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    Coronavirus pandemic - World News

    The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC.

    There have been 45 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new virus, but UK experts estimate the figure is closer to 1,700.

    Two people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in Wuhan city in December.

    "I am substantially more concerned than I was a week ago," disease outbreak scientist, Prof Neil Ferguson, said.

    The work was conducted by the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London, which advises bodies including the UK government and the World Health Organization.

    Singapore and Hong Kong have been screening air passengers from Wuhan and US authorities announced similar measures starting on Friday at three major airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

    How were the numbers calculated?
    The crucial clue to the scale of the problem lies in the cases being detected in other countries.

    While the outbreak is centred on Wuhan, there have been two cases in Thailand and one in Japan.

    "That caused me to worry," said Prof Ferguson.

    He added: "For Wuhan to have exported three cases to other countries would imply there would have to be many more cases than have been reported."

    It is impossible to get the precise number, but outbreak modelling, which is based on the virus, the local population and flight data, can give an idea.

    Wuhan International Airport serves a population of 19 million people, but only 3,400 a day travel internationally.

    The detailed calculations, which have been posted online ahead of publication in a scientific journal, came up with a figure of 1,700 cases.

    Prof Ferguson said it is "too early to be alarmist" but he was "substantially more concerned" than a week ago.

    Chinese officials say there have been no cases of the virus spreading from one person to another.

    Instead they say the virus has crossed the species barrier and come from infected animals at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan.

    Prof Ferguson argues: "People should be considering the possibility of substantial human-to-human transmission more seriously than they have so far.

    "It would be unlikely in my mind, given what we know about coronaviruses, to have animal exposure be the principal cause of such a number of human infections."

    Understanding how a novel virus is spreading is a crucial part of assessing its threat.

    What is this virus?
    Viral samples have been taken from patients and analysed in the laboratory.

    And officials in China and the World Health Organization have concluded the infection is a coronavirus.

    Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people.

    At the mild end they cause the common cold, but severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) is a coronavirus that killed 774 of the 8,098 people infected in an outbreak that started in China in 2002.

    Analysis of the genetic code of the new virus shows it is more closely related to Sars than any other human coronavirus.

    The virus has caused pneumonia in some patients and been fatal in two of them.

    What do other experts say?
    Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome medical research charity, said: "There is more to come from this epidemic.

    "Uncertainty and gaps remain, but it's clear that there is some level of person-to-person transmission.

    "We are starting to hear of more cases in China and other countries and it is likely, as this modelling shows, that there will be many more cases, in a number of countries."

    Prof Jonathan Ball, from the University of Nottingham, said: "What's really important is until there has been widespread laboratory testing it is very difficult to put a real number on the cases out there.

    "But this is a figure we should take seriously until we know otherwise, 41 animal-to-human 'spillovers' is stretching it a bit and there probably is more underlying infection than has been detected so far."

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    Gets worse....

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    Chinese authorities have reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, marking the first time that the infection has been confirmed in the country outside of Wuhan city.

    The new cases were identified in the cities of Wuhan, Beijing and Shenzhen.

    The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from the respiratory illness.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of cases rose because of "increased searching and testing".




    The new coronavirus strain first appeared in Wuhan in December and has already spread abroad, with two cases in Thailand and one in Japan.

    Experts in the UK told the BBC the number of people infected could still be far greater than official figures suggest.

    What's the latest?
    Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan said 136 new cases had been confirmed over the weekend, and a third person there died from the virus.

    As of late Sunday, officials said 170 people in Wuhan were still being treated in hospital, including nine in critical condition.

    Health officials in Beijing's Daxing district said two people who had travelled to Wuhan were treated for pneumonia linked to the virus.

    In Shenzhen, officials said a 66-year-old man showed symptoms of the virus following a trip to visit relatives in Wuhan.

    The WHO said "increased searching and testing for [the virus] among people sick with respiratory illness" had led to the jump in confirmed cases.


    Media captionCoronavirus feared to have infected more than initially thought according to scientists
    It said an "animal source seems the most likely source" of the virus, while there was "some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts."

    It added that people could reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus by taking measures such as avoiding "unprotected" contact with live animals, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs, and avoiding close contact with anyone with colds or flu-like symptoms.

    China's National Health Commission earlier said the virus was "still preventable and controllable", while warning that close monitoring was needed given that the source, transmission and mutation methods were unknown.

    The health body has promised to step up monitoring during this week's Lunar New Year celebrations, when millions of people will travel to be with their families.

    What is this virus?
    Viral samples have been taken from patients and analysed in the laboratory and officials in China and the WHO have concluded the infection is a coronavirus.

    Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people.

    At the mild end they cause the common cold, but severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) is a coronavirus that killed 774 of the 8,098 people infected in an outbreak that started in China in 2002.

    Analysis of the genetic code of the new virus shows it is more closely related to Sars than any other human coronavirus.



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    Sars 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrypathan View Post
    Sars 2.0
    Chinese seem more proactive about at the moment.


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    A fourth person in China has died from a new virus that has spread rapidly across the country, as authorities confirmed that it can be passed from person-to-person.

    A 89-year-old man was the latest victim of the new strain of coronavirus, which causes a type of pneumonia.




    He was living in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.

    More than 200 cases have now been reported across major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.

    China's National Health Commission on Monday confirmed that two cases of infection in China's Guangdong province were due to human-to-human transmission.

    In a separate statement, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said at least 15 medical workers in Wuhan have also been infected with the virus, with one of them in critical condition.

    All of them are being kept in isolation while being treated for the illness.

    Chinese virus: How worried should we be?
    The disease was first identified in Wuhan, a central Chinese city of 11 million people, late last year.

    There are concerns that the virus could spread further when hundreds of millions of people travel within China for Chinese New Year later this week.

    A handful of cases have also been identified abroad: two in Thailand, one in Japan and another in South Korea. These are people who had travelled from Wuhan recently.

    Airports in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Japanese capital Tokyo have been screening air passengers from Wuhan, and US authorities last week announced similar measures at three major airports in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

    Australian authorities have also announced that they will begin screening passengers coming from Wuhan to Sydney.

    China is the largest source of tourists to Australia, with more than 1 million people arriving last year.

    What we know about the virus

    2019-nCoV, as it's been labelled, is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans
    Coronaviruses are a broad family of viruses, but only six (the new one would make it seven) are known to infect people
    Scientists believe an animal source is "the most likely primary source" but that some human-to-human transmission has occurred
    Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties
    People are being advised to avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
    Source: World Health Organization

    The outbreak has revived memories of the Sars virus - also a coronavirus - that killed 774 people in the early 2000s across dozens of countries, mostly in Asia. Analysis of the genetic code of the new virus shows it is more closely related to Sars than any other human coronavirus.

    Experts in the UK told the BBC the number of people infected could still be far greater than official figures suggest, with estimates closer to 1,700.



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    This is will get worse before it improves.

    The Chinese new year celebrations means millions will travel around China and many overseas... Deja vu (SARS)


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    A new virus that has killed nine people could mutate and spread further, Chinese health officials have warned, as they step up containment measures.

    There are now 440 confirmed cases of the outbreak that originated from a market with illegal wildlife in Wuhan.

    It has now spread to several Chinese provinces as well as overseas including to the US, Thailand and South Korea.

    Authorities admitted that the country was now at the "most critical stage" of prevention and control.

    On Tuesday, it was confirmed that human-to-human transmission of the virus had taken place.

    'Increased risk'
    In one of the first public briefings since the beginning of the outbreak, National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin said there was evidence that the disease was "mainly transmitted through the respiratory tract".

    But China has still not been able to confirm the exact source of the virus.

    "Though the transmission route of the virus is yet to be fully understood, there is a possibility of virus mutation and a risk of further spread of the epidemic," said Mr Li.

    The warning comes as millions of people across China are travelling within the country for the Lunar New Year week-long holiday. Thousands are also travelling abroad.

    Mr Li added that the festival would "increase the risk of the disease spreading and the difficulty of prevention and control".

    He said strict measures to control the disease would be put in place.

    He also called for those in Wuhan to "avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings". A ban on the trade of live poultry and wild animals has also been implemented in the city.

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    The National Institute of Health (NIH) on Tuesday issued an advisory to health staff at border posts and health care institutions advising them to take precautions in light of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in China and neighbouring countries.

    The institute directed health officials to investigate a person who may have travelled to Wuhan or any other affected area of China within the last 15 days. It also directed the officials to investigate anyone who may be suffering from severe acute respiratory infections (SARI).

    Symptoms of the deadly virus ranged from a history of fever, to coughing or difficulty breathing, the NIH said. The advisory maintained that health officials investigate anyone who may have had “close physical contact with a suspected or confirmed case”.

    Also read: WHO alerts hospitals across world on possible spread of new China Coronavirus

    It instructed officials to probe anyone who may have had "direct contact with infected animals, seafood, meat or any other animal products in the markets of Wuhan City China, within 14 days before the onset of illness”.

    NIH said that the health facilities should follow the same precautions that doctors follow during “seasonal influenza” if they come across such a case. The NIH asked hospitals to “ensure that standard precautions including hand and respiratory hygiene are being followed by using personal protective equipment”.

    The institute also instructed doctors to cover their nose and mouth while they may be examining such a person. It emphasised that hand hygiene is followed after contact with respiratory secretions. It notified the health facilities to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

    The institute, in the advisory, clarified that as of yet no vaccine or specific treatment is available for the infection. “The patient care is mainly supportive,” read the advisory.

    The UN’s health agency says the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan is a never-before-seen strain. It belongs to a broad family of viruses that range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as SARS.

    Whats is the coronavirus?
    The mysterious SARS-like virus has so far killed nine people and continues to infect hundreds could spread further, Chinese authorities warned on Wednesday ahead of the Lunar New Year travel season.

    The virus has already reached the United States while the other neighbouring countries have issued strict travel alerts to contain the spread.

    The coronavirus has caused alarm for its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

    The UN’s health agency says the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan is a never-before-seen strain. It belongs to a broad family of viruses that range from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as SARS.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says an "animal source seems the most likely primary source... with some limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts".

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    Wuhan, a Chinese city of eleven million people, is to temporarily shut public transport as it tries to halt the outbreak of a new strain of virus.

    Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week when millions of Chinese are travelling for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

    The respiratory illness has spread to other parts of China, with some cases in other countries including the US.

    There are more than 500 confirmed cases and 17 people have died.

    Known for now as 2019-nCoV, the virus is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans. The Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that killed nearly 800 people globally in the early 2000s was also a coronavirus, as is the common cold.

    All the fatalities so far have been in Hubei, the province around Wuhan.

    Meanwhile, after a day of discussions in Geneva, the World Health Organization's (WHO) emergency committee has announced it will not yet declare a "global emergency" over the new virus.

    Director general Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said more information was needed about the spread of the infection. The committee of health experts will meet again on Thursday.

    A global emergency is the highest level of alarm the WHO can sound and has previously been used in response to swine flu, Zika virus and Ebola.

    What measures have been announced?
    Chinese officials said that from Thursday, all flights and passenger train services out of Wuhan would be stopped.

    Bus, subway and ferry services would also shut down from 1000 local time.

    A special command centre in Wuhan set up to contain the virus said the move was meant to "resolutely contain the momentum of the epidemic spreading".

    Those living in Wuhan had already been told to avoid crowds and minimise public gatherings.

    State news agency Xinhua said tourist attractions and hotels in the city had been told to suspend large-scale activities while libraries, museums and theatres were cancelling exhibitions and performances.

    A Lunar New Year prayer-giving ceremony at the city's Guiyuan Temple, which attracted 700,000 people last year, has also been cancelled.

    The hashtag "Wuhan is sealed off" was trending on Chinese social media website Weibo.

    The WHO's Dr Ghebreyesus described the latest measures as "very strong" and said they would "not only control the outbreak, they will minimise spread internationally".

    Chinese officials said the country was now at the "most critical stage" of prevention and control.

    "Basically, do not go to Wuhan. And those in Wuhan please do not leave the city," said National Health Commission vice-minister Li Bin in one of the first public briefings since the beginning of the outbreak.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51215348


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    New Delhi: A nurse working at a hospital in Saudi Arabia is the first Indian to be infected by the deadly Coronavirus that originated in China and has killed 17 so far.

    V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs, said about 100 Indian nurses, mostly from Kerala have been tested and none except one nurse was found infected by Coronavirus. The minister said the Indian nurses had been quarantined due to the Coronavirus threat.

    "Affected nurse is being treated at Aseer National Hospital and is recovering well," he tweeted.

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, requesting him to communicate with Saudi Arabia to ensure proper treatment and protection for the patients.

    "Corona outbreak among nurses in Azir Aba Al Hayat hospital in Saudi Arabia should be considered seriously and necessary steps must be taken," Mr Vijayan said.

    Airlines and airports are on guard against the virus that, according to primary studies, is believed to have originated in bats. While no cases have been detected in India, over 12,800 passengers from 60 flights have been screened for the infection so far at seven airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, the Union Health Ministry said. In Kerala, all cases have been negative till now.

    An alert has been sounded at all airports to screen passengers especially from Middle East and South Korea, for Middle East Coronavirus (MERS-Cov), a kind of deadly respiratory disease.

    Airports throughout the country have been asked to report any passengers who are self-reporting at immigration counters with symptoms of fever and respiratory distress.

    The coronavirus has been named "2019-nCoV". Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong between 2002 and 2003.

    Those infected could experience flu-like symptoms, including fever, a cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat or runny nose.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/kera...home-topscroll


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    This is scary. A friend of mine was saying how in Scarborough they had SAARs then coz Chinese immigrants.. how do Chinese get it and now Indian nurse has it too?
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    on google search few articles claiming its becoz of eating some kind of snake and Pork .... dont know the actual reason. i think only a medical profesional can tell about it.
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    Several people tested for coronavirus in UK - with fears of more potential cases


    Several people in the UK are being tested over concerns they may have the deadly coronavirus.

    Five people are undergoing tests for the virus in Scotland but none have been confirmed as having the disease so far, the country's government said.

    Two of those being tested had been diagnosed with influenza after travelling to Wuhan, China - where the outbreak is thought to have originated - while the three other people are "undergoing testing on a similar precautionary basis".

    "The risk to the Scottish public remains low," a Scottish government spokesman said.

    "The current advice is against all but essential travel to Wuhan."

    Sky News understands one person is also being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Belfast for symptoms associated with coronavirus.

    The patient is being looked at as a precautionary measure.

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said earlier that four Chinese nationals were being tested for coronavirus in Scotland and the tests were "purely precautionary" and "no one has tested positive".

    The spokesman also confirmed the patients were in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

    The coronavirus outbreak has so far killed 18 people and infected more than 600.

    Professor Jurgen Haas, head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said he believes there will be many more potential cases in other cities in the UK.

    He said: "The situation will be pretty similar in pretty much all UK cities with a large number of Chinese students.

    "It's not too surprising. My suspicious is that there will probably be many more cases in many other cities in the UK."

    Professor Haas said there is only one laboratory testing for the virus, operated by Public Health England (PHE).

    He added that the cases have been flagged through the PHE infection guidelines as they travelled to Wuhan within the last 14 days and are showing signs of respiratory symptoms.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the NHS is "ready to respond appropriately" to any cases of coronavirus that emerge in the UK.

    He told the Commons on Thursday that while "there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country, we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them".

    England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, is in contact with international experts and his counterparts to monitor the situation, Mr Hancock added.

    More than 600 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, with the vast majority in China. Other cases have been reported in the US, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    The Chinese government has effectively locked down Wuhan, cancelling planes and trains there and in the nearby city of Huanggang.

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...eared-11915882

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    China has widened a lockdown in Hubei province - the centre of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll climbed to 26.

    At least 10 cities in the central Chinese province, which has a population of 60 million, have travel restrictions in force.




    On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in nearby Hebei province - making it the first death outside Hubei.

    Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province.

    The north-eastern area borders Russia and is more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Wuhan.

    Nationally, there are currently 830 confirmed cases of patients infected with the virus.

    The lockdown comes on the eve of Lunar New Year - one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, when millions of people travel home.

    In Shanghai, the Disney Resort said it was "temporarily closing in response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak".

    Travel restrictions vary from city to city - though many cities have suspended transport services.

    In Wuhan, the capital of Hubei - and the place where the virus emerged - all bus, subway and ferry services have been suspended and all outbound planes and trains cancelled.

    Residents have been advised not to leave, and roadblocks have been reported.

    Ezhou, a smaller city in Hubei, shut its railway station. The city of Enshi has suspended all bus services.

    But the impact of the coronavirus is not limited to Hubei province. Authorities have also cancelled major public events in other parts of the country, including:

    The virus has spread across China and to countries as far as Japan, Thailand and the US.

    How do you quarantine a city - and does it work?
    Wuhan - home to around 11 million people - is now rapidly building a new 1,000 bed hospital to deal with the increasing number of victims.

    State owned news outlet Changjiang Daily said the hospital could be ready by 3 February. A total of 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers are currently working on the site.

    The project will "solve the shortage of existing medical resources" and would be "built fast [and] not cost much... because it will be prefabricated buildings".

    The World Health Organization has not classed the virus as an "international emergency", partly because of the low number of overseas cases - currently 13.

    "It may yet become one," said the WHO's director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    The US said on Thursday it was investigating its second suspected case, this time a student at Texas A&M University who had been to Wuhan.

    What's the global situation?
    Vietnam and Singapore were on Thursday added to the nations recording confirmed cases, joining Thailand, the US, Taiwan and South Korea.

    Japan confirmed its second case on Thursday and South Korea its second case on Friday.

    There are only 13 such cases overall, with Thailand's four the most of any nation other than China.

    Other nations are investigating suspected cases, including the UK and Canada.

    Many authorities have announced screening measures for passengers from China, including on Thursday the major airport hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan and the US state department warned American travellers to exercise increased caution in China.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    on google search few articles claiming its becoz of eating some kind of snake and Pork .... dont know the actual reason. i think only a medical profesional can tell about it.
    Its worse.


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    Horrifying video has emerged of a woman eating a bat in the Chinese city of Wuhan - ground zero for the deadly coronavirus.

    Bats are widely believed by experts to be carriers of the virus and were reportedly sold at Wuhan's Huanan seafood market, reports Business Insider.

    The video shows the woman holding the large bat with chopsticks before she begins to nibble at the wing as a man looks on and encourages her.

    "Eat the meat! [Don't] eat the skin," he says, adding: "[You] should eat the meat on its back."

    The video was circulated earlier this week by a Hong Kong-based news service.

    Another Twitter video, shared by a popular Chinese blogger, shows Cantonese-speaking diners about to dine on bat bouillabaisse at a restaurant.

    The Mandarin caption reads: "[After] experiencing this matter, can Chinese people give up eating wildlife?"

    The Huanan market was shut down in late December at the start of the outbreak and is now under surveillance by security staff.

    One stall that was on the east side of the market caught people's attention online. According to a menu posted by the stallholder on Dazhong Dianping – the most popular review and rating app in China, around 100 varieties of live animals and poultry were available, from foxes to wolf cubs and masked palm civets.

    Shi Zhengli, a researcher with the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the real problem was in people's behaviour, rather than with the animals.

    "The simplest way to prevent such infectious diseases is to stay away from wildlife, say no to game, avoid their habitats and livestock and farms mixing with wildlife," Shi said.

    Hu Xingdou, an independent political economist, said Chinese people's love for eating wildlife had deep cultural, economic and political roots.

    "While the West values freedom and other human rights, Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory," Hu said.

    "While feeding themselves is not a problem to many Chinese nowadays, eating novel food or meat, organs or parts from rare animals or plants has become a measure of identity to some people."

    The 2003 Sars outbreak saw a decline in consumption of exotic animals by normally adventurous Chinese diners in the following years. According to a survey released in 2006 by San Francisco-based WildAid and the official China Wildlife Conservation Association, about 70 per cent of 24,000 people surveyed in 16 mainland cities had not eaten wild animals in the previous year, up from 51 per cent in a similar survey in 1999. While numbers fell, it showed 30 per cent of those surveyed were still eating wildlife.

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    China is building a new 1,000-bed hospital in just six days to treat victims of the new deadly coronavirus.

    Work has started on the building in the central city of Wuhan - the epicentre of the outbreak in Hubei province - in the style of a facility Beijing constructed during the SARS epidemic 17 years ago.




    Machinery including 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers arrived at the site on Thursday night, with the aim of the hospital being operation by 3 February.

    "The construction of this project is to solve the shortage of existing medical resources," the official Changjiang Daily reported.

    "Because it will be prefabricated buildings, it will not only be built fast but it also won't cost much."

    It comes as the coronavirus death toll in China increased to 26 and the number of confirmed cases to 880.

    Lockdowns to contain the new virus have been extended to at least 10 cities - including nine in Hubei province - effectively isolating 33 million people.

    Restrictions include the suspension of public transport services, while some cities have also shut public venues such as temples and cinemas.

    Authorities have warned of more stringent and targeted measures.

    "The spread of the virus has not been cut off. Local authorities should take more responsibility and have a stronger sense of urgency," state broadcaster CCTV said.


    Where did the outbreak start and how far has it spread?

    The virus, first detected in Wuhan last month, has since spread to at least 30 provinces across mainland China, including cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

    The first two deaths outside Hubei have been confirmed.

    An 80-year-old with coronavirus died in northern Hebei province after returning from a two-month stay in Wuhan to see relatives. Heilongjiang province in the northeast has also confirmed a fatality.

    Where in China are the restrictions?

    China is taking unprecedented steps to contain the coronavirus outbreak, as millions of people prepare to travel domestically and abroad for its lunar New Year celebrations which begin this weekend.

    Officials have warned people to avoid crowds during the holidays.

    Three of China's major tourist attractions, Beijing's Forbidden City, a popular section of the Great Wall of China near the capital, and Shanghai Disney Resort have been closed in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

    In Wuhan, the airport and train station have been shut down and ferry, underground and bus services halted, while its 11 million residents have been ordered to wear masks in public places and at work.

    "There's so much news, so much data, every 10 minutes there's an update, it's frightening, especially for people like us in a severely hit area," said Lily Jin, 30, a resident of Wuhan. "Even if you're not ill you'll frighten yourself into getting sick."

    Similar measures are being enforced in the city of Huanggang, which has a population of six million, as bus and train services are suspended and cinemas and internet cafes told to shut.

    Public transport restrictions have been imposed in Yichang city. In Zhijiang - a district-level city within Yichang, all public venues have been shut down except hospitals, supermarkets, farmers' markets, petrol stations and pharmacies.

    Bus services in the cities of Chibi, Xiantao, Qianjiang, Xianning and Huangshi have been suspended.

    Ezhou city has shut its train stations, and indoor entertainment venues as well as buses have been shut in Enshi city.

    The port city of Haikou, the capital of the southern resort island province of Hainan, has shut cultural and tourist facilities such as libraries and museums.

    Beijing's Lama Temple, where people traditionally go to make offerings for the new year, has been closed.

    Those returning to the Chinese capital from affected areas have been told to stay at home for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus.

    British grandmother trapped in Wuhan

    Veronica Theobald, from Lancaster, is visiting her grandson, Kharn Lambert, who has lived in the city for five years.

    The 81-year-old has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has not left the house where she is staying in over a week.

    She was due to fly back to England on Monday - but she is unable to with the city in lockdown.

    Mr Lambert, a PE teacher, said: "There is no knowing how long she will have to stay here, and I'm worried about her running out of the medication she needs for her health so I'm in constant contact with the British embassy.

    "I do worry if I have to go out for whatever reason that I will bring something back into the house and she will become infected and fall ill.

    "My family at home are extremely concerned about her, but I'm trying hard to reassure them that I am taking the best care of her as I can."

    Is it a global health emergency?

    Not yet.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak an emergency but said it was "too early" to consider it a "public health emergency of international concern" given "its restrictive and binary nature".

    WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "Make no mistake, though, this is an emergency in China.

    "But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one."

    Sky's Tom Cheshire explains what you need to know about the coronovirus

    Coronavirus: What you need to know
    What do we know about the new virus?

    There is no vaccine for the new viral infection, which can cause pneumonia and can be passed from person to person.

    The symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.

    Though the origin of the virus has yet to be identified, the WHO has said the primary source is probably an animal.

    The Chinese government this week released a breakdown of 17 people killed by the deadly virus.

    All but two of the 13 men and four women were aged over 60. Ten of the victims had a pre-existing condition.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to severe diseases such as SARS - which killed nearly 800 people during the 2002-03 outbreak.

    When a new strain emerges that has not yet been identified, as with the current outbreak, it becomes known as a novel coronavirus (nCoV).

    Overseas, five cases have been found in Thailand, three in Singapore, two in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the autonomous region of Macau, and one each in the US and Taiwan.

    In Singapore, schools have asked parents to declare their overseas holiday plans as authorities screen travellers at air, land and sea checkpoints to combat the spread of the deadly virus.

    Airports around the world - including in Dubai, Australia and South Africa - have stepped up screening of travellers arriving from affected regions.

    In the UK, 14 people have been checked for coronavirus - five tested negative and nine are still waiting for results, Public Health England said.

    Measures are also in force in the UK to guard against the virus, including taking aircraft to a special designated area of Heathrow's Terminal 4.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Its worse.


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    Horrifying video has emerged of a woman eating a bat in the Chinese city of Wuhan - ground zero for the deadly coronavirus.

    Bats are widely believed by experts to be carriers of the virus and were reportedly sold at Wuhan's Huanan seafood market, reports Business Insider.

    The video shows the woman holding the large bat with chopsticks before she begins to nibble at the wing as a man looks on and encourages her.

    "Eat the meat! [Don't] eat the skin," he says, adding: "[You] should eat the meat on its back."

    The video was circulated earlier this week by a Hong Kong-based news service.

    Another Twitter video, shared by a popular Chinese blogger, shows Cantonese-speaking diners about to dine on bat bouillabaisse at a restaurant.

    The Mandarin caption reads: "[After] experiencing this matter, can Chinese people give up eating wildlife?"

    The Huanan market was shut down in late December at the start of the outbreak and is now under surveillance by security staff.

    One stall that was on the east side of the market caught people's attention online. According to a menu posted by the stallholder on Dazhong Dianping – the most popular review and rating app in China, around 100 varieties of live animals and poultry were available, from foxes to wolf cubs and masked palm civets.

    Shi Zhengli, a researcher with the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the real problem was in people's behaviour, rather than with the animals.

    "The simplest way to prevent such infectious diseases is to stay away from wildlife, say no to game, avoid their habitats and livestock and farms mixing with wildlife," Shi said.

    Hu Xingdou, an independent political economist, said Chinese people's love for eating wildlife had deep cultural, economic and political roots.

    "While the West values freedom and other human rights, Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory," Hu said.

    "While feeding themselves is not a problem to many Chinese nowadays, eating novel food or meat, organs or parts from rare animals or plants has become a measure of identity to some people."

    The 2003 Sars outbreak saw a decline in consumption of exotic animals by normally adventurous Chinese diners in the following years. According to a survey released in 2006 by San Francisco-based WildAid and the official China Wildlife Conservation Association, about 70 per cent of 24,000 people surveyed in 16 mainland cities had not eaten wild animals in the previous year, up from 51 per cent in a similar survey in 1999. While numbers fell, it showed 30 per cent of those surveyed were still eating wildlife.

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    How is eating bat any different from eating slugs which is a very popular dish in France?

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    Coronavirus: Race to trace 2,000 people who flew to UK from Wuhan



    Medics are trying to trace 2,000 people who have flown from Wuhan to the UK in the weeks since the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Department of Health said that officials want to check on their health, and Public Health England said they would issue them with guidance in case they fall ill.

    It comes as Professor Chris Whitty, the government's chief medical officer, said a new public health hub would be in place at Heathrow Airport by Friday evening.

    He said tests for the coronavirus on 14 people in the UK had come back negative.

    He added that the risk to the public was "low" and there were no confirmed cases yet but warned there was a "fair chance" Britain would see cases.

    Speaking after the government's emergency committee was convened to discuss the outbreak that has killed 26 people in China, he added the UK had "tried and tested measures in place to respond" if needed.

    Ministers from the Home Office, Foreign Office, and transport, education and communities departments were all summoned to the Cabinet Office for a briefing earlier. Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not attend.

    Ten cities have been locked down in Hubei province to prevent the virus spreading, with at least 33 million people affected.

    Restrictions include the suspension of public transport services, while some cities have also shut public venues such as temples and cinemas.

    China has announced plans to build a 1,000-bed hospital in six days to treat victims.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak an emergency but said it was "too early" to consider it a "public health emergency of international concern" given "its restrictive and binary nature".

    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock cautioned on Thursday that "there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country" but insisted "we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them".

    He chaired the meeting today - named COBRA after the room where they are traditionally held, Cabinet Office briefing room A.

    Universities are being contacted by the government about their preparedness and are being told to give information to students, the prime minister's spokesman said.

    Symptoms of the virus are said to be similar to a cold, and include fever, sneezing and coughing.

    Anyone who is confirmed as having the virus will be transferred to an Airborne High Consequences Infectious Disease Centre, the letter added.

    There are four interim Airborne HCID centres in England - two in London, one in Liverpool and one in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


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    Health officials in China say 15 more people have died from a coronavirus in the province of Hubei, where the outbreak first started.

    There are currently 1,287 confirmed cases in China, 41 of whom have died.

    It comes as China begins celebrations of the Lunar New Year, one of the most important dates in its calendar.

    Many events have been cancelled and a new hospital is being built in the city of Wuhan.




    The virus has now spread to Europe, with three cases confirmed in France.

    The first case was in Bordeaux, while the other two were in the Paris area, the French health minister said on Friday night.

    And one case has been confirmed in Australia.

    Chinese media outlets said the new 1,000-bed hospital could be ready within six days. A total of 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers are currently working on the site.

    The project will "solve the shortage of existing medical resources" and would be "built fast [and] not cost much... because it will be prefabricated buildings", the Changjiang Daily said.

    Pharmacies in Wuhan have begun to run out of supplies and hospitals have been filled with nervous members of the public.

    A doctor at a hospital in Hubei has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported.

    Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath and some patients needing hospital treatment.

    Around one-in-four cases are thought to be severe.

    What restrictions are in place in Hubei?
    Travel restrictions vary from city to city.

    Wuhan is effectively on lockdown: all bus, metro and ferry services have been suspended, and all outbound planes and trains cancelled.

    How is China coping with the coronavirus outbreak?
    Residents have been advised not to leave, and roadblocks have been reported.

    Ezhou, a smaller city in Hubei, shut its railway station. The city of Enshi has suspended all bus services.

    And the rest of China?
    City officials in the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai have asked residents who return from affected areas to stay at home for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus, local media report.

    Authorities have also shut major tourist sites including the Forbidden City in Beijing and a section of the Great Wall, and cancelled major public events in other parts of the country, including:

    Shanghai's Disney Resort is temporarily closing, as are McDonald's restaurants in five cities.

    On Thursday, a coronavirus patient died in northern Hebei province - making it the first death outside Hubei.

    Another death was later confirmed in north-east Heilongjiang province, more than 2,000km (1,200 miles) from Wuhan.

    Earlier, when the death toll was 17, information from China's National Health Commission said the youngest person who died from the virus was 48 and the oldest was 89.

    But 15 of the 17 were over 60, and more than half suffered from other chronic diseases including Parkinson's and diabetes. Just four were women.

    What's the global situation?
    French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said one of the French cases, a 48-year-old man of Chinese origin who had been visiting Wuhan, had been hospitalised in Bordeaux. Little was known about the second case, in hospital in Paris, except that the patient had been travelling in China.

    It was likely other cases would occur in Europe, Ms Buzyn added.

    She confirmed a third case, in Paris, later on Friday evening.

    On Saturday, Australia reported its first case, a patient who is in hospital in Melbourne, after arriving from China last weekend.

    Earlier on Friday a case was confirmed in Chicago, the second in the US.

    Singapore confirmed its third case, known to be the son of another patient, also on Friday. Nepal recorded its first case on the same day.

    Thailand has five cases confirmed; Japan, Vietnam and South Korea two each; and one in Taiwan.

    Other nations are investigating suspected cases, including the UK, US, and Canada.
    The World Health Organization has not classed the virus as an "international emergency", partly because of the low number of overseas cases.

    "It may yet become one," said the WHO's director-general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.




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    The spread of a deadly new virus is accelerating, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned, after holding a special government meeting on the Lunar New Year public holiday.

    The country is facing a "grave situation" Mr Xi told senior officials, according to state television.




    The coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected some 1,400 since its discovery in the city of Wuhan.

    Travel restrictions have already hit several affected cities.

    And from Sunday, private vehicles will be banned from central districts of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak.

    A second emergency hospital is to be built there within weeks to handle 1,300 new patients, and will be finished in half a month, state newspaper the People's Daily said. It is the second such rapid construction project: work on another 1,000-bed hospital has already begun.

    Specialist military medical teams have also been flown into Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.

    The urgency reflects concern both within China and elsewhere about the virus which first appeared in December.

    Lunar New Year celebrations for the year of the rat, which began on Saturday, have been cancelled in many Chinese cities.

    Across mainland China, travellers are having their temperatures checked for signs of fever, and train stations have been shut in several cities.

    In Hong Kong, the highest level of emergency has been declared and school holidays extended.

    Several other nations are each dealing with a handful of cases, with patients being treated in isolation.




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    There were 4 reported cases in Pakistan but now health ministry denies media reports. What’s happening?

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    On the radio, they were saying that in last 10-15 years there were multiple virus outbreaks that started from China. All of these were different strains of the same virus that transfers from an Animal host to the humans (for e.g SARS). Some of these strains spread further a field to other animals like camel population in North Africa is severely affected by a previous outbreak.

    Somewhere i read that this current Corona virus was transmitted from snake meat. Chinese have been eating these animals from centuries, so I wonder why such a drastic increase in recent years?

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    This is getting serious. Hundreds may die.

    People need to stop eating risky foods. This virus apparently came from a bat.

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    I think this is a far far bigger problem then we know and truth will out once Chinese New Year comes to an end...

    I pray it’s not millions infected whichcase tenants of millions could die and Chinese economy could crash followed by other countries.

    I am extremely fearful of this one
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    This particular Corona virus has a lesser Mortality rate than previous SARS virus (abt 10%). From what I understood, its basically a severe form of Flu and if you are healthy and fit enough, you can make recovery once the virus’s cycle is over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    This particular Corona virus has a lesser Mortality rate than previous SARS virus (abt 10%). From what I understood, its basically a severe form of Flu and if you are healthy and fit enough, you can make recovery once the virus’s cycle is over.
    Is it like dengue but more contagious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    This particular Corona virus has a lesser Mortality rate than previous SARS virus (abt 10%). From what I understood, its basically a severe form of Flu and if you are healthy and fit enough, you can make recovery once the virus’s cycle is over.
    True. That’s what i read too. It’s not as deadly as Ebola, Nippah etc

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    A new coronavirus that has spread to almost 2,000 people is infectious in its incubation period, making it harder to contain, Chinese officials say.

    Some 56 people have died from the previously unknown virus. National Health Commission Minister Ma Xiaowei told reporters the ability of the virus to spread appears to be strengthening.




    Several cities across China have had significant travel restrictions placed on residents, with Wuhan in Hubei, the source of the outbreak, put in effective lockdown.


    The infections were at a "crucial stage of containment", Ma Xiaowei said.

    Officials have pledged to intensify their efforts to contain the virus, and announced that the sale of all wildlife in China would be banned from Sunday.

    But while the virus was initially thought to have originated in animals, it has spread rapidly since jumping to human hosts.

    The incubation period - during which a person has the disease, but no symptoms yet - ranges from between one and 14 days, officials believe. Without symptoms, a person may not know they have the infection, but still be able to spread it.

    Roadblocks and checks on the Hubei border
    By Stephen McDonnell, China correspondent

    On the roads approaching Nanyang, health screening is in place for all cars. Anyone who's sick can't enter here. Vehicles with number plates from other provinces are monitored more strictly.

    Inside this city, hotels won't accept travellers arriving from Hubei province, where the coronavirus outbreak started.

    Transport restrictions are now spreading to many parts of the entire central china region.

    Some towns and villages are denying entry to anybody but local residents.

    Right across the country officials are turning to ever more drastic measures to slow the spread of this potentially deadly virus.

    Most of those who died in the initial outbreak were older people with pre-existing conditions. But Minister Ma also said that since it was a new virus, there could be changes in the coming days and weeks, and the danger it poses to different age groups could also change.

    He added that the risks posed by possible mutations remains unclear.

    What is the virus, and how is it changing?
    The virus itself is a new, or "novel" coronavirus - a family that normally affects animals, but there are a handful of known variants that infect humans.

    Among them is one of the viruses that causes the common cold, but another, Sars, led to a major outbreak in 2003.

    occasionally, viruses can mutate and become more dangerous, resulting in a new strain.

    But Chinese officials said they have not yet seen evidence of a clear mutation yet, and are still assessing the possible changes.

    This new virus causes severe acute respiratory infection.

    Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, lead to shortness of breath and some patients needing hospital treatment.

    There is no specific cure or vaccine.

    At the end of Saturday in China, there were 1975 cases and a further 2,684 suspected cases, China's National Health Commission said.

    On Saturday, President Xi Jinping warned that the country was facing a "grave situation" as the spread of the virus accelerates.

    How has it spread?
    Sunday is the second day of year of the rat - and the rapid spread of the disease coincides with the Lunar New Year festival, one of the busiest travel periods in the Chinese calendar.

    From Wuhan, a city of 11 million people in Hubei province, the disease spread to neighbouring cities and provinces in smaller numbers. By Saturday, cases were reported across China.

    But the disease also spread by air travel, and several countries are dealing with handful of cases.

    A small number of cases have been reported in neighbouring Asian nations, but also further afield.

    Cases have been confirmed in Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, the United States, and France.

    Other countries have carried out tests on suspected cases - for example, the UK tested 14 people, but all results came back negative.

    The United Statess announced that staff at its consulate in Wuhan would be evacuated on a special flight on Tuesday. Other private American citizens deemed most at risk will also be able to board the flight.

    Coronavirus sparks anxiety among Chinese overseas
    Lunar New Year celebrations for the year of the rat, which began on Saturday, have been cancelled in many Chinese cities.




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    It's spreading outside China in multiple countries


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    The number of people killed in China by the coronavirus has risen to 80, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill.




    The national new year holiday has been extended by three days to Sunday, in an attempt to contain the spread.

    On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and centre of the outbreak.

    The number of deaths in Hubei province has climbed from 56 to 76, with four deaths elsewhere.

    Wuhan is in lockdown and several other cities have imposed travel bans.

    The overall number of confirmed cases in China is 2,744.

    Some 461 are critically ill, while 51 people have been "discharged from hospital and cured", the National Health Commission said.

    The BBC's Robin Brant in Shanghai says extending the main holiday of the year is a highly unusual move.

    But after the pre-new year travel surge, the prospect of half a billion people getting back on trains, planes and buses and criss-crossing the country again is the last thing the government wants, he adds.

    At least 44 cases have been confirmed abroad, including in Thailand, the United States, and Australia.

    There have been no deaths outside China.

    The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine.

    Most of the deaths have been of elderly people or those with pre-existing respiratory problems.

    Wuhan: The London-sized city where the virus began
    How do you quarantine a city - and does it work?
    What is happening in Wuhan?
    Travel from the city, home to 11 million people, has been severely restricted and non-essential vehicles have been banned from the roads.

    At the Hubei border, workers are checking people's temperatures before allowing them into the province.

    The province has suspended emigration services, meaning Chinese citizens have been unable to get new visas or passports.

    The local government in Wuhan said no-one from the city had left China in the past four days. Some 4,096 tourists from Wuhan are still out of the country.

    The emergency has overwhelmed Wuhan's hospitals. More than half a million medical staff have joined prevention, control and treatment operations in the province.

    Two new makeshift hospitals are being built in the city and factories are rushing to produce masks and protective clothing.

    On Monday, Premier Li inspected the ongoing efforts, and spoke to patients and medical staff, a government statement said.

    The city's mayor Zhou Xianwang said the number of cases would continue to rise, and warned that around five million new year travellers left the city before the lockdown.

    What is the situation in China?
    New year celebrations were scaled back and four major cities - Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Tianjin - have banned long-distance buses.

    Extending the new year holiday until Sunday means schools and official institutions will remain closed for the rest of this week.

    Beijing has closed the Forbidden City for tourists, as well as a section of the Great Wall.

    In Guangdong province, several cities have made face masks mandatory in public. Both Disney parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai have closed.

    Hong Kong, which has eight confirmed cases, has declared a city-wide emergency, with schools closed until 17 February.

    Over the weekend, Chinese officials warned the virus was able to spread during its incubation period, making it harder to contain the illness.

    In humans, the incubation period - during which a person has the disease, but no symptoms - ranges from between one and 14 days, officials believe.

    Coronavirus: How worried should we be?
    Has China learned lessons since deadly Sars epidemic‎?
    What is the situation internationally?
    According to the World Health Organization and national authorities, there have been at least 44 confirmed cases outside China.

    Eight cases: Thailand
    Five: USA, Australia
    Four: Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea
    Three: France, Japan
    Two: Vietnam
    One: Nepal, Canada
    Almost all had recently been to Wuhan or had been in close contact with someone who had.

    Where did the virus emerge?
    The virus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.

    Authorities have since temporarily banned the sale of all wildlife in China.

    The virus itself is a new, or "novel" coronavirus - a family that normally affects animals.

    Another variant, Sars, killed 774 people out of 8,098 reported cases during a major outbreak in 2003, which also originated in China.

    'As long as we leave, they don't mind'
    Stephen McDonell, BBC News, Hubei / Henan

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    Police and officials in the impact zone in Hubei and Henan provinces are now very keen to move us on wherever we arrive.

    They don't seem to mind where we go - as long as we leave their towns.

    We explain that the world wants to see the important, tiring work they're doing to combat the virus. But they're not interested. It could be that they're worried that our presence might imply to some that their patch is not handling this emergency well enough.

    One police officer at the entrance to a small town in Henan said to me: "We don't have a problem here any more so there's no need for you to be here."

    He said this at a checking station as cars were being pulled up behind him. Medical staff covered head to toe in protective clothing were then screening every passenger.

    They also checked the inside of all vehicles. I'm not sure what they were looking for - but it certainly didn't look like business as usual.



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    The deadly coronavirus that has killed 80 people in China is likely to already be in the UK, according to England's director for health protection.

    Dr Yvonne Doyle told Sky News: "The most likely place that we're going to find a case is someone who is in the country already."

    And asked if there could be cases already in Britain, she said: "I would expect so."



    How dangerous is the new 'mystery' coronavirus that has killed more than a dozen people in China?
    Dr Doyle added that the NHS is ready to tackle the virus, which has infected nearly 3,000 people, and a screening technique has been developed to detect it.

    She also warned people should be keenly aware of personal hygiene, saying people should: "Use a tissue, throw it away, wash your hands.

    "People will be wary of what they touch but actually the important thing is its droplets and hands. So, keep your hands clean. Wash them with soap," she added.

    Professor Robin Shattock, infection specialist at Imperial College London, also told Sky News that he believes it is likely the UK will see cases of coronavirus.

    Speaking to Kay Burley @Breakfast, he also said that a vaccine is being developed in the UK but will take a "period of months" if it is funded correctly, and then "significantly longer" than that to distribute it.

    Professor Shattock said there could be a second wave of the virus later in the year, or that it may even eventually peter out.

    "There are still many unknowns about the virus, and how it may spread, it is important to be ready for any possible scenario."

    But he said he is "not worried" and that the public should not be "panicked" by the virus.

    "It still needs to placed in context with influenza," Professor Shattock said. "At the moment there have been 80 deaths (from coronavirus)... but influenza season kills about 60,000 people globally.

    "We need a sense of proportion."




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    More than 5 confirmed cases in Australia

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    And I was planning on going on a holiday to China next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Its worse.


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    Horrifying video has emerged of a woman eating a bat in the Chinese city of Wuhan - ground zero for the deadly coronavirus.

    Bats are widely believed by experts to be carriers of the virus and were reportedly sold at Wuhan's Huanan seafood market, reports Business Insider.

    The video shows the woman holding the large bat with chopsticks before she begins to nibble at the wing as a man looks on and encourages her.

    "Eat the meat! [Don't] eat the skin," he says, adding: "[You] should eat the meat on its back."

    The video was circulated earlier this week by a Hong Kong-based news service.

    Another Twitter video, shared by a popular Chinese blogger, shows Cantonese-speaking diners about to dine on bat bouillabaisse at a restaurant.

    The Mandarin caption reads: "[After] experiencing this matter, can Chinese people give up eating wildlife?"

    The Huanan market was shut down in late December at the start of the outbreak and is now under surveillance by security staff.

    One stall that was on the east side of the market caught people's attention online. According to a menu posted by the stallholder on Dazhong Dianping – the most popular review and rating app in China, around 100 varieties of live animals and poultry were available, from foxes to wolf cubs and masked palm civets.

    Shi Zhengli, a researcher with the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the real problem was in people's behaviour, rather than with the animals.

    "The simplest way to prevent such infectious diseases is to stay away from wildlife, say no to game, avoid their habitats and livestock and farms mixing with wildlife," Shi said.

    Hu Xingdou, an independent political economist, said Chinese people's love for eating wildlife had deep cultural, economic and political roots.

    "While the West values freedom and other human rights, Chinese people view food as their primary need because starving is a big threat and an unforgettable part of the national memory," Hu said.

    "While feeding themselves is not a problem to many Chinese nowadays, eating novel food or meat, organs or parts from rare animals or plants has become a measure of identity to some people."

    The 2003 Sars outbreak saw a decline in consumption of exotic animals by normally adventurous Chinese diners in the following years. According to a survey released in 2006 by San Francisco-based WildAid and the official China Wildlife Conservation Association, about 70 per cent of 24,000 people surveyed in 16 mainland cities had not eaten wild animals in the previous year, up from 51 per cent in a similar survey in 1999. While numbers fell, it showed 30 per cent of those surveyed were still eating wildlife.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/new...ectid=12303136
    you mean this one ... dont know if its from china, becoz the language sounds like Taiwanese ....




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    Coronavirus: Recent travellers from Wuhan to UK told to self-isolate
    Officials are still searching for 1,460 people who have landed in the UK from the province where the virus broke out.


    Anyone in the UK who has recently arrived from Wuhan - where the deadly coronavirus broke out - is now being urged to "self-isolate".

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that any travellers who have returned from the Chinese city in the last two weeks should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and contact the NHS 111 service.

    He added officials are still trying to trace 1,460 people who landed in the UK from the wider Hubei province.
    Mr Hancock also admitted "we can't be 100% certain" that the virus does not spread if an infected person has no symptoms.

    So far 81 people have died because of coronavirus and Beijing has warned its ability to spread is getting stronger.

    Tests on 73 people for the virus in the UK have all come back negative so far.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said: "If you develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel from the area, and are now in the UK, call your GP or ring 111 informing them of your symptoms and your recent travel to the city.

    "Do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a clinician."

    He continued: "I want to stress that the NHS remains well prepared.

    "The NHS has expert teams in every ambulance service and a number of specialist hospital units with highly trained staff and equipment ready to receive and care for patients with any highly infectious disease including this one."

    The Foreign Office is working on repatriating Britons who are stranded in Hubei, Mr Hancock added, stressing he wanted "appropriate measures in place" to protect them and the wider public on their arrival.

    A hub has also been set up by Public Health England at Heathrow Airport to meet all flights from China, the health secretary confirmed.

    Dr Yvonne Doyle, England's director for health protection, warned earlier on Monday that it is likely the coronavirus is already in the UK.
    Asked by Sky News if there could already be cases in the country, she said: "I would expect so."

    Up to 300 UK citizens are believed to be stuck in Wuhan, as authorities have closed all transport hubs, including airports and railway and bus stations.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has reportedly ordered officials to look at measures including airlifting them out.

    https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...olate-11919456

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    The death toll from the new coronavirus now stands at 106, as cases of new infections have almost doubled in a day, Chinese authorities said.

    The number of total confirmed cases in China rose to 4,515 as of 27 January, up from 2,835 a day earlier.




    Travel restrictions have been tightened and wearing masks in public is now mandatory in some cities.

    The city of Wuhan is at the epicentre of the outbreak but it has spread across China and internationally.

    Wuhan, and the Hubei province it is located in, are already effectively in a lockdown with transport restrictions in and out of the area.

    On Monday, authorities in Beijing confirmed a 50-year-old man had died - the first fatality in the Chinese capital from the virus.

    The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and there is no specific cure or vaccine.

    Most of the deaths have been in Hubei province with the victims being elderly people or those with pre-existing respiratory problems.

    A total of 60 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery, according to Chinese state media.




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    how many patients got recover till this day ? any news about it ?


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    100+ died. Thousands are infected.

    They need to contain this fast. This is now an emergency.

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    I think its more important to know what the state of these patients were; were they elderly and/or babes/toddlers who are already less likely to fight of a virus, or are they already immuno-compromised etc

    Majority of the deaths are in China I'm assuming, not sure what the quality of care is, especially for the patients from poverty

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    Also to note this virus attacks the respiratory system and knowing the air quality in China (Wuhan is no exception) I wouldn't be surprised if majority of those citizens already have a stressed respiratory system. A virus like that could be the tipping point.

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    Hong Kong has announced plans to slash cross-border travel between the city and mainland China as the new coronavirus continues to spread.

    More than 100 people have now died in China, with confirmed infections surging to more than 4,500.




    High-speed trains and ferries that cross the border will be suspended from Thursday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced. She wore a face mask.

    The virus has spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally.

    On Monday, Germany and Japan confirmed that they had cases involving people who had not travelled to China but caught the virus from someone who had.

    This had previously been seen only in Vietnam, which borders China and where someone was infected by his father who had travelled from Wuhan, the city at the epicentre of the outbreak.

    Several foreign governments with large numbers of citizens in Wuhan are planning air evacuations. Japan is sending a plane later on Tuesday.

    Wuhan, as well as the wider Hubei province, are already effectively in a lockdown with strict transport restrictions in and out of the area. Wearing masks in public is now mandatory in some Chinese cities.

    On Monday, authorities in Beijing confirmed that a 50-year-old man had died - the first fatality in the Chinese capital.

    What's Hong Kong's plan?
    Carrie Lam announced Hong Kong's new strategy to tackle the virus on Tuesday.

    In addition to suspending train and ferry services, flights to mainland China will be halved. People will also no longer be able to receive permits to visit Hong Kong from the mainland.

    The city of seven million - a major financial centre - is part of China but retains significant autonomy.

    Tens of millions of people visit from mainland China every year but numbers were down in 2019 because of the pro-democracy protests that rocked the city.

    "The flow of people between the two places needs to be drastically reduced" amid the outbreak, said Ms Lam.

    The new coronavirus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan.

    The number of total cases confirmed by China rose to 4,515 as of 27 January, up from 2,835 a day earlier.

    Most of the deaths have been in Hubei province. The initial victims were mostly elderly people or those with pre-existing respiratory problems, but few details have been released about the dozens of deaths confirmed in recent days.

    In another development, a Beijing hospital built in seven days in 2003 to accommodate patients with symptoms of the Sars virus is being refurbished for the coronavirus outbreak, the South China Morning Post reported.

    Construction and medical workers have been stationed at Xiaotangshan Hospital on the northern outskirts of the capital for several days, it quoted local sources as saying.

    About 4,000 people worked on the building in 2003, reportedly breaking the world record for the fastest construction of a hospital.

    A similar hospital is currently being built in Wuhan, with officials hoping to have it finished in six days.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonewarrior View Post
    how many patients got recover till this day ? any news about it ?
    58 people recovered till yesterday.

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    China coronavirus: Britons in Wuhan 'very scared' as infections pile up
    The government is understood to be working on a possible evacuation in the next few days but people say they're still in the dark.

    Britons stuck in locked-down Wuhan as cases of the new coronavirus increase say they are "very scared" and have heard "absolutely nothing" from the UK government.

    Joe Armitt, a teacher in the huge central Chinese city, told Sky News: "I speak for the majority of British expat community in Wuhan when I say this is a scary situation.

    "A lot of us are very scared - we're putting a brave face on it - but most of us are very scared and would like to be repatriated now.
    "I certainly would like to be repatriated.

    "I've been in contact with the Foreign Office and registered that I'm here and that I would like to return home as soon as possible."

    Mr Armitt said government officials were "doing a lot more now but initially the response was very disappointing".

    "Many other foreign embassies have made more of an effort to reach out to their expatriate population and get a list down on who was in the country," he said.

    "I think the Foreign Office was quite slow in reaching out to the expat community and starting to compile a list."

    There are believed to be about 300 UK citizens still in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province.

    The virus is believed to have started in the city which is now largely closed off to the outside world - but Sky News understands Britain and China will work possible evacuation in the next few days.

    Kharn Lambert, another British teacher in Wuhan, told Sky News there was "a lot of anger among the British community" over a lack of contact from UK authorities.

    He said he and his 81-year-old grandmother, who is visiting him, were stranded and she was running out of medication for a serious lung condition.

    "It's getting pretty much into a serious situation for us now, so it's getting quite stressful," Mr Lambert said.

    "She suffers with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and she's running out of medication at the moment.

    "[She has] probably enough medication to last another week and then we're struggling to find out what we can do after that."

    Bethan Webber also told Sky News on Monday that her mother - who is stranded in Wuhan - had an "increasing sense of worry about the virus".

    "Reports are saying the rate of infection is increasing and the virus is getting stronger, so (she's) obviously worried about that and the risk being heightened for her.

    "She is safe in a hotel at the moment, she's being well fed and looked after, but obviously the risk is still there and we're very worried and anxious.

    "We don't know how we're going to get her out of this situation."

    Ms Webber said she felt "helpless" because she is unable to directly help her mother, Yvonne Griffiths - a lecturer at Birmingham City University.

    Speaking On Tuesday, British transport secretary Grant Shapps encouraged people to contact the consulate and said officials were still trying working out exact numbers as "not everybody wants to be repatriated".

    He said: "The first thing we have to do is to establish the number of people there - that work has been ongoing.

    "We don't automatically have a list of people that happen to be in the region... not everybody wants to be repatriated, and we are working on arrangements with international colleagues to do that."

    On Tuesday, UK health officials said 97 had been tested for the virus but all were negative.

    China has said 106 people have now died due to the outbreak, with cases spiralling to some 4,515 across the country.

    Despite spreading outside China, the World Health Organisation has not yet classified the virus as a global emergency.

    https://news.sky.com/story/china-cor...le-up-11919871

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    May Allah keep us and others all safe from this virus

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    May have arrived in NZ through international students from China. A student is hospitalised with suspected Corona virus.

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    Britons being flown back to the UK from Wuhan will be quarantined for two weeks over coronavirus fears, Sky News understands.

    Military bases are being considered as an option to isolate them, government sources said.




    Health secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are working hard to get British nationals back from Wuhan.

    "Public safety is the top priority. Anyone who returns from Wuhan will be safely isolated for 14 days, with all neccessary medical attention."

    Earlier on Wednesday, British Airways suspended all flights to mainland China as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surpassed the SARS epidemic.

    The airline, which operates daily flights to Shanghai and Beijing from Heathrow, said the cancellations are in effect unti 31 January following advice from the Foreign Office warning against "all but essential travel".

    British Airways' website appears to show they are not taking any bookings for direct flights to mainland China until 1 March.

    A BA spokeswoman apologised but said the safety "of our customers and crew is always our priority", as it directed passengers due to travel to and from China in the coming days to its website, ba.com.

    In the last 24 hours, 26 people have died in China, bringing the death toll to 132, and the numbers of confirmed cases has soared to 5,974, an increase of 1,459 from Tuesday.

    The latest figures mean the new virus, dubbed Wuhan Virus, has now infected more people than SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) which infected 5,327 people and killed 349 between November 2002 and July 2003.

    All but one of the newly recorded deaths were in Hubei province, where the virus originated in its biggest city, Wuhan.

    Wuhan is the epicentre of the virus and was placed under lockdown by the Chinese government last week, prompting other countries including Britain and the US to start evacuating their nationals from the city.

    A Beijing health official said the number of cases in the capital is on the rise and the risk of being infected in the city is increasing. Beijing has confirmed one death and 102 cases so far.

    Governments around the world are advising people not to travel to China as uncertainty remains over how dangerous the new virus is and how easily it spreads between humans.

    It is from the same family as the common cold as well as SARS.

    Scientists in China work on a vaccine for the coronavirus

    The head of China's disease and treatment laboratory has said a vaccine for the deadly coronavirus could be three months away. They also released pictures of what the virus looked like.

    There have been confirmed cases in countries across Asia, North America and Europe, although there have been no fatalities outside China.

    On Wednesday, four people from the same Chinese family in the UAE were confirmed as having the coronavirus, state-run news agency WAM reported.

    Despite spreading, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has not classified the virus as a global emergency.

    On Tuesday, UK health officials said 97 people tested for the virus were all negative, but England's director for health protection later warned it may still be present in the country.

    People who have recently returned to the UK from Wuhan have been urged to "self-isolate" for two weeks.

    British officials believe up to 200 citizens currently in Wuhan will want to return to the UK, and the Foreign Office is advising people in other parts of China to "make decisions based on their own personal circumstances".

    Any British nationals in Hubei province must let the British Embassy know they want to leave before 11am local time on Wednesday ahead of a planned evacuation flight at 7am local time on Thursday, although this could happen before "with short notice".

    Khan Lambert, a British teacher in Wuhan, told Sky News the embassy told British nationals they will have to organise their own transport to Wuhan airport and also from Heathrow to their homes before self-isolating for 14 days.

    "It's absolutely ludicrous," he said.

    British teacher in Wuhan thinks UK's approach to getting citizens home is 'ludicrous'

    Kharn Lambert will not be returning to the UK from Wuhan as he believes it could spread the coronavirus.
    Some nations are taking more drastic action than others to try to to avoid any major outbreaks, with the Philippines issuing a temporary blanket ban on tourist visas for Chinese nationals and issuing 100,000 free masks to Filipinos living in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong will cut all rail links to mainland China and halve the number of flights, while Beijing has agreed to halt travel permits for Chinese visitors to the city.

    Japan chartered a flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan which landed early on Wednesday in Tokyo.

    On Wednesday morning, a plane carrying Americans who had been in Wuhan left for Anchorage, Alaska, where they wil be re-screened for the virus before being flown to Ontario, California.

    South Korea will send a plane for its citizens and many other governments, including France, have also planned evacuations.

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said those who are flown out of Hubei province will be quarantined on Christmas Island.

    Wuhan is one of 17 cities in Hubei province that China has cut off access to, trapping more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease control measures ever imposed.

    The city of 11 million people is building two hospitals in a matter of days to add 2,500 beds for treatment of patients with the virus, with authorities warning the virus is getting stronger and they are unclear on its potential to mutate.

    China built a hospital in just seven days to cope with the SARS outbreak, which eventually killed nearly 800 people around the world.

    While anxiety continues to grow in tandem with the number of confirmed cases, there is already hope among some scientists that there could be a vaccine in the offing.

    Researchers from The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne have said they have grown a version of the virus that could be used to develop a vaccine.

    It was grown from a patient sample received last week and will be used to generate an antibody test, which allows detection of the virus in patients who have not yet displayed any symptoms.

    Dr Julian Druce said: "The virus will be used as positive control material for the Australian network of public health laboratories, and also shipped to expert laboratories working closely with the WHO in Europe."




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    Coronavirus: Whole world 'must take action', warns WHO


    The "whole world needs to be on alert" to fight the coronavirus, the head of the World Health Organization's Health Emergencies Programme has said.

    Dr Mike Ryan praised China's response to the deadly outbreak, saying: "The challenge is great but the response has been massive."
    The WHO will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency.

    The Chinese city of Wuhan is the epicentre of the outbreak.

    But the virus has spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally, including Thailand, France, the US and Australia.

    More than 130 people have died in China and close to 6,000 have been infected.

    There is no specific cure or vaccine. A number of people have recovered after treatment, however.

    The WHO's Dr Ryan said an international team of experts was being assembled to go to China and work with experts there to learn more about how the disease is transmitted.

    "We are at an important juncture in this event. We believe these chains of transmission can still be interrupted," he said.

    Scientists in Australia have managed to recreate the new coronavirus outside of China, raising hope that it could be used to develop an early-diagnosis test.

    WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who visited China this week, said most people who contracted the virus were suffering only "milder symptoms", but about 20% had severe effects such as pneumonia and respiratory failure.

    He said that China "needs the world's solidarity and support," and that "the world is pulling together to end the outbreak, building on lessons learned from past outbreaks."

    The director-general added that the WHO "deeply regrets" referring to the worldwide risk from the virus as "moderate" in three reports last week instead of "high".

    He described the person-to-person spread of the illness in Germany, Vietnam and Japan as worrying, and said experts would consider it on Thursday when deciding whether to declare a global emergency.

    What's happening in Wuhan?

    The city's residents are enduring an isolated, frightening time. Most forms of traffic have been banned, and more than 50 million people are shut up in their homes, trying to minimise the spread of the virus.

    Videos have emerged online of neighbours shouting "Wuhan jiayou!" out of their windows - roughly translated to "Stay strong Wuhan!" or "Keep on going Wuhan".

    The phrase has been trending on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media site, with people from around the country posting supportive messages.

    "We will get through this. Wuhan jiayou, the whole country is supporting you," read one comment on Weibo.

    "This is the first day since the lockdown that I've had to go out," a man in his 50s told the AFP news agency on Wednesday, on a mostly-deserted street.

    "I have no choice because I need to buy food."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51299195

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    The death toll of the coronavirus has risen to 170 and with a confirmed case in Tibet, the virus has now spread to every region in mainland China.

    Chinese health authorities have said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January.



    Infections have also spread to at least 16 other countries.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency.

    "In the last few days the progress of the virus, especially in some countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday, pointing to Germany, Vietnam and Japan.

    "Although the numbers outside China are still relatively small, they hold the potential for a much larger outbreak."

    The virus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and that is where most cases and deaths have been reported.

    Though there have been a handful of cases where it is thought to have spread between people - most of the confirmed cases are people who are from Wuhan or had close contact with someone who had been there.

    While there is no specific cure or vaccine for the virus, many people who contract it have only mild symptoms and do recover from it.

    It can though cause severe acute respiratory infection and lead to death.

    Like the similar Sars and influenza viruses, the new coronavirus is thought to be particularly a risk for elderly and people with pre-existing illnesses.

    The city has effectively been sealed off and China has put numerous transport restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus.

    People who have been in Hubei Province are also being told by their employers to work from home until it is considered safe for them to return.

    The Chinese Football Association has announced the postponement of all games in the 2020 season.

    Several international airlines have stopped or scaled back their routes to China and companies from Starbucks to Tesla have closed their stores and production lines.

    What are other countries doing?
    Voluntary evacuations of hundreds of foreign nationals from Wuhan are underway to help people who want to leave the closed-off city and return to their countries.

    Two flights to Japan have already landed at Tokyo's Haneda airport and the passengers are being screened at medical institutions. So far, three have tested positive for the virus, Japanese media report.

    Around 200 US citizens have also been flown out of Wuhan and are being screened in the US.

    A group of Singaporean citizens has also already been flown out while people from Wuhan stranded in Singapore due to flight cancellations have been flown back to China.

    Flights to take British and South Korean citizens out of Wuhan have both been delayed after relevant permissions from Chinese authorities did not come through.

    According to the UK government, the arriving passengers are to be put in "supported isolation" for 14 days with "all necessary medical attention".

    Australia plans to quarantine its evacuees on Christmas island, 2,000km (1,200 miles) from the mainland.

    Two aircraft are due to fly EU citizens home with 250 French nationals leaving on the first flight.

    Canada, the Philippines and Malaysia have also announced plans to fly their citizens out of Wuhan.

    A growing number of countries are advising their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to China.




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    170 deaths!

    They need to find a vaccine fast. It is getting out of hand.



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    Apparently it's possible that China may be cremating bodies that haven't been added to the official death toll. So it's highly likely the actual death toll is a lot higher than 170.

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    India on Thursday reported its first case of novel coronavirus infection, with the Union health ministry confirming that a student who came back from to Kerala from China’s Wuhan tested positive for the infection.




    “One positive case of novel coronavirus patient, of a student studying in Wuhan University, has been reported in Kerala. The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital,” the health ministry said.

    The female student is stable and is being closely monitored, Kerala health officials said. State health minister KK Shailaja has called an emergency meeting at 3 pm.

    Health officials said that isolation wards ready in all hospitals and medical college in the state. The state is on high alert after detection of first case in the country.

    In all, 806 people are under observation in Kerala.

    Meanwhile, three patients, who were admitted to Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, were discharged on Thursday after being tested negative of coronavirus. Since Monday, these three men were kept under tight health monitoring and isolation for the medical treatment after they complained of respiratory illnesses.

    “The three patients are of age 24, 34 and 48, respectively. One patient is a student while the other two have gone for the business work trip to China and returned,” Dr Meenakshi Bhardwaj, medical superintendent of the hospital, said.

    In the wake of rising cases of the virus, the central government on Wednesday issued an important travel advisory asking people to refrain from travelling to China.

    India has tested 28 samples so far for the deadly infection that broke out in the Wuhan city of China in December last year.

    Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, a Chinese city of more than 11 million people, and has since then spread to various countries around the world.

    As many as 170 people have died of the virus, while over 1700 cases have been registered in China alone.

    Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a global pandemic as the virus continues to spread, with cases reported in Australia, France, the United States and several Asian countries besides China.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

    A novel coronavirus is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans. (ANI)




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    We've been here many times before.

    In the past five years alone, the world has faced outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, another coronavirus called Mers (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and now the virus simply known as "2019-nCoV".

    It's already infected thousands of people and killed more than 100.

    But unlike in many previous outbreaks, where vaccines to protect people have taken years to develop, research for a vaccine to help stem this outbreak got under way within hours of the virus being identified.

    Chinese officials released its genetic code very quickly. That information helps scientists determine where the virus probably came from, how it might mutate as the outbreak develops, and how to protect people against it.

    With technological advances and greater commitment from governments around the world to fund research on emerging diseases, research facilities were able to spring into action fast.

    Unprecedented speed
    At Inovio's lab in San Diego, scientists are using a relatively new type of DNA technology to develop a potential vaccine. "INO-4800 " - as it's currently called - with plans for it to enter human trials by the early summer.



    Kate Broderick, senior vice-president of research and development at Inovio, said: "Once China had provided the DNA sequence of this virus, we were able to put it through our lab's computer technology and design a vaccine within three hours.

    "Our DNA medicine vaccines are novel in that they use DNA sequences from the virus to target specific parts of the pathogen which we believe the body will mount the strongest response to.

    "We then use the patient's own cells to become a factory for the vaccine, strengthening the body's own natural response mechanisms."

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    Scientists hope to have a vaccine ready to enter human trial by early summer
    Inovio says if the initial human trials are a success, larger trials would follow, ideally in an outbreak setting in China "by the end of the year".

    It is impossible to predict whether this outbreak is likely to have ended by then. But if Inovio's timeline goes to plan, the company says it will be the quickest a new vaccine has ever been developed and tested in an outbreak situation.

    The last time a similar virus - Sars - emerged in 2002 - China was slow to let the world know what was happening. So by the time work on a vaccine started in earnest, the outbreak was almost over.

    The timeline of 2019-nCoV

    31 December 2019 - China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) about a spate of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan
    1 January 2020 - The seafood/animal market believed to be at the centre of the outbreak is closed
    9 January - The WHO says the infection is caused by a new type of coronavirus
    10 January - China shares the genetic code of the new virus
    11 January - Scientists start working on a vaccine - and the first death confirmed
    13 January - Virus spreads abroad for the first time, with a case in Thailand
    The work in these labs is being funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi), which is made up of and funded by governments and philanthropic organisations from around the world.

    It was created in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to provide funding to accelerate the development of vaccines for new diseases.

    Dr Melanie Saville, director of vaccine research and development at Cepi, said: "The mission is to make sure that outbreaks are no longer a threat to humanity and to develop vaccines for emerging infectious diseases."

    'Molecular clamp'
    Cepi is also funding two other programmes that are developing a vaccine for this new coronavirus.

    The University of Queensland is working on a "molecular clamp" vaccine, which it says "enables targeted and rapid vaccine production against multiple viral pathogens."

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    Fermenters grow bacteria to provide the main ingredient for a vaccine
    Moderna Inc in Massachusetts has also joined forces with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to accelerate its research.

    The WHO is co-ordinating this global quest for a new vaccine. It says it is following the progress of a number of research facilities, including the three supported by Cepi.

    Although efforts to come up with a vaccine for this new coronavirus have been accelerated, research is still at an early stage at all the facilities in the race to find a new vaccine. Clinical trials take time and are best carried out within an outbreak setting.

    There are no guarantees any of the designs so far will be safe and effective enough to be used in the outbreak in China.

    Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo from the WHO's Health Emergencies programme said: "We have developed a framework to inform decisions on which candidate vaccine(s) should be tested first.

    "The experts will consider a number of criteria, including acceptable safety profile, induction of appropriate immune responses, and the timely availability of sufficient supplies of vaccine doses.

    "Understanding the disease, its reservoirs, its transmission, its clinical severity and developing effective counter measures is critical for the control of the outbreak."

    The WHO is due to decide which vaccine will be tested on humans first in the coming days.




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    India and the Philippines confirm first cases of coronavirus


    India and the Philippines confirmed the first cases of coronavirus on Thursday. While the Philipines confirmed the virus in a woman who travelled to the country from Wuhan, China, in India the first case of novel coronavirus was confirmed.

    India said a patient in the southern state of Kerala had tested positive for novel coronavirus, the first case in the country of the virus which originated in China and has so far killed 170.

    The patient was a student of Wuhan University in China, India's government said in a statement. The patient is stable and in isolation at a hospital, the statement added.

    A senior Indian government official said bringing Indian nationals from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, was not the best option due to the risk of infection but increased pressure from the citizens, most of them students, and their parents had forced them to keep an aircraft on standby.

    This week, India readied a state-carrier airplane to travel to Wuhan but was waiting for a nod from Chinese authorities who were trying to sequence the whole evacuation process.

    "Only those nationals who don't have the virus will be airlifted, they will be brought into a quarantine facility outside Delhi," the official said, requesting anonymity.

    Demands from South Asian nationals intensified after countries such as the United States and Japan began pulling out their nationals.

    The Philippines also confirmed its first case of the new virus that has infected thousands in China.

    Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the 38year-old Chinese woman had traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 21. She sought treatment on January 25 due to a mild cough.

    Duque said at a news conference the woman was confirmed positive from test results on Thursday and currently has no symptoms.

    As the death toll rose to 170 in the new virus outbreak in China foreign evacuees from the worst-hit region began returning home under close observation and world health officials expressed great concern that the disease is starting to spread between people outside of China.

    Thursday's figures cover the previous 24 hours and represent an increase of 38 deaths and 1,737 cases for a total of 7,711. Of the new deaths, 37 were in the epicentre of the outbreak in Hubei province and one in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

    The news comes as the 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the Hubei province city of 11 million where the outbreak originated, are undergoing three days of testing and monitoring at a Southern California military base to make sure they do not show signs of the virus.

    A group of 210 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan landed on Thursday at Tokyo's Haneda airport on a second government chartered flight, according to the foreign ministry.

    Reports said nine of those aboard the flight showed signs of cough and fever.

    "Three of the 206 Japanese who returned on Wednesday tested positive for the new coronavirus," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a parliamentary session. Two of them showed no symptoms of the disease.

    France, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and other countries are also pulling out their citizens or making plans to do so.

    "Amid reports of shortages in food and daily necessities in hotspot areas, the authorities are stepping up efforts to ensure continuous supply and stable prices,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

    It cited ministry of commerce data showing current reserves in Wuhan can ensure a secure supply of rice and cooking oil for more than 15 days, pork and eggs for more than 10 days and vegetables for about five days.

    The government has offered no estimates as to when it can contain the outbreak, although some specialists have speculated that the spread of the disease will reach its peak in about two weeks.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) emergencies chief said the few cases of human-to-human spread of the virus outside China in Japan, Germany, Canada and Vietnam were of great concern and were part of the reason the UN health agency's director general was reconvening a committee of experts on Thursday to assess whether the outbreak should be declared a global emergency.

    The new virus has now infected more people in China than were sickened there during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.

    Dr Michael Ryan spoke at a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday after returning from a trip to Beijing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior government leaders.

    He said China was taking extraordinary measures in the face of an "extraordinary challenge” posed by the outbreak.

    To date, about 99 per cent of the cases are in China. Ryan estimated the death rate of the new virus at 2pc, but said the figure was very preliminary.

    With fluctuating numbers of cases and deaths, scientists are only able to produce a rough estimate of the fatality rate and its likely many milder cases of the virus are being missed.

    In comparison, the SARS virus killed about 10pc of people who caught it. The new virus is from the coronavirus family, which includes those that can cause the common cold as well as more serious illnesses such as SARS and MERS.

    Scientists say there are many questions to be answered about the new virus, including just how easily it spreads and how severe it is.

    In a report published on Wednesday, Chinese researchers suggested that person-to-person spread among close contacts occurred as early as mid December.

    Considerable efforts will be needed to control the spread if this ratio holds up elsewhere, researchers wrote in the report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    More than half of the cases in which symptoms began before Jan 1 were tied to a seafood market, but only 8pc of cases after that have been, researchers found.

    They reported the average incubation period was five days.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1531445/in...of-coronavirus

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    Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

    Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

    "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

    The death toll is now at 170 in China.

    The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of China, but no deaths.

    There have been eight cases of human-to-human infection - in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.

    Dr Ghebreyesus, speaking at the press conference in Geneva, described coronavirus as an "unprecedented outbreak" that has been met with an "unprecedented response".

    He praised China's "extraordinary measures" taken to prevent it from spreading.

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    The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.



    "The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

    Meanwhile, the US has told its citizens not to travel to China.

    The state department issued a level four warning - having previously urged Americans to "reconsider" travel to China - and said any citizens in China "should consider departing using commercial means".

    At least 213 people have died in China - mostly in Hubei province where the virus emerged - with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

    The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries, but no deaths.

    Most international cases are in people who had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei.

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    Coronavirus outbreak outside China

    18

    The number of countries with cases

    14 Cases in Thailand and Japan

    13 Singapore

    8 Australia and Malaysia

    6 South Korea

    5 France and USA

    Source: WHO and local authorities
    However, there have been eight cases of human-to-human infection - in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.

    Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, Dr Tedros described the virus as an "unprecedented outbreak" that has been met with an "unprecedented response".

    He praised the "extraordinary measures" Chinese authorities had taken, and said there was no reason to limit trade or travel to China.

    "Let me be clear, this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China," he said.

    But various countries have taken steps to close borders or cancel flights, and companies like Google, Ikea, Starbucks and Tesla have closed their shops or stopped operations.

    The US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, has said the outbreak could "accelerate the return of jobs to North America".




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    Two people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.




    They are both members of the same family and are receiving specialist NHS care.

    No more details are being released about their identity or where they are being treated.

    At least 213 people in the China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

    There have been 98 cases of the virus in another 18 countries.

    Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said: "The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.

    "We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately," he added.

    Prof Whitty said the UK was working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community as the outbreak in China develops "to ensure we are ready for all eventualities".

    The WHO declared the outbreak a global emergency yesterday.

    At present, 83 Britons and 27 foreign nationals are flying back to the UK from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak.

    The flight is due to land at RAF Brize Norton at 13:30 GMT.

    The UK passengers will then be taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral and quarantined for two weeks.

    The two confirmed cases are not in the Wirral area, the Department of Health said.




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    The government has decided not to repatriate Pakistani citizens stranded in China in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza announced on Thursday.




    "We believe that right now, it is in the interest of our loved ones in China [to stay there]. It is in the larger interest of the region, world, country that we don't evacuate them now," he told reporters at a press conference in Islamabad.

    "This is what the World Health Organisation is saying, this is China's policy and this is our policy as well. We stand by China in full solidarity," he declared.

    "Right now the government of China has contained this epidemic in Wuhan city. If we act irresponsibly and start evacuating people from there, this epidemic will spread all over the world like wildfire."

    "So far, China has not allowed evacuation [of people]," he said. "You will, of course, remind me the United States has evacuated its diplomatic staff — not all citizens. This is a condition of the Vienna Convention which dictates that the host country can allow diplomats to leave if their country wishes for them to return."

    Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Dr Mirza said that the embassy in China was in contact with the Pakistani citizens. He said that the government believes that China's policies to contain the virus were adequate, pointing out that China was the first country to have developed kits to diagnose the coronavirus.

    "China is one country where this disease can be successfully diagnosed," he said and added that Pakistan was trying to improve its capability to diagnose and treat the virus.

    "Government cares about its citizens just as much as their own families. But we don't want to [...] take an emotional decision and become a reason for the spread of this disease," he said and added: "Our responsibilities include ensuring that our citizens, especially those in Wuhan, are being looked after properly [...] Our Foreign Office and our embassy in China are constantly collecting and providing information."

    'All-out effort'
    Earlier today, Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said that the government had complete data of Pakistani students currently in China and was in touch with Chinese authorities to address any challenges the students may be facing.

    Farooqui was addressing the outbreak of the coronavirus that has killed around 170 people in China and has been detected in many other countries including India, Japan, Canada and the United States, among others.

    During a weekly press briefing, Farooqui gave assurances that the "Pakistani government was making an all-out effort for its citizens" stranded in China and was doing everything to assist them. She clarified that other countries were also in contact with China but none had attempted to repatriate its citizens.

    The FO spokesperson said the government was aware that some Pakistani citizens were stranded on the Urumqi airport, adding that it was due to a flight delay. The government had contacted Chinese authorities and had requested them to "take care" of the Pakistani citizens, Farooqui told reporters.

    Farooqui lauded the Chinese government's efforts to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus and said Pakistan stood by China in this difficult time.

    Yesterday, premier's aide Dr Mirza had said that up to four Pakistani students in China were diagnosed with the coronavirus. A large proportion of the Pakistanis living in China were students of which over 500 students were based in the central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new virus.

    The FO spokesperson, during today's press briefing, said the Pakistani government had formed a high-level committee to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. The National Institute of Health (NIH) had declared an emergency following which a special centre was set up.

    She further said that the Pakistan-China border opening had been delayed until April due to the virus outbreak. The border crossing was previously scheduled to begin functioning in February, however, the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) government had sought a delay in the opening as a precautionary measure.

    As GB is Pakistan’s closest region to China, precautionary measures are needed to prevent any possible threat of the spread of the disease to Pakistan, an official statement had said.

    Raza Rabbani demands repatriation of students
    Meanwhile, PPP Senator Raza Rabbani deemed measures taken by the government as "insufficient" and demanded that Pakistanis stranded in China be brought back in a special plane.

    He said that a parliamentary committee should be formed to review the measures taken by the federal government to deal with the situation.

    The former Senate chairperson said that the government had failed in sharing information with the families of citizens stranded in China.

    Pakistan begins screening at airports
    No case of the coronavirus has been detected in Pakistan but the government has begun taking precautionary measures, including screening of passengers at airports. Thermal scanners have been installed at four major airports within Pakistan. The scanners — installed at airports in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar — are intended to scan passengers arriving at international terminals.

    According to a Pakistan International Airlines spokesperson, necessary instructions regarding the screening of passengers have also been passed to the national carrier's station management and operating crew in China.

    Measures to avoid being infected
    The NIH, as well as international health bodies including the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) have issued public advisories listing preventive measures which should be taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Here are a few simple measures you can take to avoid being infected:

    Wash your hands regularly for no less than 10 seconds with soap and water. Using an alcohol-based sanitiser is also advised.

    Wear a facemask and avoid close contact with anyone with a cough or flu. Fever, cough and respiratory problems have been identified as early symptoms of coronavirus.

    If you have any of the above symptoms, contact a doctor at the earliest.

    Cover your mouth and nose with your hand or tissue while coughing or sneezing to protect other people from germs. Discard the tissue immediately and wash/sanitise your hands.

    While visiting a live market in an area where the virus has been detected, avoid contact with animals.

    Avoid eating undercooked meat. Raw meat should be handled carefully in order to avoid contamination.




    https://www.dawn.com/news/1531467/ev...dr-zafar-mirza
    Opposition lawmakers, during a Senate session on Friday, slammed the government's decision to not repatriate Pakistani citizens stranded in China due to larger public interest in the wake of a global novel coronavirus outbreak.

    On Thursday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza had announced that the government had decided not to repatriate Pakistani citizens stranded in China in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.

    "We believe that right now, it is in the interest of our loved ones in China [to stay there]. It is in the larger interest of the region, world, country that we don't evacuate them now," he had told reporters at a press conference in Islamabad.

    During a heated debate, the opposition called for bringing back Pakistani students stuck in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, and for establishing a temporary quarantine to contain a possible outbreak in the country.

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    Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party's Senator Usman Kakar said that a dangerous situation has emerged due to the spread of coronavirus. Referring to Wuhan, he said: "There is a curfew-like situation in the city."

    He added that the PM's aide was of the opinion that the Pakistani students currently stranded in China should not be repatriated. "Chinese people are coming to Pakistan but our own citizens are not being brought back," he alleged.

    He urged the government to bring back the citizens and to isolate them in a particular area. "We have been unable to treat tuberculosis, polio and measles, so treating coronavirus is out of the question," he said.

    Meanwhile, PML-N parliamentary leader Mushahidullah Khan called coronavirus an "epidemic and a global catastrophe".

    "The foreign minister and the health ministry need to take action immediately [in this regard]. There is a Pakistani embassy in China but nobody there seems to be active," he claimed.

    Criticising the government's decision, he added that other countries were also evacuating their citizens from China.

    "So far we have not adopted any precautionary measures. Whenever there is a problem, they just try to get rid of it. Their [students in China] mothers are crying and we have abandoned them," he added.

    Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq stated that "coronavirus is now a global health emergency".

    "China has no hand in the current health crisis. They themselves have been been affected by this virus. Only time will tell how far this virus has spread.

    PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz also sided with the views of the opposition and stated that students which show no signs of the virus should be allowed to enter the country while those that are sick should be quarantined.

    However, PTI Senator Seemi Ezdi explained that it was in the best interest of the Pakistanis in China to stay there.

    "They have better access to health facilities and are also trying to come up with a treatment for the virus. We cannot treat this virus. The government's decision is in the best interest of the Pakistani citizens."

    Senator Sherry Rehman maintained that Pakistan has expressed solidarity with the Chinese government, but urged the government to take precautionary steps.

    "Protecting their citizens is the prime responsibility of any country. The government should order kits for diagnosing coronavirus as the screening at airports is not helping us to diagnose cases," she said,

    Leader of the House Syed Shibli Faraz revealed that $840 have been transferred to the accounts of each student in China. The government is in contact with the Chinese government and is constantly monitoring the situation, he added.

    Giving a ruling, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani said that China has assisted Pakistan through thick and thin. "We should encourage China during this difficult time."

    He added that if Pakistani doctors wish to go to China to assist in efforts to tackle coronavirus, they should contact the Senate Health Committee.

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    The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003.

    There were around 8,100 cases of Sars - severe acute respiratory syndrome - reported during that outbreak.

    But at least 9,962 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, which emerged in China on 31 December.



    The number of deaths stands at 213 - all in China. That is far lower than the 774 people killed by Sars.

    On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency over the outbreak. It said there had been 98 cases outside China, but no deaths.

    But on Friday, two cases of the virus were confirmed for the first time in the UK.

    Most international cases are in people who had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the virus originated.

    However, in eight cases - in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States - patients were infected by people who had travelled to China.




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    This is alarming now. I don’t think this disease can be contained with so much carriers like this.

    Doctors say 10-year-old boy was ‘shedding virus without symptoms’

    The case of a 10-year-old boy who was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus even though he showed no symptoms is raising concern that people may be spreading the virus undetected by the front-line screening methods implemented to contain the epidemic.

    The boy was part of a family who visited relatives in the central Chinese city over the New Year. While his parents and grandparents fell ill and were treated after they returned to their hometown, the 10-year-old appeared healthy and was only diagnosed with the virus after his parents insisted he too was tested, his doctors said, adding that he “was shedding virus without symptoms.”

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    So many people wearing masks at university today


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    Qantas is now in HongKong to evacuate Australians to Christmas Island

    Qantas will also fly to wuhan to evacuate Australians stranded there

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    So many people wearing masks at university today
    Here, even Chinese students are not wearing masks. Very few of them are doing and other people seem least bothered by this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Here, even Chinese students are not wearing masks. Very few of them are doing and other people seem least bothered by this.
    What’s “here”?


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    What’s “here”?
    UK. I got a few emails from uni about it but that's all.

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    There's a cure! And just in the nick of time too!

    Coronavirus can be treated by cow urine, dung: Hindu Mahasabha president

    As the coronavirus scare runs across the world with one confirmed case in India, Hindu Mahasabha has proposed bizarre treatment for the dreaded virus infection. Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of Hindu Mahasabha, on Friday said cow urine and cow dung can be used for treating novel coronavirus disease. He also said that a special yagna will be performed to "kill the novel coronavirus and end its effects on the world".

    "Consuming cow urine and cow dung will stop the effect of infectious coronavirus. A person who chants Om Namah Shivay and applies cow dung on body, will be saved. A special yagna ritual will soon be performed to kill coronavirus," said Chakrapani.

    https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/ind...maharaj-584736


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic View Post
    There's a cure! And just in the nick of time too!

    Coronavirus can be treated by cow urine, dung: Hindu Mahasabha president

    As the coronavirus scare runs across the world with one confirmed case in India, Hindu Mahasabha has proposed bizarre treatment for the dreaded virus infection. Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of Hindu Mahasabha, on Friday said cow urine and cow dung can be used for treating novel coronavirus disease. He also said that a special yagna will be performed to "kill the novel coronavirus and end its effects on the world".

    "Consuming cow urine and cow dung will stop the effect of infectious coronavirus. A person who chants Om Namah Shivay and applies cow dung on body, will be saved. A special yagna ritual will soon be performed to kill coronavirus," said Chakrapani.

    https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/ind...maharaj-584736
    thnx bhai abhi do glass piye hain

    me to bach gaya


    I am going to name my son "Intikhab Alam" so that he will never lose his job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgic View Post
    There's a cure! And just in the nick of time too!

    Coronavirus can be treated by cow urine, dung: Hindu Mahasabha president

    As the coronavirus scare runs across the world with one confirmed case in India, Hindu Mahasabha has proposed bizarre treatment for the dreaded virus infection. Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, president of Hindu Mahasabha, on Friday said cow urine and cow dung can be used for treating novel coronavirus disease. He also said that a special yagna will be performed to "kill the novel coronavirus and end its effects on the world".

    "Consuming cow urine and cow dung will stop the effect of infectious coronavirus. A person who chants Om Namah Shivay and applies cow dung on body, will be saved. A special yagna ritual will soon be performed to kill coronavirus," said Chakrapani.

    https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/ind...maharaj-584736
    Not a good time for point scoring.

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    There is one theory (may be conspiracy theory) going on which says that china with of one US professor was developing/testing development of this virus in wuhan city (where this virus originated) and by mistakenly it spread out ! Some say it was being developed for biowars others and others says it was being developed to spoil US economy etc.,


    Federal Agents arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, with lying to the Department of Defense about secret monthly payments of $50,000.00 paid by China and receipt of millions more to help set up a chemical/biological “Research” laboratory in China. Also arrested were two Chinese “Students” working as research assistants, one of whom was actually a lieutenant in the Chinese Army, the other captured at Logan Airport as he tried to catch a flight to China - smuggling 21 vials of “Sensitive Biological Samples” according to the FBI.

    The research lab the good professor had helped set up? It’s located at the Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan China is ground zero to the potentially global pandemic known as the “Coronavirus”which is both spreading rapidly and killing people.


    https://thediplomat.com/2020/01/harv...lents-program/


    Not sure of this truth behind this theory but one surely read between the lines & join the dots

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    No flights to China
    Shortage of i phones plus other exports from China
    Hong king financial sector being hit
    Virus spreading fast

    The elderly and ones with lung problems and diabetes at huge risk of death...

    I genuinely feared this...

    What is likely to wipe out the human race is not war or an asteroid hit but more likely a pandemic...
    Let’s hope this is not the one and even then that this one doesn’t set back economies for a decade or more
    Last edited by IMMY69; 1st February 2020 at 14:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    No flights to China
    Shortage of i phones plus other exports from China
    Hong king financial sector being hit
    Virus spreading fast

    The elderly and ones with lung problems and diabetes at huge risk of death...

    I genuinely feared this...

    What is likely to wipe out the human race is not war or an asteroid hit but more likely a pandemic...
    Let’s hope this is not the one and even then that this one doesn’t set back economies for a decade or more
    They needed to take it seriously much earlier. It is now a bit too late. It has reached other countries too.

    Only solution now is to find vaccine at a rapid pace.



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    Countries around the world have closed their borders to arrivals from China, as officials work to control the rapid spread of the coronavirus.




    The US and Australia said they would deny entry to all foreign visitors who had recently been in China, where the virus first emerged in December.

    Earlier, countries including Russia, Japan, Pakistan and Italy announced similar travel restrictions.

    But global health officials have advised against such measures.

    "Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies," the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

    The WHO recommends introducing screening at official border crossings. It has warned that closing borders could accelerate the spread of the virus, with travellers entering countries unofficially.

    China has criticised the wave of travel restrictions, accusing foreign governments of ignoring official advice.

    "Just as the WHO recommended against travel restrictions, the US rushed in the opposite direction," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. "[It is] certainly not a gesture of goodwill."

    What is the latest?
    The death toll from the new virus, which is officially called 2019-nCov, now stands at 259.

    All the deaths occurred within China and the majority were in Hubei province, where the virus originated.

    Almost 12,000 cases have been confirmed and a small proportion of those - around 100 - have been identified outside China. The UK, US, Russia and Germany have all confirmed cases in recent days.

    Meanwhile authorities in Hubei extended the Lunar New Year holiday until 13 February and announced marriage registrations would be suspended to discourage public gatherings.

    China started celebrating the holiday on 24 January, and Chinese officials had already extended the break in an attempt to postpone travel by large numbers of people as they return to work.

    The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has overtaken that of the similar Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003.

    But the mortality rate of the new virus is much lower than that of Sars, which has led officials to believe it is not as deadly.

    Estimates by the University of Hong Kong suggest the total number of cases could be far higher than official figures suggest. More than 75,000 people may have been infected in the city of Wuhan, which is at the epicentre of the outbreak, experts say.



    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51338899


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    Quote Originally Posted by saadsahabjee View Post
    thnx bhai abhi do glass piye hain

    me to bach gaya
    That’s the spirit. As my mother would say when I was forced to down something beneficial yet unpalatable, “dawaai samajh kay khaa lo.”

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    This is crazy. Hope people will learn not to eat everything that moves.

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    A man has died of the coronavirus in the Philippines in the virus's first confirmed fatality outside China.

    The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, in Hubei province, where the virus was first detected.

    He appeared to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines, the World Health Organization said.

    More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei, and more than 14,000 people have been infected.

    The US, Australia and an increasing number of other countries have barred the arrival of foreigners from China and are requiring their own citizens to undergo quarantine.

    The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has overtaken that of the similar Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003. But the mortality rate of the new virus is much lower, suggesting it is not as deadly.

    What do we know about this death?
    The man travelled to the Philippines from Wuhan, via Hong Kong, with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who also tested positive for the virus last week, the Philippines Department of Health said.

    Officials said he was admitted to a hospital in the capital, Manila, and then developed severe pneumonia.

    Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the WHO representative to the Philippines, urged people to remain calm: "This is the first reported death outside China. However, we need to take into mind that this is not a locally acquired case. This patient came from the epicentre of this outbreak."

    According to local news outlet Rappler, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the patient was "stable and showed signs of improvement", but his condition deteriorated rapidly over 24 hours.

    "We are currently working with the Chinese embassy to ensure the dignified management of the remains according to national and international standards to contain the disease," Mr Duque said, adding that the man would be cremated.

    The Department of Health was now trying to track down people who were on the same flight as the man so that they can be quarantined, he said, as well as any other people the man and woman may have come into contact with, such as hotel staff.

    The man's death was confirmed shortly after the Philippines announced it would also immediately halt the arrivals of any foreign travellers from China.

    It had previously restricted only those from Hubei, which is at the epicentre of the outbreak.

    What is the latest from China?
    Authorities said 45 more deaths were recorded in Hubei province by the end of Saturday, bringing the death toll in the country to 304.

    Across the country there were 2,590 new confirmed infections. The total number of infections in China is now 14,380, State TV quoted the National Health Commission as saying.

    Estimates by the University of Hong Kong suggest the total number of cases could be far higher than official figures suggest. More than 75,000 people may have been infected in the city of Wuhan, which is at the epicentre of the outbreak, experts say.

    Which countries are restricting arrivals?
    The US and Australia have said they will deny entry to all foreign visitors who had recently been to China, where the 2019-nCov strain of the coronavirus first emerged in December.

    Other countries including New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Italy and Singapore have also announced travel restrictions.

    US citizens and residents returning from Hubei will be quarantined for 14 days. Those returning from other parts of China will be allowed to monitor their own condition for a similar period.

    On Saturday the Pentagon said it would provide housing for 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined after arriving in the US from abroad, until 29 February. Four military bases in California, Colorado and Texas would provide up to 250 rooms each.

    Another confirmed case in the US on Saturday - in Massachusetts - brought the number there to eight.

    Australia said any of its own citizens arriving from China would also be quarantined for two weeks.

    There have also been a number of evacuations from China as foreign governments work to bring their citizens back.

    What restrictions are there in China?
    Wuhan is in lockdown and other major cities across the country have suspended non-essential business.

    The mayor of Huanggang - a city of six million people to the east of Wuhan - has warned that the number of cases there is set to spike in the coming days, state media said. Up to 700,000 people had returned to the city from Wuhan before travel out of Wuhan was banned.

    Huanggang as well as the eastern city of Wenzhou have imposed draconian restrictions on residents, only allowing one designated person per family to leave home once every two days to buy food and other supplies, Chinese media reported.

    Hubei officials have extended the Lunar New Year to 13 February and said that marriage registrations would be suspended in an effort to discourage public gatherings.

    Meanwhile hospital workers in Hong Kong have voted to go on strike from Monday unless the territory's border with mainland China is completely closed. The Hong Kong government has refused to do so, citing WHO recommendations to introduce screening measures at borders instead.

    Do the travel bans work?
    Global health officials have advised against the bans.

    "Travel restrictions can cause more harm than good by hindering info-sharing, medical supply chains and harming economies," the head of the WHO said on Friday.

    The WHO recommends introducing screening at official border crossings. It has warned that closing borders could accelerate the spread of the virus, with travellers entering countries unofficially.

    China has criticised the wave of travel restrictions, accusing foreign governments of ignoring official advice.

    What other international action has been taken?
    India has evacuated 300 citizens from Wuhan. About 100 Germans have been flown home. Thailand and Russia are due to evacuate citizens from Wuhan and Hubei province in the coming days
    China asked the European Union to facilitate the sending of medical supplies from member countries
    Vietnam Airlines suspended all flights to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Other airlines, including Qantas, Air New Zealand, Air Canada and British Airways, cancelled or scaled back flights
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered his condolences in a letter to China's president
    Hotel chains, including Hyatt, Radisson and Hilton, extended their cancellation policies for guests travelling to China
    Apple said it would temporarily close its stores in China
    The UK announced it would pull dozens of Foreign Office staff out of the mainland
    Russia said two Chinese citizens had been placed in isolation after they tested positive for the virus
    Germany, Italy, and Sweden confirmed further cases in Europe

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51345855


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    Chinese state TV reports the number of people who have died during the coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province has reached 294


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    Apparently the virus has spread to Xinjiang.

    There are at least 1 million people held in overcrowded and filthy detention centres, ideal breeding grounds for a virus to spread.

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    A doctor from Jhelum has been recognised for volunteering to treat patients suffering from coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

    Taking to Twitter, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan stated: "We appreciate Dr Muhammad Usman Janjua, a foreign doctor to join the fight against coronavirus in China as a volunteer. He is a teacher from Changsha Medical University, China and hails from Deena, Jhelum, Pakistan."

    Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Sherry Rehman also recognised Janjua's bravery. In a tweet, she described the Jhelum doctor as a "hero".

    Speaking to a reporter, Janjua had said that when the news of the outbreak first broke, he made it a point to constantly monitor the situation.

    "China provided me with good opportunities for education and employment. I am unable to forget China and Changsha."

    On Jan 27, Janjua formally applied to the Foreign Experts Service Office at the Hunan Science and Technology Department, hoping to volunteer in Wuhan.

    “The staff sent me the methods of epidemic prevention and virus isolation every day, asking me to protect myself, solving many difficulties for me.”

    He maintained that when his family and friends in Pakistan called to ask him about the situation in China, he replied by saying: "I am fine. The Chinese government cares about us very much."

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1532078/pa...ients-in-wuhan


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    Thailand found good results after using a mix of two antiviral drugs on a Chinese patient who was in a serious condition with the novel coronavirus, according to a health ministry briefing.

    The patient’s condition significantly improved within 48 hours after the medical team decided to use antiviral drugs originally used for HIV and influenza in his treatment, Kriangsak Attipornwanich, a doctor at the state-owned Rajavithi Hospital who is treating the patient, told reporters at the Public Health Ministry briefing Sunday. The patient’s test result also turned negative, the doctor said.

    Thailand has 19 confirmed cases for coronavirus infection - 11 are still hospitalized and the rest have returned home. The nation is also monitoring 311 possible cases in hospitals as of Sunday, according to a health ministry statement.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Chanvirakul said Sunday that the nation will repatriate more than 100 people from Wuhan on Feb. 4 after they pass medical screening in China. They will then be quarantined for 14 days after returning to Thailand.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...on-coronavirus


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    Coronavirus: NZ Government to block travellers from mainland China, as details of recovery mission revealed

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/a...ectid=12305282

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    A new, rapidly constructed 1,000-bed hospital for victims of the coronavirus outbreak is set to open today as the number of deaths caused by the virus has risen to 362.

    The specially built Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, has been equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and ventilation systems and was built in just eight days.



    A second hospital with 1,500 beds is also under construction in the city and is due to open soon.

    Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan, who played a major role in overcoming China's 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, told state broadcaster CCTV that the additional beds and space were crucial to stopping the spread of new infections because sick patients could now stay in hospital rather than being sent home.

    Disinfecting China as isolation grows
    The total number of deaths in China rose to 361 as of Sunday, up 57 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said.

    The number of new confirmed infections in China rose by 2,829, bringing the total to 17,205.


    The flu-like virus has spread to at least 25 other countries, affecting around 150 people, with the first death outside of China reported on Sunday, that of a 44-year-old Chinese man who died in the Philippines after travelling from Wuhan.

    In a sign of the economic toll of the outbreak, China's Shanghai Composite index plunged 8.7%, wiping almost $370bn off the market value, as financial markets reopened Monday following the Lunar New Year holiday.

    The yuan opened at its weakest level this year and slid 1%, past the symbolic 7-per-dollar level in onshore trade.

    China's central bank sent a powerful message about its intent to support the economy, with a larger than expected injection of funds into markets and Beijing also said it would help firms that produce vital goods resume work as soon as possible, CCTV reported.

    Lian Weiliang of China's National Development and Reform Commission said during a press briefing the impact from the outbreak will be for the short term and that China is fully capable of minimising the economic impact from the outbreak.

    Coronavirus quarantine: What happens now?
    It comes as China is facing mounting isolation in the face of increasing travel restrictions and flight suspensions.

    The epidemic has led to countries including the UK and the US evacuating their citizens from China.

    New Zealand is barring all foreign nationals arriving from mainland China from Monday - following the US, Singapore and Australia after they took the same action.

    South Korea says it will stop people who have visited Hubei province from entering the country from Tuesday, while Vietnam has suspended all flights to and from China.

    The US confirmed its eighth case - a student at the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts - while the Pentagon has said it will provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need to be quarantined.

    Japan confirmed an additional three cases of the new coronavirus among evacuees from Wuhan, bringing the country's total to 20 cases

    Vietnam has confirmed an additional three cases of coronavirus, bringing the country's total to eight cases.

    Meanwhile, six officials in the Chinese city of Huanggang, neighbouring Wuhan, have been fired over "poor performance" in handling the outbreak, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

    The agency cited the mayor as saying the city's "capabilities to treat the patients remained inadequate and there is a severe shortage in medical supplies such as protective suits and medical masks".

    The WHO, which declared the outbreak a global public health emergency last week, has said global trade and travel restrictions are not needed.

    People wear face masks to prevent infections at a street market in Hong Kong

    Hong Kongers angry that border with China remains open
    But the list of international airlines suspending all or some flights to China is growing.

    The latest were the Australian airline Qantas Airways Ltd and Air New Zealand, which said travel bans forced them to suspend their direct flights to China from 9 February.

    United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, the three major US carriers, said on Friday that they would cancel flights to mainland China.

    The commander of US forces in the Pacific has banned travel to China for all service members and civilian personnel under his authority and ordered those now in China to leave immediately, officials said.

    US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has approved a request from the Department of Health and Human Services for the possible use of military facilities to accommodate 1,000 people who may have to be quarantined upon arrival from overseas due to the coronavirus.

    The US, from Sunday, began directing all flights from China to seven major airports where passengers can be screened for illness.

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn has called for calm and warned against hysteria as more than 100 Germans and family members landed in Frankfurt, with none showing any symptoms of the virus.

    Germany had eight confirmed cases as of Saturday evening. German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on Sunday that a further two people who flew into the country from Wuhan were infected.

    Britain, which has had two confirmed cases, said it was withdrawing some staff from its embassy and consulates in China.

    One of the British people infected with the coronavirus is a student at the University of York.

    Health authorities are rushing to identify anyone who has come into contact with the pair.

    Kharn Lambert plays pool inside the coronavirus quarantine in Merseyside

    The Russian military will start evacuating Russian citizens from China on Monday and Tuesday, the Interfax and TASS news agencies reported.

    Russia, which has already restricted direct flights with its biggest trading partner, also said it was suspending visa-free travel for Chinese visitors and halting work visas.

    Most international cases have been in people who had recently travelled to or were visiting from Hubei province.

    The province has been under a virtual quarantine for the last week, with roads sealed off and public transport shut down.

    Chinese authorities have placed restrictions on travel and business in other parts of the countries.

    The provincial government in Hubei has extended a holiday break in the country to 13 February in a bid to contain the outbreak, the Hubei Daily reported.

    Infections have jumped in two cities flanking Wuhan, where the new virus is believed to have originated, raising concerns that new hot spots are emerging despite strict transport restrictions.




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