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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates : Warnings : Statistics

Author: Disabled World

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Published: Friday, 31st January 2020 (4 weeks ago) - Updated: Wednesday, 26th February 2020 (20 minutes ago) .

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Regular updates, statistics, warnings, and current information resources from the U.S. CDC regarding the new novel coronavirus, referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named 2019-nCoV.

It is likely person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States.

Main Digest

Information, updates, and statistics from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the new novel coronavirus, referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), reported as causing outbreak of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and early 2020.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans - World Health Organization (WHO)

New modelling research, published in The Lancet, estimates that up to 75,800 individuals in the Chinese city of Wuhan may have been infected with 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as of January 25, 2020 - (www.thelancet.com).

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.

Limited information is available to characterize the spectrum of clinical illness associated with 2019-nCoV. Vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infections are still not available; care is supportive.

Illustration, created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the ultrastructural morphology displayed by Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (2019-nCoV) as seen under an electron microscope. Note the tacks that dot the external surface of the virus - and which give it the appearance of a crown surrounding the virion. This virus has been identified as the cause of a respiratory disease epidemic first recorded in Wuhan, China.
Illustration, created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the ultrastructural morphology displayed by Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (2019-nCoV) as seen under an electron microscope. Note the tacks that dot the external surface of the virus - and which give it the appearance of a crown surrounding the virion. This virus has been identified as the cause of a respiratory disease epidemic first recorded in Wuhan, China.

Official Government sources of COVID19 information and alerts:

Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The U.S. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days - or as long as 14 days after initial exposure.

Illustration of the human body outlining the main symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19. Symptoms listed are - Systemic: Fever, Fatigue. Kidneys: Decreased function. Intestines: Diarrhea. Respiratory: Sneezing, Runny nose, Sore throat, Dry cough, Shortness of breath. Circulatory system: Decreased white blood cells.
Illustration of the human body outlining the main symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19. Symptoms listed are - Systemic: Fever, Fatigue. Kidneys: Decreased function. Intestines: Diarrhea. Respiratory: Sneezing, Runny nose, Sore throat, Dry cough, Shortness of breath. Circulatory system: Decreased white blood cells.

COVID-19 Updates : Warnings : Statistics:

26th February 2020

List of countries and regions reporting COVID-19 cases as of 26th, February 2020:

  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

23rd February 2020

China's National Health Commission today reported 648 new cases, up from 397 reported yesterday, for an overall outbreak total of 76,936. Health officials also reported 97 more deaths and 509 fewer serious cases, putting those totals at 2,442 and 10,968, respectively.

Two new countries (Lebanon and Israel) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours - (WHO)

Iran's health ministry today reported 15 more cases today, 3 of them fatal, raising its outbreak total to 43, including 8 deaths. Of the new cases, 7 are from Qom, a holy city that is the outbreak's epicenter.

Italian cases pass 100 - In the last 24 hours, the Italian Ministry of Health confirmed an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, including two deaths, clustered in two regions in Northern Italy as well as single cases in other regions in Northern Italy. Italian authorities have announced public health measures for containment, including suspension of mass gatherings, suspension of childcare and schools, and access to essential public services conditioned to the use of personal protective equipment.

South Korea's president said today that he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases and ordered officials to take "unprecedented, powerful" steps to fight a soaring viral outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country.

20th February 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak grows in China and abroad, new studies attempt to answer questions on how the virus is shed and the range of clinical outcomes, with two studies indicating that shedding, and therefore transmission, likely occurs via multiple routes.

WHO is working with an international network of statisticians and mathematical modelers to estimate key epidemiologic parameters of COVID19, such as the incubation period (the time between infection and symptom onset), case fatality ratio (CFR, the proportion of cases that die), and the serial interval (the time between symptom onset of a primary and secondary case). Reports of current analyses that have estimated these parameters are provided in this Situation Report as a summary of currently available evidence. These values should be considered preliminary and parameters will likely be updated as more information becomes available. Modelling can support decision-making but needs to be combined with rigorous data collection and a comprehensive analysis of the situation - (WHO - www.who.int).

17th February 2020

According to the World Health Organization's (WHO) description of pandemic phases, coronavirus is only a step away from being a pandemic. If we start seeing sustained community-level outbreaks in multiple parts of the world, then it will be a pandemic.

Several clinical trials have been launched in China to test if existing antiviral drugs, such as Gilead’s remdesivir and AbbVie’s Kaletra, could help fight the epidemic.

The World Health Organisation said this week it may be 18 months before a vaccine against the coronavirus is publicly available - www.sciencealert.com/who-says-a-coronavirus-vaccine-is-18-months-away

China is reportedly using traditional medicine to treat patients with Covid-19 caused by the novel coronavirus, which emerged in the country in December last year - pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/covid-19-china-traditional-medicine/

According to China's National Health Commission (NHC), about 80% of those who died were over the age of 60 and 75% of them had pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes - bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51368873

16th February 2020

U.S. CDC confirms 15th case of Coronavirus at Texas quarantine facility, this brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15.

A Coronavirus quarantine in america could be a giant legal mess - America’s defense against epidemics is divided among more than 2,000 individual public-health departments, which makes implementing a national strategy very difficult.

14th February 2020

As of February 14, 2020, 7 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.

The Government of British Columbia reported their fifth case of COVID-19. The province has sent the presumptive positive samples to the National Microbiology Lab for further testing. If confirmed by the laboratory, this would be Canada's eighth confirmed case.

12th February 2020

COVID-19 is now the official name for the 2019-nCoV disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now identified an official name for the coronavirus previously known as: 2019_nCoV or nCoV19 and nCoV2019. The official name now is: COVID19. The name was adopted by a group of virologists who examined the taxonomy of this virus and followed WHO's naming guidance.

COVID-19

CO = Corona
VI = Virus
D = Disease
19 = Year the outbreak was first identified

The incubation period for people infected with COVID-19 could reach up to 24 days, states an academic paper published by renowned Chinese respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan. Previously, the longest incubation period was believed to be 14 days. COVID-19 can stay alive on surfaces for 5 to 20 days. Chinese money is now being disinfected to prevent money circulation spreading the virus.

At least 500 Wuhan medical staff infected with COVID-19, multiple medical sources have confirmed, leaving hospitals short-staffed and causing deep concern among health care workers who say they have been told not to release the full picture to the public - (www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3050077/least-500-wuhan-medical-staff-infected-coronavirus)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 'could infect 60% of global population if unchecked', according to Hong Kong's leading public health epidemiologist. To date China has reported 42,708 confirmed cases, including 1,017 deaths - (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/11/coronavirus-expert-warns-infection-could-reach-60-of-worlds-population)

9th February 2020

With 26 countries confirming coronavirus cases, and eight countries reporting suspected cases, the outbreak has already placed the world on a public health high-alert.

The novel coronavirus appears to be very infectious, health care workers are at especially high risk, and we urgently need more information about just how infectious the virus is. The virus might well be impossible to contain - just as the common cold and influenza can't be stopped... (CNN)

The next few days and weeks will determine:

Until this information is known, no-one will be able to assess just how bad this novel coronavirus is going to get - and which control measures have the best chance of slowing spread...

8th February 2020

A Chinese newborn has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus 36 hours after birth, the youngest confirmed case so far, official media reported. It is not confirmed if the disease was transmitted in the womb or after the birth. The baby was born on February 2 in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, from a mother who tested positive for the virus before giving birth.

Chinese Netizens and Expert Suspect Wuhan Bioresearch Lab is the Source of the Coronavirus (www.ntd.com/the-origin-of-the-coronavirus-report_431784.html). A Chinese scholar (Wu Xiaohua, with a Ph.D. in biological related fields according to his WeChat profile), recently challenged Wuhan's P4 lab to explain how the proteins of the novel coronavirus seem to have been precisely engineered to enable the virus to bind onto human cells. He also disclosed unethical and unprofessional practices he previously observed in China's bioresearch labs.

A P4 lab handles level 4 biosafety pathogens, the highest level and most dangerous, which have high fatality rates and no known treatments, such as, the ebola and SARS viruses. When it opened in 2017, U.S. scientists expressed concerns that, considering China's opaque administrative structure, if one of those killer viruses "escaped" from the lab, it could cause a doomsday disaster...

According to Wuhan-based Yangtze Daily, Shi Zhengli, Deputy Director of Wuhan's P4 Lab, publicized a statement on Feb. 2 saying: "I pledge with my life that the 2019 novel coronavirus has nothing to do with our lab. This virus is a punishment imposed on mankind from nature, to condemn mankind's uncivilized way of living. Those of you who believe rumors or so-called scientific analysis by unqualified researchers, I advise you to shut your damn mouths!"

7th February 2020

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has risen to 636, according to the country's National Health Commission. The majority of new cases reported are in Hubei and its provincial capital Wuhan. Some 31,161 infections have now been reported across China.

Royal Caribbean Cruises said on Friday it would ban guests holding China, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding its ships.

As at 4.00 am, 8 February 2020, there are 15 cases of 2019-nCoV in Australia: 5 in Queensland, 4 in New South Wales, 4 in Victoria, and 2 in South Australia.

The US will offer up to $100 Million to China and other impacted countries to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

WHO warns against hoarding of protective gear as demand for masks, gowns, gloves and other protective gear rises by up to 100 times, and prices have soared due to the coronavirus, producing a "severe" disruption in supply, WHO's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

6th February 2020

As of 10 a.m. Central European Time on 5 February, 25 countries have reported confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, including China, where 24,363 people had contracted the virus, or over 99% of all cases. In all other countries, 191 cases have contracted the virus.

The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency, saying if funds are not allocated now to tackle the outbreak, nations would pay for it later. WHO is also convening a global research and innovation forum to mobilize international action in response to the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

To fight further spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China and globally, and protect states with weaker health systems, the international community has launched a US$675 million preparedness and response plan covering the months of February through to April 2020.

Although the virus has spread overseas, with confirmed infection in some 25 nations, there have so far been only two deaths outside mainland China - one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. Hubei province, the worst hit by the virus, has switched off lifts in high-rise buildings to discourage residents from going outside.

5th February 2020

Columbia University epidemiologist Dr. Ian Lipkin, says the epidemic in China is "very close" to growing into an international pandemic - (CBSnews.com)

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to climb in China, rising to 490. Hubei Province has been hardest hit by the virus, and is home to the majority of deaths (479) and infections (16,678). More people have now died in this epidemic than in the SARS outbreak of 2002-3 in mainland China. During that outbreak, 349 people died in the mainland - (nytimes.com)

Over 5,300 people are quarantined on 2 cruise ships off Hong Kong and Japan amid concerns that passengers and crew were exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus by infected passengers. The Diamond Princess is anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers on board. The World Dream, is docked at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with 1,800 people on board. The second ship, the World Dream, is docked at Hong Kong's Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with 1,800 people on board, the city's Department of Health said Wednesday.

Emergency wards have been shut down and surgeries postponed as healthcare workers in Hong Kong strike for the 3rd day over government action on the coronavirus. Strikers and union members are demanding closed borders with mainland China, and have accused the Hong Kong government of inadequate action during the coronavirus outbreak - (CNN)

A fourth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the Australian state of Queensland, bringing the country's total to 14 - (CNN)

3rd February 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December. At least 360 people have died and more than 17,000 people have been infected, as the World Health Organization (WHOdeclared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

Spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry accuses the US government of responding inappropriately to the outbreak and feeding mass hysteria. "...some countries, the US in particular, have inappropriately overreacted, which certainly runs counter to WHO advice." - Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying. (CNN)

The US has issued a level 4 travel advisory warning residents not to travel to China, adding that most commercial air carriers have reduced or suspended flights to and from the country.

U.S. Travel Warning Levels Chart
Level and ColorAdvisory
Level 1 = Blue Exercise Normal Precautions
Level 2 = Yellow Exercise Increased Caution
Level 3 = Orange Reconsider Travel
Level 4 = Red Do Not Travel

China's National Health Commission has confirmed the virus can be transmitted from person to person through "droplet transmission", (where a virus is passed on due to an infected person sneezing or coughing), as well as by direct contact.

January 31st, 2020

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus named 2019-nCoV.

The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the U.S. The United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020.

CDC will update the following U.S. map daily. Information regarding the number of people under investigation will be updated regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the U.S. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States. It's also likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.

Also on January 31st, 2020:

December 31st 2019

On December 31st 2019 several people in Wuhan, the capital and largest city in Hubei province, reported symptoms caused by a virus that is later tied to the Huanan Seafood Market, which sells primarily fish and shellfish, but also wild game like beavers, porcupines and snakes. It’s still not clear in what animal 2019-nCoV originated.

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