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 “ Two State Department-chartered flights carrying additional American evacuees from Wuhan, China -- the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak -- were held in Vancouver, Canada and Travis Air Force Base in California due to "two persons of interest," one on each plane. The passengers showed symptoms of coronavirus, which include fever, shortness of breath, and a cough, two U.S. officials close to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Fox News.


Medical teams in Nebraska and Texas are prepared to receive the passengers, who were set to be held in quarantine for 14 days while they were monitored for possible symptoms.

The latest estimates suggest the plane held in Vancouver is expected to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., shortly before 12 p.m. ET, while the other plane is estimated to arrive at its first stop at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio around 1:30 p.m. ET. The plane is then slated to leave Lackland for Nebraska to drop off the remaining passengers at Eppley Airfield in Omaha.

On Thursday, an official with the federal department told Fox News that the two flights were likely to be the last State Department-chartered flights out of the city.

“At this time, we do not anticipate staging additional flights beyond those planned to depart February 6,” the spokesperson said, adding any U.S. citizens still in China “should attempt to depart by commercial means.”

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Royal Caribbean bans China, Hong Kong, Macau passport holders from ships on coronavirus fears

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is docked after passengers were removed with possible coronavirus symptoms at the port of Bayonne, New Jersey, U.S., February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan R Smith

(Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd said on Friday it would ban guests holding China, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding its ships amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The company’s new protocols come in the wake of the fast-spreading virus, which has killed more than 600 people and has affected over 31,000 individuals in at least 25 countries.

Guests or crew members who have traveled to, from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, or been in contact with someone who has, less than 15 days before sailing will not be allowed to board the company’s ships under the new rules.

The company would also screen guests with flu-like symptoms and those who are unsure if they had been in contact with individuals who had visited China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days. (


Royal Caribbean on Friday also delayed the departure of its Anthem of the Seas cruise from New Jersey by a day after four guests were tested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for coronavirus.

None of the four showed any clinical symptoms of the virus, the company said.

The CDC had screened 27 passengers on the ship who had recently traveled from China.

Reporting by Praveen Paramasivam in Bengalu

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From the Washington Post this morning. China clamping down hard.


“ Beijing authorities have said that lying about having contact with someone with coronavirus contacts could be punishable by death”

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18 minutes ago, Jaydee said:


Of course if you consider the total population of mainland China and then factor in the number of infected, ..... As of November 2019, China's population stands at 1.435 billion, the largest of any country in the world.

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Today’s update...

Wandered up the road for coffee this afternoon. More traffic than yesterday,  but still maybe 5% of usual. None of the busses I saw had more than 5 passengers, and there was a security guy in the front of each bus. Presumably he takes everybody’s temperature before they can get on, but didn’t see that first hand. Security guards are posted at each entrance to the shopping centre where the coffee shops are located, and nobody gets inside without wearing a mask. Starbucks will allow patrons to purchase food and drinks, but cannot consume them on the premises. Costa Coffee just a few doors over will let patrons stick around but didn’t want to accept cash for payment. I ran into a few foreigners today and none were wearing masks other than to get into buildings requiring them. The locals are all wearing masks. One of our foreign pilots had his hand sanitizer taken away at security today. Apparently new regulations prohibit alcohol-based hand sanitizer on-board aircraft here. Don’t ask me how that makes any sense, especially when they allow crew members to carry cigarette lighters even though our DG manual says that they are prohibited on board aircraft in China. Anybody know how to empty a cigarette lighter and refill it with hand sanitizer???

The picture attached is a bus stop just outside our (foreign) crew hotel. It normally has more people waiting.

Will update further if I notice changes or anything of interest.



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Not under control by a long shot. Appears to be getting worse, not the last 24 hours an 18% INCREASE in confirmed cases....191 deaths yesterday alone...a 26% death rate.  






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Shanghai building new infectious disease hospital for coronavirus patients

City is the latest of more than a dozen in China racing to open facilities to treat growing number of cases

It will be an extension of public health clinic and will have negative pressure wards, where air flows in but not out, and 200 beds

Monday, 10 February 2020, 10:00:PM

Shanghai, China’s most international city and financial centre, is building a new hospital to handle coronavirus patients as the deadly disease continues to spread across the country.

Hundreds of workers are building the infectious disease facility in suburban Jinshan in the southwest – far from the city’s glitzy Lujiazui financial district, and Shanghai’s famous Bund waterfront area.

The new hospital will be an extension of the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, where all of the city’s coronavirus patients – currently 299 of them – are being treated.

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The coronavirus causing panic around the world has a new name

Dario ThuburnAFPPublished Tuesday, February 11, 2020 12:02PM EST
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explains the reasons behind the coronavirus being renamed to 'COVID-19.'
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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -- The UN health agency on Tuesday announced that "COVID-19" will be the official name of the deadly virus from China, saying the disease represented a "very grave threat" for the world but there was a "realistic chance" of stopping it.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's COVID-19," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

Tedros said that "co" stands for "corona", "vi" for "virus" and "d" for "disease", while "19" was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31.

Tedros said the name had been chosen to avoid references to a specific geographical location, animal species or group of people in line with international recommendations for naming aimed at preventing stigmatisation.

WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name of "2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease" and China's National Health Commission this week said it was temporarily calling it "novel coronavirus pneumonia" or NCP.

Under a set of guidelines issued in 2015, WHO advises against using place names such as Ebola and Zika -- where those diseases were first identified and which are now inevitably linked to them in the public mind.

More general names such as "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome" or "Spanish flu" are also now avoided as they can stigmatise entire regions or ethnic groups.

WHO also notes that using animal species in the name can create confusion, such as in 2009 when H1N1 was popularly referred to as "swine flu".

This had a major impact on the pork industry even though the disease was being spread by people rather than pigs.

People's names -- usually the scientists who identified the disease -- are also banned, as are "terms that incite undue fear" such as "unknown" or "fatal", the WHO said.

'More powerful' than terrorist attack

The virus has killed more than 1,000 people, infected over 42,000 and reached some 25 countries, with the WHO declaring a global health emergency.

Addressing scientists at the first international conference on combating the virus earlier on Tuesday, Tedros warned that the virus was a "very grave threat".

"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action," he told reporters later.

About 400 scientists were taking part in the two-day international meeting in Geneva called to review how the virus is transmitted and possible vaccines against it.

"We are not defenceless," Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now... we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak."

Participants will also discuss the source of the virus, which is thought to have originated in bats and reached humans via other "intermediary" species such as snakes or pangolins.

WHO sent an advance team to China this week for an international mission to examine the epidemic.

It was unclear, however, whether the team would be able to visit Wuhan, a city in central China which has been under lockdown after the outbreak was registered in a food and live animal market in the city.

Roadmap for research

No specific treatment or vaccine against the virus exists, and WHO has repeatedly urged countries to share data in order to further research into the disease.

"That is especially true in relation to sharing of samples and sequences. To defeat this outbreak, we need open and equitable sharing, according to the principles of fairness and equity," Tedros told the scientific conference.

He said he hoped the scientists could agree a roadmap "around which researchers and donors will align".

Several teams of experts in Australia, Britain, China, France, Germany and the United States are racing to develop a vaccine -- a process that normally takes years.

Efforts to come up with a vaccine are being led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a body established in 2017 to finance costly biotechnology research in the wake of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people.

Ultimately, however, scientists may end up in the same situation they were during the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) -- which died out before a vaccine could be fully developed.

A close cousin of COVID-19, SARS spread around the world and killed nearly 800.

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just go find t he lab that developed it to get the original strain and develop a vaccine from there.

Let the conspiracy theories begin.


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Sudden 33% spike in infections in China in two days .😥😥. ....this can’t be good !!


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the number of infected is likely WAY higher than that.  that's what they are reporting


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The epidemic

“Ring-a-ring o' roses / A pocket full of posies / A-tishoo! A-tishoo! / We all fall down.”

Some folk attribute this old nursery rhyme to the plague in England of 1665. But it seems singularly appropriate for coronavirus or COVID-19, about which, as yet, we know little. Its origin is, allegedly, a mutation of a virus from a snake, bat or pangolin. Alternatively, one school of thought believes it escaped from a biological warfare laboratory in Hunan. At the time of writing, officially, the ratio of reported deaths to reported recovered is about 23%, which has been declining as time progresses. While the fatality rate is expected by Western analysts to level out at about 3.5-4% of those infected, its spread is probably much more serious than admitted, with the Chinese being accused of playing the crisis down. To be fair, it will have been hard for the authorities to keep up with its rapid spread. Coming during the Chinese New Year holiday when most factories have closed anyway, there is some confusion about the economic impact. Officially, the public holiday ended on 30 January, but nearly all factories were still closed a week later, and their reopening will be gradual at best.

Not only do Chinese factories supply the world with consumer goods, but they are integral to global supply chains. Hyundai in South Korea has already been forced to close all its factories due to lack of Chinese components and other car makers around the world have expressed similar difficulties. For all intents and purposes, China is shut, and therefore its economy is not functioning. And the longer this goes on it is increasingly difficult to see when, if ever, past normality will return.

China’s experience threatens to be repeated elsewhere, in which case the world, with closed factories and people severely restricted in their human interactions, faces the deepest global economic slump since medieval times, when the plague ravished Europe. Ring-a-ring o' roses indeed. Meanwhile, financial assets stand close to all-time highs. This is undoubtedly due to money and credit being pumped into financial markets at a quickening pace, and while bond yields are suppressed by freely available money, it seems economic actors prefer not to hold bank deposits relative to the risk of holding equities.

Just when this viral epidemic materialised, the financial system was already on life support and at its weakest. The credit cycle is due to turn down, and the dynamics behind it suggest it could be worse than the Lehman crisis, which was broadly contained to financial entities and residential property prices. This time the banks have accumulated worrying levels of junk debt directly and indirectly through collateralised loan obligations. Money markets are badly stretched with liquidity having miraculously disappeared. Central banks are flooding them with new money even before the periodic banking and systemic crisis has occurred. But all this extra central bank money achieves is to drive financial asset values even higher.

It will be a mistake to blame the financial and economic events that follow on the coronavirus, but inevitably this is what those who have relied on a failing monetary system will do. As to the course of the coronavirus epidemic, only time will tell. With financial markets already teetering on the edge of a systemic and economic crisis, the timing of its emergence could pull the trigger on a global financial and economic collapse.


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Ever repeating / renewing News story:

US is going to evacuate it's citizens from the quarantined Diamond Princess in Japan.  Canada still considering what to do.

The same was of course true re the evacuation from China, other nations acted and our government dithered.  Perhaps this time, our PM is again using our large aircraft to travel down to the Caribbean chasing votes for the US Security Council (something that I am sure has no benefit except for prestige to Canada). 


Canada still ‘assessing’ Diamond Princess situation as U.S. evacuates its citizens

Posted February 15, 2020 10:38 am
Updated February 15, 2020 10:49 am
  Japanese minister says U.S. to evacuate citizens on board Diamond Princess

While the United States evacuates its citizens from the quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship, the Canadian government said they are still “urgently assessing” the situation.

Global Affairs Canada said in a statement to Global News on Saturday they have deployed three officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada to Japan, where the ship has been docked in Yokohama, Tokyo, since Feb. 5.

They urged Canadians quarantined on the Diamond Princess with medical concerns to consult ship personnel and medical authorities on board.

“The health and safety of Canadians is our absolute priority,” they said. “Officials from Global Affairs Canada are engaging with Japanese authorities to determine next steps.”

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said in a tweet four Standing Rapid Deployment Team members arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday. Public Health Agency officials arrived on Friday. He added two medical officers from the Canadian Armed Forces were expected to be deployed in the coming days.


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Looks like someone got a kick in the ass.


TORONTO -- The Canadian government has chartered a plane to repatriate Canadians on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed late Saturday night that the decision was taken “because of the extraordinary circumstances faced by passengers on the Diamond Princess and to lighten the burden on the Japanese health-care system.”

The aircraft will bring passengers from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont. , after which they will be assessed and transported to the NAV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ont. to undergo a further 14-day period of quarantine.

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Coronavirus: Hongkongers stranded aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship to be flown home on Cathay Pacific flights, as city confirms three new cases

  • But for some 2,000 Hongkongers locked down in mainland China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak – there remains no sign of escape
  • Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, visits mainland companies to inspect stock as panic buying continued to clear city’s supermarket shelves
Hundreds of Hong Kong residents stranded aboard the Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan are set to return home on chartered Cathay Pacific flights. Photo: EPA-EFE

Two Cathay Pacific flights will fly home 350 Hongkongers stranded aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner on Thursday as authorities sent senior officials to Japan to oversee the evacuation.

But as the marooned residents would finally end their ordeal, for some 2,000 Hongkongers locked down in mainland China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the outbreak – there was on Monday still no sign of any such reprieve.

As officials began preparations for the return of the residents – who will still face a 14-day quarantine when they get back – Hong Kong recorded another three confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus taking its total to 60, and Beijing’s top man in the city, Luo Huining, visited mainland companies to inspect their stock as panic buying continued to clear supermarket shelves.

Confirming an earlier Post report, Director of Immigration Erick Tsang Kwok-wai and undersecretary for security Sonny Au Chi-kwong led a team of about 30 to Tokyo on Monday evening to finalise arrangements with their Japanese counterparts.

A second team would fly to Japan on Tuesday, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu said.


“We care for and are concerned about the well being of Hong Kong residents on the Diamond Princess cruise. We are serious about the operation to evacuate them,” Lee said at Hong Kong International Airport.

The immigration team on its way to Tokyo at Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Handout
The immigration team on its way to Tokyo at Hong Kong International Airport. Photo: Handout

“Once they are allowed to leave the ship, they should be transported immediately to [Tokyo’s Haneda Airport] so we can arrange flights for them.”


The ship, which has 3,700 people on board, left Hong Kong on January 25 and visited Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawa.


It has been quarantined off Yokohama since February 4. As of Monday night, 454 people on board, including 21 Hongkongers, have been infected.

Lee did not name the airline, but sources said it would be Cathay Pacific, on flights CX8542 and CX8548, which would leave Hong Kong at 5.35am and 8.05am respectively on Wednesday.


The aircraft would leave Tokyo for Hong Kong at 6am and 8am on Thursday.

Cathay Pacific later confirmed the arrangement on Monday night, adding that each flight would be staffed by crew members who had volunteered their services.

The cabin crew and the ground handling team will wear appropriate protective gear and the passengers will be allocated seats in accordance with the advice of the authorities,” the airline said.

“They will be cared for by the medical personnel on board.”

It added that no food would be served on the evacuation flights to ensure minimal contact between crew and passengers.

Lee said once the Japanese authorities confirmed the Hong Kong travellers were not infected, they would be taken to the airport in Tokyo for further checks.

He also said he knew of five Macau residents on the cruise, and that they could contact the Hong Kong government if they wished to board the flights.


All passengers would have to be quarantined in government facilities for 14 days, but Lee said authorities were still making arrangements. Those confirmed to be infected would have to stay in Japan for treatment, he said.

Flight attendants and pilots would be exempt from any quarantine.

Stranded Hongkonger Yardley Wong, 43, said it was “inhumane” that she had to be quarantined for 14 more days, saying she had been kept on the cruise long enough.

“I know the danger of this virus. I won’t leave my house,” she said, asking to stay at home instead.

She and her family had been confined in windowless rooms for days, she added.

But Chinese University respiratory medicine expert Professor David Hui Shu-cheong said the passengers posed a high risk given that the transmission details of the virus were still unknown.

Two flights arranged by the US government left Tokyo on Monday with 340 American citizens on board. Officials later said 14 of them had tested positive for the virus.


But for Hongkongers stranded in Hubei province, there was no indication of an imminent return to their home.

Lawmaker Lo Wai-kwok, chairman of the pro-establishment Business and Professionals Alliance of Hong Kong, urged the government to arrange flights as soon as possible.

They could be brought home in groups, with the elderly given priority, Lo said.

The government said earlier it was studying the public health risk of bringing them home, and assessing whether the city had enough places to hold them.

The Macau government, meanwhile, announced on Monday that it would be business as usual in the city’s casinos from Thursday when a 15-day closure order expired.

Pubs and karaoke bars would remain closed and there would be tighter restrictions at the border, the authorities said.


Separately, Beijing’s top representative in Hong Kong, Luo Huining, visited mainland companies in the city on Monday, including Bank of China, China Merchants Group, China Resources and Sinopec.

According to a liaison office statement, Luo visited warehouses to inspect the supplies of daily necessities, such as rice and pork, as Hong Kong continued to be gripped by panic buying, including a run on toilet paper.

“Director Luo… extended his warm wishes and paid tribute to all frontline staff of these companies. He conducted on-the-ground studies of their efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, [maintain] market supply, [provide] financial relief and [undertake] risk prevention,” the statement said.

Luo, who replaced Wang Zhimin as head of the liaison office in January, stressed that China-funded businesses must help ensure market stability, especially for daily necessities, and offer financial relief to local businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.

Additional reporting by Christopher Johnson, Ng Kang-chung, William Zheng and Victor Ting



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COVID-19: Canadians aboard Diamond Princess to fly home Thursday, Champagne says

Posted February 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Updated February 19, 2020 5:02 pm

Canadians who have spent weeks on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan will board a government-chartered plane to take them home Thursday evening, the foreign affairs minister says.

Thousands of passengers who’d been taking a cruise on the Diamond Princess have been stuck aboard the ship, docked in Yokohama while the illness dubbed COVID-19 has sickened hundreds.

Japanese authorities will test Canadian passengers for the virus before allowing them to leave the ship, where they’ll be taken by bus to the airport to board the chartered plane, Francois-Philippe Champagne said Wednesday.

Anyone who wants to come home and has been cleared to fly will be checked out again at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, in Ontario, before being moved on to quarantine at a hotel and conference centre in Cornwall, Ont., a few hundred kilometres east.


Forty-seven of about 250 Canadian passengers had been struck by the bug at last count, according to Canadian authorities.

“The best approach to dealing with Canadians who have been infected with the coronavirus in Japan is for them to be treated locally,” Champagne said in Ottawa after question period Wednesday

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Health Minister Patty Hajdu added that not only would transporting sick patients home to Canada pose a risk to others on the same plane, a long flight without the necessary health care on board could cause an infected person’s condition to deteriorate.

COVID-19 is thought to have an incubation period of about two weeks, and the evacuees will wait out that period in quarantine once they arrive home to make sure they don’t get sick and spread the illness in Canada.

But if patients have tested negative for the virus, have had no contact with infected patients and show no symptoms, Canada’s chief medical officer has the discretion to release passengers from quarantine early, Hajdu said.

The much-criticized quarantine of the cruise ship was to end later Wednesday. The Diamond Princess’s 542 virus cases are the most in any place outside of China, and medical experts have called its quarantine a failure.

Canadian officials were waiting on final authorization from those in Japan before the plane ferrying people home is able to take off, according to Champagne, who added that the government wanted to make sure every Canadian on board the ship had been contacted and was fully aware of the options.

He said the plane landed in Japan after some unforeseen technical issues prior to takeoff Tuesday. The Canadian evacuation had previously been scheduled for earlier in the week.

One healthy Canadian passenger said she’s eager to go home and the departure date’s being moved is “discouraging.”

“We’d like to hear what the explanation might be instead of being left in the dark once again,” said Trudy Clement of Callander, Ont.

2:20Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong passengers evacuate Diamond Princess cruise ship before flying home

 Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong passengers evacuate Diamond Princess cruise ship before flying home

Lolita Wisener of Red Deer, Alta., who is also looking forward to coming home, said she was not happy.

“The smiles are getting a little bit more brittle now, you know,” she said via Skype.

The “hope” they had when it was announced last Saturday that the government would take Canadians from the Diamond Princess is now fading, she said.

“It’s a good thing we’re not drowning, eh?” Wisener said.

“I’m starting to feel bad for me.”

Evacuees from the centre of the coronavirus outbreak have spent nearly two weeks at CFB Trenton under quarantine are preparing to return home.

They were placed in isolation after they returned to Canada from Wuhan, China. The government is now working to help them make their final travel plans once they are released from quarantine.

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A good visualization of why this virus, or the next one, or next one could be disastrous to the world.


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Gold Hits New 7-Year High as Virus Prompts More Upgrades

Gold prices surged to fresh seven-year highs as portfolio investors flocked to haven assets as the coronavirus spread menacingly outside of China.

The number of confirmed cases in South Korea leaped to over 200, putting investors on alert for signs that the virus may be difficult to contain even in countries with advanced health care systems (and reliable data).


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