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Coronavirus: By the Numbers: Untraceable Cells of the Virus Shown in 3 Countries, Iran now tops death count outside China, Italy in a Panic

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  • Coronavirus cases: 78,993
  • Deaths: 2,470
  • Recovered: 23,419
  • Current Mortality Rate estimated at around 9.5%, upwards of 16-18% by some estimations
  • Spanish Flu mortality rate was around 1.7%
  • Untraceable cells of the Coronavirus have shown up in several countries
  • Hundreds in Michigan being monitored for Coronavirus, BUT NOT IN QUARANTINE! 325 people who were in Mainland China in last two weeks OR ABOARD A CRUISE SHIP WHERE THERE WERE CORONAVIRUS CASES

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explains what a pandemic is and says we’re nearly at the brink of one with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Italy has just announced a sudden spike in cases, as the local authorities rush to find “patient zero.”

From the NYPost:

Untraceable coronavirus cells have emerged in three countries — and health officials say the elusive strands could be the first sign that the virus is spreading at an uncontrollable pace.

Doctors are unable to identify the source of coronavirus clusters in South Korea, Singapore and Iran, the World Health Organization said Saturday, urging a stricter approach to containing the virus.

“A number of spot fires occurring around the world is a sign that things are ticking along, and what we are going to have here is probably a pandemic,” said Ian Mackay, a researcher at Australia’s University of Queensland.

Doctors began floating fears of a pandemic — which occurs when a disease spreads to two continents — on Friday as two more died in Iran, the number of cases in South Korea doubled, and Italy saw its first death.

In Iran, an untraceable case that’s spread to 28 others is believed to have popped up in the city of Qom.

Hundreds of new cases detected in South Korea were sparked by a member of a church of 9,000 in the city of Daegu, but doctors have been unable to pinpoint the origin.

Doctors fear the spread could quicken and widen if they are unable to identify all those infected and get them into quarantine. Making matters worse, coronavirus symptoms are often so mild that a spreader could be unaware they are infected.

People are unlikely to die from the mild cases, “but it’s really bad news if you are trying to stop a pandemic,” Mackay said of the subtle symptoms.

An official with the World Health Organization warned Saturday that “the window of opportunity is narrowing” to contain the virus.

“We have to prepare at the same time for any eventualities, because this outbreak could go any direction — it could even be messy,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

From the Hill:

World Health Organization (WHO) officials are worried about further spread of the coronavirus as untraceable cases pop up outside mainland China, where the outbreak originated.

The inability to identify the first patient in mini-outbreaks outside China has officials concerned that the virus may be spreading too quickly for standard public health measures to be effective.

“A number of spot fires, occurring around the world is a sign that things are ticking along, and what we are going to have here is probably a pandemic,” Ian Mackay, who studies viruses at Australia’s University of Queensland, told Fox Business.

For weeks now, China has quarantined the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, and more than a dozen other cities, affecting 60 million people.

The WHO said new clusters of the virus in Iran and South Korea could signal that it is becoming uncontainable.

“What we see is a very different phase of this outbreak depending where you look,” Dr. Sylvie Briand told Fox Business. “We see different patterns of transmission in different places.”

A global pandemic, as defined by the WHO, is a disease that spreads on at least two continents.

The biggest concern for officials has been Iran, where there are now 28 new cases, with five deaths, in a matter of days. The hotspot started in the city of Qom, but it’s unclear how. Infected travelers from Iran have surfaced in Lebanon and Canada.

The U.S. has 35 reported cases of the virus, but no deaths.

From ClickonDetroit:

DETROIT – Hundreds of people in Michigan are being monitored because of coronavirus concerns.

On Sunday the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported that it is currently monitoring 325 people.

All of the people being monitored have been to mainland China within the past two weeks or were passengers on a cruise ship with a confirmed coronavirus case.

No one is being quarantined. The MDHHS says that is because they were not deemed at high risk during the screening process.

From Vox.com:

During the last two months, as the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak has spiraled into a global threat, countries around the world have scrambled to impose travel bans, quarantine millions, and isolate sick people in an attempt to stop the spread of the new virus.

Yet, as of Sunday, there were 78,000 cases of Covid-19 in at least 29 countries, including surging case tolls in Italy, Iran, and South Korea, as well as an ongoing outbreak on a cruise ship off Japan.

The likelihood that we’re hurtling into a pandemic — a new disease that spreads around the world — or that we’re already in one, seems higher than just a week ago.

“Our window of opportunity [for containing the virus] is narrowing so we need to act quickly before it closes completely,” said World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Friday.

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