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  • New coronavirus could be ‘as deadly’ as Spanish flu pandemic

    Professor Neil Ferguson, Vice-Dean for Academic Development of Imperial College London’s School of Medicine, told London reporters on Jan. 22 that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) and the 1918 H1N1 virus have “roughly the same” mortality rate.

    “This [2019-nCoV’s death rate] could be two percent, similar to Spanish flu,” Ferguson told Yahoo News.

    A two percent death rate means “one in 50” persons who acquired the virus could die.

    With the current death toll at 17 out of 555 cases, American news website The Hill said the 2019-nCov’s death rate is now at three percent, “a little more than the estimated 2.5 percent mortality rate caused by the Spanish flu in 1918.”


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      Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau: Salaries of quarantined persons due to epidemic situation

      Beijing News Express According to the website information of the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, on January 23, the Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau issued a notice on issues related to maintaining stable labor relations during the prevention and control of the epidemic.

      The full text is as follows:

      Human resources and social security bureaus of enterprises, districts, social undertaking bureaus of Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, and administrative examination and approval bureau of Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone:

      In order to implement the requirements of the Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government on the prevention and control of the epidemic situation, to ensure that sick employees receive treatment at ease, to protect the legitimate rights and interests of quarantined personnel and those who have not returned to Beijing in time due to the epidemic situation, to ensure the normal production and operation of enterprises, and to maintain stable labor relations, The relevant issues are notified as follows:

      I. Enterprises shall guarantee sick employees to enjoy medical treatment period and sick leave pay in accordance with law

      According to the relevant laws and regulations of the state and this Municipality, employees who have stopped working for medical treatment due to illness should enjoy a medical treatment period. During the period of medical treatment for employees, the enterprise shall pay sick leave pay in accordance with the labor contract or collective contract. The sick leave pay shall not be less than 80% of the minimum wage in Beijing.

      2. Enterprises should properly arrange those who have been quarantined due to the epidemic situation and those who have not returned to Beijing in time to return to work.

      For suspected patients with new-type coronavirus-infected pneumonia, and those who are in close contact with patients with new-type coronavirus-infected pneumonia, suspected patients are quarantined and isolated by medical observation as patients or carriers of pathogens. The wages during the quarantine and medical observation shall be paid by the affiliated enterprise as normal Pay during work.

      For employees who did not return to Beijing to return to work due to the epidemic situation, the enterprise may give priority to arranging annual leave for employees. Among them, employees who have worked cumulatively for one year and less than ten years are entitled to five days of annual leave; for those who have worked for ten years and less than twenty years, they have been on vacation for ten days a year; Employees enjoy the same salary during their annual leave as during normal work. If the employee has not returned to work for a long period of time, the enterprise may arrange for the employee to stay on duty after consultation with the employee. During the period of stay, the enterprise shall pay the basic living expenses according to not less than 70% of the city's minimum wage. Employees on business trips who perform work tasks and fail to return to Beijing due to the epidemic situation shall be paid by the affiliated enterprises according to the wages during the normal work period.

      3. Enterprises can adopt centralized work and centralized rest to maintain normal production and operation.

      Enterprises affected by the epidemic situation may apply to the human resources and social security department for the implementation of a comprehensive calculation of the working hours system, and implement rotation and rest according to the needs of production and operation.

      4. The human resources and social security departments in all districts must effectively do a good job of service guidance and monitoring and disposal.

      All districts should implement territorial responsibilities, strengthen guidance on labor employment for enterprises affected by the epidemic, increase the prediction and early warning of labor relationship risks, and effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of employees. It is necessary to open up green channels and do a good job of administrative permits for the special working hours system of enterprises in accordance with the law. In accordance with the requirements of the epidemic prevention and control work, strengthen the employment monitoring of enterprises with a high mobility of personnel such as labor dispatch and effectively prevent and handle emergencies.

      Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau
      January 23, 2020
      Edit Lin Weiqi
      Source: Beijing Human Resources and Social Security Bureau Website
      Original Title: Notice on Issues Related to Maintaining Stability of Labor Relations During Epidemic Prevention and Control


      • 4 suspected cases of pneumonitis infected with new coronavirus found in Malaysia

        According to CCTV news, on the afternoon of the 23rd local time, the Malaysian Ministry of Health's Crisis Preparedness and Response Center received four reports of suspected new coronavirus infection pneumonia. At present, all four people have been quarantined, and three of them have been negative. The latest quarantined person was admitted to a hospital in Sabah, Eastern Malaysia on January 22, and he is currently in a stable condition. Samples are being sent for examination. The report will be announced shortly.


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          Tianjin reports 4 cases of confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia: 3 cases are severe
          2020-01-23 20:22:51 China News Network

          China News Network, Tianjin, January 23 (Reporter Zhang Daozheng) Wang Jianguo, Secretary of the Party Committee and Director of the Tianjin Municipal Health and Health Committee, said on the 23rd: As of 6:00 on January 23, 4 cases of pneumonia with new coronavirus infection were found in Tianjin, all of which Isolation treatment has been received at designated hospitals. Among the patients, there were 2 males and 2 females, all of whom had travel or work history in Wuhan. There are currently no deaths and critical illnesses, and three are severe. Close contacts are receiving medical observation.

          On the same day, the Tianjin Municipal Government Information Office held a press conference to report the epidemic situation in the city. At the meeting, Wang Jianguo introduced that since the pneumonia epidemic of a new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, the Tianjin Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government have attached great importance to research and deployment of the city's prevention and control work. A leading group for the prevention and control of pneumonia in a new type of coronavirus infection has been established in Tianjin, with the Tianjin Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government as the main leaders.

          At the same time, Tianjin has also established three levels of expert groups. The first is an advisory expert group headed by Zhang Boli, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the president of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to conduct epidemic analysis, policy research, and make recommendations for prevention and control. The second is to set up a city-level epidemic prevention and control and medical treatment expert group; the third is to set up hospital-level expert groups to perform diagnosis and treatment in accordance with national diagnostic and treatment standards to ensure the smooth development of medical treatment.

          琦 Wu Qi, leader of the medical treatment and treatment team for pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus infection in Tianjin, said that at present, 4 confirmed patients in Tianjin are receiving treatment in designated hospitals. Of the 4 confirmed patients admitted, 3 were critically ill. One of the critically ill women was 60 years old, had 25 years of diabetes, 20 years of hypertension, 4 years of coronary heart disease, and had fever after traveling to Wuhan; 1 male 58 years old, with 20 years of drinking history, had traveled to Wuhan for business; 1 woman was 68 years old, had a history of hypertension for 7 years, and has lived in Wuhan for a long time. After the relevant treatment measures were given, the four patients' life indicators were stable.

          "According to the current data, there is some human-to-human transmission of pneumonitis infected by the new coronavirus." Gu Qing, director of the Tianjin Center for Disease Control and Prevention, advises the public to take measures to protect themselves: one is to maintain hand hygiene; the other is to maintain indoor air Circulation; the third is to develop good eating and drinking habits; the fourth is to wear a mask when going to the hospital for treatment or accompanying care; the fifth is to avoid contact with wild animals as much as possible and avoid contact with farm animals without protection.
          Edit: Lu Yun


          • New coronavirus-infected pneumonia has appeared confirmed cases without travel history in Wuhan

            Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, January 23 (Reporters Qu Ting and Tian Xiaohang) According to the 'Diagnosis and Treatment of Pneumonia of New Coronavirus Infection (Trial Version)' issued by the National Health and Health Commission on the 23rd, the cases collected so far show that none The number of cases of Wuhan South China seafood market exposure is increasing, with clustered cases and confirmed cases without a history of travel in Wuhan, and confirmed cases without clear market exposure history from Wuhan have been found in many overseas countries and regions.

            According to this plan, medical personnel at various levels of medical institutions at various levels should immediately conduct isolation and treatment when they find a suspected case that meets the definition of a case, and report to the relevant departments of the medical institution and the disease control center under their jurisdiction. The medical institution will organize the hospital or District (county) expert consultations, if the diagnosis of viral pneumonia caused by common respiratory pathogens cannot be diagnosed, specimens should be collected for pathogen detection in a timely manner. Suspected cases can be ruled out for two consecutive consecutive cases, and the detection of respiratory pathogenic nucleic acid is negative at least one day apart.

            新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎已出现无武汉旅行史确诊病例 ---根据国家卫生健康委员会23日发布的《新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎诊疗方案(试行第三版)》,截至目前搜集到的病例显示,无武汉华南海鲜市场暴露史的病例在增加,并出现了聚集性病例和无武汉旅行史的确诊病例,而且在境外多个国家和地区发现了来自于武汉的无明确市场暴露史的确诊病例。


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              Wang Guangfa on the condition: "An anti-HIV drug works well for me"
              Published: 2020-01-23 20:52:29 | Source: China News | Author: Qing-only

              China News Agency, Beijing, January 23 (Reporter Wu Qingcai) Wang Guangfa, director of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University First Hospital, and member of the expert group on pneumonitis associated with new coronavirus, revealed in an exclusive interview with China News Agency that there is HIV drugs worked for him. He was previously diagnosed with a new coronavirus-infected pneumonia and is currently undergoing isolation treatment.

              Wang Guangfa, director of the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University First Hospital, and member of the expert group on pneumonitis associated with new coronavirus. For map

              In a 50-minute interview with reporters, Wang Guangfa could not hear the difference from normal people except for occasional cough. During the interview, his attending doctor greeted him outside the door, and Wang Guangfa blurted out: "You are my life-saving benefactor."

              Wang Guangfa told reporters that this is because the doctor suggested that he use a drug called "lopinavirlitonavir tablets", which is an antiviral drug for AIDS. This drug is effective in his case, but it is unclear whether it will be effective in other patients and follow-up observations are needed. Earlier, Zhong Nanshan, a well-known respiratory expert in China and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, once said that currently there is no specific medicine for this new type of pneumonia.

              Wang Guangfa said that many patients generally need more than one to two weeks to gradually control and improve their condition. It took him only a day to get his temperature down. After three days of normal body temperature, he had to go through two tests. The most optimistic estimate is that he will be discharged from the hospital five days later. (Finish)


              • Coronavirus outbreak: doctors use robot to treat first known US patient

                American citizen in his 30s was admitted to Washington state hospital on Monday after trip to China

                "Doctors have been using a robot to treat the first person known to have been admitted to hospital in the US with a new strain of the coronavirus, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, which has killed at least 17 people in China and infected hundreds more.

                The man in his 30s was admitted to the special pathogens unit in a hospital in Everett, Washington, on Monday. The US citizen had recently returned from a trip to central China and had been diagnosed in Seattle.

                Dr George Diaz, the section chief of infectious diseases at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, told the Guardian the patient was in a “satisfactory condition” on Wednesday. He did not give an update on how long the patient would remain in the unit.

                Diaz said he had sat outside a window of the patient’s 20ft x 20ft room to operate the robot, which was equipped with a camera, microphone and stethoscope. It is one of many ways the hospital has worked to reduce risk of the virus spreading.

                Diaz said the patient was picked up from his home and taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was brought to the isolation unit in an Isopod – a closed gurney – and then allowed to move around inside his room once it was secured.,,"


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                  Translation:2020-01-23 21:21:39 Beijing News

                  Four new confirmed cases of pneumonia imported with new coronavirus infection in Jiangsu

                  Beijing News Express According to the WeChat public account of Jiangsu Health and Health Commission, at 08:00 on January 23, 2020, Jiangsu Province reported 4 new confirmed cases of pneumonia with new coronavirus infection. Among them, 2 cases were in Nanjing, 1 in Lianyungang and 1 in Yangzhou, and the first confirmed cases were reported in Nanjing, Lianyungang and Yangzhou. All 4 cases had recent travel history in Wuhan.

                  As of 18:00 on January 23, Jiangsu Province has reported a total of 5 confirmed cases of pneumonitis with new coronavirus infection and no severe cases.

                  At present, 73 close contacts have been tracked down in Jiangsu Province, 13 people have been released from medical observation, and 60 people are still receiving medical observation...


                  • 2 Vietnamese patients suspected of having corona virus: There was a female student returning from Wuhan

                    One of two patients suspected of coronary virus infection is a student who has just come back from Wuhan, China.

                    On the morning of January 23, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam came to inspect the work against the new acute pneumonia epidemic at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases (Kim Chung Campus, Dong Anh, Hanoi).

                    According to the hospital's report, there are 2 patients suspected of corona virus infection, L.T.T (20 years old) is a student studying abroad in Wuhan and T.V.H (55 years old) is trading at the market at Lang Son border gate.

                    According to this hospital's report, on January 22, L.T.T patient was admitted to the hospital and was diagnosed with CRNN fever (excluding Coronavirus infection).

                    Through examination, the patient was identified with mild fever (37.5 degrees C), sore throat, dry cough. However, up to the present time, the patient is being treated in the isolation ward and there is no fever and is being followed up by doctors.


                    • Coronavirus fears in Scotland as two in hospital after China trip

                      Two travellers to Scotland from China are being treated in hospital amid fears over the spread of deadly coronavirus.

                      The patients were taken into isolation after reporting flu-like symptoms after entering the UK.

                      It is believed that the travellers came to Scotland from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the latest outbreak erupted, in the past week.

                      Initial tests have not been able to rule out coronavirus but senior doctors believed the timing of the flights and symptoms gave grounds to be optimistic that they were suffering from common flu.


                      • National Health Commission confirmed first case of pneumonia in Jiangsu province
                        January 23, 2020 21:35:56 Source: Xinhua News Agency

                        Xinhua News Agency, Nanjing, January 23 (Reporter Qiu Bingqing) The Jiangsu Province Health Committee issued a news on the evening of the 22nd that the National Health and Health Commission confirmed a confirmed case of pneumonia in a new type of coronavirus infection in Suzhou.

                        The patient is a 37-year-old male. He currently lives in the Suzhou Industrial Park. He returned from Wuhan on January 10 to a fever clinic, and was transferred to a designated medical institution for isolation and treatment on the same day. The specimens of this case were collected and tested positive by the Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention of New Coronavirus Nucleic Acid, and checked by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. On January 22, the expert group confirmed that the case was the first confirmed case of pneumonia in a novel coronavirus infection in Jiangsu. At present, the patient's vital signs are relatively stable, and his temperature has returned to normal.

                        As of January 22, 28 close contacts of the case have been followed up and medical observations have been conducted. At present, there are no symptoms of acute respiratory infections, and 13 people have been released from medical observations. (Finish)


                        • ECDC: Pneumonia cases associated with novel coronavirus, China

                          Chinese authorities have identified a cluster of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV infections in Wuhan City, China. Cases with travel history to Wuhan have been detected in other areas of China, such as Beijing and Guangdong. Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States have also reported cases. Further global spread is likely.

                          Contact tracing activities and applied hygiene and environmental sanitation activities in Wuhan are ongoing.

                          The 2019-nCoV identified in China is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern, especially when there’s little knowledge about the characteristics of the virus, how it spreads between people, how severe are the resulting infections and how to treat them.

                          Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed but more information is needed to evaluate the full extent of this mode of transmission. The source of infection is unknown and could still be active. Therefore, the likelihood of infection for travellers visiting Wuhan having close contact with symptomatic individuals is considered moderate. Consequently, the likelihood of importation of cases of 2019-nCoV to the EU/EEA is also considered to be moderate. Adherence to appropriate infection prevention and control practices, in particular in healthcare settings in EU/EEA countries with direct links to Wuhan, make the likelihood that a case reported in the EU would result in secondary cases within the EU/EEA low.

                          All flights from Wuhan have been cancelled. The Chinese New Year celebrations at the end of January will increase travel volume to/from China and within China, hence increasing the likelihood of arrival of cases in the EU.

                          The outbreak investigations are on-going and as this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, ECDC will provide updated information as it becomes available
                          Risk assessment: Outbreak of acute respiratory syndrome associated with a novel coronavirus, Wuhan, China; first update (

                          See all information on COVID-19, situation updates, risk assessments, questions and answers, latest evidence, surveillance and laboratory guidance and how to protect yourself and others.


                          • Four people in Scotland being tested for deadly coronavirus after showing symptoms following China visit

                            Three of the suspected cases were in Edinburgh, while the other is believed to be in Glasgow.

                            All four patients recently returned form Wuhan, the source of the outbreak.

                            It is not yet known which hospitals are treating them, though Prof Juergen Haas, head of infection medicine at Edinburgh University, said it was "very likely" that cases would be confirmed in the UK.

                            "In any European countries there is a danger that these cases occur," he said.


                            • Second confirmed case of new type of coronavirus pneumonia confirmed in Hebei, dead after rescue
                              Beijing News Express According to the Hebei Provincial Health and Health Committee's report, on January 23, Hebei was diagnosed with the second case of pneumonitis infected with a new coronavirus.

                              Patient Chen, male, 80 years old, from Nanpi County, Cangzhou City. He had lived in Wuhan for more than 2 months. After returning to Nanpi County, he developed chest tightness and dyspnea. He was admitted to the hospital for isolation and treatment, accompanied by hypertension, chronic bronchitis, and lung qi. Swelling and other basic diseases, the rescue died on January 22 and died. On January 23, the provincial and municipal expert groups confirmed the confirmed cases based on a comprehensive assessment of the new coronavirus nucleic acid test results and medical record data. As of 17:00 on January 22, all 76 close contacts have taken isolated medical observation measures. There are no abnormalities such as fever.

                              Editor Jia Congcong

                              Twitter: @RonanKelly13
                              The views expressed are mine alone and do not represent the views of my employer or any other person or organization.


                              • China coronavirus: Lockdown measures rise across Hubei province

                                19 minutes ago
                                Also in Hubei province:

                                Huanggang. The city east of Wuhan announced a suspension of bus and rail systems and encouraged people not to leave the city. Cafes, cinemas, theatres and exhibitions are being shut
                                Ezhou, just south of Huanggang, has shut its train stations
                                Xiantao has cancelled gatherings, suspended transport and set up temperature detection stations,
                                Chibi and Lichuan are suspending transport, AFP reports
                                The capital, Beijing, announced it had cancelled all major Chinese New Year celebrations.
                                There are more than 500 confirmed cases of the deadly virus, with more nations reporting infections.
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