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What’s The Update On The Coronavirus?

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What’s The Update On The Coronavirus?

What’s The Update On The Coronavirus?
February 11
18:57 2020

As of Monday, the pneumonia-like Wuhan coronavirus has claimed more victims than the SARS outbreak — which raged between November 2002 and July 2003, leaving 774 dead in 17 countries.

The mortality rate (number of deaths per patients diagnosed) for SARS was 9.6 percent. One recent estimate pegged the mortality rate for the Wuhan virus at 1 percent. The exact number is hard to calculate since outsiders believe that the Chinese Communist Party is withholding the real number of cases diagnosed and fatalities.

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Around the world, 40,626 infections have been reported. The real number may be much higher. The Chinese claim 908 deaths, including one American, and have confirmed 40,171 cases.

Britain noted four new cases, warned that public health faced an imminent threat, and passed stricter quarantine rules. On Saturday, February 8, France confirmed five additional cases in its Haute-Savoie region, one of them a 9-year-old boy, totaling 11 reported infections in that country:

“French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said all of the five new cases were British nationals staying in the same chalet, which had also housed a Briton who had been in Singapore. Their condition is not said to be serious. A further six people who stayed at the chalet are under observation.”

Also on February 8, the island state of Hong Kong began a mandatory two-week quarantine for travelers from mainland China. Visitors must isolate themselves but have the option to stay in a hotel room or a center run by the government. Residents have been ordered to stay inside their homes.

Anyone caught breaking Hong Kong’s public safety traveler isolation rules could be charged, fined, and sent to prison.

According to Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam, her government has a scant 12 million face masks to distribute to its 1.4 billion residents. Lam estimated that the protective fabric breathing masks, which cover the nose and mouth, will be used up within one month. The official made a public appeal to those able to purchase masks to “donate them to people in need.”

Three cruise ships in Asia have been delayed in port or prevented from sailing by the virus:

Passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, since Tuesday, February 4, after a former passenger tested positive for the disease. As of Sunday, February 9, 70 cases had been identified aboard the floating hotel.

One of them, 35-year-old American Rebecca Frasure, had been vacationing with her husband Kent on the Diamond Princess. On February 7, she had a cough when she was diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus. Before she was forced to evacuate the ship and take an ambulance ride to a treatment facility, the tourist shared her fears:

“It is terrible, I could never imagine that this could be happening right now. [The hardest part] is the unknown. Like, I don’t know what’s going to happen an hour from now.”

There are more than 3,700 people aboard the Diamond Princess, of which 2,600 are passengers. Of them, 428 are Americans. The forced quarantine will likely last until at least February 19.

In Hong Kong, the World Dream cruise ship was held in quarantine for four days after it docked Wednesday, February 5. Eight former passengers had tested positive for the new strain of viral infection. On Sunday, February 9, passengers were allowed to disembark after crew members tested negative for the virus.

In the middle of the East China Sea, Holland American Line’s Westerdam cruise ship was turned away from both Taiwan and Japan and prevented from docking over concerns that passengers were contaminated and could spread contagion.

The cruise left Hong Kong on February 1 and was originally scheduled to disembark February 15 in Yokohama, Japan but was prevented from sailing after the Wuhan virus outbreak. No cases of infection have been reported aboard the Westerdam which now has permission to dock in Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, arriving on February 13.

On February 9, the Wuhan coronavirus reportedly killed 97 people in China.

On February 10, Xi Jinping, President of China, toured the Chaoyang district in Beijing, the nation’s capital, “to learn about the situation of epidemic prevision and control at the grassroots level.” The state-operated media Xinhua published images of Xi wearing a mask and having his temperature taken.

This was the first public appearance made by Xi since a trip to Yunnan province from January 19-21, part of a traditional tour of smaller towns and cities before the Chinese New Year holiday, celebrated in 2020 on January 25.

The Chinese president was last spotted in public when he met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 5. Xi has not exposed himself to the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus by visiting Ground Zero: the central city of Wuhan.

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