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posted by martyb on Monday January 27 2020, @08:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the stay-aware-and-wash-your-hands dept.

China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates:

The virus thought to have originated in a Wuhan food market continues to spread as China steps up containment efforts.

[...] China is extending the Lunar New Year holiday for three days and enforcing strict containment measures in an attempt to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed 80 people and infected at more than 2,700, most of them in the central province of Hubei where the virus first emerged.

The holiday season was due to end on Friday but will now be extended until February 2.

More than 56 million people in almost 20 cities, including the Hubei capital of Wuhan, have been affected by travel restrictions, introduced amid fears the transmission rate will balloon as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

[...] Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a pandemic as more countries report cases. Confirmed cases have so far been announced in several Asiancountries, Europe and North America.

[...] The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the respiratory illness, which has been traced to the city of Wuhan, is an emergency in China but the organisation said on Thursday it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.


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  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Tuesday January 28 2020, @03:15AM (2 children)

    by darkfeline (1030) on Tuesday January 28 2020, @03:15AM (#949805) Homepage

    Not in China. It's clearly pretty bad since the Chinese government is unable to censor how bad it is any more.

    if it wasn't serious, then the initial wave of silencings^]^Hcorrections would have been the last anyone heard of it.

    It's getting hard to find now, but if you look around, you can still find a few references to all the people getting censored for posting non-conforming narratives about the outbreak.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:04AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:04AM (#949927)

    Considering that there were almost 7 million individuals who have gone to various hospitals all over the country in the last 10 days to check themselves as they had symptoms or suspected that they could be having symptoms and there were insufficient test kits or no test kits in most cases,the scenario seems frightening indeed and is a cause of concern to the international community.,-also-cambodia-reports-first-case []

    So finally we get some good numbers. There were 7 million people with symptoms, and 100 deaths. Assuming the number of deaths is correct, that gives a lower bound on mortality rate at .0015%. The upper bound is deaths/confirmed cases of 2.5%, right? I mean people who do not get confirmed are not going to be dying any faster than those sick enough to be tested.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:59PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 28 2020, @06:59PM (#950180)

      In Wuhan they were only counting cases that they had accepted into hospitals, and some of the more elderly possible infections were sent home to work it out on their own. This information came from messages between police officers, but everything can be faked these days. I lean more toward this being worse than what the CCP says, but by how much.