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Coronavirus: Updates

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With a watchful eye, we gave updates on the virus when it first began spreading through China. Check here daily for updates.

As of Feb 16th, 2020; 10:59 AM CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death Toll: 1,671
  • Recovered: 9,883
  • Infected: 69,289
  • Taiwan reported its first death from the disease, officially known COVID-19, marking the fifth fatality outside mainland China.
  • The United Arab Emirates has confirmed its ninth case of coronavirus.
  • US passengers have began evacuating a cruise ship quarantined at Japan’s Yokohama, boarding a dozen buses at the port.
  • Nepal evacuates 175 citizens from Wuhan after coronavirus outbreak
  • Another 70 people test positive for coronavirus on ship in Japan

As of Feb 14th, 2020; 1:43 P.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death toll: 1,384
  • Recovered: 7,184
  • Infected: 64,473
  • Tech companies met with WHO on how to stop the spread of coronavirus misinformation
  • CDC: official said the notice from China’s National Health Commission about 1,716 health workers infected with the coronavirus was “concerning.”
  • Egypt confirms first case, says affected person is foreigner
  • Beijing authorities issue self-quarantine order for returning residents
  • Virus risk to US is ‘very low,’ but that could change ‘rapidly,’ Azar says
  • The American public’s risk of getting infected with the new coronavirus is “very low” but that could change “rapidly,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC
  • Hong Kong pledges $3.2 billion to contain virus
  • WHO conference: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/14/watch-world-health-organization-holds-press-conference-on-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

Conflicting news on 13th: no report

As of Feb 12th, 2020; 11:34 A.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death toll: 1,118
  • Recovered: 4,849
  • Infected: 45,208
  • Reports that 175 people, including a quarantine officer, have now been infected on Diamond Princess docked at Yokohama.
  • The Dalai Lama has canceled all his public engagements until further notice
  • The latest update from the CDC, issued within the last hour, indicated that 420 people have now been investigated in 41 U.S. states for the novel coronavirus. Of them, 13 have tested positive, 327 negative and 60 are still pending.
  • There are seven in California, two in Illinois, one in Arizona, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state and one in Wisconsin. This includes two instances of known person-to-person transmission – one in California and one in Illinois.
  • Illinois is the first state with the ability to test for coronavirus
  • China had 1,114 deaths from the disease, now officially named COVID-19. The only other fatality has been in the Philippines.
  • Singapore confirms three additional cases of coronavirus
  • Singapore now has 50 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Thirty-five patients remain hospitalized, eight of which are in critical condition. According to the Singapore Ministry of Health, 15 patients have fully recovered from the virus and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Feb 11th, 2020; 7:45 P.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death toll: 1,115
  • Recovered: 4,784
  • Infected: 45,1668,242 (21%) in critical or serious condition
  • 5,899 Cases had an outcome: Of those, 4,784 (81%) were Recovered & Discharged. 1,115 of those resulted in death(19%)

As of Feb 11th, 2020; 11:12 A.M.. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death toll: 1,018
  • Recovered: 4,336
  • Infected: 43,143
  • the coronavirus will be named COVID-19 and said a vaccine could be ready in 18 months.
  • US State Department authorizes departure of personnel from Hong Kong due to coronavirus
  • Hong Kong confirms 7 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 49
  • South Korea’s Health Ministry has warned its citizens against traveling to six Asian nations, including Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam, due to fears over the coronavirus.
  • Singapore confirms two additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 47
  • Two prisoners are being tested for coronavirus in HMP Bullingdon in Bicester, Oxford, north west of London, a UK official told CNN on Tuesday.
  • A cruise ship carrying more than 2,000 people has been denied entry to at least 4 ports
  •  Two senior health officials in the Chinese province at the epicenter of the outbreak were fired on Tuesday
  • Hong Kong apartment building was partially evacuated over concerns that the virus may have been transmitted through the piping system.
  • A coronavirus clinical trial is already underway in China, WHO says
  • Errors by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a hospital in San Diego led to a woman with the novel coronavirus being sent back to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar instead of being sent to isolation at the hospital
  • Thousands were ordered into quarantine after cluster of cases linked to department store.

As of Feb 10th, 2020; 10:19 P.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • First Coronavirus Case Confirmed in San Diego County, CA, bringing the number of cases in the U.S. to 13.
  • Philadelphia Health Department investigating possible coronavirus case; Montco athlete returns home from China
  • China death at 1,016, an increase of 108; confirmed cases at 42,638

From Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) :

As of Feb 10th, 2020; 8:42 A.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • Death toll rises to 910 globally
  • China reports 97 deaths overnight
  • More than 40,000 now infected
  • cruise ship cases almost double, rising to more than 130
  • U.K. Declares Coronavirus ‘Imminent Threat’
  • WHO prepares to visit China
  • Imperial College London researchers believe mortality rate is close to 18% rather than the 4% mark currently recorded
  • eight cases now recorded in the UK, 12 in the US and 15 in Australia. 
  • Two of the latest four coronavirus infections in the UK are healthcare workers
  • The virus is spread on surfaces and through coughs and sneezes. 
  • **Rumors have begun circulating that crematoriums in China are burning bodies 24/7; upwards of more than 300 per day.

As of Feb 9th, 2020; 8:42 A.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • 14 Americans aboard quarantined cruise ship off coast of Japan now confirmed to have coronavirus
  • Death Toll in China rises to 814
  • The number of confirmed infections rises to 37,583
  • 89 deaths and 2,656 new cases were recorded in the preceding 24 hours, most of them in Hubei Province of China
  • 1 new, and 4 total confirmed cases in Britain; 2nd confirmed case in Spain
  • There are more than 20,000 patients hospitalized in Hubei province and 1,154 are in critical condition.
  • 12 confirmed cases in the United States, 89 confirmed cases in Japan
  • 2928 patients have recovered

As of Feb 8th, 2020; 10:43 A.M. CST (GMT-6) information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • An American citizen in Wuhan has died from the coronavirus
  • A lawyer who reported on the conditions in Wuhan has gone missing
  • 34,954 infected. No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the past 24 hours.
  • 725 deaths linked to the virus; two deaths outside China: one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines
  • The Chinese government announced a name for the new coronavirus, ordering local authorities and state news media to start using it, the Times reported. In English, the name translates to novel coronavirus pneumonia, or N.C.P.
  • A phase 1 trial of a new vaccine against 2019-nCoV is on track to begin in 2.5 months, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday (Feb. 7). 

As of Feb 7th, 2020 information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

  • The death toll from the Novel coronavirus outbreak hits 723, surpassing the total from SARS
  • 34,598 confirmed cases, including 26 in Hong Kong, 10 in Macao, and 16 in Taiwan
  • 3399 new cases reported in China
  • 2052 people discharged
  • 27, 657 suspected cases
  • Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang noticed a cluster of cases of a flu-like illness near the end of December 2019 that turned out to be #coronavirus.On Feb 7, 2020 at 2:58 a.m Dr Li Wenliang died.
  • 28 territories infected
  • Apartment buildings in China being sealed off to prevent the spread of the virus
  • Cases on cruise ship off of coast of Japan rises to 61
  • 234 people quarantined at US Travis Air Force base, north of San Francisco. 5 of those people with confirmed cases who arrived on evacuation flights from Wuhan, China
  • Spray squads now on the streets of China
  • 27 states in the US have cases under investigation. 12 confirmed cases, 100 pending. 225 negative.
  • US States affected: California, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin
  • Chinese officials now going door-to-door to search for infected

**In contrast: the number of people who have died this year from the flu in the United States is estimated to be about 10,000 people. Don’t be scared, be prepared.

WHO updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

CDC updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

Past threads and relevant articles/ Tweets:

NYTimes article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/health/coronavirus-patients.html

From arstechnica:

Chinese authorities in Wuhan Thursday said that they will conduct door-to-door home searches for people potentially infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and corral the sick into massive, makeshift quarantine camps around the city, according to a report in the New York Times.

FURTHER READING

China locks down 35M people as US confirms second coronavirus caseThese latest extreme outbreak control measures are on top of already draconian travel restrictions and shutdowns of public transit, which have effectively isolated Wuhan—a city of 11 million where the explosive outbreak began—as well as other highly populated cities in the Hubei province. Overall, the lockdown has made it difficult to get food and supplies to Hubei’s 50 million residents, contributing to a humanitarian crisis that is now swelling from Wuhan in the wake of the virus.

The desperate situation in Wuhan is clear from the latest outbreak figures.  Of the 31,530 reported cases of 2019-nCoV in over two dozen countries, 22,112 are confirmed in the Hubei province alone. And of the 638 deaths logged so far in the outbreak, 618 have occurred in the province.

Overall, the Times notes that crude estimates* of the outbreak’s fatality rates are a striking four percent in Wuhan, and 2.8 percent for the whole of the Hubei province. For the rest of China and beyond, the fatality rate estimate is around 0.2 percent. (*These are crude estimates of the rates because they are calculated by fatalities over cases, not fatalities over the sum of recovered and fatal cases.)

Reports from Wuhan suggest that medical staff are running short of personal protective equipment, medicines, and supplies to test patients for the 2019-nCoV. According to the Times, many Wuhan residents who have respiratory symptoms have been forced to go from hospital to hospital, on foot, to try to get tested. Many are turned away, untested and untreated.

Moreover, experts fear that penning potentially infected people in large quarantine camps—set up in a sports stadium, an exhibition center, and a building complex—with minimal medical care could make the sick sicker and let the whole gamut of infectious diseases run rampant among the confined people.

FURTHER READING

3,700 trapped aboard cruise ship after coronavirus embarksStill, Chinese authorities seemed resolute to take whatever extreme actions they see as useful to get a grip on the outbreak. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who visited Wuhan Thursday and announced the new control measures, said that the city and country face “wartime conditions.”

“There must be no deserters, or they will be nailed to the pillar of historical shame forever,” she added.

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