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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 12:38

Spain identifies 5 new coronavirus cases in Barcelona, Valencia region, Madrid and Tenerife.
Authorities have isolated about 1,000 people at a Canary Island hotel after Italian tourist and his wife tested positive.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 12:46

Hospitals refuse many suspected coronavirus patients in Japan

Experts say strict testing requirements leave institutions confused about who to check


Some Japanese medical institutions are rejecting possible coronavirus patients under the strict current testing guidelines, leaving many patients shunted from hospital to hospital.

While some patients lack a known coronavirus transmission route, others are unable to take the COVID-19 test due to its stringent criteria.

Experts point out that the vague criteria have caused confusion among medical staff.


According to the health ministry, people eligible for the test are those who have come into close contact with coronavirus patients or have recently traveled to infected areas in China and have a fever of at least 37.5 degrees Celsius as well as pneumonia-like symptoms that require hospitalization.

However, the final decision on whether to actually test a patient is “up to the doctor’s comprehensive judgment.”


A government worker in his 30s who lives in Tokyo visited a hospital after his temperature rose to 39 degrees on Feb. 17. When he mentioned that he had recently visited Taiwan, he was advised to go to a dedicated coronavirus consultation center.

The center told him that visitors to Taiwan were not eligible for the test. After being refused by two more hospitals due to reasons such as inadequate facilities, he was finally seen by a doctor at a general hospital where he took a lung X-ray. He was given the all-clear.

“I suppose it couldn’t be helped” with the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, he said.


A 29-year-old male company worker in Tokyo called the coronavirus consultation center after suffering a fever of 39 degrees on Feb. 12 as well as feeling lethargic and having diarrhea. He had recently had contact with a person who had been to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.

The center told him to visit a local hospital because he had not had close contact with the Wuhan person. He was refused by a hospital in Tokyo but was later able to see a doctor at a specialized infection treatment hospital.

Symptoms of infection with the novel coronavirus may be difficult to distinguish from those of other illnesses, and it is said that most cases of infection do not turn severe.

“It’s likely that many people have recovered without even realizing they had been infected,” said an official at the disease control section of Chiba Prefecture.


A Chiba woman in her 70s who on Feb. 20 was found to have been infected had previously been told to note her symptoms but had not been tested. She had gone on a three-day bus tour ending Feb. 18, but the symptoms continued and so she visited the hospital where she tested positive.

Explaining why so many hospitals are refusing patients, a Tokyo Metropolitan Government official said, “Medical institutions are probably overreacting,” fearing the risks of in-hospital infection.

“There seems to be confusion among medical staff because the wording of the virus test criteria, ‘up to the doctor’s comprehensive judgment,’ is unclear,” the official said.


Masahiro Kami, a physician and head of the nonprofit Medical Governance Research Institute, said that almost every day he sees patients who are suspected of having the coronavirus but cannot be tested because their symptoms are mild.

“The current criterion that only people with severe symptoms can be tested is not appropriate,” Kami said. “The government lacks the perspective of responding to patients’ anxieties.”

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 12:50

Coronavirus scare: Not just drugs, medical devices may go out of market – Times of India

MUMBAI: It’s not just critical medicines that could witness potential shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak. Commonly used medical devices like digital thermometers, infrared thermometers, nebulizers, blood pressure monitors and glucometers could face the same risk soon.
Manufacturers of med devices have started pressing the panic button as they are running out of key raw materials — mainly the electronic parts for these items, imported from regions like Hangzhou and Dongguan in China. With no sign of supplies being replenished anytime soon, their assembly lines could face closure from March-end or April onwards.
At present, a majority of the demand for infrared thermometers (temperature gun) is from China itself, which is facing the worst-ever outbreak with cases still rising. There have been hundreds of enquiries, particularly for infrared & digital thermometers, from neighbouring countries too like South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, and even African countries.
As a result, a section of the industry wants the government to restrict exports of such critical items as infrared & digital thermometers, and three-layer surgical masks to build a stockpile to tackle the pandemic.
Further, with the disruption in supply chain, increase in prices of raw materials & components and higher cost of shipments, margins for companies are getting squeezed, which could impact profitability. Worst hit are companies that import finished devices (from China) and market them in India, and those that assemble items after importing the raw materials/components from China.


The $15-billion medical devices market is heavily import-dependent — at around 80%, with imaging equipment (CT & MRI scanners), cardiac stents, orthopaedic implants, syringes, glucometers, and critical care equipment cornering a large share (see graphic). For consumables and disposables like gloves, crepe bandages, IV sets, blood transfusion sets and syringes, there are several small to medium players, largely in the unorganised sector. Only 10-20% medical devices are manufactured in India, and even for these there’s a high dependence on input raw materials and components from China now.


“The small to medium players will get impacted due to coronavirus as they are dependent on China for raw materials, components and packaging materials. Most companies have one-two months of stock. We may see some disruption in the coming weeks. Already domestic raw material suppliers have started increasing prices,” said Himanshu Baid, MD of Poly Medicure. The company is engaged in IV catheters, blood bags and dialyzers. Baid added the company is not impacted as it has minimal imports from China.


The problem is acute for both infrared & digital thermometers with companies and wholesale distributors fast running out of stock. Infrared or non-contact forehead thermometers used at public places and airports are fully imported (with no indigenous manufacture). For digital thermometers, a few companies import electronic components from China, and assembly is done here.
With the number of coronavirus cases rising, China is scrambling to import infrared thermometers from India, at even three-four times the earlier rate of Rs 800-900, according to a market player. For digital thermometers, wholesale rates have doubled to Rs 70. Earlier, rates of masks had skyrocketed amid the surge in demand following the outbreak.
“We have 20,000 pieces of Infi digital thermometer which will end in a month, after which there are no stocks of electronic components,” said Tarun Arora, director of Infinity Mediquip. As for nebulizers, where the company is a significant player, he says the assembly line will have to be shut in April if shipments do not move from China soon. H C Gupta of Hicks Thermometers (India), a company which has a major share in digital thermometers and imports the finished product, said it is on the verge of zero stocks of both thermometers and BP instruments, due to supplies being indefinitely delayed.
Companies assembling blood pressure monitors and glucometers are facing a glitch too. “We are facing problems in supply of raw materials for pregnancy kits, thermometers and nebulizers, and have stocks till April,” J S Kohli, who has an assembly unit in Delhi, said.
Association of Indian Manufacturers of Medical Devices (AiMeD) forum coordinator Rajiv Nath says India needs to urgently create a stockpile of essential drugs and critical medical devices for disaster management. Dr G S K Velu of Trivitron Healthcare summed it up by saying that the real impact on industry will be visible only after April. The local manufacturers should become a reliable source in global shortages — whether it’s thermometers, water bottles or adhesive bandages.

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Postby tandav » 26 Feb 2020 13:33

shows the dominance of the Chinese manufacturing machine... and how woefully underprepared the entire manufacturing system in India is... this will be the case across the globe ... the perils of outsourcing all critical components to a single vendor is being revealed by Corona Virus.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 13:57

Update on Novel #Coronavirus (COVID 19): New Travel Advisory

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 13:59

South Korea reports 115 new cases of coronavirus, raising total to 1,261

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 14:09

Coronavirus: Chinese couple to be charged under Infectious Diseases Act with giving false info to MOH officials

The man is Case 16, a 38-year-old Chinese national from Wuhan, who the ministry identified as Hu Jun. His wife, Shi Sha, is a 36-year-old Chinese national who lives in Singapore.

Hu arrived in Singapore on Jan 22 and was confirmed to be infected on Jan 31. He has since recovered and was discharged from hospital on Feb 19.

His wife was identified as a close contact and was issued a quarantine order on Feb 1, after the MOH initiated contact tracing to identify those who may have been exposed to the infected person while he was symptomatic.

The MOH said that the couple had given false information to its officials about their movements and whereabouts from Jan 22 to Jan 29 when they were contacted for the purposes of contact tracing. Shi had also provided false information while under quarantine.

However, the ministry said it was able to find out the couple’s true movements through detailed investigations.

It said the couple will be charged on Friday in view of the potentially serious repercussions of the false information given by the pair and the risk they could have posed to public health.

Anyone convicted of an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to six months, or both, for the first offence.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 14:20

Coronavirus fears latest victims: cruise ship in Caribbean and container ship in Med

Cruise ship MSC MERAVIGLIA (IMO 9760512, GT 171598) with over 4,500 passengers and over 1,600 crew members was denied disembarkation of either passengers or crew at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, after she docked in port on Feb 25, in accordance with cruise itinerary. Port Health Officials discovered that a crew member was placed in isolation on board, with a cough, fever and associated muscle pains, with a travel history to a country related to coronavirus. After waiting in port for nearly four hours for formal clearance, ship’s command decided to leave Ocho Rios for the next port of call as the long wait had compromised the passengers’ proposed time at the destination. MSC MERAVIGLIA is scheduled to go on to Cozumel, Mexico, and then to the Bahamas. It is unclear if the ship will be allowed to land at those destinations.
As of 0500 UTC Feb 26, the ship was under way, south of Cayman islands, heading for Cozumel Mexico.


Container ship MSC LAUSANNE (IMO 9320398, dwt 79403, capacity 6336 TEU) is probably, having problem with her next port of call on schedule, Ashdod, Israel. One of ship’s crew was recently in South Korea and 14 or 27 day incubation period didn’t yet expire. It was enough for Ashdod Port Authority to reportedly, deny or postpone ship’s docking in port. The crew including seaman in question are healthy in all respects, the the ship already traveled half of Europe with no problems whatsoever, but it doesn’t convince Ashdod officials. Trading companies already sent letters and requests to Israel industry association, asking association to assist, and allow the ship to dock in port. A lot of goods they expect and count on, may finish up in limbo. Final decision is to be made by Ministry of Health.
The ship undocked Lymassol Cyprus, early in the morning Feb 26, her next port of call being Ashdod, ETA Feb 26. She anchored at Lymassol anchorage, and as of 0500 UTC Feb 26, remained at anchor.


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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 15:26

Vistara cancels 20 flights between Delhi and Bangkok, 26 flights between Mumbai and Singapore and 8 flights between Delhi and Singapore for March 2020 because of Coronavirus.

- Cites weak demand. #Coronavirus.

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Postby vinod » 26 Feb 2020 19:36

Past Time to Tell the Public: “It Will Probably Go Pandemic, and We Should All Prepare Now”

We are near-certain that the desperate-sounding last-ditch containment messaging of recent days is contributing to a massive global misperception about the near-term future. The theme of WHO’s and many governments’ messages – that the “window of opportunity” to stop spread of the virus is closing – is like the famous cover page of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach: “There is still time … Brother.”

One horrible effect of this continued “stop the pandemic” daydream masquerading as a policy goal: It is driving counter-productive and outrage-inducing measures by many countries against travelers from other countries, even their own citizens back from other countries. But possibly more horrible: The messaging is driving resources toward “stopping,” and away from the main potential benefit of containment – slowing the spread of the pandemic and thereby buying a little more time to prepare for what’s coming.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 20:12

Oil Extends Drop Below $50 After Plunging on U.S. Virus Warning

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A somewhat contrary view for once, unlike the uniformly doomy-gloomy stuff so far.

It seems that as soon as a vaccine is announced, the CDC comes up with "epidemic inevitable in the USA, public should prepare" without specifying how to prepare!* Sounds like priming the pump for later making everybody get the vaccine, subject to guilt-tripping and shaming. Then the SFO mayor puts out a panic message, while simultaneously admitting that no cases have been confirmed in SFO.

Iran is an unknown, God knows what's going on there. But S. Korea, Italy, and Japan seem to be leveling off, if not declining. It will all be credited to the quarantine measures, maybe that's so, maybe not.

I remember during the mad cow scare, these same news items kept coming up. First case in France! Germany! Italy!! S. Korea!! And after a while - nothing.

No room for complacency, preventive measures such as hand-washing, covering nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing, good rest, nutrition, and exercise, all still hold (as always). But I don't know if the panic is real, or driven by some agenda to further vaccine sales.

* Oh, and Canada comes up with the same.
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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 20:22

First suspected Coronavirus case in Pakistan. The victim is Abida from Tehsil Suhawa, Jhelum. She has been admitted in DHQ Jhelum. She returned from Iran a few days ago.

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Postby UlanBatori » 26 Feb 2020 20:58

UBCN DECLARES COVID-2019 WAVE DECAYING.
Per this updated analysis found on the 'Net
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As of February 26, there is reason to believe that the epidemic is subsiding in China: both new reported cases and deaths are down, suggesting that preventive, containment and treatment measures are all beginning to work. Note that Wuhan, on total lockdown, contains 11 million people. With air transmission it appears to be highly possible that the vast majority have been exposed to the virus at some level over the past 2 months. The rest of China has also started recovering from the initial wave. It may be hoped that most people are developing some level of immunity - or that the virus itself is mutating.

Elsewhere in the world, the initial wave is still spreading, even as nations scramble to institute responses. However the wave amplitude appears to be receding, in terms of fractions of the population infected. Looking at the Chinese experience, a 2-month window of danger may be anticipated. Rather than post detailed charts looking at the same data, we direct the reader back to Figure 1. The triangles (Cases from the PRC) are diverging from the circles (global) because the cumulative PRC cases are leveling off, as the number of new cases drops. Cumulative cases outside are also leveling off, but less rapidly as there is still spreading to populations that have not been exposed before.

While the concurrently-reported death rate is still rising ant now stands at 3.365%, the 2-week-delayed death rate has been steadily declining and has now dropped below 5%.

In the USA and Canada, the CDC and its Canadian counterpart have declared that the onset of the COVID-2019 wave is a question of when, not if. Schools have been asked to prepare for closures; community emergency services are no doubt racing to prepare. Standard precautions in the face of the risk of storms include stocking up drinking water and canned food. In this case there is no reason to expect electrical or heating systems to go down; however, it is possible that transport may be constrained as done in Chinese cities, and supermarkets or grocery stores may be closed, or run out of supplies of milk, meat and vegetables. It is possible that water systems may be affected until they can be disinfected, usually implying heavy doses of chlorination.

The danger remains high in the congested nations of the Indian subcontinent; however, well-informed and determined response appears to be holding steady, with tight controls at the airports, as well as remarkably effective hospitalization and treatment. Today South Korea and Italy appear to the nations most under stress, other than the PRC.


The beauty of the UBCN 14-day delayed interpretation of the death rates...
But note that they say that danger is still very high in places that have not so far been exposed to this air-spreading virus.
All said and done, infection EVEN IN THE EPICENTER WooHan (IFF we believe PRC numbers) is less than 0.7 percent after 2 to 3 months of continuous exposure. Walking across the road is more dangerous.
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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 21:00

China to Russia: End discriminatory coronavirus measures against Chinese :((

Authorities in Moscow have also been carrying out raids on potential carriers of the virus - individuals at their homes or hotels - and using facial recognition technology to enforce quarantine measures.


The Chinese embassy letter followed unconfirmed local media reports that Mosgortrans, which runs Moscow's vast bus, trolleybus and tram networks, had told drivers to try to identify Chinese passengers and inform police of their presence.

"The special monitoring of Chinese nationals on Moscow's public transportation does not exist in any country, even in the United States and in Western states," the Chinese Embassy letter, dated Feb. 24, read.

"Given an improvement in the epidemiological situation in China, Moscow residents and Chinese people living in Moscow will be worried and won't understand, and it will harm the good atmosphere for developing Chinese-Russian relations."

The embassy said it was asking Moscow authorities to refrain from taking what it called excessive measures and to embrace "proportionate and non-discriminatory measures" instead.

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Postby sudarshan » 26 Feb 2020 21:15

The real danger in the US and Canada (maybe also in other countries that have been affectd so far) seems to be that people will panic and hoard stores of food and water, grocery stores will run empty (with no hope of being restocked, because travel will be banned), and the laggers will suffer as a result.

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Postby sudarshan » 26 Feb 2020 21:22

UlanBatori wrote:UBCN DECLARES COVID-2019 WAVE DECAYING.

All said and done, infection EVEN IN THE EPICENTER WooHan (IFF we believe PRC numbers) is less than 0.7 percent after 2 to 3 months of continuous exposure. Walking across the road is more dangerous.


I agree it seems to be declining, 'swatIsaid'bove.

Don't have to go with PRC numbers. Go with S. Korea or Japan, Italy or Singapore. S. Korea is an especial case, where that lunatic church and its patient 31 performed a deliberate exposure into the general population. With all that, the wave seems to be flattening there as well.

As for Iran, I think the Pakis are secretly transferring brotherly love.

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Postby Amber G. » 26 Feb 2020 21:42

Sooraj - A short note to say thanks.

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Postby sanjaykumar » 26 Feb 2020 22:00

^^^Karma is a bxxx with a big dxxx. That is exactly how Chinese treat eastern Turkestanis in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Postby Amber G. » 26 Feb 2020 22:08

Latest at the time of posting from worldometer:
Coronavirus Cases: - 81,288
Deaths: 2,770
Recovered: 30,359


Last 24 Hours..
February 26 (GMT):
United States:
The U.S. CDC yesterday suggested that the risk of a coronavirus pandemic is likely and is alerting the public to begin preparing for community spread in the United States. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director declared: "It's not a question of if. It's a question of when and how many people will be infected." [source] The city of San Francisco declared on Tuesday a state of emergency even if at the moment there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the area. [source]

President Trump will hold a news conference on Covid-19 today at 6:00 PM ET. [source]


59 new cases and 1 new death in Italy: a 69-year-old man from the Lodi area who was hospitalized in Emilia Romagna and had existing respiratory problems. The virus has now spread in half of the Italian's regions:
Lombardy: 261 cases and 9 deaths |
Veneto: 71 cases and 2 deaths |
Emilia Romagna: 30 cases and 1 death |
Piedmont: 3 cases | Lazio: 3 cases |
Liguria: 6 cases | Tuscany: 2 cases |
Sicily: 3 cases | Marche: 2 cases |
Alto Adige: 1 case. A total of 35 cases are currently in intensive care.

1 new case in Lebanon: a woman who had returned last week from Iran on the same flight as the first case. [source]
1 new case in Germany (in North-Rhine Westphalia): a 47 year-old with pre-existing conditions. He had been in contact with an acquaintance who had recently returned from China. He is in critical condition. [source]
3 new cases in Spain, two of which had recently returned from Italy: [source]
- a 62 year old man in Sevilla (Andalusia).
- a 36 year old Italian woman resident in Barcelona (Catalunya) who had travelled to Northern Italy.
- a 24 year old man in Madrid who travelled to Italy.
3 new cases and 4 new discharged patients in Singapore. [source]
1 new case in Canada (Ontario).
1st case in Greece: a 38-year-old woman from Thessaloniki who recently returned from a trip to northern Italy. She is now suffering from viral pneumonia but is in good condition. The patient has no existing health problem. [source]
14 new cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship: 9 crew members and 5 passengers. [source]
UK: About 30 schools have shut for a fortnight after pupils return from half term ski trips to Italy. [source]
3 new cases and 1 new death in France: a 60 year old teacher from the Oise region. [source]
4 new cases in Hong Kong: 2 of which from the Diamond Princess cruise ship: [source]
- a 21-year-old woman who had a fever on board the ship on Feb. 12 and was fine afterwards.
- a 16-year-old man (youngest confirmed patient to date in Hong Kong) who had runny nose on the ship on Feb. 17 and is currently hospitalized at Queen Mary Hospital.
1 new case in Australia is a former passenger of the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 8 of the 23 cases in Australia had been on the ship. [source]
44 new cases and 3 new deaths in Iran. [source] [source]
- Epicenter of the outbreak is the central city of Qom.
- Schools and cultural institutions closed for a week in over 10 provinces as of Tuesday Feb. 25 in order to "prepare schools" which have to be disinfected and sanitized.
- More than 1750 tests performed.
- Iran's Deputy Health Minister falls ill with coronavirus (video).
- Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee cautioned yesterday that "those regional states which have kept the number of their coronavirus-infected patients confidential will be bombarded by media reports about their conditions in the next few days."
284 new cases and 1 new death in South Korea: Death of a 73-year-old male [source] [source] [source]
14 new cases in Kuwait: a woman coming from Iran, an additional 6 citizens who had traveled to Iran, and other 7 cases when the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced that the total had increased to 25 cases. [source] [source] [source]
1 new case in Croatia: the brother of the first case, infected after visiting Milan in Italy. [source]
3 new cases in Bahrain: Bahraini women who had returned through indirect flights from Iran. Testing was conducted immediately upon their arrival at the Bahrain International Airport in the hall designated for testing. [source]
1 new case in Taiwan: a 27-year-old female foreigner with only a slight throat discomfort. She is linked to the clustering incident in a hospital for which 53 people among patients and caregivers have been tested, resulting in 5 confirmed cases, 141 negatives, and 7 awaiting results. [source]
11 new cases and 1 new death in Japan: an elderly person in Hakodate, Hokkaido. [source]
3 new cases in Thailand. Health Minister Anutin urges citizens to avoid traveling abroad if possible. "For the airlines, please reduce promotions," he said. "Even though tickets are cheap, it could be your last holiday." Health officials have been prohibited to visit at risk countries, which are: China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Italy, Iran, and Japan. "We are entering a full war with Covid-19" Anutin said. [source] [source]



We're in a phase of preparedness for a potential pandemic (WHO)

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Postby shaun » 26 Feb 2020 22:34

n Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 15 tonnes of medical supplies for coronavirus-affected people in China landed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Tuesday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar described the consignment of relief material as a strong expression of India''s solidarity with the Chinese people in their "difficult time".

"Consignment (15 tonnes) of Indian medical relief for #COVID19 lands in Wuhan. Strong expression of our solidarity with the Chinese people at this difficult time. Thank you @IAF_MCC and @EOIBeijing for your efforts," he tweeted.

China has been reeling under coronavirus outbreak with the death toll due to it climbing to 2,715 while the number of confirmed cases rose to 78,064.

The C-17 military aircraft will bring back over 80 Indians and around 40 citizens from neighbouring countries, government sources said.

In a statement, the IAF said the C-17 Globemaster III will bring back 120 personnel and "five children in arms" from Wuhan.

"The passengers for the return leg will mainly comprise Indian citizens and citizens from friendly foreign countries. It is likely to return during early morning hours on Feb 27 to Air Force Station, Palam," it said.

Last week, India accused China of deliberately delaying permission to send the aircraft while allowing other countries to operate flight from Wuhan to evacuate their citizens. China had rejected India''s charges.

The Ministry of External Affairs said the medical supplies will help augment China''s efforts to control the outbreak of coronavirus infection which was declared as a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

It said the aircraft carried around 15 tonnes of medical supplies comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment.

"The assistance being sent today is also a mark of friendship and solidarity from the people of India towards the people of China as the two countries also celebrate 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year," the MEA said in a statement.

It said the assistance has been provided in the wake the coronavirus outbreak in China and a request by the country to provide supplies such as masks and medical equipment.

In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping on February 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed India''s solidarity with the people and government of China and also offered assistance in this "hour of need as a gift".

"The IAF flight will also bring back some Indian and foreign nationals from some of our neighbouring countries who have sought assistance in travelling to India in keeping with Prime Minister Modi''s neighbourhood first policy," the MEA said. PTI MPB ZMN

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 22:53

CDC: Some beards, mustaches incompatible with respirators used to combat coronavirus

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The CDC says facial hair can interfere with face masks and respirators used to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

An info-graphic shared by the agency displays dozens of styles -- showing which ones are compatible with masks and respirators.


The main idea is that the hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface.

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Postby yensoy » 26 Feb 2020 23:19

As expected, the IAF C-17 will arrive late in the night and in all likelihood depart before the crack of dawn from Wuhan so there will be no decent photographs of the occasion.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 23:26

Health Ministry of Pakistan: Two cases of #CoronaVirus reported in the country.

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Postby sooraj » 26 Feb 2020 23:27

Italy reports 400 now infected with the #COVID19 coronavirus, 12 dead.

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Postby UlanBatori » 27 Feb 2020 00:00

sooraj wrote:CDC: Some beards, mustaches incompatible with respirators used to combat coronavirus
The main idea is that the hair should not cross the respirator sealing surface.

Hmmm!!! I Wonder if the virus is smart enough to emigrate to countries where it can find an abundant population of these. :mrgreen:
After all, not that far from Woo Han if it rides fiendly PITA.
(Sorry... inappropriate i know..)

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby UlanBatori » 27 Feb 2020 00:07

Wall Street seems to have levelled off more or less at yesterday's level. Buyers in the morning sending market up sharply, overtaken by late sellers. If the Eyetalians and Eyeranians stop freaking out, this is more or less under control now. Probably Iran needs help more than anyone else, since Sanctions and their Mullahdom cut them off from external assistance/ coordination, and their beards make them vulnerable even with masks. Maybe they will invent modified Burkhas. SoKo will take care of themselves in short order.

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sudeepj » 27 Feb 2020 00:17

Amber G. wrote:
ramana wrote:AmberG, OK.

in that fuzzy or rather sparse set, is Wuhan the epicenter only?

Definitely. (But that is no surprise) . For USA, for example, everyone had a connection (either the traveller of the family member came from Wuhan)
Data - with South Korea and Italy is growing pretty fast so the answer may change in coming weeks..:)
(Edited later: Typo removed. Thx Ramana)


The issue is US CDC is not testing people who are not exposed to Wuhan or some other known epicenter. Even if you have pneumonia, dont test +ive for any known pathogen, .. you are not getting 'the test' for Cov. The initial batch of test kits prepared by the CDC were also faulty and unusable. I am hoping not, but the US CDC may be caught with its pants down like other agencies were during, say, Hurricane Katrina.

If they *were* testing, I dont know how there can be cases in Brazil/Italy/Iran/France.. but none in the US! Its possible.. I just feel (just a feeling.. nothing more) its unlikely to be the case.

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sudeepj » 27 Feb 2020 00:20

Amber G. wrote:
sudeepj wrote:
I think, it may be that patients in China cant access good healthcare because of the epidemic, while outside China, patients still have good ICU care.. Mechanical ventilators, Oxygen, even trans-corporeal oxygenation! (Heart lung machine). There are some reports of using plasma transfusions from patients who have recovered. The hope is that their plasma has antibodies to deactivate the virus.

Seems logical and that's what most think too.

Another point some Chinese authors are saying that one of the BIG factor, specially for health workers cases were they lacked sleep, over worked and fatigue played a very large part. (Cases of doctors collapsing from overwork).


Yes, I was thinking the same. Fatigue and mental stress plays a big role in how our bodies deal with infections. And these heros likely worked themselves to death. :-( Its beyond sad..

namaste to all who are fighting against this disease!

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sudeepj » 27 Feb 2020 00:22

sooraj wrote:Romania reported its first #COVID19 case. The patient returned from Italy three weeks ago, which means #coronavirus was already spreading in Italy way before the current outbreak.


The initial cases are reported as deaths.. Considering that these initial cases are getting excellent care because the case load is not overwhelming yet, I think its reasonable to assume 100 times the number of deaths as the total infected population at least in the initial phases of the epidemic.. (With some wide error bars..).
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby g.sarkar » 27 Feb 2020 00:23

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/ ... 35539.html
Coronavirus spreads in Middle East and beyond: Live updates
New infections and deaths reported around the world, with Brazil confirming its first case in Latin America.

The coronavirus is spreading in the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the world, as Brazil confirmed its first case in Latin America, while parts of China begin to lower their emergency response level as the number of new cases reported there continues to slow.
More deaths have been reported in Iran and Italy, while South Korea on Wednesday said an 11th person had died of the disease there. Globally, at least 80,000 people have been diagnosed with the illness.
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sudeepj » 27 Feb 2020 00:25

BSR Murthy wrote:
sudeepj wrote:


Not really. There was person to person transmission in MERS.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/ab ... ssion.html


A few cases may have happened, the point was that MERS transmission from human to human was pretty hard. Note the qualifiers in that CDC report.. '..few, reported cases..'. SARS 2.0 is a completely different ballgame when it comes to how contagious it is.

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sudeepj » 27 Feb 2020 00:30

UlanBatori wrote:Speaking of that, skji, is there any work towards attracting the COVID towards a source of zapping energy, like mosquitos and flies towards lights?
eCOLI is supposed to be zapped by 254nm LEDs but those are bacteria. Gamma Rays for virus?


254nm UV will definitely kill this virus. Virus are even more vulnerable to UV rays than bacteria because they dont have much genetic material and are really tiny, so the UV rays can zap their innards. Even 1 second exposure at some reasonable flux density will do it. They cant even develop resistance to it.

Plant viruses are a different case.. they have evolved to deal with UV rays, so they can survive quite a bit.

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 00:47

Georgia reports first case of coronavirus

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 00:51

#Iran's ISNA news agency publishes a map of the #CoronaVirus outbreak.

When the regime's state media prints such a startling image, rest assured all of Iran is infected.

Sources say many coronavirus fatalities are registered as other illness, e.g. pneumonia.
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 00:52

Nassau County, New York, Official Says Monitoring 83 People Who Have Visited China And May Have Come In Contact With Coronavirus

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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 01:08

3D Medical Animation Explaining Coronavirus MOA

The large S glycoproteins are used by the virus to gain entry to human cells. They attach to receptors on the cell membrane. This binding convinces the cell that the virion is not a threat allowing the virus entry. The exact mechanism for this is not known; possibly, the virus binds
with the human cell’s membrane, releasing its contents into the cytoplasm. Alternatively, as shown here, the human cell ingests the virus in a process known as endocytosis .

Once inside the cytoplasm, the endosome opens to reveal the virus’s genetic material, a single stranded RNA. The virus hijacks the cells machinery to replicate the RNA and N proteins and uses the endoplasmic reticulum to form its M protein outer layer, and the all important S protein. After replication, the virus is carried by the golgi bodies out of the cell in a process known as exocytosis, so that it can infect other cells. Meanwhile, The stress of viral production on the endoplasmic reticulum eventually leads to apoptosis, or cell death 14.

It should be noted that the mechanism of action for 2019 novel coronavirus is unknown. However, scientists in China have sequenced the genome, while others have used the sequencing to visualize the structure.



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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 01:14

The
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Indian Air Force #C17 #Globemaster prepares to take off from #Wuhan on its way to #NewDelhi after delivering more than 15 tons of relief assistance.
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76 Indian nationals are returning home on this flight, which also has on board 23 nationals from Bangladesh, 6 from China, 2 each from Myanmar and Maldives and one each from South Africa, USA and Madagascar. Wish them all a safe journey and good health.
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The heart of the operation - the
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Control Room led by DCM Acquino Vimal. Thank you to my crack troops for managing a complex venture, coordinating movements from 48 pickup points across the province.
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A special word of commendation for the
@EOIBeijing
team of officers at ground zero in Wuhan - Group Captain Ashish Kumar, B.Sidharth and Havaldar Ribu Singh of the Indian Army - true grit in full display.
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And a very big thank you to the
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Postby sooraj » 27 Feb 2020 01:15

Iraq closes all schools and universities for at least 10 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus - NRT


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