the reported incident and had contacted police, who were later seen entering in protective clothing. 

It is believed officers have launched an investigation.

The footage comes just days after Chinese officials called for the largest quarantine in human history, locking down more than 50 million people in the centre of the country, with those who have recently been to Wuhan being tracked, monitored, turned away from hotels and placed into isolation at their homes and in makeshift quarantine facilities.

Across the country, schools in provinces and regions such as Guangdong, Anhui, Zhejiang, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei, Jiangxi, and Inner Mongolia, as well as Shanghai and Chongqing will be shut through the end of February.

Coronavirus death toll reaches 1000

The coronavirus death toll in China has climbed above 1000, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) cautioned that the spread of cases outside of China could be "the spark that becomes a bigger fire".

Hubei province, where the outbreak began, reported 103 deaths on Monday - the most in any single day - after 91 deaths on Sunday. But the 2097 new cases was down from the previous day, when there were 2618.

Security guards check body temperature of the people passing by on the road blockade in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. Source: AAP

It is not the first time new cases have fallen. Hubei reported 2841 cases on February 7 and 2147 the next day.

There are now more than 42,000 confirmed cases in China as well as 319 cases in 24 other countries, including one death, according to WHO and Chinese health officials.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship with 3700 passengers and crew on board remained quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama, with 65 more cases detected, taking the number of confirmed cases from the Carnival Corp-owned vessel to 135.

As scientists race to develop tests and treatments, the WHO says 168 labs globally have the right technology to diagnose the virus. Companies have been struggling to find clinical virus samples needed to validate the diagnostic tests they have developed.

Worries about the coronavirus kept investors on edge with safe-havens like gold rising and the dollar hitting a four-month high against the euro on Monday.

Passengers wear masks and raincoats at Beijing Station on Feb. 10, 2020, amid the spread of the new coronavirus. Source: AAP

In Europe, shares in car companies exposed to China slumped, while prices of oil, iron ore and copper fell on worries over weaker Chinese demand because of the outbreak.

Wall Street rose on optimism for corporate earnings and the economy, with the Nasdaq hitting a record high.

British Airways cancelled all its flights to mainland China until the end of March.

Wu Fan, vice-dean of Shanghai Fudan University Medical school, said there was hope of a turning point in the outbreak. But WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday there had been "concerning instances" of transmission from people who had not been to China.

"It could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire," Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

An advance team of international WHO experts arrived in China to investigate the outbreak. Its death toll has now surpassed that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed hundreds worldwide in 2002/2003.

with AP and AAP

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