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    Two citizen journalists, lawyer Chen Quisil(sp?) and businessman Fang Bin, have disappeared. They uploaded many vids of the real situation in Wuhan the past weeks. Weibo & wechat are censored / monitored by the gov't.





    If interested in their uploaded vids, check out the channel of Koreana Jones on YT. He translated vids from Chinese to English.

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    I'm sure we can believe the official reports of the Communist Party
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    Upto until the 70's Australians referred to themselves as Pom's.
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    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    Coronavirus inflicts growing toll on China's health workers

    BEIJING (Reuters) - A new coronavirus has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday, as authorities reported more than 5,000 new cases, including more than 120 deaths.

    Policymakers pledged to do more to stimulate economies hit by the virus, helping Asian stock markets edge higher, with Chinese shares headed for their first weekly gain in four.


    China’s National Health Commission said it had recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new coronavirus cases on the mainland on Thursday, taking the total number of infected to 63,851.


    Some 55,748 people are being treated, while 1,380 people have died of the virus that emerged in December in Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei, in December.


    The latest toll takes account of some deaths that had been double counted in Hubei, the commission said.
    The Chinese health commission vice minister, Zeng Yixin, said 1,716 health workers had been infected and six had died as of Tuesday, with the number of infected staff rising.

    MORE Coronavirus inflicts growing toll on China's health workers - Reuters

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    ^ do feel for them. About two weeks ago there were pictures of the medical staff laid like sardines catching some sleep on the floor, God knows how tired they are now.

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    Vietnam Quarantines Entire Commune of 10,000 on Coronavirus Fears

    Authorities in Vietnam have closed off a community of more than 10,000 people near the capital, Hanoi, for the next 20 days on fears that coronavirus (COVID-19) could spread there.


    Son Loi commune, in Vinh Phuc province’s Binh Xuyen district, is the site of the first mass coronavirus quarantine outside of China.


    A local official told Reuters Thursday that the residents of the commune would not be allowed to leave until March 3.

    The official said that people would be allowed to enter the commune to return home, but that Son Loi would be completely sealed off in the next few days.


    The province is home to 11 of Vietnam’s confirmed COVID-9 cases, including the country’s 16th case, which was reported Thursday by the Health Ministry.


    State media said six of Son Loi’s eight confirmed cases caught the virus via human-to-human contact inside the commune and that 373 people were under close watch.


    Last month eight Vietnamese workers returned to Vinh Phuc province from the global epicenter of COVID-19, Wuhan, China. Six of the repatriated workers later tested positive for the virus.


    The 16th case is a 50-year-old man who contracted it from his daughter, who was among the group of workers.


    Vietnam’s Ministry of Health sent two teams to Vinh Phuc province Thursday to assist with treatment of the infected and to prevent the disease’s spread.



    COVID-19 kills jobs


    Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor released a report that more than 9,000 laborers have lost their jobs as businesses have either closed down or streamlined their operations due to fears over coronavirus.


    The ministry reported that a total of 322 out of more than 180,000 businesses in 22 provinces and province-level cities have temporarily shut down, while 553 are operating at a reduced capacity. 25 of 5,000 cooperatives have also shut down.


    The report also said that some 15,000 Chinese nationals were working in Vietnam, with more than 7,300 remaining in the country during Tet (Lunar New Year). But more than 7,600 traveled to China and have been reentering Vietnam since.

    About 5,100 Chinese workers in 44 provinces and province-level cities have been quarantined in their places of work, dormitories, and hotels and those suspected to be infected with the virus are being closely observed by local clinics.a
    The ministry also said that Vietnam is facing difficulty in identifying the places of origin of those who are applying for work permits.


    COVID-19 decimates Myanmar-China trade

    Myanmar, which also shares a long land border with China, is losing nearly U.S. $20 million per day in trade with its neighbor as fears over the virus have all but shut down bilateral trade between the two countries, an economic official said.

    Deputy Minister Aung Htoo of Myanmar’s Economic and Trade Ministry told RFA’s Myanmar Service that because of the virus, daily trade revenue was down to less than 5 percent of normal.

    “Before there was any coronavirus in China, the daily trade value we were seeing was between $15 million and $20 million. But we recorded only $500,000 over the last couple of days,” he said.

    “We are looking for ways to find alternate markets by consulting with foreign countries’ economic counselors, but this issue is hitting the entire global market,” said the deputy minister.

    He added that Chinese authorities could reopen some of the closed border gates as early as Feb. 27, and that in the meantime Myanmar was looking to sell reserves of watermelons and muskmelons in either Laos or Singapore.

    Aung Thet Oo, the vice chairman of the fruit market in Muse told RFA, “Our trade with China has fallen by 70%. We can only export 30% of our fruit so farmers and traders are really losing business.”

    Under normal circumstances more than 50% of Myanmar’s farm production is exported to China.

    Meanwhile, across the river from Muse in the Chinese border town of Ruili, a 49-year-old Chinese man named Hong Chang Yan turned himself in at a police station on Feb 7. Hong was one of five people wanted by Chinese authorities for illegally fleeing Wuhan, which is under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Chinese police reached out to Myanmar’s police for assistance. The police in Myanmar are still searching for three other men, who are all believed to have recently visited Muse. Hong was the second of the group of five to be apprehended. A woman had been found in Pangsan in northeast Myanmar prior to Hong’s surrender.


    A local police chief in Myanmar said they have been searching areas requested by the Chinese government, but as the three are believed to have entered Myanmar illegally, it is possible that they may no longer be in the country.


    Myanmar has not reported a single confirmed coronavirus case so far.



    Cambodia welcomes cruise ship


    Cambodia’s Ministry of Health said the MS Westerdam, which was denied entry at five Asian ports prior to docking in Sihanoukville Thursday, is coronavirus-free.


    Twenty tourists on board were found in ill health but officials were able to confirm their virus-free status after their blood samples were sent to the Pasteur Institute in Phenom Penh.


    According to the BBC, the 1,455 passengers will begin to disembark Friday morning.


    Preah Sihanouk’s provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun said that authorities will transport them by bus to the airport in provincial capital Kang Keng, to catch flights to the international airport in Phnom Penh so they can return home from there.


    After the ship docked, ambassadors from the United States, France, Canada and Australia, as well as other countries visited the Westerdam.


    U.S. Ambassador Patrick Murphy posted a video message on Twitter to thank the Cambodian government for allowing the ship to dock.


    WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted that Cambodia “exemplifies the international solidarity we have consistently been calling for.” He thanked the government, saying it was “time for solidarity, not stigma.”


    Prior to docking in Sihanoukville, the Westerdam had been denied entry by Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, and Japan.
    Another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, is docked in Yokohama, Japan, where health officials confirmed that 218 passengers have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Vietnam Quarantines Entire Commune of 10,000 on Coronavirus Fears

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    CDC director: Novel coronavirus 'is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year'

    (CNN)As an outbreak of a novel coronavirus has swept through Hubei province, China, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been preparing for its worst case scenario -- a widespread outbreak of illnesses in the United States.



    "Right now we're in an aggressive containment mode," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview on Thursday.



    "We don't know a lot about this virus," he said. "This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission."

    MORE Novel coronavirus 'is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year,' CDC director says - CNN

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    First Thai medic infected with COVID-19

    A Thai medic, who did not wear a face mask or protective gown while treating COVID-19 patients, has contracted the disease, said Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, today.


    The new patient, the first medical professional to be infected while performing their duty, brings the number of Thailand’s confirmed COVID-19 cases to 34.


    Dr. Suwanchai said that 24 colleagues of the new patient have been placed under close observation, although none of them have fallen sick and tests, so far, have shown negative for the virus, adding that the new patient, whose identity is being kept confidential, lives alone and has not been in close contact with any family members.


    He reminded all medical personnel to adhere strictly to safety standards while treating patients and those in high-risk groups. A tele-conference will be held next Wednesday with all doctors and nurses at the Disease Control Department to discuss preventive measures for medical personnel.


    Of all the 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 14 of them have already returned home and the rest are still in hospital, with two severe cases at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute.


    One of the two severe cases is in critical condition and needs a respirator to help with breathing. The second has tuberculosis, said Dr Suwanchai, adding that both are stable.

    First Thai medic infected with COVID-19 – Thai PBS World

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    Funeral Homes in China's Wuhan 'Working 24/7 to Cremate Bodies'

    Funeral homes in central China are working round the clock to cremate bodies during the coronavirus epidemic, while advertising to recruit manual workers to collect dead bodies from people's homes by night, RFA has learned.

    The Wuchang Funeral Home in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, recently advertised for 20 new members of staff to man a four-hour night shift collecting bodies from their homes.

    An advertisement seen by RFA offered 4,000 yuan (U.S.$572) for four hours' work. The average monthly salary for city-dwellers in China is around 8,452 yuan (U.S.$1,228.38).

    The ad calls for applicants aged 16-50 years old, regardless of gender, with "bold and strong" personalities who have no fear of ghosts.

    Shifts will run from 4.00 p.m. to 4.00 a.m. daily, with the option of earning up to 8,000 yuan a night.

    The advertisement emerged as the number of deaths of patients confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus rose to 1,318 in Hubei, out of a total of 1,384 worldwide.

    More than 1,700 Chinese medical workers have now been infected by COVID-19, and six of them have died, Zeng Yixin, vice director of the National Health Commission, told a news conference on Friday.

    Higher numbers suspected

    But there are indications that the true number of deaths in a city under quarantine may be far higher than the reported numbers indicate.

    Social media users said there are 84 incinerators located at seven funeral homes across Wuhan, with a capacity to perform 2,016 cremations in any 24-hour period.

    All of those funeral homes have been working around the clock in recent weeks, with dead bodies lying in rows waiting for cremation, social media reports said.

    Wuhan voluntary worker Zhong Qiang, who recently carried out an unofficial survey of funeral homes and crematoria in Wuhan, said what he saw backed up the claims of 24-7 cremation in the city.

    "There is a fairly small funeral home in Wuhan that is able to cremate more than 100 dead bodies a day," Zhong said. "They have been doing so since mid-January, and it's been going on for more than 20 days."

    "That's several thousand bodies per funeral home, right?" he asked.

    He said the funeral facilities in the city are struggling to cope with the sheer volume of cremations needed.

    "There are seven or eight funeral homes, and even they aren't enough to keep up with demand," Zhong said. "Some are using volunteer workers from other provinces to keep working around the clock."

    He said a small crematorium typically has around 11 furnaces that can cremate 120 bodies a day, while the larger facilities have double that number."

    "You do the math," Zhong said, adding that his visits to these facilities had led him to doubt that the official figures were even close to giving a true picture of the impact of COVID-19.

    "I'm convinced that there are more than 500,000 infections [in Wuhan alone]," Zhong said.

    Authorities slow to act

    Hubei environmental activist Huang Yi said local government officials had been too slow to act at the start of the epidemic.

    "They were too late to the game, because they were trying to protect their careers and pass the buck," Huang said. "

    "In the case of the Baibuting Park [Lunar New Year] 10,000 Families Feast, the lower-ranking officials were saying it would be best to call it off, but the higher-ranking ones thought that only a few hundred people would be saved from infection."

    "Quite a few of those people are no longer with us: even the two photographers died," he said. "That's why bureaucracy and the [current] climate of political correctness [under President Xi Jinping] is harming people."

    Funeral Homes in China's Wuhan 'Working 24/7 to Cremate Bodies'

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    If the numbers above are righth, 1000 dollars per night is good money. I'm sending the wife, she's a good worker.
    How do I post these pictures???

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    ^ Is she afraid of ghosts?

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    They should dissolve them in acid just as a precaution.

    Looks like France is the first country outside Asia to get a point on the scoreboard.

    Coronavirus: First death confirmed in Europe - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Is she afraid of ghosts?
    Yes, but her sense of earning money is more powerful...
    How do I post these pictures???

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Two citizen journalists, lawyer Chen Quisil(sp?) and businessman Fang Bin, have disappeared. They uploaded many vids of the real situation in Wuhan the past weeks. Weibo & wechat are censored / monitored by the gov't.
    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post




    If interested in their uploaded vids, check out the channel of Koreana Jones on YT. He translated vids from Chinese to English.




    They are citizen journalists, wanting to provide the "truth" of what is happening in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
    They posted videos online, shared pictures and dramatic stories from inside the quarantined city that has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country.
    Now, they are nowhere to be found.
    Fang Bin and Chen Qiushi were both determined to share what they could about the crisis, reporting from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, and sending what they found out into the world.
    As a result, they racked up thousands of views on their videos. But their channels have now gone quiet, and those who followed them online fear they may have disappeared for good.
    What do we know about Fang Bin?

    Wuhan businessman Fang Bin began posting videos about the outbreak to "report on the actual situation here", promising to "do his best" in the reporting.
    He uploaded his first video on 25 January to YouTube, which is banned in China but accessible through virtual private networks (VPN).
    Image copyrightYOUTUBEImage captionFang Bin demanded "hand the power of the government back to the people"His first few videos - mostly featuring him driving around the city and showing the situation in different places - managed slightly more than 1,000 views.
    Then on 1 February he filmed a video which got people to sit up and take notice. The clip, which has been viewed almost 200,000 times, appears to show eight corpses piled in a minibus outside a hospital in Wuhan.


    Fang alleges that police barged into his home on that same night and interrogated him about his videos. He was taken away, warned, but eventually released.
    But on 9 February, he posted a 13-second video with the words "all people revolt - hand the power of the government back to the people".
    After that, the account went silent.
    What do we know about Chen Qiushi?

    Chen, a former human rights lawyer turned video journalist, was already relatively well known in the activist space. He built his reputation through his coverage of the Hong Kong protests last August.
    That coverage, he later alleged, led to him being harassed and ultimately muzzled by Chinese authorities following his return to the mainland. His Chinese social media accounts, which reportedly had a following of more than 700,000, were deleted.
    But he could not be kept quiet.
    In October, he created a YouTube account which now has some 400,000 subscribers. He also has over 265,000 followers on Twitter.
    Image copyrightYOUTUBEImage captionChen Qiushi's Chinese social media accounts have been deletedIn late January he decided to travel to Wuhan to report on the worsening situation.
    "I will use my camera to document what is really happening. I promise I won't… cover up the truth," he said in his first YouTube video.
    He visited different hospitals in Wuhan, looking at the conditions and speaking to patients.
    Chen knew that this was putting him at risk. He told the BBC's John Sudworth earlier this month that he was unsure how long he would be able to continue.
    "The censorship is very strict and people's accounts are being closed down if they share my content," he said.


    Then, on 7 February, a video was shared on his Twitter account - which is currently managed by a friend - featuring his mother, who said he had gone missing the day before.
    His friend Xu Xiaodong later alleged in a YouTube video that he had been forcibly quarantined.
    What have authorities said?

    Chinese authorities have remained tight-lipped on the issue. There has been no official statement detailing where Fang Bin or Chen Qiushi are, or when they are likely to emerge if they have been put into quarantine.
    Patrick Poon, a researcher at Amnesty International, said it was still unclear whether Chen or Fang "were taken away by police or placed under 'forced quarantine'".








    Media captionFootage appearing to show people held in quarantine in a makeshift facility in Wuhan, has been shared across social mediaHowever, he added that authorities should "at least" ensure family members were contacted.
    "Chinese authorities should inform their families and give them access to a lawyer of their choice. Otherwise, it's a legitimate concern that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment," Mr Poon told the BBC.
    Why might they have disappeared?

    Beijing is known for clamping down on activists who speak out. It has also been keen to show it is getting the outbreak under control.
    It is perhaps not surprising that, according to one Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher, the authorities are currently "equally, if not more, concerned with silencing criticism as with containing the spread of the virus".
    One doctor, Li Wenliang, was warned not to spread "false comments" after raising the alarm about the virus earlier in December. He eventually caught the virus and died.
    His death triggered an unprecedented wave of anger, sparking an online uprising. Chinese authorities were stunned, and reacted by attempting to censor every critical comment about Dr Li's death.
    Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionDespite the rising death toll, many patients are recovering"The authoritarian Chinese government has a history of harassing and detaining citizens for speaking the truth or for criticizing the authorities during public emergencies, for example, during Sars in 2003, Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, Wenzhou train crash in 2011 and Tianjin chemical explosion in 2015," HRW's Yaqiu Wang told the BBC.
    However, she says China needs to "learn from experience and understand that freedom of information, transparency and the respect for human rights facilitate disease control, not hinder it".
    "Authorities are doing themselves a disservice by [allegedly] disappearing Fang and Chen," she added.
    On Chinese news site Weibo, there are only a handful of comments mentioning Chen and Fang - and it seems only a matter of time before they are scrubbed away by China's ever vigilant censors.
    "[They] re-write history," said one comment. "Slowly it will be like [there never was] someone called Chen Qiushi."

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    ^ Isn’t that advisory is for the southern insurgency, not coronavirus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    ^ Isn’t that advisory is for the southern insurgency, not coronavirus?
    Seems to be
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    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    The true cause of how the coronavirus spread has been revealed by Chinese scientists who have broken cover and said the oubreak started in a science laboratory in Wuhan yards away from a wet market.
    They have sensationally spoke out and said the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan was due to the scientists researching bat diseases and could be responsible.
    A scientist told how a sick bat attacked the researchers and bled on them and urinated on another, they were then forced to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

    Biologists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao published a pre-print entitled “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.”
    The report describes how “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
    “We noted two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, one of which was only 280 metres from the seafood market.
    “We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory.
    “Our proposal provided an alternative origin of the coronavirus in addition to natural recombination and intermediate host.”
    The report clearly contests the Chinese authorities’ official findings that the virus jumped from bats to humans at the Wuhan wet market.
    The scientists say, “The probability was very low for the bats to fly to the market.
    “According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, the bat was never a food source in the city, and no bat was traded in the market.
    “There was possible natural recombination or intermediate host of the coronavirus, yet little proof has been reported.”
    These scientific laboratories are just 280 metres from the wet market.
    The report further claims “In one of their studies, 155 bats including Rhinolophus affinis were captured in Hubei province, and another 450 bats were captured in Zhejiang province.
    The scientist studying the collection of bats at the laboratory said how he was once “attacked by bats and the blood of a bat shot onto his skin.”
    The scientists in Wuhan said, “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.
    “Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high risk bio-hazardous laboratories.
    “Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city centres and other densely populated places.”
    The Horseshoe bats are a natural reservoir for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and caused the 2002 and 2003 Sars -Cov pandemic, the laboratory reported.

    Chinese scientists reveal true cause of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan | London Business News | Londonlovesbusiness.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Isnít that advisory is for the southern insurgency, not coronavirus?
    he is a fuckin dick


    Got this from my daughter's school now...


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    Oi he's got a lot on his mind what with the Citeh situation. Chitty, don't listen. Make sure you get that wigwam stocked for the long night.

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    Elton John staggers off stage with pneumonia in UnZud....



    Could be the first high profile casualty?

    Emotional Elton John halts New Zealand gig after pneumonia diagnosis - BBC News

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    Nah, he just dizzy coz he's upside down coba.

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    Rhinolophus affinis! Sounds like more than a mouthfull.

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    I think people lose perspective in coming to terms with their perception of the Chinese state and its alleged two-path socio-economic-political development that blinds them to the reality.

    Irrespective of the loosening of economic constraints, China remains a totalitarian communist state in which everything is controlled centrally by the self appointed executive without any regard for the rights of the individual whose political status is universally subordinate to the state controlled authority.

    It therefore follows that no matter what may be developed, by whom and under what initiative or function, it will always be state-controlled.

    To ascribe a "militarisation" to any given function is therefore meaningless when one accepts that China is nothing more than a dictatorship with no rule of law other than that enforced by the force of arms.

    In truth, a fucking creche is no more than a military kindergarten.

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    PHNOM PENH (NYTIMES) - The cruise ship had been shunned at port after port for fear it might carry the coronavirus, but when the Westerdam arrived in Cambodia on Thursday (Feb 13), the prime minister greeted its passengers with flowers.
    Amid assurances that the ship was disease-free, hundreds of elated passengers disembarked. Some went sightseeing, visiting beaches and restaurants and getting massages. Others travelled on to destinations around the world.
    One, however, did not make it much farther than the thermal scanners at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia. The passenger, an American, was stopped on Saturday, and later tested positive for the coronavirus.
    On Sunday, with passengers already headed for destinations on at least three continents, health officials were scrambling to determine how a big a problem they now have - and how to stop it from getting bigger.
    "We anticipated glitches, but I have to tell you I didn't anticipate one of this magnitude," said Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.
    With more than 1,000 passengers from the Westerdam headed for home, Schaffner said, it may be harder than ever to keep the coronavirus outbreak contained to China.


    "This could be a turning point," he said.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/coronavirus-infection-found-after-cruise-ship-passengers-disperse

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