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  • China: 2019nCov - Cases, Outbreak News and Information Week 7 (February 9 - February 15, 2020)

    Please see the previous thread - week 6 link


    Factbox: China's fight against novel coronavirus outbreak

    Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-09 17:00:30
    BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- China has stepped up efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Here are the latest developments:

    -- Authorities on Sunday started to disinfect the city of Wuhan twice a day to beef up efforts in containing the outbreak of the novel strain of coronavirus. Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province.

    -- More medical teams are arriving in virus-hit Wuhan to help battle the epidemic.

    On Saturday night, 260 medical workers came to Wuhan from the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, bringing new medical equipment and supplies. A charter plane of Xiamen Airlines brought 264 medics from Xiamen City, in east China's Fujian Province, and authorities sent 132 medical staff by plane from Wuxi City, in the eastern Jiangsu Province.

    Chinese health authorities have dispatched a total of 11,921 medical personnels from across the country to Hubei Province to aid the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia, according to the National Health Commission on Sunday.

    -- Trade unions in China have provided a financial aid of more than 20 million yuan (about 2.9 million U.S. dollars) to help Hubei Province battle the epidemic.

    The All-China Federation of Trade Unions also donated 200 tonnes of disinfectants and 20,000 masks.

    -- Chinese authorities have reassured producers of key medical supplies that the government would be the ultimate buyer in a move to encourage production to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak.

    Such products initially include test kits, medical goggles, medical protective gear and masks, as well as their raw materials, and the list will be adjusted with the development of the epidemic, according to a guideline jointly issued by several ministries.

    -- Authorities have begun closed-off management in some residential buildings in Huanggang, one of the cities worst hit by the epidemic in Hubei.

    The buildings include those hosting confirmed cases of infection, suspected cases, patients with fever and possible link to the virus, and those who had close contacts with infected patients.

    -- The National Health Commission Sunday said it received reports of 2,656 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 89 deaths on Saturday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

    The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 37,198 by the end of Saturday and 811 people had died of the disease.

    -- A total of 2,649 patients infected with the novel coronavirus had been discharged from hospital after recovery by the end of Saturday, the commission announced Sunday.

    -- Central China's Hubei, the hardest-hit province, reported 2,147 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 81 new deaths on Saturday, local health authorities said Sunday. The figure is 694 less compared with the new confirmed cases reported in the previous day.

    -- The mortality rate of the virus in Hubei stood at 2.88 percent, with the city of Tianmen and Wuhan having the highest death rates at 5.08 percent and 4.06 percent, respectively.

    -- The newly-built Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the second in the city replicating Beijing's SARS treatment model, received on Saturday the first batch of patients infected with the virus. The two makeshift hospitals --Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) and Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain), together can accommodate 2,600 beds.

    -- China released an application guide to solicit research and development projects on rapid test kits for the novel coronavirus. The on-site quick testing equipment and reagents should be able to identify confirmed infection among suspected patients within 1.5 hours to help prevent and control the epidemic. Research institutes, universities and enterprises can submit applications to the Ministry of Science and Technology from Feb. 8 to 13.
    Last edited by sharon sanders; February 10, 2020, 02:25 AM. Reason: added top sentence

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    China seeks to address medical supplies shortage as global coronavirus death toll reaches 813, equalling that of Sars
    • Chinese government is to increase procurement of medical equipment and drugs following acute shortages
    • Taiwan reports its 18th infection, while major cruise lines ban travellers with Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau passports
    Published: 6:48am, 9 Feb, 2020

    Excerpt: Shortage of medical supplies addressed

    Government procurement of the medical equipment and drugs of which there have been acute shortages is to be increased, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, a macroeconomic planning agency under the State Council, the country’s cabinet.

    Makers of health screening equipment, and drugs and vaccines, were being pushed to produce more of them as soon as possible, the NDRC said on Sunday. The government would help companies to secure funding, licences, facilities and raw materials if needed, and would buy any unsold products, it said.

    The list of supplies covered by the move would include medical overalls, masks, eye shields, testing kits, infrared thermometers and related drugs, it said.


    • #3
      Epidemic-stricken Chinese city puts affected residential units on lockdown

      Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-09 19:22:43|Editor: huaxia

      WUHAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The city of Huanggang stricken by the novel coronavirus in central China's Hubei Province has put affected residential units on lockdown to contain the epidemic.
      The local epidemic control headquarters has required the lockdown of residential units where four categories of people live, namely confirmed novel coronavirus patients, suspected cases, fever patients not excluded from being infected and close contacts in self-monitored quarantine at home.
      The headquarters said the lockdown can only be lifted when there are no new confirmed cases in the residential units, the fever patients are excluded from infection or the close contacts are removed from quarantine within a two-week observation period...


      • #4

        No evidence of novel coronavirus transmitted via aerosol: Chinese expert
        Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-09 19:21:43|Editor: huaxia

        BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The novel coronavirus normally does not suspend or float in the air for long, and currently no evidence has shown that the new virus can be transmitted through aerosol, a Chinese expert said Sunday.

        Feng Luzhao, a researcher of infectious diseases with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, made the remarks at a press conference...


        • #5
          Originally posted by Shiloh View Post
          Epidemic-stricken Chinese city puts affected residential units on lockdown

          Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-09 19:22:43|Editor: huaxia

          WUHAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- The city of Huanggang stricken by the novel coronavirus in central China's Hubei Province has put affected residential units on lockdown to contain the epidemic.
          The local epidemic control headquarters has required the lockdown of residential units where four categories of people live, namely confirmed novel coronavirus patients, suspected cases, fever patients not excluded from being infected and close contacts in self-monitored quarantine at home.
          The headquarters said the lockdown can only be lifted when there are no new confirmed cases in the residential units, the fever patients are excluded from infection or the close contacts are removed from quarantine within a two-week observation period...
          When they say lockdown - do they mean like the multiple twitter threads showing apartment block doors being welded up?
          Last edited by kiwibird; February 9, 2020, 08:12 AM. Reason: removed twitter link. Comments on video/twitter controversial and not necessarily advocated by me.
          ?The only security we have is our ability to adapt."


          • #6

            County in Hubei offers cash bonus for voluntary doctor-seeing, whistle-blowing
            Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-09 21:31:57|Editor: huaxia

            WUHAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Fangxian County in central China's virus-hit Hubei Province on Sunday rolled out measures to give cash bonus to encourage actions such as voluntary doctor-seeing and whistle-blowing in a bid to enhance epidemic prevention and control.

            Feverish patients who voluntarily go to fever clinics of designated hospitals will be rewarded 1,000 yuan (about 142.9 U.S. dollars) each. Individuals who report feverish patients to the authorities will get 500-yuan bonus if the case reported is confirmed...


            • #7

              Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine
              Erika Kinetz The Associated Press Published Sunday, February 9, 2020 8:57AM EST

              SHANGHAI -- For weeks after the first reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, millions of people poured out of the central Chinese city, cramming onto buses, trains and planes as the first wave of China's great Lunar New Year migration broke across the nation. Some carried with them the new virus that has since claimed over 800 lives and sickened more than 37,000 people.

              Officials finally began to seal the borders on Jan. 23. But it was too late. Speaking to reporters a few days after the city was put under quarantine, the mayor estimated that 5 million people had already left.

              Where did they go?...


              • #8
                Bangladesh Scraps Second Evacuation Plan As Aircrew Refuses To Fly To Wuhan Bangladesh evacuated 312 people from Wuhan last week, and had planned a second flight for another 171 Bangladeshis.

                WorldAgence France-PresseUpdated: February 10, 2020 12:09 am IST

                Aircrew from Bangladesh's national carrier Biman have refused to work on a flight aimed at repatriating citizens from virus-hit Chinese cities, forcing the government to scrap the evacuation plan.

                The South Asian nation last week evacuated 312 people, mostly students, from the epicentre of the deadly outbreak, and had planned a second flight for another 171 Bangladeshis.

                "We can't bring them because we can't send any flight," foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen told reporters on Saturday.

                "No crew wants to go there. The crew who went there earlier don't want to go either."



                • #9

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                  Document of Luopu Community of Panyu District in Guangzhou Main point: As there're not enough masks, thermometers, disinfectants, and other plague prevention suppliers, we strongly recommend all businesses postpone their re-opening time to no later than March 1.



                  • #10

                    Coronavirus funeral order fuels upset as death toll exceeds SARS
                    09 Feb, 2020 - 21:02

                    Sichuan (China) — Orders issued by China’s top health authority for the swift cremation of the remains of coronavirus victims at facilities near the hospitals where they died appear to be an overreaction and unnecessary to curb the transmission of the disease, top epidemiologists have said.

                    The February 2 notice from the country’s National Health Commission requires hospitals to notify funeral parlours of the death along with family members, but also states the procedure can be completed even if the family of the deceased does not agree...


                    • #11
                      Translation Google

                      Chinese experts on whether Wuhan pneumonia virus is airborne

                      Time: 2020-02-09 19:17News citation: Central News AgencyWritten Editor: Huang Qilin

                      Chinese experts and officials are still unsure whether the new type of coronavirus pneumonia (Wuhan pneumonia) will be transmitted through droplet particles (called "aerosols" in China), that is, airborne infections. Some experts have analyzed that this type of infection is less likely than a traffic accident.

                      A few days ago, Ningbo, Zhejiang, disclosed a case of neocoronavirus pneumonia. The infected person was infected only after staying close to the patient for 15 seconds, which triggered a discussion of the virus infection route.

                      Chinanews reported that Zeng Qun, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, said at a press conference on the Shanghai epidemic prevention and control work team on the 8th that the transmission routes that can be identified in Wuhan are mainly direct transmission, droplet transmission and contact transmission.

                      But on the same day, the fifth edition of the pneumonia diagnosis and treatment plan for 2019 new coronavirus infection issued by the Chinese National Health Commission reiterated that "the aerosol (droplet particles) and the digestive tract and other transmission routes are yet to be clarified."

                      Aerosol refers to a gaseous dispersion system composed of suspended solid or liquid particles. It is often used to refer to dust-containing or polluting gases. Viral droplet transmission refers to the formation of droplet nuclei in the air suspension process, which can float to a distance and cause long-distance transmission.

                      In the content released on the 8th of the "Ask Me and Answer" module of the National Health and Medical Commission website, Feng Luzhao, a researcher at the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that at present, the main transmission route of new coronavirus in 2019 is respiratory droplets and contact transmission. The transmission routes of particles and feces should be further clarified.

                      He said that the droplets travel short distances and do not float in the air for a long time. The transmission of droplet particles can occur under certain special conditions, such as when performing professional medical procedures such as clinical tracheal intubation. If it is under routine clinical care and general working and living conditions, wearing a mask properly is enough to protect ordinary people from being infected.

                      Yao Maosheng, a professor at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Peking University, said that in a car or office where there is not enough ventilation and the environment is relatively small, droplet particle transmission and droplet transmission should be considered as equally important factors.

                      Yao Maosheng said that the ventilation of subways, airplanes, and high-speed rails is relatively good, and cars and cabins are continuously exchanging air with the outside world.

                      He analyzed that the virus droplets discharged by patients were rapidly diluted in an open environment, the concentration was significantly reduced, the activity was affected, and the probability and dose of inhalation were greatly reduced. In the absence of close-up patient droplets nearby, the risk of infection in healthy people is lower than the chance of a traffic accident.

                      For how to prevent indoor droplet infection, experts recommend opening windows for ventilation or using an air cleaner, wearing a mask in the elevator and touching it with care.

                      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                      -Nelson Mandela


                      • #12

                        Thousands quarantined Because of Disease at Tianjin shopping mall
                        Published 20 mins ago
                        on February 9, 2020
                        By Team BingePost

                        A total of 194 salespersons in a department store of Tianjin’s Baodi district were quarantined with 9,200 individuals who went into the shop in January 19 into 25, officials of North China’s Tianjin Municipality stated at a media conference on the most recent position on the novel coronavirus.

                        Tianjin had 81 confirmed instances on Friday, of that 23 sufferers reside at Baodi district. Two recently added patients on Friday the two reside from the district.

                        Mao Jinsong, Baodi district head,” stated that the 23 patients were part of their Baodi department shop. Tianjin printed the traces of verified cases immediately and researched those who made contact with all the supported patients in the department store. There might be more than 9,200 who had contact with all the supported patients at the department shop, Mao stated.

                        The investigations shed light on the area of the novel coronavirus’ transmissibility...


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                          Epidemic situation of new coronavirus pneumonia in Hubei Province on February 9, 2020

                          From 09:00 to 24:00 on February 9, 2020, 2,618 new cases of coronavirus pneumonia were newly added in Hubei Province, of which 1921 were in Wuhan, 115 were in Huanggang, 105 were in Xiaogan, 89 were in Ezhou, and 65 were in Suizhou. 57 cases in Xiangyang City, 52 cases in Huangshi City, 48 cases in Jingzhou City, 45 cases in Yichang City, 37 cases in Xiantao City, 21 cases in Enshi Prefecture, 20 cases in Tianmen City, 14 cases in Shiyan City, 14 cases in Xianning City, and 12 cases in Jingmen City 3 cases in Qianjiang City. There were 91 new deaths in the province, including: 73 in Wuhan, 4 in Xiaogan, 3 in Ezhou, 2 in Xiangyang, 2 in Jingzhou, 2 in Huanggang, 2 in Xiantao, and 1 in Huangshi. There was 1 case in Jingmen City and 1 case in Suizhou City. There were 356 new hospital discharges: 167 in Wuhan, 52 in Huanggang, 36 in Xiaogan, 21 in Xianning, 15 in Jingmen, 14 in Huangshi, 12 in Jingzhou, 9 in Tianmen, and Yichang There were 7 cases, 6 cases in Shiyan City, 6 cases in Ezhou City, 4 cases in Enshi Prefecture, 4 cases in Shennongjia Forest District, 2 cases in Xiangyang City, and 1 case in Qianjiang City.

                          As of 24:00 on February 9, 2020, Hubei Province has reported a total of 29,631 cases of new coronavirus pneumonia, including: 16,902 cases in Wuhan, 2541 cases in Xiaogan, 2252 cases in Huanggang, 1049 cases in Suizhou, 1045 cases in Jingzhou, and Xiangyang. 1019 cases in Huangshi City, 805 cases in Huangshi City, 749 cases in Yichang City, 725 cases in Ezhou City, 641 cases in Jingmen City, 507 cases in Xianning City, 481 cases in Shiyan City, 416 cases in Xiantao City, 217 cases in Tianmen City, 187 cases in Enshi, There were 85 cases in Jiangjiang City and 10 cases in Shennongjia Forest District. A total of 1795 patients were discharged from the hospital. A total of 871 deaths were reported in the province, with a case fatality rate of 2.94%, including: 10 cases in Tianmen City, 4.61% fatality rate, 681 cases in Wuhan City, 4.03% fatality rate, 24 cases in Ezhou City, 3.31% fatality rate, 20 cases in Jingmen City, fatality rate The rate was 3.12%, 2 cases in Qianjiang City, 2.35% fatality rate, 45 cases in Huanggang City, 2% fatality rate, 7 cases in Xiantao City, 1.68% fatality rate, 15 cases in Jingzhou City, 1.44% fatality rate, 33 cases in Xiaogan City, The case fatality rate was 1.3%, 8 cases in Yichang City, 1.07% case fatality rate, 10 cases in Suizhou City, 0.95% case fatality rate, 9 cases in Xiangyang City, case fatality rate of 0.88%, 4 cases in Xianning City, case fatality rate of 0.79%, 3 cases in Huangshi City, The case fatality rate was 0.37%. At present, 22160 cases are still being treated in the hospital, of which 4269 cases are critically ill and 1,236 cases are critically ill. They are all treated in isolation at designated medical institutions. There were 18,438 suspected cases, of which 14,388 were concentrated and 7,194 were excluded that day. A total of 132,555 close contacts were tracked, and 73,127 people were still under medical observation.


                          • #14

                            15 new cases of new coronary pneumonia confirmed in Shandong

                            Beijing News Express According to the official WeChat news from Shandong Health and Health Committee, at 12 to 24 on February 9, 2020, Shandong Province reported 15 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia and a total of 459 confirmed cases (including 23 severe cases, 6 critical cases, 63 cured and discharged, 1 dead); 18 new suspected cases, 75 existing suspected cases. As of now, 12,629 close contacts have been tracked, 8,544 have been released from medical observation, and 229 cases have been diagnosed as suspected or confirmed, and 3,856 people are still receiving medical observation.


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                              24 newly diagnosed cases in Heilongjiang, a total of 331 cases and 1 new death
                              Time: 10 February 2020 Source: CCTV news client Author: Zhang Yi Xin Yue - Jun Wang editor: Mengzi Wei

                              At 04:00 on February 9, 2020, Heilongjiang Province reported 24 new confirmed cases of pneumonia due to new coronavirus infection. Two new cases were discharged. One new death was reported. 65 new suspected cases were added.

                              As of 24:00 on February 9th, Heilongjiang Province reported 331 confirmed cases of pneumonitis with new coronavirus infection, of which: 128 in Harbin, 38 in Shuangyashan, 37 in Suihua, 34 in Jixi, 30 in Qiqihar, and Jiamusi There were 14 cases in Beijing, 14 cases in Qitaihe City, 13 cases in Daqing City, 12 cases in Mudanjiang City, 5 cases in Hegang City, 4 cases in Heihe City, and 2 cases in the Greater Xing'an Mountains. There were 44 cases of severe cases. There were 7 death cases, including 3 confirmed cases in Suihua City, 1 confirmed case in Daqing City, 2 confirmed cases in Shuangyashan City, and 1 confirmed case in Qiqihar City. 15 cases were cured and discharged, including 7 cases of Harbin Infectious Disease Hospital, 2 cases of Heilongjiang Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Hospital, 1 case of Shuangyashan People's Hospital, 1 case of Jiamusi Infectious Disease Hospital, 1 case of Suihua First Hospital, and Mudanjiang City. There was 1 case in the Second People's Hospital, 1 case in Hegang Infectious Diseases Hospital, and 1 case in Jixi Infectious Diseases Hospital. There are 224 suspected cases.

                              The number of hot clinics in the province was 1,849. At present, 9,922 close contacts have been traced, 5,516 have been released from medical observation, and 4,445 are still receiving medical observation.