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Extensive efforts are underway in China to stop travel and large gatherings during the Lunar New Year holiday.


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Extensive efforts are underway in China to stop travel and large gatherings during the Lunar New Year holiday.

January 24, 2020 at 11:55 AM EST Wuhan mayor, provincial leaders criticized for not taking the outbreak seriously BEIJING — Senior Chinese Communist Party officials in Wuhan have come under heavy criticism for their slow response to the outbreak. The mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, allowed a huge potluck banquet to go ahead in the city on Sunday, over a weekend when the number of confirmed cases of infection shot up dramatically. The city had arranged a Lunar New Year meal featuring 14,000 dishes for more than 40,000 people, an event it hoped to get listed in Guinness World Records . “It is only with hindsight that everyone can see how dangerous the virus is,” he said, trying to defend his actions in an interview with state-run CCTV. “If we’d known from the outset that the situation would be so serious, of course we would have tried to find effective ways to control and prevent the outbreak.” Zhou only enraged people further. Residents were also astonished to see photos and video of the two top officials in Hubei province — the Communist Party secretary and the governor — at a dance performance in Wuhan to celebrate the arrival of the Spring Festival holiday. They were sharply criticized for enjoying themselves instead of working on the response to the health crisis. All mention of the performance and the officials’ attendance was scrubbed from the Chinese Internet. By January 24, 2020 at 11:35 AM EST Chinese doctors prescribe chicken soup and mulberry leaf tea BEIJING — Amid shortages of medical supplies, some doctors in Wuhan have been promoting highly questionable remedies. Zhang Jinnong, a doctor at Wuhan Union Hospital who claimed to have “almost recovered” from coronavirus after quarantining himself and taking pills for a week, recommended that people who suspect they have the virus stay home and eat chicken soup. Separately, a Wuhan Xinhua Hospital physician, Sun Guobin, prescribed four eggs a day as the remedy for the virus. At a news conference Thursday at the provincial government buildings, a respiratory expert from Hubei People’s Hospital recommended people make prevention tea following the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. Hu Ke gave a precise recipe involving roots and flowers and tangerine peels, which he said should be consumed twice a day for seven to 10 days. The two recipes were included in Hubei’s list of recommended treatments, published Thursday. By January 24, 2020 at 11:30 AM EST U.S. officials assess whether domestic travel screening is effective WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said Friday they are assessing the extent and duration of screening travelers from Wuhan at San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York’s John F. Kennedy, Atlanta and Chicago’s O’Hare international airports. The lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began, and nearby cities means fewer travelers from there are arriving in the United States. The labor-intensive airport screening is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But sick patients with no symptoms might not be detected. To control the spread of the coronavirus, resources also need to be focused at the state and local levels, where front-line health officials are trying to rapidly identify cases, said Martin Cetron, director of CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine. By January 24, 2020 at 11:25 AM EST WHO envoy: Health workers preparing for outbreak that could last months WASHINGTON — Health officials are making contingency plans for a virus outbreak that could last months and possibly infect thousands of people, said the Beijing-based representative of the World Health Organization. Gauden Galea, in various interviews, sketched out some of the potential trajectories of the coronavirus based on what is known so far about its transmission and symptoms. Galea told the New York Times that there are still many unknowns about the virus, but “health officials were preparing for an outbreak that could last for months.” Galea told the Associated Press it was clear that the number of cases would rise. “Even if they are in the thousands, this would not surprise us,” he said in the AP interview. “That is not an indicator of seriousness. Indeed, it is very, very good to get and identify as many cases as possible.” By January 24, 2020 at 11:20 AM EST British health secretary says ‘risk to the public remains low’ WASHINGTON — The British government held a meeting of its “Cobra” emergency committee Friday. “The clinical advice is that the risk to the public remains low,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted after the meeting, adding that the country’s chief medical officer will make a further statement. Cobra refers to the Cabinet Office Briefing Rooms (COBR) in Britain’s Cabinet Office, where senior members of the British government coordinate their actions and responses to crises. By Adam Taylor January 24, 2020 at 11:15 AM EST Animal rights group calls for ban on live animal markets; one such market is suspected to be the source of coronavirus WASHINGTON — Animal rights activists are calling for bans on live animal markets like the one in Wuhan that Chinese authorities have cited as the likely source of the latest coronavirus outbreak. “Governments must recognize the global public health threats of zoonotic diseases,” said the New York City-based Wildlife Conservation Society in a statement, using the technical term for infectious diseases that can spread from animals to humans. “It is time to close live animal markets that trade in wildlife, strengthen efforts to combat trafficking of wild animals, and work to change dangerous wildlife consumption behaviors, especially in cities.” At such markets, known as wet markets, fresh meat, poultry and fish are sold and slaughtered, in contrast to dry markets that sell nonperishable goods. “We’ve known for two decades now that these wildlife markets are really a cauldron for contagion,” Christian Walzer, executive director of the WCS Health Program, told The Post. “It’s a perfect setup for new viruses to spill into human populations.” Waltzer said that from a public health perspective, one of the main concerns is that a wide array of animals are kept in cramped and stressed conditions in which “they all exchange excretions and secretions.” “The immune system fails and they just start shedding viruses in huge numbers,” he said. “You put them in cramped conditions. You put them all together. And you’ve stressed them out of their minds.” The prescription isn’t simple: Live-animal markets are part of a storied tradition as a core part of commercial, cultural and culinary networks. While acknowledging their centrality to Chinese cuisine and communities, Waltzer said that his group’s petition reflected the public health communities’ evolving understanding of how diseases and pathogens develop By January 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST CDC deploys team to Chicago to help with coronavirus case WASHINGTON — The CDC has deployed a team to Chicago to help state and local officials after a woman was diagnosed with coronavirus there. Officials said they expect to see additional cases. Although the outbreak is a “very serious public health threat, the immediate risk to the U.S. public is low at this time,” said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. U.S. officials have been screening travelers from Wuhan at five airports. More than 2,000 people had been screened from about 200 flights as of Thursday, officials said. But so far, no coronavirus cases have been identified from that effort. In both confirmed U.S. cases — in Seattle and Chicago — patients were not showing symptoms when they returned on flights from the Wuhan area. In both cases, they began feeling unwell and reached out to health-care providers. Chicago health officials declined to identify the hospital where the Chicago patient is being evaluated. The woman had limited close contacts, who are also being monitored. She did not take public transportation and did not attend any large gatherings. “She has not had any extended close contact with anyone outside her home since returning, and that should be very reassuring to the public,” Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner, told reporters Friday. Officials said they do not know how the woman became infected. By January 24, 2020 at 10:45 AM EST Science is moving with lightning speed to keep up with the emerging coronavirus threat WASHINGTON — A cluster of pneumonia cases was reported from people who attended a seafood market in Wuhan on Dec. 31, and 10 days later, a full genomic sequence of the virus was made public, “exemplifying prompt datasharing in outbreak response,” Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, wrote in the medical journal JAMA this week. Early studies of the viral genome suggest a molecular similarity to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the 2002 viral outbreak that sickened more than 8,000 people and killed 774. “The extent, if any, to which such transmission might lead to a sustained epidemic remains an open and critical question,” Fauci wrote. The new coronavirus is from a family of pathogens that were long thought to be relatively benign, typically causing the common cold. But in recent years, global health threats have emerged from different types of coronavirus, which include SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which has caused a slow-burning outbreak since 2012. Fauci noted that antiviral treatments that showed promise against MERS are being tested in animal models to see if they could be used as a treatment for the new coronavirus. Vaccines are also being pursued at the NIAID. During the SARS outbreak, the time from getting the genome of the virus to a clinical trial of a vaccine took 20 months — a timeline that Fauci said now takes about 3.25 months for other viral diseases. Now, using a different vaccine strategy, they hope to bridge the gap from genome to vaccine even more quickly. By January 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST Second coronavirus case confirmed in United States WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that a second person in the United States has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The woman, now in Chicago, traveled to Wuhan in late December and returned Jan. 13. A few days later, she began to feel unwell and went to a doctor. After being asked about her travel history, she was referred to a hospital that has infection-control procedures. The hospital put her in isolation and arranged for testing with the CDC. She is in stable condition but is remaining in the hospital primarily to make sure the infection cannot be spread. The CDC said she has been very helpful in providing information about her contacts, and she was not symptomatic while she flew from China. The CDC said its concern is “low” that she spread the disease. She has had limited close contacts and little movement outside her home since returning from China. At least 50 people are reported to be under monitoring in 22 U.S. states. By January 24, 2020 at 10:20 AM EST Workers in quarantined Wuhan race to build virus-treatment hospital WASHINGTON — In sealed-off Wuhan, crews are scrambling to build a 1,000-bed hospital to treat coronavirus patients. The goal announced by Chinese officials Friday is ambitious: finish the facility by Feb. 3. That super-fast timetable is aided by use of a prefabricated structure and other ready-to-build materials. At the same time, getting materials and equipment to Wuhan could be complicated by travel bans in place for the city and other areas in attempts to contain the virus. The planned 270,000-square-foot hospital is modeled after a medical facility specially built in 2003 for patients with SARS, another respiratory infection that began in China and claimed more than 750 lives in more than a dozen countries. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said the new Wuhan hospital is needed “to address the insufficiency of existing medical resources.” By January 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST China expands lockdown, banning travel in 14 cities BEIJING — Chinese authorities broadened a lockdown of Wuhan and two surrounding cities on Friday in their efforts to contain the coronavirus. The lockdowns now extend to a total of 14 cities in Hubei province with a population of more than 35 million as part of extraordinary measures amid growing fears of greater contagion. By January 24, 2020 at 8:50 AM EST Nepal confirms first coronavirus case in South Asia NEW DELHI — Nepal became the first country in South Asia to report a confirmed case of coronavirus in a sign of the widening reach of the illness. Anup Bastola, an infectious disease specialist at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Kathmandu, told The Washington Post that a 32-year-old student had arrived in Nepal from Wuhan on Jan. 9. He came to the hospital four days later complaining of a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Because of his travel history, the hospital isolated him, Bastola said. It also sent a sample of his blood to Hong Kong for testing by the World Health Organization, which confirmed the presence of the coronavirus. Bastola said the patient was discharged from the hospital on Jan. 17. As of now, none of the patient’s close contacts or any hospital workers are showing symptoms of the virus, Bastola said. “We are monitoring closely,” he added. India, Nepal’s much larger neighbor, has yet to report any confirmed cases. But according to local news reports, authorities have quarantined two people in a Mumbai hospital who traveled from China and developed potential symptoms of the virus. Tests have yet to confirm whether they are infected with the coronavirus. By Joanna Slater and Ankit Adhikari January 24, 2020 at 7:15 AM EST After first U.S. case, number of contacts being monitored for virus nearly triples SEATTLE — There is only one confirmed case of a coronavirus patient in the United States, in Snohomish County, Washington. But the patient’s contacts who are being monitored for signs of the illness jumped from 16 to 43. Authorities provided no information about the types of individuals being monitored, but the fact that the list expanded is not unexpected. “This is an evolving investigation, similar to peeling back an onion,” said Heather Thomas, Snohomish Health District spokeswoman. “Our disease investigators, in coordination with other public health partners, are doing daily symptom monitoring and contact investigations.” Washington state Secretary of Health John Wiesman described the patient’s contacts as being under “active monitoring.” Public health officials call them daily to see if they have a fever, cough or other respiratory issues. If they are experiencing symptoms, they are instructed to call public health officials, who will facilitate medical evaluations. The contacts are people in both Snohomish and King counties and represent individuals who have had “prolonged contact” with the patient — eating meals or holding meetings together, for example. The patient, in his 30s, remains in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. At a Wednesday news conference, Jay Cook, Providence’s chief medical officer, said the man is not confined to his hospital bed and is walking around his room. The staff in the isolation unit are nurses who volunteer to work with patients who are barred from contact with other patients or staff. Cook said he expects the man to be able to be discharged soon, assuming he continues to improve. “We hope he will continue on his excellent clinical course and hopefully will be able to return to his home in the very near future,” he said. By January 24, 2020 at 6:30 AM EST Chinese President Xi Jinping appears without mask on state TV at festival banquet BEIJING — Amid calls for people to avoid public gatherings during the Spring Festival, the state broadcaster, CCTV, led its midday news program with a report about a huge banquet in Beijing attended by President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders. None of them were wearing masks, and the report made no mention of the virus outbreak. By January 24, 2020 at 5:30 AM EST Healthy young man dies of coronavirus in China He had no chronic diseases or other existing health conditions, and had been treated with anti-virus medication and antibiotics since being admitted to a hospital on Jan. 9. Another death occurred in Suihua in Heilongjiang province, near the border with Russia and some 1,500 miles from Wuhan. By January 24, 2020 at 5:00 AM EST New travel restrictions imposed as efforts grow to curb transmission of virus BEIJING — Wuhan shut down tunnels under the Yangtze River to stop the flow of traffic. That comes in addition to travel bans imposed on Wuhan and seven other areas in Hubei province Thursday, with trains and buses canceled and highways closed. All ride-hailing services in Wuhan were cut off from midday Friday in attempt to stop transmission of the virus, and only half of taxis are allowed on the road every day, alternating between tags ending in odd and even numbers. China Southern, the country’s biggest airline, had already canceled all flights in and out of Wuhan airport on Thursday. The other two main carriers, Air China and China Eastern, said they would cancel all Wuhan flights from Friday to at least Feb. 8. New year festivals and temple fairs around the country have been canceled, and the Forbidden City in Beijing, which can admit 80,000 people a day and was already entirely sold out for the holiday, has been closed until further notice. Production companies have postponed the release of seven blockbuster films that were to be released over the holiday, prompting Chinese cinema companies to close the country’s 70,000 movie theaters. Schools in Hubei province, due to begin the spring semester after the holiday, will not open their doors as planned but will wait for further guidance from health authorities. And the Education Ministry instructed universities around China to delay their opening dates if necessary. By What you need to know about coronavirus Updated January 24, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a second person in the United States has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The woman, who traveled to Wuhan in late December and is now in Chicago, is in stable condition. Read more: The Washington Post

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Travel Limits Cover 35 Million People, and Infections Exceed 900The latest on the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: France has become the first country in Europe to report infections. Authorities confirmed one case in Bordeaux and another in Paris. The origin of the coronavirus was a snake at a meat market. When are humans going to learn? All of these deadly virus originate in animals. Easy solution: go vegan. God bless us.🤤 how long should it last?☹️ athena_plata

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