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    Novel Coronavirus now global public health emergency: WHO

    Any travel or trade restriction is not recommended, but global solidarity and cooperation in supporting each other, especially for low and middle income countries, said the global health agency.

    The World Health Organisation has declared the novel Coronavirus broken out of Wuhan in China “a global public health emergency” after its Emergency Committee reassessing the situation for the second time through yesterday afternoon( Geneva time) and learning about the growing human-to-human transmission cases outside China.

    The Committee agreed that the outbreak now meets the criteria for “a Public Health Emergency of International Concern” and proposed temporary recommendations to be issued for global community, countries, and China.

    “The number of cases in the rest of the world has so far remained relatively small. There are now new 98 cases in countries outside China, including 8 cases of human to human transmission in four countries. So far, we have not seen any deaths outside China, for which we must all be grateful.

    “Although these numbers are still relatively smaill compared to the number of cases in China, we must all act together now to limit further spread. We didn’t know what sort of damage the virus could do if spreading to the countries with the weaker health systems. We must act now to help countries prepare for that possibility.

    “For all of these resons I’m declaring the public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries.
    “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it. Let me be clear, the decision is not a vote of no confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have a confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak (repeated)”, declared WHO Director-General Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during the Live press conference after the meeting last night.

    The Committee also emphasized in the statement released after the meeting that the declaration of a PHEIC should be seen in the spirit of support and appreciation for China, its people, and the actions China has taken on the frontlines of this outbreak, with transparency, and it is to be hoped, with success.

    In line with the need for global solidarity, the Committee felt that a global coordinated effort is needed to enhance preparedness in other regions of the world that may need additional support for that.


    What is next?

    The declaration is seen to give more power to WHO to synergise global efforts to fight with the virus, but first and foremost the Committee did not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.

    According to WHO, Under Article 43 of the IHR, States Parties implementing additional health measures that significantly interfere with international traffic (refusal of entry or departure of international travellers, baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods, and the like, or their delay, for more than 24 hours) are obliged to send to WHO the public health rationale and justification within 48 hours of their implementation.

    WHO will review the justification and may request countries to reconsider their measures. WHO is required to share with other States Parties the information about measures and the justification received.

    Having declared that the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus constitutes a PHEIC, WHO Director General accepted the Committee’s advice and issued it as the set of temporary recommendations under the International Health Regulations, in addition.

    The multidisciplinary technical mission will be sent to China, including national and local experts, to review and support efforts to investigate “the animal source” of the outbreak, the clinical spectrum of the disease and its severity, the extent of human-to-human transmission in the community and in healthcare facilities, and efforts to control the outbreak, WHO said.

    For global community, the organisation recommends it to continue to demonstrate solidarity and cooperation in supporting each other on the identification of the source of this new virus, its full potential for human-to-human transmission, preparedness for potential importation of cases, and research for developing necessary treatment.

    It should provide support to low- and middle-income countries to enable their response to this event, as well as to facilitate access to diagnostics, potential vaccines and therapeutics, WHO said.

    As for countries, they should be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of the virus, and to share full data with WHO.
    Any detection of the virus in an animal should be reported to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as an emerging disease, WHO said.

    And for China, the global health agency recommends it to continue to implement a comprehensive risk communication strategy to regularly inform the population on the evolution of the outbreak, the prevention and protection measures for the population, and the response measures taken for its containment.

    It should also continue to collaborate with WHO and partners to conduct investigations to understand the epidemiology and the evolution of this outbreak and measures to contain it and share relevant data on human cases.

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    *Now* it should be moved to World News.

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    It has reached Brexit Britain.

    Two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus, the chief medical officer for England has confirmed.
    The Department of Health declined to say where in England the patients were from, however a source said they were being treated at a hospital in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear.

    In a statement, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, said: “We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus.

    Coronavirus: Two people in UK test positive for deadly virus | The Independent

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    Latest two cases: Two people staying in a hotel in Yorkshire. They have been moved to the isolation ward in Newcastle-upon-Tyne RVI.

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    Russia

    “The Rospobrebnadzor [Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being] services have identified two persons infected with coronavirus in Russia — in the Trans-Baikal Region and the Tyumen Region. They are under strict surveillance. They have been isolated, and necessary assistance has been provided to them. Both are Chinese citizens,” state-run news agency TASS quotes Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

    https://belsat.eu/en/news/two-infected-coronavirus-comes-to-russia/

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    Chinese suppliers in coronavirus zones may declare “force majeure” to legally terminate export supply chain deliveries and cause many global factories to begin running out of parts within three weeks, IHS Markit warned.
    With the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the potential pandemic spread of the 2019-nCoV form of coronavirus as a Global Health Emergency on Jan. 30, domestic companies can exercise “force majeure” (Act of God) provisions under Chinese law to escape financial liability for failing to deliver customer shipments on time. The WHO designation also eliminates delivery liability since December for failures due to China’s National State Council efforts to extend holidays, implement quarantines, and interrupting transports to slow the virus spread since late December.

    Wuhan is often called the “Detroit of China.” The city produces about two million passenger vehicles a year, and its factories export hundreds of millions of parts and sub-assemblies to hundreds of huge original equipment auto and commercial vehicle assembly plants across the globe.

    James Pinto, who managed ten large factories across Asia during China’s eight-month outbreak of SARS coronavirus in 2002-2003, told The Epoch Times that modern original equipment manufacturers (OEM) only hold a few days inventory of sub-assemblies and parts. OEM supply chain contracts require their Chinese vendors to hold two months of “
    safety stock” near foreign assembly lines and another three weeks of back stock at their domestic factory. Despite such preparations, SARS caused an estimated $40 billion of disruption losses.


    But Pinto warns this coronavirus outbreak was not recognized as so dangerous until after 400 million Chinese began traveling in early January for Chinese New Year. He suggests that it is common practice at Chinese factories to ship their three-week back stop inventory before plants begin to shut down around January 10. With Chinese factories closed and the three-week backstop inventory already shipped, safety stock is running down at assembly plants all over the world.


    Almost all OEM vehicle plants have disaster recovery plans with backup suppliers, but many of those backup plants are in different locations in China. If 2019-nCoV coronavirus is a pandemic, production and transportation will shrivel across the nation.

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    cautions that China’s National State Council powers in a WHO Global Health Emergency extend to setting the “rules and regulations governing corporate behavior.”


    Most Asian countries had already labeled the 2019-nCoV as a “level one” communicable disease, alongside bubonic plague and cholera. Several nations have blocked travel from Chinese cities with high coronavirus reports, such as Wuhan.


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    expects the WHO Emergency designation will add additional Chinese cities in areas along the Yangtze River, such as Chongqing municipality and neighboring Sichuan Province. China’s direct high-speed railway connections are expected to maximize the pandemic risks along the Beijing-Guangzhou railway, which links Beijing municipality, Guangdong, Henan, Hubei, and Hunan provinces.


    The economic impact of SARS was about a 1 percent reduction of China’s 2003 GDP, but that was during a period of double-digit economic growth. IHS Markit pre-coronavirus estimate for 2020 economic growth was only 5.8 percent.


    Mainland China’s impact on the world economy is also much larger now than during the SARS outbreak when it was the sixth largest economy in the world, and only accounted for 4.2 percent of world GDP. China’s economy is now the second largest in the world, which accounts for 16.3 percent of world GDP and 10.4 percent of the world’s goods imports versus 4.0 percent in 2002.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/coronavirus-to-begin-destroying-global-supply-chains-within-next-3-weeks_3222875.html

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    Thailand has its first case of human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus inside the country, a health official said on Friday, as authorities raised the total number of cases in the country to 19, the second-highest after China.

    The first patient to contract the virus inside Thailand is a Thai taxi driver, said Tanarak Pipat, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control.

    "(He) ...does not have the record of traveling to China, and it is likely that he was infected (by) a sick traveler from China," Tanarak said.

    Authorities have conducted virus scans on 13 people, including three family members, who the taxi driver came into contact with. They said that initially none of them had tested positive for the virus.

    "The overall risk of infection in Thailand is still low, but people should take precautions to protect themselves," Tanarak said.

    Thai health officials have urged the public to wear face masks, regularly wash hands and be vigilant in public, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

    The taxi driver is one of five other coronavirus cases confirmed in Thailand on Friday.

    Seven of the 19 cases have recovered and gone home while 12 are still being treated at hospitals. All but two of the cases are Chinese tourists visiting the country, the health authority said.

    Thailand is planning to send a 180-seat Thai AirAsia plane to pick up 161 Thai nationals stranded in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 200 people in China.

    "We have not yet received confirmation from China about when our plane can go to pick up stranded Thais, but it should be in a matter of days," Narumon Pinyosinwat, the government spokeswoman told Reuters.

    The vast majority of the almost 10,000 cases identified have been in China, mostly in and around the virus' epicentre of Wuhan, and health authorities worldwide are seeking to keep the infection from spreading.

    There have been at least nine cases of human-to-human transmission in five countries outside China: including the United States, Germany, Japan and now Thailand.

    The World Health Organization is looking closely at cases of person-to-person transmission outside of Wuhan, which would suggest that the virus may have the potential to spread further.

    https://www.news18.com/news/world/thailand-confirms-first-human-to-human-coronavirus-transmission-2481441.html

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    Novel Coronavirus now global public health emergency: WHO-24117012-7952287-a_man_wearing_a_face_mask_cycles_past_the_body_of_a_man_who_coll-33_158048368-jpg

    A man wearing a face mask cycles past the body of a man who collapsed and died on a pavement in Wuhan, a city of 11million people which is under quarantine

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Novel Coronavirus now global public health emergency: WHO-24117012-7952287-a_man_wearing_a_face_mask_cycles_past_the_body_of_a_man_who_coll-33_158048368-jpg

    A man wearing a face mask cycles past the body of a man who collapsed and died on a pavement in Wuhan, a city of 11million people which is under quarantine
    Hmm, I wonder if people that 'collapse and die' on the pavement do so as they would peacefully in bed with family around.

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    This bloke is a bigger chinky brown noser than HoHo.

    Cambodia’s Hun Sen Blasts Online Virus Misinformation – The Diplomat

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