Wuhan Coronavirus News Update-January 29, 2020
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The latest reports regarding Wuhan Coronavirus development, by the January 29, 2020:
Wuhan, China has been locked down since January 23, 2020. In the video “China coronavirus: drone footage reveals ‘ghost town’ Wuhan, the sealed-off outbreak epicenter” , (According to the ChinaDaily.com, 6,000 taxis are recruited to provide free rides to local residents. The taxis are subject to unified dispatch under community committees to offer services such as food and medicine delivery as well as emergency medical treatment throughout the city of Wuhan), below:
- Border in the regions of Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Khabarovsk and Amur of East of Russia has closed its border with China.
- Air Canada suspends all flights to Beijing, Shanghai, after the Canadian government urged against non-essential travel to mainland, China.
- Hong Kong will reduce the number of flights to mainland China by half and stop its high-speed rail services and ferries. Hong Kong also urges citizens from the mainland to return home and stay at home for 14 days. Hong Kong reported two new cases on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
- Taiwan offered to help China to fight the new coronavirus, but also wanted China to help send back to Taiwan some 400 Taiwanese who have been stranded in Wuhan due to the lockdown.
- Japan has announced its first case of coronavirus in some one with no connection to Wuhan, China. Japan evacuated 206 people from Wuhan on Wednesday morning, January 29, 2020, and is ready for a second charter flight to bring back more of its citizens. Twelve Japanese evacuees were showing symptoms of illness and have been hospitalized.
- More than 500,000 citizens of South Korea signed a petition calling for travelers from China to be turned away at the border.
- France, Japan, and South Korea have all planned charter flights to pull their citizens out of Wuhan later this week, with these citizens to be in voluntary quarantine or monitored for a 14-day incubation period.
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization chief, said he was happy with China’s efforts to contain the outbreak after visiting with politicians in Beijing on Monday, January 27, 2020. He urged the world to stay calm.
- The death toll in China has risen to 132, with 6,078 confirmed cases of infection as of Wednesday, January 29, 2020, a day-over-day increase of over 1,000.
- At least 96 cases have been recorded outside of China, and three other countries have reported person-to-person transmission of the virus.
- More reports from that region of people infected, nearly all of them tourists from China.
- Schools in Beijing have closed indefinitely. Foreigners who have been evacuated from Wuhan (where is the epicenter of the outbreak), are starting to arrive in their home countries or at temporary screening sites, including via charter fights for Japanese and U.S. citizens.
- More than 200 Americans evacuated from Wuhan have landed in southern California on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, for three days of monitoring and testing. Passengers not displaying any symptoms will be monitored for a 14-day incubation period.
- United Arab Emirates reported four cases, with the first in the Middle East from one family traveling from Wuhan).
- Australia reported two new cases on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
- For updated information about number & spread of confirmed cases in USA, based on CDC data, please click HERE.
- For updated global information about number of confirmed cases and deaths based on John Hopkins University, please click HERE.
- For Disease Outbreak News (DONs) of the World Health Organization, please click HERE. (be sure to click on -Full list of DONs to see more).
- For the Chinese government report, please click HERE. (stopped being updated after January 24, 2020)
- For the Chinese Dingxiangyuan report, please click HERE.
There are now more than 6,000 cases that have been confirmed in mainland China, as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads across Asia and the rest of the world. There are 96 confirmed cases outside of China, including at least five in the US, in the video “Wuhan Coronavirus has now passed 6,000 cases worldwide“, below:
Hundreds of foreign nationals are being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has begun repatriating its citizens, and the US and South Korea are working to move their citizens out of China. More cases of the virus have been confirmed in China. The death toll has risen to over 130. Australia says its citizens who are being brought home from China will be quarantined offshore on Christmas Island at first. Some airlines, including British Airways, have suspended all flights to and from China. In Germany, three new cases have been reported. Meanwhile, scientists are working feverishly to develop a vaccine, in the video “China coronavirus: Countries evacuate citizens out of Wuhan, DW News“, below:
The Hong Kong government announced they are restricting some of its border crossings with mainland China to block the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. Many think it’s not enough. CNN’s Blake Essig reports, in the video “Hong Kong restricts border to contain Wuhan coronavirus“, below:
Dr. Albert Ko, Yale School of Public Health professor of epidemiology, discusses the efforts to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Romaine Bostick, Sonali Basask and Scarlet Fu on “Bloomberg Markets: What’d You Miss?” in the video “Rising Virus Numbers Reflect Infections From Weeks Ago, Yale’s Ko Says“, below:
Ben Kavanagh, the Irish teacher in Wuhan, answers your questions from the city under quarantine – as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread across China, in the video “Inside Wuhan: Q&A from China Coronavirus lockdown“, below:
Patterson Wu, a Canadian currently in Wuhan, China, is scheduled to fly back to Canada on Thursday, but that may not happen with the city in lockdown over the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in the video “Coronavirus: Canadian stranded in Wuhan speaks out“, below:
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Canada is working on the diplomatic front to organize a charter flight to bring home Canadians in China affected by coronavirus outbreak, in the video “Canadians stranded in coronavirus-affected region of China to get a plane“, below:
Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday (Jan 29) confirmed two more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 10. Separately, Chinese authorities called for people to cooperate in fighting the virus outbreak, adding that the enemy is the coronavirus and not the people of Wuhan or those who have traveled there, in the video “Wuhan virus: 2 more confirmed cases in Hong Kong, bringing total cases to 10“, below:
Hundreds of British citizens, waiting to be flown home from the region of China worst-affected by the new Coronavirus, will be put in quarantine for two weeks on their return to the UK, in the video “Coronavirus: Britons on Wuhan flights to be quarantined-BBC News“, below:
The BBC’s Stephen McDonell has returned to his home in Beijing after visiting the Hubei province – the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, in the video “Coronavirus: Reporter begins quarantine at home after visiting infected zone-BBC News“, below:
The World Health Organization (WHO) will reconvene its emergency committee on Thursday, January 30, 2020, to determine whether the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak amounts to a public health emergency of international concern, in the video “Coronavirus outbreak: WHO to announce if virus is an international health emergency, FULL”, below:
Coronaviruses are very difficult to vaccinate against, according to Professor Benjamin Neuman, chair of Biological Sciences from Texas A&M University. He explains what can help beat the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 170 people and infected more than 7,700 in China to date, in the video “Wuhan virus: Expert on what can help curb spread of the coronavirus“, below:
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