Tuesday, February 4th


Coronavirus News Summary For Today

  • Russia will set up a quarantine area in Siberia for people travelling back from China’s Hubei province due to the coronavirus outbreak , Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said Tuesday.
  • Sweeping travel restrictions related to the Wuhan coronavirus are now in effect at US airports, but there are still questions about how the new rules will be enforced.
  • Scientists at a UK public health authority investigating the coronavirus have discovered that the virus has not evolved  to better infect humans   since its genome was first sequenced in China.
  • Two additional evacuation flights for American citizens are scheduled to depart Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, on Tuesday for military bases in California with a combined 550 passengers on board, a US official with knowledge of the matter told CNN’s Steven Jiang in Beijing.
  • Thai health officials have confirmed six additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus  bringing the countrywide total to 25.
  • A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested, police said on Tuesday.
  • Facebook Inc said it will take down misinformation about China’s fast-spreading coronavirus, in a rare departure from its usual approach to dubious health content that is presenting a fresh challenge for social media companies.
  • The Trump administration, while insisting the risk to Americans from coronavirus is low, nevertheless declared a public health emergency on Friday and announced the extraordinary step of barring entry to the United States of foreign nationals who have recently visited China.
  • Many Americans likely grew a little nervous after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that a novel coronavirus has spread for the first time within the U.S .
  • The CDC has not recommended that Americans wear protective masks or take dramatic measures against coronavirus.
  • A Belgian woman who has tested positive for coronavirus is reported to have been on the same French flight that brought back UK citizens from China on Sunday.
  • A doctor who led the World Health Organisation’s response to the 2002-03 Sars outbreak said it is too early to tell when the coronavirus will peak, but it appears the disease is still on the increase.
  • In a study published in the journal Nature, Shi Zhen-Li and colleagues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology reported that genome sequences from seven patients were 96 per cent identical to a bat coronavirus.
  • The mainland’s latest figures of 425 deaths and 20,438 confirmed infections of the new coronavirus were up sharply from the previous day.
  • The CDC is investigating over 80 cases of coronavirus, with one patient in New York City, as the numbers multiply around the world and the U.S. prepares to get more Americans out of Wuhan.
  • Investors worried about the economic impact of coronavirus contributed to the Dow’s worst day since August.
  • New Coronavirus Identified in Central China Pneumonia Outbreak. The virus, which has sickened at least 59 people, does not appear to transmit easily between humans.
  • The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care said: “Two patients in England who are members of the same family tested positive for Coronavirus.
  • There is a  high likelihood   the coronavirus will land in London, but hospitals here are prepared for the looming emergency, London’s top public health official said Sunday.
  • By all indications SARS, which killed about 10 percent of those infected, was a deadlier virus than the new coronavirus circulating now.
  • ISSA and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, have issued a statement about the Wuhan coronavirus and will continue to monitor and provide updated information about the outbreak.
  • As two people are held in isolation in Fiji, a public health professor says the Pacific must protect itself from the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Video As the spread of coronavirus expands to at least 22 countries, India’s government is advising citizens to practice homeopathy to stave off infection.
  • The outbreak of a mysterious new coronavirus is rapidly spreading,   India’s government said in a news release this week.
  • India has only reported one confirmed case of the coronavirus, which has been found to be transmissible between people.
  • The CDC said to prevent the coronavirus people should stick to the tried-and-true methods they would use to avoid any virus.
  • India’s government has been roundly criticized for recommending homeopathy to prevent coronavirus infection.
  • The government’s Twitter account posted a coronavirus advisory on Wednesday, Jan 29., recommending popular alternative medicines for the prevention and management of the lethal new virus.
  • The case of a man who contracted coronavirus from a carrier with no symptoms could be a  game changer,   according to an infectious disease expert.

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