21 Feb 2020

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

On Friday, South Korea reported more virus cases that prompted a larger response, the creation of a “special management zone” around the southeastern city of Daegu in which the epidemic threatens to overwhelm the region’s health system. Health officials reported 52 new cases of the illness, raising the country’s overall

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18 Feb 2020

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Another update to the China coronavirus outbreak confirmed 1,886 new cases and 98 more deaths in an update released Tuesday. The outbreak is now perceived to cause milder illness in most people, an assessment that was received with guarded optimism from global health authorities. This update brings the number of

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17 Feb 2020

U.S. Passengers Depart Cruise Ship Quarantined Over Coronavirus

Two weeks after a cruise ship that had departed from China was quarantined after it was discovered that several people on board were infected with the coronavirus, the Americans on board have departed Tokyo en route to the US. The Americans were sent to Haneda airport in China where they

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13 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei

Yesterday, 242 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded in the Chinese province of Hubei, becoming the epidemic’s deadliest day. There was also a sharp increase in the number of cases, with over 14,000  people diagnosed with the virus in just one day. Hubei has begun to use a broader definition

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12 Feb 2020

Xi’s reemergence shows how carefully China is controlling the coronavirus narrative

Xi Jinping, China’s current president, appeared to speak about the national health epidemic occurring in the province of Wuhan on Monday in an attempt to stifle criticism of how the issue is being handled by Chinese authorities. The video was released to a Chinese broadcaster, CCTV, and featured Xi visiting

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11 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials ‘removed’ as death toll hits 1,000

Monday marked the first day that the coronavirus has claimed over 100 lives within 24 hours. Since then, many Senior Chinese officials have been removed. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission and the head of the same commission were among the authorities who were let go. According to

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10 Feb 2020

Coronavirus claims 97 lives in one day – but number of infections stabilises

Over the weekend, the number of deaths due to the coronavirus overtook the death toll of the SARS epidemic, which killed 774 people worldwide and originated in China in 2003. The number of people who have died as a result of the virus is rose by 97 in just one

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31 Jan 2020

Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

The coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by WHO, the World Health Organization. The outbreak continues to impact China’s public safety, security, and economy. The main reason for the declaration is not only that the disease is spreading throughout China, but that it has begun to impact other countries.

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30 Jan 2020

Countries step up efforts to bring nationals back from Wuhan as coronavirus cases top 7,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus continues to rise at an alarming rate as countries elevate their efforts to bring nationals home from the city of Wuhan, where the infection began. The World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme stated that the whole world should be on alert due to the nature

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29 Jan 2020

U.S. Expands Airport Screening for Coronavirus; Officials Add Risk of Extensive Infections Is Low

The US has reportedly expanded screening of passengers due to the outbreak of coronavirus that originated in China but has since spread to several other countries. The screening applies to over 20 US airports, however, health officials have ensured the public that the virus does not currently pose a threat

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