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Who the hell is Jamie the stone?  According to the BBC in a post 1 hour ago, here is the current situation:

China coronavirus: Fears infections will rise as hundreds of millions travel

p0815x4y.jpgMedia captionFears over coronavirus in China trigger face mask shortage China is battling to contain a deadly coronavirus in its Hubei province, as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel over the Lunar New Year.Beijing and Hong Kong have cancelled some major festivities to prevent large crowds gathering together. Wuhan and other cities in Hubei have seen far more draconian measures, with curbs on public transport. All but one of the 18 deaths have been in Hubei, but there are more than 600 cases, including several abroad.  How do you quarantine a city - and does it work? Wuhan: The London-sized city where the virus began 'Increased likelihood' of new virus reaching UK

It was the low number of confirmed cases overseas - currently 12 - that was one of the reasons the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declined to designate the virus an "international emergency".

"It may yet become one," said the WHO's boss.

The US said on Thursday it was investigating its second suspected case.

What are the fears for Lunar New Year?

It is one of the world's largest annual migrations of people.

The authorities have cancelled all large-scale celebrations in Beijing. Temple fairs are banned, film releases postponed and the Forbidden City will be closed to the public.

Hong Kong cancelled an international carnival and an annual football tournament. Acting chief executive Matthew Cheung said it was "not appropriate to have crowds of people gathering together".

Masks worn in Hong KongImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionMasks are commonly worn in Hong Kong, where authorities have faced criticism

The Chinese government's massive lockdown of the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected, and similar measures for at least five other provincial cities earned the praise of the WHO.

China has effectively quarantined nearly 20 million people in Hubei province, with no planes or trains in or out of Wuhan. Cities have been hit by closures of cafes, cinemas, theatres and exhibitions.

There have been long queues - and some squabbling - at food stores for diminishing stocks.

Face masks are compulsory in all public places in Wuhan and some residents are saying it is like a ghost town.

But the BBC's Stephen McDonell, in Beijing, says that many hundreds of thousands of residents have already left Wuhan to celebrate the Lunar New Year elsewhere and, with an incubation period of around five days, they may have unwillingly passed on the virus without even knowing it.


There are 634 confirmed cases in China, although most are in Hubei, according to official reports. However, the death of an 80-year-old man in Hebei province, near Beijing - the first outside Hubei - was a reminder of the threat.

Experts in Hong Kong have complained not enough has been done there, in particular the checking of arrivals from the mainland. Macau has ordered 20 million face masks to be sold at a low price and Hong Kong has been urged to give them away free. Both territories have confirmed cases.

What do we know about the virus?

Currently known as 2019-nCoV, the virus is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans. The Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus that killed nearly 800 people globally in the early 2000s was also a coronavirus, as is the common cold. 


Authorities have said this new virus originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals".

There is evidence of human-to-human transmission, with the virus spreading from patients to family members and healthcare workers.

The virus infects the lungs, and symptoms start with a fever and cough. It can progress to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

There is no vaccine as yet, though three research teams are working on one.


Why is this not a global emergency?

Analysis by James Gallagher, BBC health and science correspondent

The view of the WHO's emergency committee was "now is not the time". Two reasons were cited: the limited number of cases abroad and the "efforts made by China".

The latter seems to be a nod to the lockdown of multiple cities in the past 24 hours, which should minimise the risk of the virus becoming a global problem. But it may yet become one.

Some scientific details were also released, with the WHO saying 25% of reported cases were developing severe symptoms.

And there were two clues on how infectious the novel coronavirus is.

There is a preliminary estimate of the average number of people each infected person passes the virus on to (known as the R0 value) of between 1.4 and 2.5.

Any number greater than one means the virus has the potential to spread in the population, but this is lower than the figure for Sars.

And in Wuhan a "fourth-generation case" has been detected - this is a sustained chain of transmission involving four people.

It remains too early to call the true extent of human-to-human transmission.

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What's the global situation?

Vietnam and Singapore were on Thursday added to the nations and overseas territories recording confirmed cases, joining Thailand, the US, Taiwan and South Korea. Japan confirmed its second case on Thursday.

There are only 12 such cases overall, with Thailand's four the most of any nation other than China.

Other nations are investigating suspected cases, including the UK and Canada.

On Thursday, US authorities said a second suspected case was being investigated, in the state of Texas.

A health official said the patient had travelled from Wuhan and was a student at Texas A&M University, north of Houston.

The only confirmed case in the US so far is a man in Seattle, Washington state. He is said to be recovering and is due to be released from hospital.

Many authorities have announced screening measures for passengers from China, including on Thursday the major airport hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Taiwan has banned people arriving from Wuhan and the US state department warned American travellers to exercise increased caution in China.

Learn more about the new virus

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Spreading Coronavirus Prompts Lockdown of More Chinese Cities

Huanggang, a city of about 7.5 million people, is about 35 miles east of Wuhan


BEIJING—Two more Chinese cities were put on lockdown by the government on Thursday, as authorities in the Chinese gambling center of Macau said they were weighing closures of its casinos, expanding an unprecedented experiment to try to contain a fast-spreading virus that has killed 18 people and infected more than 600.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declined to declare the outbreak a global public health emergency, citing a limited number of cases abroad and efforts under way to bring it under control.

On Thursday, authorities in Huanggang—a Chinese city of 7.5 million people—said they wouldn’t let long-distance trains and buses run from the urban center and would shut its public transportation system in the lockdown zone, effective midnight Friday local time. Ezhou, another neighboring city with just over a million residents, said it would enact similar restrictions, bringing the total number of cities with travel restrictions to three.



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5 hours ago, Marshall said:

Jamie the stone


James Hume Walter Miéville Stone is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2017 snap general election to represent the constituency of Caithness, Sutherland 

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If you have seen images of about 30 excavators in a field digging [i thought it was a trade school for student excavator operators, wrong!!!! ] , there is more to the story. China is building a 1000 bed hospital IN 5 DAYS!!!!


This epidemic must be REAL bad if the government is going to these lengths

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1 hour ago, st27 said:

If you have seen images of about 30 excavators in a field digging [i thought it was a trade school for student excavator operators, wrong!!!! ] , there is more to the story.

Yeah, not a truck in sight to move the dug dirt or excavation stakes saying where to dig.

'Well do SOMETHING! ok, we're doing SOMETHING!'


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“ More than 1,000 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in China and dozens of others are dead, while the U.S. and Europe confirmed new cases as travelers return home from the outbreak’s center in Wuhan.

China’s National Health Commission said Saturday there are 1,287 confirmed cases, including 444 new ones, and that 41 people have died because of the virus. The organization reported that there are 237 severe cases.”


More than 1,000 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in China and dozens of others are dead, while the U.S. and Europe confirmed new cases as travelers return home from the outbreak’s center in Wuhan.


China’s National Health Commission said Saturday there are 1,287 confirmed cases, including 444 new ones, and that 41 people have died because of the virus. The organization reported that there are 237 severe cases.


People wait at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on Jan. 24.

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

The dramatic rise in the death count in China signals that the virus isn’t yet under control despite aggressive steps by authorities there to limit travel for millions of people who live in the cities at the center of the outbreak. Still, the latest official statement gave grounds for optimism, noting that two of the four victims in Thailand are better now and that one case has been cured in Japan.


While movement from the heart of the cases in Wuhan and nearby areas has been limited, thousands of people left the region for other points before the bans took effect. In the U.S., two cases have been confirmed in people who returned from China. Europe’s first cases were identified in France, while Australia warned its citizens not to travel to Wuhan.



Scientists around the globe have been working to understand the virus better, how contagious it is and where it comes from. First detected in the city of Wuhan last month, it has sparked fears that the disease that could rival SARS, the pandemic that claimed almost 800 lives 17 years ago.



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16 hours ago, st27 said:

If you have seen images of about 30 excavators in a field digging [i thought it was a trade school for student excavator operators, wrong!!!! ] , there is more to the story. China is building a 1000 bed hospital IN 5 DAYS!!!!


This epidemic must be REAL bad if the government is going to these lengths


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Keep your fingers crossed folks !!

“Scientists Predict Wuhan's Outbreak Will Get Much Worse”

New estimates of how far the virus could spread suggest an explosion of cases will hit the Chinese city and more infected individuals will show up abroad.


As more data on the new coronavirus circulating in China emerges, it’s becoming clear that whatever the country is experiencing now—dozens of deaths, hundreds of people hospitalized, cities of millions quarantined—is just the tip of the outbreak.

On Friday, a team of researchers based in the UK and US reported in a preliminary paper that the number of confirmed cases at the outbreak’s epicenter in Wuhan reflects only 5 percent of people who are actually infected. That would mean that for Tuesday, the last day they included in their analysis, the real number of cases is not 440, as has been reported, but is more like 12,000. The paper, which has not yet undergone peer review, appeared on the Medrxiv preprint server. Already, since Tuesday, the number of diagnosed coronavirus patients in Wuhan has shot up to 729.

Using case data scraped from official reports, a team led by Jonathan Read at Lancaster University plotted a temporal map of the coronavirus’s spread, starting on January 1, when local authorities closed the meat-and-animal market where the virus is believed to have crossed into humans from an unknown source. They worked under the assumption that any spread following the first of the year could only be between humans.

The models they constructed predict a dire start to February: further outbreaks in other Chinese cities, more infections exported abroad, and an explosion of cases in Wuhan. “In 14 days’ time, our model predicts the number of infected people in Wuhan to be greater than 190,000,” the authors write.

“I can buy it,” says Brandon Brown, an epidemiologist at UC Riverside who was not involved in the study. Especially given that people can carry the virus without showing symptoms, according to another study, published Friday by a team of Chinese researchers in The Lancet. In a first look at clinical data from the initial 41 patients admitted to hospitals in Wuhan, the scientists reported that 2019-nCoV, as the virus is currently called, causes a range of symptoms, including pneumonia, fever, and cough, and can strike even healthy people, not just older individuals with underlying health issues. They believe the virus’s incubation period to be between three and six days.

Taken together, the studies suggest large numbers of people could be walking around for days with no symptoms, spreading the virus to anyone who comes in close contact. Add to that a rapidly fatiguing health care workforce, the lack of a World Health Organization emergency declaration, and Lunar New Year travel, and the Lancaster group’s numbers seem plausible, says Brown. “Right now there is plenty of uncertainty on what will happen, but models may be our best method to predict how the epidemic will progress in the near future.”

One big uncertainty: how infectious is 2019-nCoV, really? Read’s models estimate that the number of people one victim can infect—known as the virus’s reproduction number—is between 3.6 and 4.0. SARS, by comparison, was between a 2 and a 5, and measles, the most contagious disease known to humans, is a whopping 12 to 18. The higher the number, the less wiggle room public health officials have to break the chain of new transmissions before an outbreak gets out of control. Anything above 1 is bad from a containment perspective.

Other recent estimates for 2019-nCoV are more conservative than Read’s, however. Yesterday, Harvard researchers Maimuna Majumder and Kenneth Mandl reported a preliminary assessment of the virus’s transmissibility as ranging from 2.0 to 3.3. WHO officials said on Thursday the best estimate they’ve seen is somewhere between 1.4 and 2.5.

All of which means that containing this thing is starting to look a lot more difficult than it did a few weeks ago. On Thursday, the WHO also reported for the first time that the coronavirus has undergone at least four generations of spread. That means that one person caught it from someone else, who caught it from yet another human, who was infected by a fourth individual, who contracted it from a nonhuman source. The announcement contradicts earlier reports that transmission was limited to family members and health care workers who’d been in close contact, and supports the notion that the virus is already circulating much more widely than confirmed cases indicate.

Read and his coauthors acknowledge that at this point all predictions are shaky, given the limited information available. But with an outbreak that’s moving as fast as this one, models like theirs are often the best tools available for public health officials to decide how to combat what’s coming next.


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A 'presumptive' case of the coronavirus in Canada has been confirmed in Toronto, Ontario health officials say. The new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCov, has killed at least 41 people as of Saturday. The disease was first reported by health authorities in Wuhan, China on Dec. 31.36 mins ago
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A 'presumptive' case of the coronavirus in Canada has been confirmed in Toronto, Ontario health officials say. The new coronavirus, known as 2019-nCov, has killed at least 41 people as of Saturday. The disease was first reported by health authorities in Wuhan, China on Dec. 31.36 mins ago

41 dead but when you consider the population of that part of China, it is likely that more die in accidents every day of the week. So is this something to be scared of or ?????  But perhaps we are not being provided with accurate numbers.

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41 dead but when you consider the population of that part of China, it is likely that more die in accidents every day of the week. So is this something to be scared of or ?????  But perhaps we are not being provided with accurate numbers.

It’s the rate of increase that’s troubling..3 weeks ago no one had ever heard of it,  now they are building TWO emergency hospitals... As for accurate numbers I think a huge multiplier is required for the truth. 

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6 hours ago, Jaydee said:

It’s the rate of increase that’s troubling.

Indeed, and there is a  case in California now:


Imagine this sweeping through the homeless population living on the streets of California.... the law of unintended consequence never gets the respect it deserves and I can't imagine why that is given our recent collective experience with it. Large amounts of people living in open squalor should be accompanied by a flashing master warning light, but....

We’ve also determined that cows don’t eat sheep and forcing them to do so (byproduct protein) causes mad cow disease in them and BSE in us. In the US we learned that eating squirrel brains can cause a similar (BSE type) condition in humans. In the DRC we learned that eating bats was the source of Ebola and in China we clearly see that devouring snakes, bats, monkeys etc can be problematic as well.

I'm seeing a trend here but it's hard trying to convince China that their exotic, hot meat street markets should be shut down in the interests of public safety, equally so getting California to acknowledge that their current conditions invite health problems. This is a clear warning shot across the bow.... and it will likely go unheeded.

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Why hasn’t Canada restricted incoming flights from China? 

“ When it comes to assessing a government, particularly an authoritarian government, it’s essential to look at actions, not words.

So, with the Coronavirus spreading, the actions of the Chinese government betray a clear sense of panic.”


The words are relatively calm, with the government saying they have the situation relatively under control, and that action is being taken swiftly.

That’s what we would expect them to say.

But when it comes to the actions, another story emerges.

The entire city of Wuhan–with a population of 11 million people–is being quarantined. Including neighbouring cities, over 25 million people are in lockdown.

The airport is being shut down.

Train stations are shut down.

Buses, ferries, and other forms of inter-city transportation are being shut down.

Citizens are being told not to travel.


And all of this follows weeks in which Chinese authorities downplayed the threat of the virus, saying only 41 people had it, in what increasingly looks like a desperate cover-up.

Clearly, China’s authorities are afraid.

That raises the following question:

If China is shutting down an entire city, why isn’t Canada restricting incoming flights from China?

With the Lunar New Year travel rush on the way, there is going to be a surge of people flying to Canada from China, and people from Canada travelling to China, and then flying back.

It’s a ready-made recipe for a huge potential spread of the virus in Canada.

And while there is no guarantee of stopping it, the odds can certainly be raised in our favour.

A total restriction in incoming flights from cities around Wuhan would be a good place to start. Additionally, setting up ad-hoc quarantine and testing centres at all major airports, and diverting incoming individuals from incoming flights from China to those centres would be another key step.

Finally, if the virus continues to spread out of control, a total ban on flights from China would have to be considered.

Some may see this as “harsh” or “going too far,” but in reality it’s about the basic job of the Canadian government: Protecting the security and health of the Canadian People.

We are all hoping for the best, hoping that this doesn’t become a pandemic and that the spread is contained. But while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst, and that means taking swift action to restrict flights from China.



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and the plot thickens....

“ Weeks before lockdown, Wuhan authorities used 'refrigerating strategy’ to downplay coronavirus”


As Chinese authorities widened a massive urban lockdown and flew large numbers of medical personnel to Wuhan, the epicentre of a new SARS-like virus, medical authorities provided new indications that weeks of inaction had allowed the virus to spread widely before serious measures were taken.

Chinese authorities initially reported that the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus had most seriously affected the elderly and those left vulnerable by pre-existing health conditions.

But an academic study published by Chinese researchers in The Lancet on Friday found that of the first 41 confirmed cases of the virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, “less than half had underlying diseases.” Nearly half were 49 years of age or younger. And a third had not been exposed to the wild animal market identified as the source of virus, suggesting that even from the earliest days, it had begun to leap between people.

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Fifteen per cent of those first 41 people died.

“We are concerned that 2019-nCoV could have acquired the ability for efficient human transmission,” warned the paper’s authors, who included dozens of doctors from hospitals in Wuhan and major state institutes for infectious disease research.


The first of the patients was admitted to hospital on Dec. 16, more than a month before Chinese authorities began to lock down Wuhan and neighbouring cities in Hubei province.


On Sunday, President Xi Jinping said China was facing a “grave situation” as the country over 2,000 confirmed cases and the death toll rose to 56, overshadowing celebrations of the Lunar New Year that began on Saturday.

Nearly all of Hubei, with a population of 58 million, was under some form of lockdown, with authorities halting most forms of transportation and barring entry and exit to at least 15 cities. New cases have also been confirmed in Canada, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal, France, Singapore and the U.S.

The growing reach of the virus comes after weeks of inaction in Wuhan, where it is believed to have originated at a market selling wild animals. Though China has been credited for an unusual degree of transparency in the past week, virologists have faulted the country for acting too slowly in the early days of its spread, allowing infected people to travel widely inside and outside Wuhan.

Now, new evidence is emerging that officials in Wuhan deliberately downplayed the virus, even after formally notifying the World Health Organization on Dec. 31 about what the WHO described as “a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause.”


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People wearing face masks ride a subway train in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The new virus accelerated its spread in China, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

BEIJING (AP) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China on Sunday with 56 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.

China's health minister said the country was entering a “crucial stage" as “it seems like the ability of the virus to spread is getting stronger."

Ma Xiaowei declined to estimate how long it would take to bring the situation under control, but said travel restrictions and other strict measures should bring results “at the lowest cost and fastest speed.”

President Xi Jinping has called the outbreak a grave situation and said the government was stepping up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to the city at the center of the crisis, Wuhan, which remains on lockdown with no flights, trains or buses in or out.

The epidemic has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that originated in China and killed nearly 800 as it spread around the world in 2002 and 2003. Its spread has come amid China's busiest travel period of the year, when millions crisscross the country or head abroad for the Lunar New Year holiday.

The latest figures reported Sunday morning cover the previous 24 hours and mark an increase of 15 deaths and 688 cases for a total of 1,975 infections.

The government also reported five cases in Hong Kong and two in Macao. Small numbers of cases have been found in Thailand, Taiwan Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Australia.

The U.S. has confirmed cases in Washington state, Chicago, and most recently Southern California. Canada said it discovered its first case, a man in his 50s who was in Wuhan before flying to Toronto. Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea each reported one new case Sunday, while Thailand reported three new cases.

A notice from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said there would be limited capacity to transport U.S. citizens on a Tuesday flight from Wuhan that will proceed directly to San Francisco. It said that in the event there are not enough seats, priority will be given to to individuals “at greater risk from coronavirus."

The French Consulate also was considering an evacuation of its nationals from the city. It said it's working on arranging a bus service to help French citizens leave Wuhan.

French automaker PSA Group said it will evacuate its employees from Wuhan, quarantine them and then bring them to France.

Japan was also making preparations to fly its nationals out of Wuhan.

Chinese travel agencies have been told to halt all group tours, and concern is growing over the potential impact of millions of people traveling back to the cities after the Lunar New Year holiday ends on Thursday.

China's National Health Commission said anyone traveling from Wuhan is now required to register with community health stations and quarantine themselves at home for 14 days — the virus' maximum incubation period.

Beijing has decided to delay the start of classes after the Lunar New Year holiday ends, the official Beijing Daily reported on its website. That will extend to all schools in the capital from kindergartens to universities.

Hong Kong announced similar measures on Saturday and on Sunday two of that territory's biggest attractions, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, announced they were closing for the time being.

A proposal to possibly quarantine suspected cases and others at a still-unoccupied public housing complex in the Hong Kong suburb of Fanling sparked a protest by area residents. Though largely peaceful, they were joined by black-clad protesters like those who have clashed with police during months of anti-government protests and those protesters set a fire in the lobby of one of the buildings.

The fire was extinguished without appearing to cause major damage. Police later moved in n to disperse the group, using pepper spray on occasion.

In the heart of the outbreak where 11 million residents are already on lockdown, Wuhan banned most vehicle use, including private cars, in downtown areas starting Sunday. The city will assign 6,000 taxis to neighborhoods to help people get around if they need to.


China cut off trains, planes and other links to the city Jan. 22, and has steadily expanded the lockdown to 16 surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million — greater than that of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined.

Wuhan is building two makeshift hospitals with about 1,000 beds each to handle the growing number of patients. The city has said the first is expected to be completed Feb. 3.

Medical workers in Wuhan have been among those infected and local media reported a doctor died on Saturday morning. The 62-year-old physician was hospitalized on Jan. 18 and died a week later.

Xinhua also said medical supplies are being rushed to the city, including 14,000 protective suits, 110,000 pairs of gloves and masks and goggles.

Videos have circulated online showing throngs of frantic people in masks lined up for examinations and there have been complaints that family members had been turned away at hospitals that were at capacity.

The National Health Commission said it is bringing in medical teams to help handle the outbreak and the Chinese military dispatched 450 medical staff, some with experience in past outbreaks, including SARS and Ebola, Xinhua reported.

The new virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. It causes cold- and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, and in more severe cases, shortness of breath. It can worsen to pneumonia, which can be fatal.

First detected last month, the virus is believed to have originated in a type of wild animal sold at a Wuhan market to be consumed as food.

Chinese authorities announced a temporary ban on the trade of wild animals Sunday, saying they will “severely investigate and punish” violators. They also called on the public to refrain from eating wild animal meat.

Investigators are closely observing whether the virus was mutating, but thus far found “no obvious signs," that it is doing so, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, Gao Fu, told reporters.

That could make it easier to develop vaccines against the virus, something the center is already working on. Xinhua quoted center official Xu Wenbo as saying the they had isolated the virus and were identifying seed strain.

The rapid increase in reported deaths and illnesses does not necessarily mean the crisis is getting worse but could reflect better monitoring and reporting of the virus. Those killed by the virus have mostly been middle-aged or elderly people, sometimes suffering from other conditions that weaken their ability to fight back.

It is not clear how lethal the new coronavirus is or even whether it is as dangerous as the ordinary flu, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the U.S. alone.


Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto, researcher Henry Hou and video journalist Dake Kang in Beijing and Elias Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, contributed to this report.

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I wonder if Canada will be doing the same as other nations are doing for their stranded citizens. I see that we have dispatched an aircraft and crew today down to Australia to help with their fires, so I hope we have one available to evacuate our citizens from China including HKG.  

An update. 


While the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, China has announced plans to evacuate Americans from the city at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Sunday that the Canadian government doesn't, at this time, have any plans to charter a flight to evacuate Canadian ...



ARIS (Reuters) - French citizens will be evacuated from the Wuhan area in China that is the center of a coronavirus outbreak, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Sunday.

“French citizens will be repatriated by airplane directly to France, with the agreement of the Chinese authorities. This will take place midweek,” Buzyn told reporters, adding that Chinese authorities had asked France to proceed in this way.

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Yet another country going to the aid of it's citizens.   


Japan to arrange charter flight for Japanese in Wuhan as early as Tuesday: Kyodo




TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is expected to arrange a charter flight as early as Tuesday for any of its citizens who wish to return from Wuhan in China, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, Kyodo news agency cited a senior ruling party official as saying on Monday.

The death toll from the new virus rose to 80 on Monday as residents of Hubei province, where the disease originated, amid increasing global efforts to halt its rapid spread.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference earlier on Monday the government was working with Chinese authorities to make arrangements for all Japanese nationals wishing to return from Wuhan, including on charter flights.

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“ The Toronto man “has been managed with all appropriate infection and prevention control protocols, so the risk of onward spread in Canada is low,” Tam said.

“Nevertheless it would not be unexpected that there will be more cases imported into Canada in the near term given global travel patterns.” Nine other suspected cases in Ontario alone were under investigation as of Sunday.”


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