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The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 170, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region in mainland China.
Chinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January.
Infections have also spread to at least 15 other countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on Thursday to again consider whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency.
"In the last few days the progress of the virus, especially in some countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
Power Semi this exact same thought has been rolling around in my head for a few days I just didnt have the words to express it as well as you did with out sounding like an utter nut case. Now everything makes absolute sense, the mass quarantines, building new hospitals the black outs.. EVERYTHING!
originally posted by: Power_Semi
OH MY GOD -
They have probably already lost the ability to test people, so I predict the official numbers will soon stop because they can't keep up with demand for tests, and also it will be self evident from the number of ill people just how bad it really is.
THE REALLY IMPORTANT PART: The nearly 8000 people infected - this is not the actual number of infected people, just those confirmed.
But there's a 2 week delay from getting the disease to starting with symptoms, then a delay while those early patients got into a hospital and the tests came back.
That means that the delay from getting it to being confirmed is 2 to 3 weeks.
SO THE 8000 CONFIRMED CASES IS A SNAPSHOT OF THE SITUATION 3 WEEKS AGO.
If you project out 3 weeks from 8000 with the growth rate, then the true number of people in China with the disease is between 10 million and 15 million right now!
As health authorities scramble to stop the spread of the disease amid fears of a global pandemic, the coronavirus panic has generated a flood of misinformation, dubious claims and conspiracy theories online.
Many, such as the claim that coronavirus was “patented”, have been debunked by websites including Politifact, FactCheck and HealthFeedback – but there’s no denying several strange circumstances surrounding the outbreak.
China's NHC just released another up . China now admits to 7,771 cases across the country, Adding nearly 1,800 from 5,974 yesterday. The death toll has climbed to 170, and 170 patients have been cured. Some 31 cases were labeled "severe" and nearly 82,000 are under observation. What is perhaps most shocking is that the number of suspected cases soared by nearly 3,000 overnight from 9,239 to 12,167.
In another major development, state media reports that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Tibet. It was the only region in China with zero confirmed cases, though that streak is now over.
In a disturbing development, three of the Japanese citizens rescued from Wuhan aboard Japan's evac flight Wednesday have tested positive for cornavirus - so now the Japanese government is essentially importing the virus on the evacuation flight. We hope all those on the flight will be quarantined for a while given the virus's reputation of spreading asymptomatically.
Here's a breakdown of all the revisions...
Confirmed cases +29% (from 5974 to 7711)
Suspected cases +32% (from: 9239 to 12167)
Severe cases +10% (from 1239 to 1370)
.and here's a copy of the announcement from China's National Health Office, translated into English via Google:
At 04:00 on January 29, 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps reported 1737 new confirmed cases (the first confirmed case in Tibet), 131 new severe cases, and 38 new deaths. (37 cases in Hubei and 1 in Sichuan), 21 new cases were cured and discharged, and 4148 suspected cases were added.
As of 24:00 on January 29, the National Health and Health Commission has received a cumulative report of 7711 confirmed cases, 31 cases of severe cases, 170 death cases, and a total of 170 patients who have been cured and discharged. There were 124 cases with 12,167 suspected cases.
At present, 88,693 close contacts have been tracked. Of the 2,364 people who were released from medical observation on the same day, a total of 81,947 people are receiving medical observation.
A total of 25 confirmed cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: 10 in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 7 in the Macao Special Administrative Region, and 8 in Taiwan.
This virus can be transmitted from mammal to mammal, so we need to take precautions against [all] mammals.
originally posted by: WeAllWait
Dr. Nancy assures this particular virus shouldn't be a concern for packages coming out of china as it has a poor surface survivability time of maybe just hours.
originally posted by: blackrabbit1
Face Masks in the UK are getting hard to locate. Just checked Amazon and some surgical masks are now prices at £89.00 for 50!