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Lawyer and 'citizen journalist' Chen Qiushi has disappeared after bravely travellng to Wuhan and posting videos on social media highlighting the problems with the way the pandemic is being handled in the city.

 

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WHO are in bed with China and refuse to name the pneumonia according to the geographic location. So corrupt.

And also China is shifting the goalpost in order to lower the number.
 

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Latest figures: 45,171 infections (+4.8%) of which 44,653 (98.8%) are in mainland China. Total deaths, 1115 (+9.5%); total recovered 4771 (+18.5%). 10.6% of people reported to have been infected have now recovered
 

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A tale of two cities: the different approaches to the pandemic taken by Singapore and Hong Kong.
 

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Latest figures: 60, 374 cases (+33.6%) of which 59,804 are in mainland China. 1369 deaths (+22.8%) and 5576 (+16.9%) have recovered.

Yesterday's huge spike in cases is as a result of a change in diagnostic criteria in China. Doctors are now allowed to diagnose patients as being infected with the coronavirus based on their symptoms, without the need for a positive result from a test kit, which are in short supply. There has also been a spike in deaths as previously some patients died before a formal diagnosis using a test kit result could be obtained. This is a much more honest approach and will give more reliable figures. It renders earlier figures meaningless of course.
 

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Creutzfeld-Jakob has been around beofre mad cow disease and once their connection has been confirmed, many cows have been killed and their use forbidden. That's how Europe reacts.
From memory, first came the denials that the disease could jump the species. Then, when it became obvious that this wasn't the case, science still insisted that it couldn't be transmitted in utero, so every animal wasn't culled. Then, when it became obvious that this too was incorrect a complete cull was undertaken, but not before many more people were infected than would have been the case otherwise. This is how Europe actually reacts. Denial, misinformation (at best), procrastination and then finally action years too late.
 

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Japan experienced its first death associated with the disease.
The victim was an 80 y.o woman and the virus was only found post mortem so it's not entirely clear if that's the cause of death.
However, she has no recent history of leaving Japan so it's also a bit of a mystery how she got infected in the first place.

The son-in-law of the elderly woman who died is also a new case in Japan, along with a taxi driver and a surgeon and his patient (70 y.o in serious condition).
The 50 y.o surgeon had developed a slight fever, took medicine and returned to work. After he later developed a severe fever, a CT scan detected pneumonia.
None of those people left Japan recently either. The virus may have quietly taken hold in Japan by unknown means. This is a dratted ninja virus

 

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Latest figures: 64443 (+6.7%) of which 63851 are in mainland China. Non mainland China cases are now at 592, the vast majority being in other parts of Asia. Deaths are now 1383 (+ only 1%, although 108 were removed due to double counting) and 6776 people have recovered (+21.5%). Overall, 10.5% of people who have been infected are reported to have recovered.

As reported yesterday, China has now widened its diagnostic criteria which resulted in a spike in cases yesterday. It now transpires that the widened criteria are only being used in Hubei. Whilst the majority of the cases are in the province, it does mean there will be yet further under-reporting as using the old criteria elsewhere is bound to result in missed cases.

The toll on medical workers has become clear as it has been reported that 1,1716 of them have become infected. Most of these are from Hubei.

Scientists in China have announced that they have isolated neutralising antibodies in the plasma of patients who have recovered. They have use these to treat a small number of critical ill patients whose conditions have improved significantly. It remains to be seen whether this will prove a completely successful and safe treatment and, if so, whether it can be used more widely.
 

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How can they be 100% sure it was coronavirus and not "regular" pneumonia?
that's a good question. Initially they were doing blood tests (stuff like PCR). Now they are using CT scans to shorten the result time and cover more cases quickly, though at the expense of pure accuracy. One telltale thing is CT scans of the lungs can rule out a bacterial source of infection. Bacterial infections tend to concentrate in one lung more than the other. Viral infections affect both lungs about the same because of how the pathogen is translocated systemically. More on the CT scans below:

 

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Lawyer and 'citizen journalist' Chen Qiushi has disappeared after bravely travellng to Wuhan and posting videos on social media highlighting the problems with the way the pandemic is being handled in the city.

ROC: 2 birds 1 Stone. 1 less trouble without you.
 

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Latest figures: 67102 infections (+4.1%) of which 66492 are in mainland China. Deaths, 1526 (+10.3%). 8141 people are reported to have recovered (+20.1). The first case has been reported in Africa, a man in Egypt. He did not have any symptoms but has tested positive the for the virus. It's not clear why he was tested if he did not have any symptoms.
 

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Latest figures: 69,270 cases (+3.2%) of which 68,500 (98.9%) are in mainland China. There were 160 news cases repoted in the rest of the world, inculindg 70 on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, anchored outside Yokohama. Total deaths are now 1670 (+9.4%) of which all but 5 are in mainland China. 9467 people are reported to have recovered (+16.2%).

There has now been panic buying in Indonesia, even though the country is yet to register a single case of the virus. Consequently, some basic foodstuffs have doubled in price and one brand of disinfectant has nearly quadrupled in price to $22 for a small can.
 

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Latest figures: 71,435 cases +(3.1%). 117 new cases outside mainland China, most of which (99) are on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Total death are now 1,775 (+6.3%) and 10,610 people are reported to have recovered. (+12.1%)

Other developments: a number of cases have been identified where the incubation period was significantly longer than 14 days. In the US a man has been successfully treated using an experimental anti-viral drug developed by US firm Gilead to treat Ebola, although it was not found to be effective against that disease.

In Hong Kong, a masked gang, one of whom was armed with a knife, stole 600 toilet rolls that were being delivered to a supermarket. There have been shortages of basic items such as toilets rolls as consumers have been panic buying, emptying shelves in stores across the city.
 

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Latest figures: 71,435 cases +(3.1%). 117 new cases outside mainland China, most of which (99) are on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Total death are now 1,775 (+6.3%) and 10,610 people are reported to have recovered. (+12.1%)

Other developments: a number of cases have been identified where the incubation period was significantly longer than 14 days. In the US a man has been successfully treated using an experimental anti-viral drug developed by US firm Gilead to treat Ebola, although it was not found to be effective against that disease.

In Hong Kong, a masked gang, one of whom was armed with a knife, stole 600 toilet rolls that were being delivered to a supermarket. There have been shortages of basic items such as toilets rolls as consumers have been panic buying, emptying shelves in stores across the city.
"A US firm called Gilead"

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I haven't seen the recent TV programmes but I read the book years ago (long before it became a 'thing') but I can't remember any of the details.
 
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