Sunday February 16th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 16th


  • The origins of the new coronavirus have been linked to illegally traded wildlife at Wuhan’s seafood market, which sells live animals including bats, rabbits and marmots.

  • Canada: Rising demands for face masks in Canada have been reported amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Canada: A former Winnipegger is among passengers who are stuck on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan for a week now, due to coronavirus fears.

  • In pregnant women, the more severe versions of MERS and SARS coronaviruses can be serious.

  • There has been 28 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pneumonia , but there is no widespread outbreak of the disease in Japan at the time of writing.

  • A study group sent fecal and other bodily samples from bats they trapped in caves to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to search for coronaviruses .

Saturday February 15th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 15th


  • Passengers on MS Westerdam cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia, over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus, finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday.

  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said the Trump administration was “disappointed” with China’s response to the coronavirus and the fact that no US health officials have been invited in to help with the outbreak.

  • US President Donald Trump praised China over its handling of the fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in an interview that aired on Thursday, adding that the United States was working closely with Beijing.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a spike of 14,000 coronavirus cases in China on Thursday was the result of new counting methods and did not represent a significant shift in the outbreak.

  • The origins of the new coronavirus have been linked to illegally traded wildlife at Wuhan’s seafood market, which sells live animals including bats, rabbits and marmots.

  • The US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the distribution of the 2019-nCoV diagnostic to state health departments and other facilities.

  • Coronavirus Test Kits May Yield Inconclusive Results Some US states are waiting for the CDC to send replacement enzymes necessary for carrying out SARS-CoV-2 assays.

  • The virus is named after its shape which takes the form of a crown with protrusions around it and hence is known as coronavirus.

  • According to reports, Chinese and Hong Kong stocks plunged Thursday as investors fear that the novel coronavirus can impact consumption.

  • In pregnant women, the more severe versions of MERS and SARS coronaviruses can be serious.

Friday February 14th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 14th

  • Malaysia added a new case to its list of confirmed coronavirus patients, raising the national tally up to 19, according to a report from state media Bernama on Thursday.

  • Another 44 cases of coronavirus were confirmed Thursday on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docket in Yokohama, Japan, according to CNN’s Will Ripley.

  • Hong Kong confirmed three additional coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total to up to 53, according to a government statement.

  • On Thursday, another cruise ship, the Westerdam, which had been denied permission to stop in Japan, Guam, Taiwan and the Philippines despite having no diagnoses of coronavirus, was able to dock in Cambodia.

  • The Centers for Disease Control said Thursday that a person under quarantine at a military base in San Antonio had tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of confirmed coronavirus patients in the United States to 15.

  • Passengers on MS Westerdam cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia, over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus, finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday.

  • COVID-19 coronavirus is seen in yellow, emerging from cells (in blue and pink) cultured in the lab.

  • NIAID-RML The images of the current outbreak of the new coronavirus have so far been very human: air travelers wearing masks, tourists stranded on cruise ships, medical workers wearing protective suits.

  • In this image from a scanning electron microscope, the new coronavirus is in orange.

  • NIAID-RML NIAID notes that the images look rather similar to previous coronavirus MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, which emerged in 2012) and the original SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, which emerged in 2002).

  • On Tuesday, the World Health Organization formally named the disease caused by the new coronavirus: COVID-19.

  • Scientists Compare Novel Coronavirus with SARS and MERS Viruses Abby Olena | Feb 11, 2020 Researchers find 380 amino acid substitutions between 2019-nCoV and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-related coronaviruses.

  • Outrage and Grief Follow Death of Coronavirus Whistleblower Amy Schleunes | Feb 7, 2020 Authorities had silenced Li Wenliang after he spoke out about the virus, now known as 2019-nCoV, in the early days of the epidemic.

  • Indian Authorities Propose Use of Homeopathy to Prevent Coronavirus Alakananda Dasgupta | Feb 7, 2020 Critics of the practice say the guidance is irresponsible and could give users a false sense of security.

  • Test for Novel Coronavirus Approved for Wide Deployment Shawna Williams | Feb 6, 2020 The US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the distribution of the 2019-nCoV diagnostic to state health departments and other facilities.

  • Flu and HIV Drugs Show Efficacy Against Coronavirus Catherine Offord | Feb 3, 2020 Combining the medications improved conditions in patients with severe 2019-nCoV infections, say doctors in Thailand.

  • Bob Grant | Jan 30, 2020 What is a publication to do when readers misuse its content? Coronavirus Test Kits May Yield Inconclusive Results Some US states are waiting for the CDC to send replacement enzymes necessary for carrying out SARS-CoV-2 assays.

  • Continue reading †’ Rising demands for face masks in Canada have been reported amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Continue reading †’ A former Winnipegger is among passengers who are stuck on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan for a week now, due to coronavirus fears.

  • The virus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, is a coronavirus and belongs to the same family as the pathogen that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

  • The 15 Australian passengers who tested positive for coronavirus are hospital and remain stable.

  • U.S. military forces have been told to prepare for a possible pandemic situation due to the coronavirus virus, COVID-19 , according to recently issued Navy and Marine Corps service-wide messages .

  • The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, discussed the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic in a livestream video Feb. 6 with Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) editor in chief, Dr. Howard Bauchner.

  • All six tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus and it is suspected that hundreds could have already been infected.

  • A change in data collection methodology from the Chinese authorities has caused a huge jump in the number of registered cases of coronavirus.

  • The unnamed nurse, who was exhibiting some of the symptoms of the strain of coronavirus, says she was told to self-isolate by Public Health England (PHE) after coming into direct, sustained contact with a person who was being tested for the virus.

  • Commenting on the safety of the Uber driver who drove the woman, Dr Rachel Thorn Heathcock, consultant at Public Health England, said: A Beijing florist is enclosing a special gift in her Valentine’s Day bouquets this year “ a small bottle of hand sanitiser to ward off coronavirus.

  • Ireland has comprehensive Public Health and Emergency Plans in place for responding to public health issues, including those related to new infectious agents such as Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

  • HSE Public Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre have been monitoring the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation since it was notified by the WHO.

  • Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans.

Thursday February 13th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 13th

  • Japan has announced its first death from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, taking the global total to 1,710.
  • Japan’s Health minister Katsunobu Kato said the victim was a woman in her 80s who had been in hospital since 1 February, when she was diagnosed with pneumonia, with the coronavirus diagnosis coming after her death.
  • A cruise ship turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board has the coronavirus has docked in Cambodia after two weeks at sea.
  • Singapore learnt lessons from the Sars crisis in 2002-3 With Chinese tourists shunning Hong Kong because of the anti-government protests there, many chose to come to Singapore over the Lunar New Year holidays – which coincided with the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Still, the main reason Singapore can move fast and quickly to fight the coronavirus is because it’s so small, and it is clear that there is a plan in place – one that has been crafted from the harsh lessons of the Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) crisis in 2002-2003.
  • Scientists have identified the pangolin as a possible intermediary host of the new coronavirus.

Wednesday February 12th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 12th

  • The rapid spread of the coronavirus could pose broad economic risks, the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome H. Powell, told American lawmakers on Tuesday.
  • Nearly a third of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Tianjin, a city of more than 15 million about 70 miles southeast of Beijing, have been linked to one department store, adding to fears about rapid transmission in tightly clustered communities.
  • A senior Chinese official warned on Tuesday that three populous provinces could be vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus as migrant workers return to their jobs after the Lunar New Year break.
  • A man accused of imitating a coronavirus victim by collapsing on a subway train central Moscow this month was arrested and will face up to five years in prison if found guilty, law enforcement officials have said.
  • A Holland America cruise ship with more than 2,200 people aboard was denied entry to Thailand on Tuesday over fears that passengers may be carrying the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of ports from which it has been turned away to at least five.
  • Diamond Princess: Quarantined in Japan since February 4, at least 24 Americans are among the 175 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus aboard the cruise ship.
  • The origins of the new coronavirus have been linked to illegally traded wildlife at Wuhan’s seafood market, which sells live animals including bats, rabbits and marmots.
  • The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK has doubled from four to eight after four more people in Brighton were diagnosed with the infection over the weekend.One of the other four confirmed cases is being treated at the HCID unit at the Royal Free hospital in north London and the two Chinese nationals who tested positive for Coronavirus in York are being treated at the HCID centre in Newcastle.
  • A British man linked to 11 coronavirus cases has spoken for the first time, saying he has “fully recovered” from the illness.
  • British Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that the spread of the coronavirus would worsen before it improved.
  • The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like: cough fever trouble breathing and pneumonia The CDC believes symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • Coronaviruses don’t evolve in the same way as flu with lots of different strains, but equally our body doesn’t generate very good immunity.
  • Shop owners say growing concerns over COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, are keeping customers away  • and it’s been like that several weeks.
  • At You Market in Chinatown, the owner blames fears about the coronavirus for his sales plummeting 20%.
  • The World Health Organisation hosted hundreds of researchers to discuss slowing the spread of coronavirus amid concerns billions of people could still be infected.
  • Australia will take a weighty economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak compounding the costs of the bushfire crisis, the prime minister has warned.

Tuesday February 11th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 11th

  • A self-employed investment adviser and lecturer at Hong Kong University, he has been working from home full time since the Lunar New Year holiday as companies take measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Flu viruses incubate very rapidly  “ you tend to get symptoms two to three days after being infected, but coronaviruses take much longer,   said Professor Neil Ferguson, a disease outbreak scientist at Imperial College London.
  • Coronaviruses don’t evolve in the same way as flu with lots of different strains, but equally our body doesn’t generate very good immunity,   he added.
  • Blackmores has scrapped its interim dividend and slashed its full-year profit guidance, blaming it on adverse costs and the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The World Health Organisation hosted hundreds of researchers to discuss slowing the spread of coronavirus amid concerns billions of people could still be infected.
  • Nearly one million protective masks have been sent to airport staff and doctors, after the Australian government unlocked its stockpile for those working on the coronavirus frontline.
  • Four Australian passengers are among about 60 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined off Japan’s coast, who have tested positive to coronavirus.
  • A staff member at a British doctors’ practice in the southern English city of Brighton has tested positive for coronavirus after travelling through Singapore.
  • Australia’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner has told the PM that Darwin is an option for coronavirus evacuees heading to Christmas Island if need be.
  • Australia will take a weighty economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak compounding the costs of the bushfire crisis, the prime minister has warned.
  • Plans are underway to find other facilities for Australians returning from coronavirus hotspots in case Christmas Island reaches capacity.
  • Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic have surpassed 1,000, the World Health Organization ( WHO ) confirmed on Tuesday, as hundreds of health experts began meeting at its headquarters in Geneva to help halt the spread of the disease, now officially known as COVID-19.
  • Unprecedented global demand for face masks and other protective equipment fuelled by the coronavirus epidemic, has created potentially dangerous shortages for those who need them most, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday.
  • A slight drop overnight in the number of people infected by the new coronavirus is welcome but  nothing to celebrate  , a top UN health official said on Thursday.

Monday, February 10th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 10th

  • A further patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus in England ,  bringing the total couple of cases in the UK to 4.
  • 5 British nationals tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus In French Alps.
  • The novel coronavirus  ( 2019 – nCoV )  is a new strain which has not been previously identified in humans .
  • Health authorities both in Australia and globally are closely monitoring if or not the risk of catching novel coronavirus would change overtime .

Sunday, February 9th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 9th

  • A further patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus in England ,  bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 3.
  • Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang lied in an intensive care bed on oxygen support in hospital after contracting the coronavirus .
  • The Chinese government announced Saturday that It will likely be reimbursing those people that had been hospitalized or quarantined amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak .
  • In total ,  64 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama have now tested positive for the coronavirus .
  • Hong Kong health officials said Sunday all passengers and crew members aboard a cruise ship which has been in quarantine in Hong Kong over fears of coronavirus spread aboard could now leave the ship .
  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy confirmed Sunday 4 passengers from a cruise ship docked in Bayonne tested negative for novel coronavirus . New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and the risk to residents remains low ,    Murphy said .
  • Passengers have been allowed to disembark the World Dream cruise ship 1000 of people stuck on a cruise ship in Hong Kong for 4 days have been allowed to disembark after tests for coronavirus came back negative . Chief port health officer Leng Yiu – Hong said all crew members  –  some 1,800 people  –  had tested negative for coronavirus ,  and that everyone will be allowed to disembark without the require to self – quarantine after leaving .
  • Officials in Hubei said the virus had a 96% concordance with an already – recognized bat – borne coronavirus .
  • Germany has now Twelve confirmed cases of the coronavirus ,  with a majority of the patients in the southern state of Bavaria .
  • As so many as 9,000 medical workers in Hong Kong have pledged to strike this week ,  a threat that alarmed officials in the territory ,  which confirmed its 14th coronavirus case late Saturday .
  • A study published Jan .  29 in the New England Journal of Medicine  ( NEJM )  evaluated an R0 value for the new coronavirus to be 2.2 ,  meaning each infected person has been spreading the virus to a regular of 2.2 people .

Saturday, February 8th

 

Latest Coronavirus news February 8th

  • Still  there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus ,  which means it’s more difficult for vulnerable members of the population, elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems  to protect themselves .
  • An attorney who had provided a rare glimpse into the dire conditions in Wuhan  ,  the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak ,  has gone missing ,  his friends say ,  expressing fear for his safety .
  • The Chinese government has announced a short term name for the sickness caused by the coronavirus ,  ordering the local authorities and state news media to adopt it .
  • On Saturday ,  the French health minister confirmed 5 new cases of the coronavirus ,  including 4 adults and one child  all British citizens  bringing the total in France to Eleven .
  • To stop the spread of the coronavirus ,  the Chinese authorities have taken increasingly draconian measures to curb travel ,  impose social distancing and track those people who may just be sick .
  • In recent weeks ,  few articles in Chinese news media have told of those people who used medicine to suppress coronavirus symptoms to pass through the country’s now ubiquitous fever – screening checkpoints .
  • Chinese automobile and auto parts factories may stay closed longer than anticipated as a consequence of the coronavirus ,  increasing the chances that assembly lines in Asia ,  Europe and the America can grind to a halt as a consequence of shortages of components .
  • 1000 of workers from the union formed during the antigovernment protest movement in Hong Kong  participated in the strike to demand that the government shut down all mainland border checkpoints to combat the coronavirus outbreak .
  • An American was confirmed dead from the new coronavirus on Saturday while a Japanese man also died with symptoms consistent with the disease ,  both in Wuhan ,  as the epidemic looked set to pass the death toll from the SARS outbreak in rapid time .
  • A Japanese man hospitalized with pneumonia in Wuhan also died after suffering flu – like symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus ,  Japan’s foreign ministry said . The man in his 60s was suspected of having been infected with the coronavirus ,  however as a result of difficulties in diagnosing the disease the cause of death was given as viral pneumonia ,  the ministry said ,  citing Chinese medical authorities .
  • News of the death on Friday of Li Wenliang ,  a doctor who raised the alarm about the new coronavirus ,  sparked sorrow and outrage on Chinese social media and rekindled memories of how Beijing was slow to tell the world about the SARS outbreak .
  • 10 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship moored in Yokohama Bay have been confirmed as having the Wuhan coronavirus ,  according to Japanese Health Ministry .
  • The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued an emergency use authorization to allow qualified labs to use the Wuhan coronavirus test developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
  • A study group sent fecal and other bodily samples from bats they trapped in caves to the Wuhan Institute of Virology to search for coronaviruses .
  • A CBC News report about the Canadian government deporting Chinese scientists who worked in a Winnipeg lab that studies dangerous pathogens was distorted on social media to advise that they were spies who had smuggled out coronaviruses .

Friday , February 7th

 

Coronavirus news Feb 7th

  • Hong Kong: Thousands of workers from the union ” formed during the antigovernment protest movement in Hong Kong  ” participated in the strike to demand that the government shut down all mainland border checkpoints to combat the coronavirus outbreak.
 
  • Hong Kong: One patient is thought to have infected more than 10 health care workers in the hospital’s surgical department, where the person was admitted because of abdominal symptoms, and the coronavirus was not initially suspected.
 
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines is prohibiting passengers or staff that have Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports on board any of the ships over concerns of spreading the coronavirus, the company said in a statement.
   
  • At least 61 passengers ” including 11 Americans  ” aboard a cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the coronavirus.
 
  • A vigil for Li Wenliang, who died on Friday morning, was held in Hong Kong In December he sent a message to fellow medics warning of a virus he thought looked like Sars – another deadly coronavirus.
   
  • Royal Caribbean International has delayed the sailing of its ship Anthem of the Seas from New Jersey after four guests were taken to hospital and tested for coronavirus.
 
  • Uganda’s health ministry has placed more than 100 people in quarantine as a preventative measure against the possible spread of coronavirus
 
  • Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397 .
 
  • Germany has registered 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with a majority of the patients in the southern state of Bavaria.
 
  • As cases of the coronavirus continue to climb, experts are considering best- and worst-case scenarios based on the behavior of previous epidemics and what scientists already know.
  • Coronaviruses in general are spread through close contact ” a range of about 3 to 6 feet.
 
  • In the UK, family doctors – GPs – are being advised to place patients suspected of having coronavirus in isolation and avoid physical examinations.
 
  • The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed that of the Sars epidemic, which spread to more than two dozen countries in 2003.
 
  • A coronavirus was first isolated in 1937 from an infectious bronchitis virus in birds that has the ability to seriously devastate poultry stocks.
 
  • Chinese scientists have identified a previously unknown type of coronavirus as the cause of a recent pneumonia outbreak in the city of Wuhan, according to state media .
 
  • According to the WHO , initial information about the pneumonia cases in Wuhan, provided by Chinese authorities, points to the coronavirus as the pathogen causing this cluster.
 
  • Over the last 70 years, scientists have found that coronaviruses can infect mice, rats, dogs, cats, turkeys , horses, pigs, and cattle.
 
  • Human coronaviruses cannot be cultivated in the laboratory easily, unlike the rhinovirus, another cause of the common cold.