Hawaii resident placed in mandatory quarantine after returning from epicenter of outbreak
By HNN Staff | February 10, 2020 at 1:57 PM HST - Updated February 11 at 11:19 AM
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii resident who recently returned from the Chinese province that’s been identified as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak has been placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine at Pearl Harbor after returning to the islands, officials said.
The resident is displaying no symptoms of the deadly virus, they stressed.
Officials also said Monday that the state has still not seen any cases of the coronavirus.
Some 26 people who have entered the islands from elsewhere in China, meanwhile, are undergoing monitoring and have self-quarantined in their homes or in lodging.
None of those individuals have exhibited any symptoms of the disease, either.
Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, said Hawaii’s lodging industry is taking the threat of novel coronavirus very seriously.
"We are in constant communication as we monitor developments on this issue and we are working with our hoteliers to make sure that their front line employees are as safe as possible, and are educated on how to decrease the likelihood of the coronavirus spreading in Hawaii. Our hoteliers are also undertaking more precautionary steps by increasing the frequency of their cleaning rotations, installing hand sanitizers throughout their properties, and, above all, educating their staffs on how this virus is spread,” Hannemann said.
State Health Director Bruce Anderson said that some of the 26 are residents, while others plan to resume travel elsewhere in the United States after the quarantine period.
A spokesperson for the ride-share company Uber said they have a dedicated online portal for public health authorities to contact them for information about riders and drivers and will take action on any user accounts.
“We have been working with public health authorities across the U.S. and the world to respond timely in public health emergencies, and our teams are in regular contact with them,” said the spokesperson.
Lt. Gov. Josh Green said officials were notified Monday morning about the Hawaii resident who returned from Hubei province earlier in the day.
The resident was traveling alone and is “fully compliant.”
Under new entry guidelines, Americans entering the United States from Hubei province are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
The traveler who arrived Monday was the first in the islands to require mandatory quarantine. A quarantine center has been established at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Anderson said the resident was in Hubei province on Feb. 8, and departed for another country before coming to Hawaii. All direct flights from China to the United States have been canceled.
Honolulu’s airport is one of 11 facilities around the country equipped to accept travelers from China who may require mandatory or self-quarantine.
Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, stressed the traveler from Hubei Province presents a “low risk.”
“As a precaution and following the federal guidelines ... we are putting him in quarantine at this time,” Park said. “The risk from this particular healthy individual ― very low.”
The briefing comes as China is reporting a rise in coronavirus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures which isolated major cities might be working.
China’s health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising the Chinese mainland’s total to 40,171. The mainland death toll has risen by 97 to 908.
Monday’s rise was a turnaround from a significant reduction in new cases reported Sunday that briefly prompted optimism prevention methods such as strict quarantines may be working.
There have been just 12 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and no deaths.
Coronavirus cases are 'stabilizing' in China but while WHO praises Chinese efforts for 'keeping us all safer' it cautions that the outbreak could be far from over
On Wednesday, China reported its lowest number of new cases in the past two weeks
The World Health Organization batted back questions about China's measures during a Wednesday press briefing
Director General Dr Tedros said the country's swift and aggressive actions are 'keeping us all safer'
But he also cautioned that the outbreak which has killed more than 1,100 people and sickened more than 45,000 could 'go in any direction'
By REUTERS and NATALIE RAHHAL ACTING US HEALTH EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 14:12 EST, 12 February 2020 | UPDATED: 04:17 EST, 13 February 2020
The number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus in China has stabilized, but the apparent slowdown in the epidemic spread should be viewed with 'extreme caution,' the head of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
'This outbreak could still go in any direction,' the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a briefing in Geneva.
At the end of a two-day meeting on science and innovation into measures to tackle the new viral outbreak, Tedros welcomed the 'positive response of the research community' at short notice 'to come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together.'
He added that a WHO-led advance team that traveled to China earlier this week had made 'good progress' on the composition and scope of its work.
China reported on Wednesday its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks.
Full story with pictures, videos, and charts at link
Post by schwartzie on Feb 13, 2020 15:26:34 GMT -5
Translated from Chinese via Google.
Beijing CDC Party Committee Issues Wartime Status Order
Wartime Status Order
Party Committee of Beijing Centers for Disease Control
In order to further discipline, compact responsibility, and ensure that all prevention and control work is carried out in an efficient and standardized manner, the Party Committee of the Beijing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a wartime state order, requiring its party members and employees to fully recognize the "critical period", "critical moment", and "keys" The urgency and importance of the moment, consciously established a "very conscious" and entered a "wartime state."
The first is to insist on using "state of war" to lead the thinking.
The center not only fulfills the city's epidemic prevention and control duties, provides professional technical support duties for government decision-making, but also implements the "unit responsibility" of the "quartet responsibility" to protect the safety and health of all employees, both of which are equally important and cannot be sidelined. Under the unified leadership of the Party Committee, it unconditionally obeys the decision-making and deployment of the Party Committee in the wartime state and serves the current prevention and control work. It resonates at the same frequency, obeys unified orders, unified commands, and acts.
The second is to insist on strengthening implementation with "wartime standards."
All party members and cadres must take overall consideration into account and resolutely put an end to work mistakes caused by this mistake. All employees must unconditionally obey work scheduling and consciously obey management. Strengthen the work style and achieve "the end of the day and the end of the day"; adhere to the problem-oriented, responsibility-oriented, sensitive matters in the prevention and control, unexplained events and the work of leaders at all levels, to understand the situation at the grassroots level and guide commence to work.
The third is to strictly control contact with "wartime thinking."
Minimize "cross-contact". During the epidemic, all staff members are strictly prohibited from leaving Beijing, strictly commuting to work, eating out, and consciously doing good health management after work. The Security Section should strengthen the access control of the three courtyards, and strictly control the entrance and exit of the gates and all foreign personnel. All personnel enter the hospital area for temperature monitoring and must enter the hospital with work cards to reduce unnecessary travel during work. Non-work must not be connected to the department, try to use the phone or WeChat, SMS and other means of communication. Try to have as few meetings and short meetings as possible to control the number of participants.
The fourth is to insist on strict management with "wartime thinking."
Highlight political security, ideological security, network information security, security of confidential work, laboratory biological security, food security, etc. The epidemic data collection, statistics and reporting will be done well, and information security and confidentiality security incidents will be resolutely prevented. Front-line personnel engaged in flow regulation, pathogen inspection, and close management should strictly implement prevention and control guidelines and operating specifications, do a good job of personal protection requirements, and ensure personal safety. Strengthen laboratory management and resolutely put an end to the theft, leakage, and loss of pathogenic bacteria (poisons) and various samples.
Fifth, we must adhere to the "wartime need" service guarantee.
The equipment and material security department shall fully protect the front line, make plans in advance in accordance with the needs of the prevention and control of the flow of returning adults in Beijing, and evaluate and reserve and manage protective materials daily. Implement the "precision arrangement of materials" requirements, timely grasp the material inventory and daily consumption, and carry out scientific and efficient deployment, not only to implement a convenient procurement process to meet the needs of prevention and control, but also to seriously fulfill the "three major and one big" and internal control requirements. All employees should implement self-protection requirements, and non-epidemic personnel should not wear medical N95 masks, including N95 masks purchased by themselves.
Sixth, we must adhere to "war discipline" and take it seriously.
The current situation of epidemic prevention and control is extremely severe, and the responsibility for prevention and control is more important than Mount Tai. The big battle is coming. All party branches must mobilize their thoughts and gather the masses to give full play to the role of battle fortress; cadres at all levels must lead by example, dare to take the lead and give full play to the leading role; each party member must advance, take on the burden and give full play to the vanguard Exemplary role. All party branches, departments, and cadres at all levels must earnestly perform their main responsibilities, and disciplinary commissions must perform their supervisory responsibilities to ensure the smooth flow of government orders and prohibitions.
All middle-level cadres and branch secretaries who violated the disciplinary requirements in the entire epidemic prevention and control work and caused significant adverse effects and serious consequences to the center and the city's prevention and control work were all suspended or dismissed in advance; timely public notification of typical problems investigated and dealt with.
Hong Kong Health Officials: Coronavirus May Have Spread Through Bathroom Pipes
JOHN HAYWARD12 Feb 202085
Hong Kong health officials on Tuesday evacuated residents from a high-rise apartment building called Hong Mei House because at least five of the city’s 42 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been linked to the building.
The authorities believe the virus may have spread through poorly-designed toilets and bathroom pipes in the public housing project.
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) described the plumbing problem:
A Housing Department policy change has allowed tenants in government flats to alter the pipe design in their bathrooms since 2016, a problem which might have helped the faster spread of the deadly new coronavirus which led to an evacuation of a Tsing Yi housing block on Tuesday, the Post has found.
Opened to residents in 1986, Hong Mei House is one of 13 blocks of flats on the Cheung Hong Estate. The 35-storey building is made up of 840 units in three wings, dubbed a Y2 design.
According to the original design of the bathroom, the toilet is located in the centre of the unit, with all outlets, including the waste pipe and vent pipe exposed and connected with the bowl.
Health officials evacuated over 30 units that had piping systems similar to those in the apartments of a 62-year-old woman and 75-year-old man who became infected. The two infected residents lived ten floors apart, but the virus may have spread between their apartments through the piping system.
The problem, as Housing Minister Frank Chan-fan explained, is that many residents have altered the safe but ungainly piping arrangement in their bathrooms, creating unsafe situations where “foul air” can spread between units because the vent pipes have been retrofitted or disconnected entirely. Newer apartments have their bathroom pipes discreetly hidden inside the walls, so the residents are not likely to modify them.
Such alterations were not permitted for public housing tenants until the revised guidelines were issued in 2016. The SCMP cited speculation that the rules were changed mainly to relieve some of the burden on the housing department, which lacked the manpower to perform all the inspections needed under the older, stricter guidelines.
Chan-fan stressed that the coronavirus did not spread through water pipes and toilets, but rather through air vent pipes bundled into the plumbing system. This clarification was important because the 2003 SARS epidemic was known to spread through faulty plumbing.
Medical researchers are still working to determine how the Wuhan virus spreads. Although direct human contact is normally thought to be necessary, Hong Kong doctors suggested the virus might have passed between the two Hong Mei House apartments when infected fecal matter passed into the altered ventilation system.
CNN reported on Wednesday that the son of the infected 62-year-old woman, his wife, and his wife’s father have all been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“While the investigation into the building continues, Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection has advised the public to maintain drainage pipes by regularly pouring water into drain outlets – the U-pipes – and to put the toilet lid down before flushing ‘to avoid spreading germs,’” CNN added.
The SCMP ominously noted that “similar pipe designs can be found in 48 other public housing estates in the city.”
Post by schwartzie on Feb 14, 2020 15:02:54 GMT -5
Hong Kong Coronavirus Expert Warns Outbreak Could Infect "Between 60%-80%" Of Humanity, Causing 51 Million Deaths
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 02/11/2020 - 06:04
The city of Hong Kong and its 7 million+ residents have reason to be extremely anxious about the nCoV outbreak that has already caused more than 1,000 deaths on the mainland. Back in 2003, SARS ripped through the densely populated largely autonomous city and killed some 300 people, nearly half the total death toll from the outbreak.
Professor Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, was one of the first officials anywhere in China to suggest that the government was hiding, or simply hadn't yet confirmed, the true extend of the outbreak.
Though Beijing has been touting a 'slowdown' in the number of newly diagnosed cases, few believe that the outbreak has actually crested, even as a huge percentage of the population in the world's largest country has spent the last week huddled inside.
Which is why we feel Leung's latest warning is worth our attention, and yours.
Riffing off of comments from WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who said yesterday that the we might be seeing only 'the tip of the iceberg' in terms of number of cases, Leung said the scientific community's 'overriding concern' is figuring out the 'size and shape' of the iceberg.
Leung added that most experts now believe the virus has a transmission rate of - or r-sub-zero - of 2.5, meaning the average infected individual will transmit the virus to 2.5 others. This also translates to an "attack rate" of 60%-80%, the Guardian reports.
"Sixty per cent of the world’s population is an awfully big number," Leung told the Guardian in London, en route to an expert meeting at the WHO in Geneva on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Chinese health officials confirmed nearly 100 new deaths, bringing the toll to 1,013 as of late Monday.
If the virus continues to spread at this pace, even a relatively low fatality rate of 1% - which Leung believes is possible once milder, undetected cases are accounted for - could still lead to a massive death toll. Rough calculations indicate that, if two-thirds of the 7.7 billion people living on earth are infected, a 1% mortality rate would still lead to nearly 51 million deaths.
Once all of these other variables have been determined, Leung said he would tell the WHO that the main issues would be figuring out the scale of the worsening global epidemic, and learning whether China's draconian measures have worked to help suppress the spread.
The upcoming meeting in Geneva, which Leung plans to attend, will bring together more than 400 researchers and national authorities. Some plan to participate by video conference from the mainland and Taiwan.
"With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world," Dr. Tedros said last week.
One of the world’s leading experts on coronavirus epidemics, Leung played a major role in fighting the SARS outbreak and has worked closely with other leading scientists, including counterparts in the UK.
Does Leung really think the virus will infect 80% of the world's population? Or even 60%? Maybe not. The virus has reportedly been mutating and changing as it has spread, and it's still possible it could change in ways that inadvertently help humanity suppress it. For example, it could "attenuate its lethality," as Leung put it.
Epidemiologists and modellers were trying to figure out what was likely to happen, said Leung. "Is 60-80% of the world’s population going to get infected? Maybe not. Maybe this will come in waves. Maybe the virus is going to attenuate its lethality because it certainly doesn’t help it if it kills everybody in its path, because it will get killed as well," he said.
But if we don't figure out exactly how bad the outbreak has already gotten, it will be much more difficult to stop it from arriving at the worst-case scenarios.
BEIJING/SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia, Feb 14 (Reuters) - China's coronavirus outbreak showed no sign of peaking with health authorities on Friday reporting more than 5,000 new cases, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countries due to virus fears finally disembarked in Cambodia.
Policymakers pledged to do more to stimulate Asian economies hit hard by the virus, helping Asia stock markets edge higher, with Chinese shares headed for their first weekly gain in four.
In its latest update, China's National Health Commission said it had recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new coronavirus cases on the mainland on Feb. 13, taking the accumulated total infected to 63,851 people.
Some 55,748 people are currently undergoing treatment, while 1,380 people have died of the flu-like virus that emerged in Hubei province's capital, Wuhan, in December. The latest toll takes account of some deaths that had been double counted in Hubei, the health commission said.
The new figures give no indication the outbreak is nearing a peak, said Adam Kamradt-Scott, an infectious diseases expert at the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney.
"Based on the current trend in confirmed cases, this appears to be a clear indication that while the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late," he said.
Chinese scientists are testing two antiviral drugs and preliminary results are weeks away.
The head of a hospital in Wuhan, a city under virtual lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, told reporters on Thursday that plasma infusions from recovered patients had shown some encouraging preliminary results.
Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday - a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. The death was the third outside mainland China, after two others in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Japan is one of the worst affected of more than two dozen countries and territories outside mainland China that have seen hundreds of infections.
Japanese policymakers vowed to step up testing and containment efforts after the death and confirmation of new cases, including a doctor and a taxi driver.
CAMBODIA WELCOMES CRUISE PASSENGERS
A cruise liner quarantined off a Japanese port has more than 200 people confirmed with the disease. Authorities have said they will allow some elderly people to disembark on Friday.
Passengers on another cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over coronavirus fears started disembarking in Cambodia on Friday.
The MS Westerdam, carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew, docked in the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville on Thursday. It had anchored offshore early in the morning to allow Cambodian officials to board and collect samples from passengers with any signs of ill health or flu-like symptoms.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.
"My wife and I gave him some chocolates as a show of our appreciation," Lou Poandel, a tourist from New Jersey, told Reuters after he disembarked and met the Cambodian leader.
Separately, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said it had cancelled 18 cruises in Southeast Asia and joined larger rival Carnival Corp in warning that its full-year earnings would be hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
Global health authorities are still scrambling to find "patient zero" - a person who carried the disease into a company meeting in Singapore from which it spread to five other countries.
The rise in China's reported cases on Thursday reflected a decision by authorities there to reclassify a backlog of suspected cases by using patients' chest images, and did not necessarily indicate a wider epidemic, a World Health Organization official said on Thursday.
Economists are assessing the impact of the outbreak on the world's second-largest economy and scaling back their expectations for growth this year.
After the extended Lunar New Year holiday, many migrant workers may still be stuck in their hometowns, far from their factories. Analysts at Nomura estimated only about 21% had returned as of Thursday.
China's economy will grow at its slowest rate since the global financial crisis in the current quarter, according to a Reuters poll of economists who said the downturn will be short-lived if the outbreak is contained.
"China is already easing its monetary policy and providing more liquidity while more stimulus is likely. Factories are starting to reopen albeit with some delays," said Yukino Yamada, senior strategist at Daiwa Securities.
The duration of the disruption to international travel and trade is a key factor in some economists' predictions for a slowdown in global growth in the short term.
Japan, the world's third-largest economy, is bracing for a sharp slowdown and some analysts expect another contraction in the current quarter as the virus outbreak hurts exports, output and consumption.
Post by schwartzie on Feb 15, 2020 16:14:49 GMT -5
Eight planes locked down at Heathrow Airport over coronavirus fears
By Amanda Woods February 14, 2020 | 12:38pm | Updated
Coronavirus fears sparked a lockdown of eight planes Friday morning at Heathrow Airport — including a flight from California — after passengers complained they were suffering from symptoms, according to new reports.
Passengers on United Airlines Flight 901 from San Francisco were told by the captain to stay put after landing because someone on board might be infected, the Daily Mail and ITV reported.
British passenger Andy West told the Mail the captain said they might not move for a while because “seven other planes” had suspected cases as well.
Further details involving the other aircraft are unknown. Heathrow Airport declined to comment but is believed to be running as normal with all runways open, the Mail reports.
Staff on the morning United Airlines flight — none of whom were wearing protective gear — brought the passenger to the back of the plane and waited for health officials to arrive in hazmat suits, West said.
“The captain came on and said there was a suspected case of coronavirus and that the authorities would board the plane to confirm whether or not it was,” West told ITV.
“[The captain] also [said] that there were seven other flights that had landed, so he wasn’t sure how long it would be until we would be able to disembark.”
The whole ordeal ended up taking about 20 to 25 minutes, and although no one was panicking, West said worry did start to set in.
“I won’t deny, it made me feel nervous,” he said. “To be potentially that close to something like that is a worry, but I guess what we have to do now is wait and see whether the case is actually confirmed.”
Passenger Neerag Malhotra tweeted that passengers were stuck “waiting for doctor confirmation” and that the affected person was “isolated at the back of the plane.”
United Airlines confirmed that someone was not feeling well on the plane but did not elaborate.
Enlarge ImageA woman wearing a mask in Heathrow Airport amid the coronavirus outbreak.
A woman wearing a mask in Heathrow Airport amid the coronavirus outbreak.PA Images via Getty Images
“Our team at London Heathrow Airport is providing assistance related to United flight 901 (San Francisco-London Heathrow) today, following reports of an individual becoming unwell onboard,” the airline said in a statement to multiple outlets. “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority and we continue to work closely with local authorities.”
It’s unclear what happened to the passenger who complained of possible symptoms, or where the person traveled from.
The airport, as well as Public Health England, has so far declined to comment, according to local reports.
Meanwhile, British Member of Parliament Alex Sobel tweeted Friday that he would be tested for coronavirus after attending the UK Bus Summit with someone confirmed to have the infection — though he has not exhibited any symptoms himself.
“I attended the UK bus summit on the 6th Feb, where there was an attendee who has tested positive for coronavirus,” he wrote. “Whilst I have been informed that I am at very low risk, I have called 111 to be formally assessed.”
His engagements have been canceled until Thursday, he said.
(Natural News) For weeks there has been speculation that, because of growing evidence it has rapidly spread beyond the Chinese government’s ability to contain it, the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was actually part of a military weapons program.
Now, there appears to be some confirmation that the virus, while perhaps not a ‘weapon,’ per se, was indeed manufactured, and this revelation comes on the heels of a White House request to ask scientists to probe the origin of the disease.
AS ABC News reported earlier this month, the Trump administration directed U.S. scientists and medical researchers to find out more about where the virus actually came from as rumors spread over the Internet that it could be the result of some nefarious Chinese plan.
The network reported:
The director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, requested that scientific experts “rapidly” look into the origins of the virus in order to address both the current spread and “to inform future outbreak preparation and better understand animal/human and environmental transmission aspects of coronaviruses.”
While there are no indications the White House believed the reports of a weaponized virus, clearly there was enough concern among officials to find out if China — and, by default, the rest of the world — was dealing with something other than a hypersonic version of the ‘flu.’
Shortly thereafter, Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), a former Army infantry officer and combat veteran, also suggested that “maybe the coronavirus was manmade.”
According to a paper by a pair of Chinese scientists — who, according to Harvard To The Big House — have since deleted their online profiles, it appears as though the virus may indeed have been ‘manufactured.’
According to a pre-print of the research paper published by Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao titled, “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,” “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
A smoking gun conclusion if there ever was one.
Ground Zero for the outbreak near China’s only top-level virology lab
The report and its conclusions, according to Harvard To The Big House, “is the product of a collaboration between a retired professional scientist” with more than three decades’ worth of experience in genome sequencing and analysis, who also helped design “several…bioinformatic software tools,” as well as a former NSA counterterrorism analyst.
The researchers attempt to determine if the Wuhan coronavirus is simply the result of a naturally emergent mutation (from an animal to humans) “against the possibility that it may be a bioengineered strain meant for defensive immunotherapy protocols that was released into the public,” most probably by mistake or accident. That’s possible, the researchers note, because “China’s rate of occupational accidents is about ten-times higher than America’s, and some twenty-times more than Europe’s,” the only other regions on the planet where there are high-level virology laboratories.
Initially, it was reported that the current strain may have mutated to humans from bats, but as the researchers noted, the outbreak began in late December when most of the Wuhan region’s bat species are in hibernation.
Also, the Chinese horseshoe bat’s habitat is massive — covering a region filled with scores of cities and hundreds of millions of people. And yet, ground zero for the outbreak happened to be close to the only BSL-4 virology lab in China, which is located in Wuhan City, home to 11 million people.
Notably, the lab “was staffed with at least two Chinese scientists – Zhengli Shi and Xing-Yi Ge – both virologists who had previously worked at an American lab which already bio-engineered an incredibly virulent strain of bat coronavirus,” Harvard To The Big House noted.
In short, Wuhan coronavirus may not be a bioweapon but it certainly appears not to have simply occurred naturally.
Coronavirus cruise liner is hit by another 99 cases, bringing total to 454, as ship's owners admit passengers may have to stay on board after quarantine because they don't know what happens next
The dozens of new cases were confirmed today after latest batch of 504 tests
Of the 99 new patients, 70 had not shown any symptoms of the killer virus
Hundreds more passengers are still in the dark over how they will leave ship
By TIM STICKINGS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:07 EST, 17 February 2020 | UPDATED: 10:05 EST, 17 February 2020
Another 99 cases of coronavirus have today been confirmed on board the Diamond Princess, with hundreds of passengers still in the dark over when they will leave.
The dozens of new cases bring the total on board the ship to 454 just two days before the quarantine is due to end.
The latest cases were revealed today after another batch of 504 tests, with 70 of the 99 new patients not showing any symptoms of the virus.
The remaining hundreds of passengers were expecting to leave the ship when the two-week lockdown ends on Wednesday.
But the arrangements are still highly uncertain, meaning that passengers could have to stay on board beyond the end of the quarantine.
Princess Cruises say they are being 'led by Japanese authorities' and are waiting for foreign governments and embassies to say how they will retrieve their citizens.
The US has already evacuated more than 300 of its citizens with Australia, Canada and others also lining up rescue flights, but the UK is still considering its options despite growing frustration from British passengers.
Two buses arrive next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama yesterday where another 99 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today +7
Two buses arrive next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama yesterday where another 99 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed today
Passengers have been confined to their cabins in a two-week lockdown in Yokohama which is scheduled to end on Wednesday, February 19.
The ship was quarantined by Japanese authorities with 3,711 people on board after a Hong Kong passenger who left the ship last month tested positive for the virus.
A total of 1,723 of those people have now been tested, of whom 454 have been found to have the virus.
Head of Wuhan hospital HAS died of coronavirus, Chinese state TV says, after local officials revealed - and then denied - his death
Dr Liu Zhiming, 51, died on Tuesday morning after 'all-out rescue efforts failed'
Officials and state media confirmed his death today after confusion last night
There was similar confusion over death of whistleblower medic Li Wenliang
Liu's death today has sparked a fresh wave of anger on Chinese social media
His wife told reporters that her husband had been ill since late January
By TRACY YOU FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 11:56 EST, 17 February 2020 | UPDATED: 04:14 EST, 18 February 2020
Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital, died of the novel coronavirus today, according to Chinese media
The head of a Wuhan hospital at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak has died of the disease, health officials have confirmed.
Dr Liu Zhiming, 51, died this morning after 'all-out rescue efforts failed', according to state broadcaster CCTV - resolving a state of confusion last night after local officials reported his death before later denying it.
Post by schwartzie on Feb 18, 2020 15:24:28 GMT -5
Photos: China’s City Streets Empty as Workers Avoid Coronavirus
FRANCES MARTEL 18 Feb 2020
“The outbreak will be short-lived, and it will not affect China’s competitiveness,” the state-run Global Times newspaper proclaimed Tuesday. (I don't believe a word they say!)
While China insists its economic output remains strong, photos from its major economic hubs show millions-strong cities completely deserted, bringing the Chinese economy to a screeching halt.
At press time, China has documented 72,439 cases of the newly discovered coronavirus originating in Wuhan, a central Chinese city of 11 million people. Of those identified as confirmed patients, 1,870 have died within China, the overwhelming majority. While most of those cases have been confirmed in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province, doctors have confirmed growing numbers of cases in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, some of the most important urban centers to China’s economy.
The Wuhan coronavirus reportedly began spreading in Wuhan in mid-December; the Chinese Communist Party informed the public of the outbreak on January 20. Since then, the virus has spread to every province in the country and to places outside of communist rule like Hong Kong and Macau. To help contain the outbreak, Chinese officials have implemented strict lockdowns forcing many people to work from home. Those who cannot do so, like factory workers who need access to materials and machinery, have simply not been able to work.
In central Wuhan, the government has banned residents from leaving their homes. Former Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong – a loyalist to dictator Xi Jinping recently appointed head of the Communist Party in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located – implemented a ban from being out in public throughout Wuhan and several other cities in the province. According to the South China Morning Post, Ying imposed what he called the “strictest 24-hour lock-down management,” allowing individuals to leave their homes only in cases of emergency and to buy food and necessary supplies every three days. Any exit from a building requires government approval. Needless to say, commuting to work is not on the list of approved reasons to leave the house.