World Watches Wuhan – UPDATE #Special Edition

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World Watches Wuhan – UPDATE

Since last week’s Digest on coronavirus, the disease has continued to spread, with cases in Europe and deaths outside of the epicenter in Wuhan. Media around the world have explored what it means for their readers, making this update an incredibly geographically diverse selection. Misinformation and conspiracy theories have also been floated about where the virus came from, though these pieces (found by the Deepnews Scoring Model since the weekend) provide real, quality information.

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Channel News Asia
I’ll never forget the sight of two men in scrubs, caps, gloves and masks arriving at our doorstep, after my mother called 995 when my fever and cough would not break despite days of flu medication.

Editor’s Note: The coronavirus from Wuhan has been repeatedly compared to SARS in the early 2000s, and there are fears it may be worse. Here Lin Suling, executive editor of Channel News Asia, discusses it, recounting her own experience of going to the hospital during SARS.

Malay Mail
As the health authorities all over the world gear up for the containment of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), each country’s rumour mill has been in overdrive which subvert the noble efforts of the authorities.

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Quartz
When the SARS outbreak hit China in 2003, only 6% of the population had access to the internet. Seventeen years later, that number has increased tenfold: more than 61% of the Chinese population are now online, according to the latest government figures.

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Australian Financial Review
The first stage in response to an increase in uncertainty is one of de-risking by the asset allocator, which means taking down leverage in portfolios and generally reducing beta, selling cyclicals and buying defensives, reducing equities and buying bonds.

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Fox News
The current outbreak in China of Wuhan coronavirus (Wuhan CoV) represents a significant public health challenge.

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Straits Times
SINGAPORE – The Singaporean passengers and crew of Scoot flight TR 188 are scheduled to return home on Sunday (Jan 26) night, after spending more than a day being quarantined in Hangzhou, China.

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Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed government machineries to take up the issue on a war footing, following which the first big meeting on the matter took place last Saturday.

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LA Times
If this were a Hollywood movie, now would be time to panic. In real life, however, all that most Americans need to do is wash their hands and proceed with their usual weekend plans.

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The Conversation
Ilan Noy is Professor and Chair in the Economics of Disasters, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Press Trust of India
NEW DELHI: The Centre has stepped up vigil in areas bordering Nepal in view of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus detected there.

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Cornell Sun
When Chendan Luo ’22 returned to campus from her hometown, Wuhan, China, after winter break, she immediately got a screening for coronavirus at Cornell Health.

Editor’s Note: Responses to coronavirus have come not just from governments and international organizations, but places such as universities. Here the Cornell Sun, the student newspaper of Cornell University, speaks with students from Wuhan watching the crisis from upstate New York.

AFP
China has quarantined millions of people and urged its citizens to delay overseas travel as it scrambles to stop a deadly coronavirus epidemic from spreading further.

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The Conversation
C Raina MacIntyre is Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW

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Rappler
Rappler speaks to former health secretary Manuel Dayrit, who was known as the SARS czar when the disease hit China, Hong Kong, and other parts of the world in 2003

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The Guardian
The outbreak has left Chinese people facing a miserable new year and Xi Jinping a key test

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The Telegraph
The novel coronavirus – now designated 2019-nCoV – that emerged from Wuhan City, China just a few weeks ago confronts the world with a new and concerning disease that is spreading fast.

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South China Morning Post
The crisis has stirred memories of 2003 outbreak of Sars but events in China are now even more capable of disrupting the global economy

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Asia Times
Protests erupt after vacant complex tipped as housing for medical staff and potential carriers of coronavirus

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Radio Free Asia
Many Chinese fearing infection from the spreading Wuhan coronavirus have traveled by plane to Tibet this week, including many from Wuhan who left the city just ahead of a travel ban imposed on Jan. 22, sources say.

Editor’s Note: Large numbers of articles on this list come from places fearing that virus could travel and infect their populations, such as India, Pakistan, Malaysia or Singapore. Here Radio Free Asia looks at fears and measures among the Tibetan population.

Financial Times ($)
US citizens were preparing to escape from Wuhan on Tuesday night on the first evacuation flight to leave the centre of China’s coronavirus outbreak. But thousands of foreigners from other countries remain trapped in the stricken city.

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Rappler
Local officials and people’s organizations put the pressure on the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to temporarily stop accepting cruise ships amid the novel coronavirus scare

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FreightWaves
The coronavirus outbreak is intensifying, with more than 4,500 confirmed cases and over 100 deaths. Given its epicenter in China, the epidemic has the potential to significantly disrupt the trans-Pacific container supply chains of U.S. importers.

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Xinhua
China has ramped up quarantine measures on public transport by demanding the immediate isolation and transfer to the nearest observation stations of coronavirus infected patients on board.

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Towards Data Science
Why the official reports are necessarily inaccurate — because of a common problem in statistics.

Editor’s Note: Almost all of these articles also make use of statistics, but how accurate are they at showing the real number of those infected? Here Andy Chen goes in depth on the numbers for Towards Data Science at Medium.

Dawn
GILGIT / ISLAMABAD: The Gilgit Baltistan (GB) government has sought delay in the opening of Pakistan-China border crossing point at Khunjerab Pass scheduled for February as part of precautionary measures to stop coronavirus’s possible entry into Pakistan from China.

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