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    Australia declares first confirmed case of coronavirus

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on Saturday in the state of Victoria, while the national government urged people not to travel to Hubei province in China, the epicentre of the outbreak.

    A Chinese national in his 50s, who had been in the city of Wuhan where the virus first appeared, is in a stable condition in a Melbourne hospital after arriving from China on Jan. 19 on a flight from Guangzhou, Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told journalists.


    “It is important to stress that there is no cause for alarm to the community,” Mikakos said.


    Victoria’s acting Chief Health Officer Angie Bone said the patient is not in intensive care.


    “He is stable and not in a very serious condition,” she said.

    The death toll from the virus rose to 41 on Saturday, with more than 1,300 infected globally, but most of the cases and all of the deaths so far have been in Wuhan, where officials have imposed severe restrictions on travel and public gatherings.





    The virus has created alarm, but there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as just how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can lead to pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases.

    Australians were urged on Saturday not to travel to the Hubei province in China, with the government issuing its most severe travel advisory.





    “Strict travel restrictions have been imposed in Wuhan and a number of other cities in Hubei province,” Australia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. “If you travel to Hubei province at this time you may not be allowed to depart until travel restrictions are lifted.”


    Australia is a popular destination for Chinese. It saw about 1.4 million short-term arrivals from China last year – the largest source of foreign visitors to the country.

    Australia declares first confirmed case of coronavirus - Reuters

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    Coronavirus outbreak: 444 new cases added on Friday

    The Chinese mainland has confirmed 1, 287 cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia and 41 deaths, according to the National Health Commission.


    It confirmed 444 new infections and 16 new fatalities in the Chinese mainland on Friday, as the contagious illness continues to spread across the country, so far affecting 30 provincial-level regions.


    Thirty-eight infected patients have been cured of the illness and discharged from hospitals, and a total of 1,965 suspected cases have been reported.


    Hong Kong has reported five cases, while Macao has reported two and Taiwan has reported three.


    Overseas, Thailand has confirmed four cases, and Singapore has confirmed three. Japan, South Korea, the United States and Vietnam have each reported two, while Nepal has confirmed one, according to the commission. France has reported three. Australia reported its first confirmed case, according to Bloomberg.


    Two infected patients in Thailand and one patient in Japan have been cured of the illness, it added.


    In Central China's Hubei province, where the provincial capital, Wuhan, has been the epicenter of the outbreak, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has risen to 729 with 39 deaths as of Friday midnight, according to local health authority.


    The Health Commission of Hubei Province confirmed 180 new infections and 15 new fatalities on Friday.


    It has also traced 5,682 people who had close contact with the infected, and medical quarantine put on 971 of them has been discontinued.


    After Wuhan was put under lockdown since 10 am on Wednesday, 13 other cities in Hubei have started placing restrictions on movement and shutting down public transportation.


    Nationwide, local authorities also have implemented a number of measures and restrictions on public gatherings to curb the spread of the disease.









    Coronavirus outbreak: 444 new cases added on Friday - Chinadaily.com.cn

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    444
    Th worst number for Chinese

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    3x people reported in France

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    A patient in Chicago became the second confirmed case of 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday.

    Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call that the agency was monitoring 63 other potential cases in 22 different states.


    “CDC believes the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time, but the situation is evolving rapidly,” Messonnier said.


    The new patient is a woman in her 60s who had traveled to Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the deadly virus, which has killed at least 26 people and infected more than 900 globally—in late December. The woman flew back to Chicago on Jan. 13 and, after exhibiting symptoms, contacted her doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post

    Thirty-eight infected patients have been cured of the illness



    Two infected patients in Thailand and one patient in Japan have been cured of the illness, it added.
    Strongly doubt anyone is getting "cured", they are simply recovered from the infection.

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    A bit of perspective....

    Influenza has already sickened at least 13 million Americans this winter, hospitalizing 120,000 and killing 6,600, according to the CDC. And flu season hasn’t even peaked. In a bad year, the flu kills up to 61,000 Americans.
    Worldwide, the flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills up to 650,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization.
    Coronavirus vs. flu: Influenza deadlier than Wuhan, China, disease

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    Whoever gave/sold the, Medical Research Institute(MRI) at Wuhan University it's research samples, may have some questions to answer.

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    It's obviously massively more widespread than the figures given, I'd guess 10x more (at least). I remember being in China during SARS before it was known SARS was there (well, it was known by the Chinese, but they hadn't informed anybody at that time...) and full chemical suited doctors and army personnel carrying automatic weapons came onto the train (Beijing to UB) and tested everyone... I took some pictures (analog), but they're back in the UK.

    My uni has a lot of Chinese students, they all popped home for the break, but most are back now or coming back soon. I checked my admissions and saw a score or so of Chinese names on there; I wonder if the university will do any checks? Probably not...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Harry is right, we do tend to look at these things in a disproportionate way but the the fact that its not just the weak, old or immune deficient that are dying is a concern.

    I think its beyond containment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post

    I think its beyond containment.
    Yes, that's clear. The WHO need to declare it a pandemic then they can put all their multinational resources behind the effort in a coordinated manner.

    Not very impressive by the WHO so far, politics rather than action:

    404)

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    2 cases found in France, possibly 3, with over 10 people exposed to the virus carriers

    this is starting to sound more and more like a bad Hollywood movie,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Yes, that's clear. The WHO need to declare it a pandemic then they can put all their multinational resources behind the effort in a coordinated manner.

    Not very impressive by the WHO so far, politics rather than action 404)
    According to the definition of a pandemic, it already is. The BBC are saying the UK are trying to trace 2,000 chinese visitors so good luck with that. I think its just going to run its course, sadly.

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    Why Wuhan?

    Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens


    David Cyranoski
    22 February 2017

    "A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.

    Some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations. But Chinese microbiologists are celebrating their entrance to the elite cadre empowered to wrestle with the world’s greatest biological threats.


    “It will offer more opportunities for Chinese researchers, and our contribution on the BSL‑4-level pathogens will benefit the world,” says George Gao, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing. There are already two BSL-4 labs in Taiwan, but the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, would be the first on the Chinese mainland.


    The lab was certified as meeting the standards and criteria of BSL-4 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in January. The CNAS examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment and management, says a CNAS representative, paving the way for the Ministry of Health to give its approval. A representative from the ministry says it will move slowly and cautiously; if the assessment goes smoothly, it could approve the laboratory by the end of June.


    BSL-4 is the highest level of biocontainment: its criteria include filtering air and treating water and waste before they leave the laboratory, and stipulating that researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities. Such labs are often controversial. The first BSL-4 lab in Japan was built in 1981, but operated with lower-risk pathogens until 2015, when safety concerns were finally overcome.


    The expansion of BSL-4-lab networks in the United States and Europe over the past 15 years — with more than a dozen now in operation or under construction in each region — also met with resistance, including questions about the need for so many facilities.

    The Wuhan lab cost 300 million yuan (US$44 million), and to allay safety concerns it was built far above the flood plain and with the capacity to withstand a magnitude-7 earthquake, although the area has no history of strong earthquakes. It will focus on the control of emerging diseases, store purified viruses and act as a World Health Organization ‘reference laboratory’ linked to similar labs around the world. “It will be a key node in the global biosafety-lab network,” says lab director Yuan Zhiming.

    The Chinese Academy of Sciences approved the construction of a BSL-4 laboratory in 2003, and the epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) around the same time lent the project momentum. The lab was designed and constructed with French assistance as part of a 2004 cooperative agreement on the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases. But the complexity of the project, China’s lack of experience, difficulty in maintaining funding and long government approval procedures meant that construction wasn’t finished until the end of 2014.


    The lab’s first project will be to study the BSL-3 pathogen that causes Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever: a deadly tick-borne virus that affects livestock across the world, including in northwest China, and that can jump to people.

    Future plans include studying the pathogen that causes SARS, which also doesn’t require a BSL-4 lab, before moving on to Ebola and the West African Lassa virus, which do. Some one million Chinese people work in Africa; the country needs to be ready for any eventuality, says Yuan. “Viruses don’t know borders.”

    Gao travelled to Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak, allowing his team to report the speed with which the virus mutated into new strains1. The Wuhan lab will give his group a chance to study how such viruses cause disease, and to develop treatments based on antibodies and small molecules, he says.

    The opportunities for international collaboration, meanwhile, will aid the genetic analysis and epidemiology of emergent diseases. “The world is facing more new emerging viruses, and we need more contribution from China,” says Gao. In particular, the emergence of zoonotic viruses — those that jump to humans from animals, such as SARS or Ebola — is a concern, says Bruno Lina, director of the VirPath virology lab in Lyon, France.


    Many staff from the Wuhan lab have been training at a BSL-4 lab in Lyon, which some scientists find reassuring. And the facility has already carried out a test-run using a low-risk virus.


    But worries surround the Chinese lab, too. The SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times, notes Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting in Damascus, Maryland, says that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and he questions how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy. “Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says.

    Yuan says that he has worked to address this issue with staff. “We tell them the most important thing is that they report what they have or haven’t done,” he says. And the lab’s inter[at]national collaborations will increase openness.

    “Transparency is the basis of the lab,” he adds.


    The plan to expand into a network heightens such concerns. One BSL-4 lab in Harbin is already awaiting accreditation; the next two are expected to be in Beijing and Kunming, the latter focused on using monkey models to study disease.


    Lina says that China’s size justifies this scale, and that the opportunity to combine BSL-4 research with an abundance of research monkeys — Chinese researchers face less red tape than those in the West when it comes to research on primates — could be powerful. “If you want to test vaccines or antivirals, you need a non-human primate model,” says Lina.


    But Ebright is not convinced of the need for more than one BSL-4 lab in mainland China. He suspects that the expansion there is a reaction to the networks in the United States and Europe, which he says are also unwarranted. He adds that governments will assume that such excess capacity is for the potential development of bioweapons.


    “These facilities are inherently dual use,” he says. The prospect of ramping up opportunities to inject monkeys with pathogens also worries, rather than excites, him: “They can run, they can scratch, they can bite.”


    Trevan says China’s investment in a BSL-4 lab may, above all, be a way to prove to the world that the nation is competitive.

    “It is a big status symbol in biology,” he says, “whether it’s a need or not.”


    Nature 542, 999–400 (
    23 February 2017)

    Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world's most dangerous pathogens : Nature News & Comment
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    The up side to this is punters will not have to worry about climate change because all humans will die off thanks to the little yellow filth spreading their shit and the Earth will regenerate into greatness.

    Always an up side aint there.

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    Chinese authorities announce first CURED coronavirus patient discharged from hospital in Shanghai
    24 Jan, 2020

    The Shanghai Municipal Health Commission has confirmed that a patient infected with the deadly coronavirus has, for the first time since the outbreak, been cured and discharged from hospital.

    After six days, the patient, a 56-year-old woman identified only as Chen, showed a significant improvement in her respiratory symptoms. Two independent blood tests for the coronavirus came back negative, as did pulmonary CT scans, according to the state-owned Beijing Daily newspaper.

    The patient was then released from quarantine following a further examination by experts deployed to tackle the disease.

    Chen reportedly lived in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, for many years. She developed fever and fatigue on January 10 and was hospitalized in Shanghai on January 12.

    A staggering 23 million people have been quarantined as Chinese authorities attempt to contain the outbreak which so far has claimed the lives of some 26 people and infected a further 800, at least.

    Local authorities in Wuhan are attempting to build a specialized treatment facility in the next 10 days to house all coronavirus patients under one roof, to further limit the spread of the virus. The China Development Bank has granted the city a two billion yuan ($290 million) emergency loan to help fight the outbreak.

    Chinese authorities announce first CURED coronavirus patient discharged from hospital in Shanghai — RT World News

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    its beyond containment.
    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    its just going to run its course, sadly.
    wow.

    do enlighten us with more of this keen insight based on your extensive experience working with infectious diseases, dr cuck.


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    1 backhoe for every 10 m2:

    Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days to treat coronavirus patients as its health system gets overwhelmed





    The Chinese city of Wuhan is rushing to build a new hospital in just six days to treat patients of the deadly coronavirus.

    Excavation has started at a site in Wuhan, where the outbreak started, and where doctors describe an overwhelmed medical system.

    The city, and at least nine others, have had their public-transport links shut off, leaving a combined 30 million people quarantined in a bid to stop the virus from spreading further.

    Wuhan's strategy mirrors Beijing's efforts to control the deadly SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2003, when it built a hospital in just seven days that treated one-seventh of the country's patients.

    Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days to treat coronavirus patients as its health system gets overwhelmed, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore

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    Coronavirus Count: Beijing's Latest Contamination Figures, News, and Advice

    Last updated: Saturday Jan 25, 4.22pm]

    Throughout the CNY holiday, we will be updating this post several times daily in to give you the most up-to-date information on:the number of coronavirus cases in Beijing and China and what Beijing-centric news we find.

    The source of the infection numbers is the Chinese-language WeChat account Dr. Lilac (丁香医生), a professional medical consultation platform, which in turn is getting the data from official reports from national media as well as the local municipal bureau of health. Dr Lilac's list does not cover reports of cases and suspected cases overseas.

    For up-to-date information on how you can best protect yourself against the virus, we recommend you read this page from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

    Total reported coronavirus cases in China (as of 4.20pm Sat Jan 25)
    1,355 confirmed
    1,983 suspected
    38 recovered
    41 deaths

    Coronavirus Count: Beijing's Latest Contamination Figures, News, and Advice | the Beijinger

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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    wow. do enlighten us with more of this keen insight based on your extensive experience working with infectious diseases, dr cuck.
    Here it is. Don't worry, its not jumped species yet so doggies are OK but sick puppies like you could put that at risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tim Trevan, founder of CHROME Biosafety and Biosecurity Consulting in Damascus, Maryland, says that an open culture is important to keeping BSL-4 labs safe, and he questions how easy this will be in China, where society emphasizes hierarchy. “Diversity of viewpoint, flat structures where everyone feels free to speak up and openness of information are important,” he says.
    Let's here it for OhOh for posting American Propoganda !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Wuhan, China, is scrambling to build a hospital in just 6 days
    Utter tripe and bullshit, it's a containment area for the sick, hardly a hospital

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Yes, that's clear. The WHO need to declare it a pandemic then they can put all their multinational resources behind the effort in a coordinated manner.

    Not very impressive by the WHO so far, politics rather than action:
    Sounds like the chinkies have been pressuring them from all angles to avoid the "embarrassment" of being the source of a global emergency.

    Which is simply fucking stupid. Everyone thinks they are arseholes for eating bats anyway, but killing people is not going to help their reputation.

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    Cases reported in North America and Europe.

    Spreading quickly.

    Nature's way of thinning out the herd.

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    There was a scare here that it had spread over the border
    https://news.mn/en/790582/
    Thankfully it turned out just to be the usual lurgy

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