Latest information on the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Epicenter in Wuhan, China

Latest information on the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Epicenter in Wuhan, China

(Urgent) Latest information on the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Epicenter in Wuhan, China. According to the Washington Post newspaper

A coronavirus death in Hong Kong marks the second fatality outside mainland China as the outbreak continues to spread

Security personnel wear masks in the financial district in central Beijing on Monday. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

Coronavirus cases continue to surge in China while new infections are being reported around the world. Stock markets in China, reopening after the Lunar New Year holiday, recorded their sharpest falls in more than four years Monday, reflecting increasing concern about the damage the outbreak is inflicting on the local economy. Here’s what we know:

● China’s National Health Commission reported Monday that there are 20,438 confirmed cases in China, including 15 in Hong Kong and eight in Macao. The self-governing island of Taiwan reported 10 cases. The World Health Organization reported 146 confirmed cases in 23 countries outside China.

● China’s main share indexes plunged more than 8 percent, reopening after a 10-day break, as economists continue to revise growth forecasts downward.

● The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notified Congress on Sunday that it might need to transfer as much as $136 million to help combat the epidemic.

● The United States recorded its 11th case of the coronavirus, with a couple from central California falling ill after the husband’s trip to China’s Hubei province at the epicenter of the outbreak.

Second coronavirus death outside mainland China reported in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Hong Kong became the second place outside mainland China to report a death from the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 400 people and infected more than 20,000 in China.

The 39-year-old man had traveled to Wuhan on Jan. 21, returning to Hong Kong two days later, and was admitted to the hospital Jan. 31, health authorities said in previous disclosures about the case. He had a preexisting illness, officials said.

Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, further tightened the city’s border with mainland China on Monday but has resisted calls to seal the frontier, prompting public anger and a strike by medical workers.

At a news conference Monday, Lam said there were “very legitimate” reasons for keeping three of the entry points open, including the airport, citing cases of people who live in Hong Kong but work in the mainland, and vice versa.

In a statement Tuesday, the Hospital Authority warned that emergency services have been affected as “a large number of staff are absent from duty.”

Coronavirus cases pass 20,000

The number of people infected with the coronavirus continued to climb Monday, with Chinese officials announcing at least 20,438 confirmed cases, up more than 3,000 from Sunday night.

Sixty-four more people died from the disease, all in Hubei province, bringing the total number of deaths in China to 425, according to the National Health Commission. Officials said 2,788 people were in critical condition and there were 23,214 suspected cases. Another 171,329 people were under medical observation.

There were 15 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, eight in Macau, and 10 in Taiwan, officials said.

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Singapore threatens to penalize landlords who evict tenants because of outbreak

BERLIN — The government of Singapore threatened sanctions Monday against landlords found guilty of evicting tenants over coronavirus concerns.

In a statement cited by Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper, the Manpower, Education and National Development ministries said that landlords “found to have irresponsibly evicted their residents may face restrictions and even be barred from renting out their flats to foreign work pass holders in future.”

The paper had previously reported on cases of tenants who returned from China and were barred access to their accommodations.

The reports echoed similar controversies after the SARS outbreak from 2002 to 2004. At the time, immigration lawyers in Canada said some landlords were attempting to force Chinese Canadian tenants out of their flats over concerns that they might be infected with the disease, which originally spread from China.

By Rick Noack
Source: the Washington Post


The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 novel coronavirus, which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, on Jan. 29. (Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Via Reuters)

About Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

How nCoV Spreads

Much is unknown about how nCoV, a new coronavirus, spreads. Current knowledge is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with nCoV.

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Typically, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). With nCoV, however, there have been reportsexternal icon of spread from an infected patient with no symptoms to a close contact.

It’s important to note that how easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with nCoV and investigations are ongoing. This information will further inform the risk assessment.

nCoV: What the Public Should Do

The current outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) originated in China but has now spread internationally, impacting an increasing number of countries. Sustained community spread is occurring in China. Limited person-to-person spread, most associated with close contact with a patient with confirmed nCoV has been seen outside of China. No community spread of nCovV has been identified in the United States at this time. In the coming days and weeks, we expect more confirmed cases in the United States, including some person-to-person spread.

What to do if you are sick with Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)

Recently Returned Travelers from China

If you were in China in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Steps to help prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV if you are sick

If you are sick with nCoV follow the steps below to help prevent nCoV from spreading to people in your home and community.

Stay home except to get medical care

You should not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people in your home

As much as possible, you should stay in a different room from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.

Caregivers and Household Members

Information for caregivers of a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, nCoV infection.

Close Contacts

Information for close contacts of a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, nCoV infection.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

Before your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a facemask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid sharing household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water.

Monitor your symptoms

Get medical care quickly if your illness is getting worse (for example if you are having trouble breathing). Call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected.

Avoid contact with pets and other animals

Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with 2019-nCoV, several types of coronaviruses can cause illness in animals and spread between animals and people. Until we know more, avoid contact with animals and wear a facemask if you must be around animals or care for a pet.

Prevention & Treatment


here is currently no vaccine to prevent nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including. would like to quote for everyone to follow:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for nCoV infection. People infected with nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Source: CDC

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