Friday 28 February 2020

Coronavirus update - 27 February, 2020

Coronavirus Situation Is 

Quickly Going From Bad To 



The Iranian vice president for women and family affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, has come down with the new strain of coronavirus, media reported Thursday.

"Ms. Ebtekar showed signs of infection with coronavirus and was tested. The results came back positive", her adviser was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

Earlier in the day, the head of Iran's Parliamentary Security and Foreign Relations Commission Mojtaba Zonnour said he had tested positive for coronavirus. Another lawmaker, Mahmoud Sadeghi, previously wrote on Twitter that his corona test had been positive.

FARS news agency reports that for former Iranian Ambassador to The Vatican has died from Covid-19

Pope Francis has been forced to cancel a planned Mass in Rome with other clergy after suffering a 'slight illness'.

The Vatican said the 83-year-old pontiff had a 'slight indisposition' that meant he did not attend an event at the St John Lateran basilica in Rome on Thursday morning.

A spokesman said Francis would continue with the rest of his day's business, but preferred to stay within the Vatican rather than travel across the city.

There was no word from the Vatican about the nature of his illness, but the pope was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday asked all elementary, junior high and high schools nationwide to close from Monday through the students’ spring break, which typically ends in early April.

Efforts have been made to prevent the spread of infection among children in each region, and these one or two weeks will be an extremely critical period,” Abe told a meeting of key Cabinet ministers on the coronavirus outbreak crisis.

The government attaches the top priority to the health and safety of children, among others,” he said.

Later Thursday, the health and welfare ministry said Abe’s request does not apply to day care centers for children and after-school facilities for elementary school students

China, Japan and South Korea are at risk of a second wave of disruptions to their supply chains due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus epidemic, which risks already slowing global trade, analysts warned.

The three Asian countries contribute around 24 per cent of the entire world economy with a combined yearly trading volume of over US$720 billion, forming one of the most integrated international economic blocs in the world.

The three countries, though, have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak with over 1,500 confirmed cases in South Korea and over 180 domestic cases in Japan in addition to over 700 cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The coronavirus has grounded flights and restricted the flow of people between the three countries, while also disrupting integrated industrial supply chains across the region, with the electronics and automotive industries the hardest hit.

If the epidemic spreads in Japan and South Korea, it will bring a second blow to the global industrial chain and impact downstream companies in China
Song Xuetao

If the epidemic spreads in Japan and South Korea, it will bring a second blow to the global industrial chain and impact downstream companies in China,” said Song Xuetao, an economist at Tianfeng Securities.
A woman in Japan has tested positive for coronavirus for a second time. The tour-bus guide, in Osaka, is the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns as the virus spreads.

Eight people in Japan have died from coronavirus, while more than 2,800 people have died worldwide.

Doctors have previously spoken about the potential for reinfection from coronavirus, as the strain is still new and scientists are unable to say how long immunity will last. Dr Babak Ashrafi, at UK-based online doctor Zava, told

Experts are busy gathering information from those who have become infected to see how well their immune systems react and how long they’ll remain immune.

The coronavirus has an ‘HIV-like’ mutation which helps it to bind with human cells at a terrifyingly effective rate, Chinese scientists have claimed. 

A new study from Nankai University alleged that Covid-19’s ability to infect cells is up to 1,000 times more powerful than SARS, a coronavirus which caused 774 deaths in 17 countries between November 2002 and July 2003. 

The new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, and has now killed 2,800 victims and infected more than 80,000. 

In a new piece of research, scientists said SARS enters the human body by binding with a protein called ACE2 that exists in human cell membranes. 

But the new coronavirus aims for an enzyme called furin – the same enzyme attacked by HIV and ebola. Professor Ruan Jishou and his team at Nankai University found genes in Covid-19 which did not exist in SARS but can be found in both of the viruses responsible for spreading HIV and ebola, according to the South China Morning Post. Trump downplays coronavirus risk, likens it to flu
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint.

The workers did not show symptoms of infection and were not tested for the virus, according to lawyers for the whistleblower, a senior HHS official based in Washington who oversees workers at the Administration for Children and Families, a unit within HHS.

The whistleblower is seeking federal protection, alleging she was unfairly and improperly reassigned after raising concerns about the safety of these workers to HHS officials, including those within the office of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. She was told Feb. 19 that if she does not accept the new position in 15 days, which is March 5, she would be terminated.

The whistleblower has decades of experience in the field, received two HHS department awards from Azar last year and has received the highest performance evaluations, her lawyers said.

The complaint was filed Wednesday with the Office of the Special Counsel, an independent federal watchdog agency. The whistleblower’s lawyers provided a copy of a redacted 24-page complaint to The Washington Post. A spokesman for the Office of the Special Counsel confirmed that it has received the complaint and assigned the case.
California governor Gavin Newsom says more than 8,000 people in the state are being monitored for coronavirus infections.

There are have been 33 confirmed cases of the flu-like respiratory illness in the state, including what is likely the first confirmed infection in a patient who was infected through "community spread" and didn't come into direct contact with another patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The governor confirmed that 8,400 California residents are being medically monitored for novel coronavirus COVID-19 in 49 local jurisdictions.

  • The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a Korean Air flight attendant infected with the novel coronavirus serviced a flight to Israel that was previously linked to cases of the virus.
  • The flight attendant is believed to have serviced additional flights after returning to South Korea, according to news reports.
  • South Korean media is reporting that the flight attendant worked flights between Seoul and Los Angeles, a popular route for the airline.

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