Deepnews Digest #38
World Watches Wuhan Virus
A new virus found in China has sparked worries around the world after its spread in the city of Wuhan, where it has killed more than twenty people. Cases have traveled to other parts of Asia as well as to the U.S., as scientists look to pinpoint exactly how the disease came to humans. Censorship means information has been a scarcity, which is where Deepnews comes in. Here are the top 25 articles of the week on the Wuhan coronavirus, as found by the Deepnews Scoring Model.
Why scientists think the new coronavirus in China might have come from snakes
Snakes — the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra — may be the original source of the newly discovered coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly infectious respiratory illness in China this winter.
China virus outbreak shows Asia needs to step up infection preparation
In early January, the World Health Organization was notified by China that 41 people in Wuhan, the country’s seventh most populous city, had been hospitalized with what appeared to be a mystery strain of pneumonia. Many were reported to be workers in or visitors to a live animal market.
Not enough is known about China coronavirus strain, says WHO official Roderico Ofrin
“Much remains to be understood about this novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Not enough is known to draw definitive conclusions about how it is transmitted, clinical features of the disease, its severity, the extent to which it has spread or its source”
Tracking Wuhan virus a ‘jigsaw puzzle’ as China cracks down with quarantine powers
|South China Morning Post|
Prevention and control in hospitals is key to controlling outbreak, says disease specialist
Virus scourge hits assets as market eyes spread
Economies of Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Macau feel the heat as Beijing stimulus awaited
Putting entire Canadian city under quarantine to contain virus inconceivable, unenforceable: expert
|The Canadian Press|
In China, Wuhan and two nearby cities — home to a total of 18 million people — were locked down in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus
Why the Coronavirus Should Worry Us All
|Inter Press Service|
Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is a medical doctor, the CEO of EpiAFRIC, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Nigeria Health Watch
Coronavirus rapidly spreading, 17 dead, about 550 infected in China
BEIJING — A new coronavirus is rapidly spreading in China, with state-run media reporting Wednesday that 17 people have died and about 550 patients have been infected in the country, up by more than 200 from the previous day, as cases have also been confirmed elsewhere in Asia and the United States.
Canada prepared to face coronavirus thanks to lessons learned from SARS: experts
TORONTO — As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, including the first confirmed case in the U.S., so do concerns over the potential for an outbreak similar to the deadly 2003 SARS epidemic.
A new epidemic?
The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak bears similarity to the 2002-03 epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus (SARS-CoV). The SARS-CoV outbreak, which started in south China, lasted for over nine months. It spread to 37 countries, causing 8,098 people to become ill and 774 to die.
Beijing struggles to keep up with a virus–and a nation on the move
At Beijing’s central railway station, the crowds stream in, ticket in hand, suitcase in tow, surgical mask in place. This last item has become an integral part of this year’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
The evidence on travel bans for diseases like coronavirus is clear: They don’t work
Travel restrictions to control the spread of disease have been tried since 1377, when the Mediterranean city of Dubrovnik — formerly known as Ragusa and now part of Croatia — imposed a 40-day isolation period on ships suspected of carrying the Black Death that were entering the city.
How the Wuhan Coronavirus Infected the Chinese Film Industry
Just days ago, no one would have predicted that China’s most lucrative film-going season was about to be derailed by the escalating epidemic of a novel coronavirus that is now rapidly spreading through the country and beyond.
Wuhan Outbreak Highlights Danger of China’s Opaque System
Back in the fall of 2017, during the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping took the podium at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People to claim that one-party autocracy offered an option for “countries that want to speed up their development while preserving their independence.”
The coronavirus outbreak is not yet a global health emergency, WHO says
The World Health Organization has determined that the outbreak of the SARS-like coronavirus spreading rapidly across China is not yet a global health emergency — a rare designation the agency gives outbreaks that pose an international risk.
Years after SARS, a more confident China faces a new virus
The proclamation Tuesday signaled both China’s growing confidence and its greater awareness of censorship’s pitfalls.
China reports 440 confirmed cases of new coronavirus pneumonia
Chinese health authorities announced Wednesday that 440 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) had been reported in 13 provincial-level regions in the country by the end of Tuesday.
China shuts transport, temples, Disneyland as virus toll rises to 25
China stepped up measures to contain a virus that has killed 25 people and infected more than 800, suspending public transport in 10 cities, shutting temples over the Lunar New Year, and rushing to construct a hospital to treat the infected.
Beijing, other major Chinese cities cancel New Year celebrations as virus spreads, travel ban widens
BEIJING — Major Chinese cities, including the capital, Beijing, and virus-hit Wuhan, banned all large gatherings over the coming Lunar New Year festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar, in an expanding effort contain the rapidly spreading outbreak. The announcement Thursday came as authorities expanded travel restrictions imposed on Wuhan to surrounding municipalities, shutting down travel networks and attempting to quarantine some 25 million people — more than the population of Florida.
Scary’ and ‘spreading’: SARS-like virus collides with Chinese holiday travel
|The Globe and Mail|
Mr. Zhong sought to assuage fears about the virus, which infects people with pneumonia-like symptoms. “We identified the new coronavirus just two weeks after the outbreak was reported and we have very good virus-monitoring and quarantine measures,” he said, according to comments reported by China Daily. “I believe the outbreak will not cause the same impact on society and the economy as SARS did 17 years ago.”
Wuhan virus and Sars should push Hong Kong towards research collaboration
|South China Morning Post|
Through a progressive model of open collaboration, researchers prioritised the greater good over their personal gain and shared their research findings on a common WHO database. As a result, the Sars coronavirus was swiftly identified as the cause of the illness, which helped efforts to contain the spread of the disease and laid the foundation for the ongoing quest for a cure.
Here’s What It’s Like in Wuhan, the City at the Center of Coronavirus
Rows of blue-shuttered market stalls remain bolted behind streams of police tape. On one side of the street, a queue of market workers line up for inspection by health personnel. On the other, under a sign that reads “Huanan Seafood Market,” figures clad in white hazmat suits carry bundles of evidence into a small camouflage tent.
China virus scare sends shudder through European luxury goods sector
MILAN – European luxury stocks slumped across the board on Tuesday on fears that the coronavirus virus outbreak in China could hurt sales of high-end brands that had managed to weather months of protests in Hong Kong.
United against profiting from disease
|The Star (Malaysia)|
All stakeholders must charge affordable prices for healthcare at all times, whether or not there is an outbreak. Profiteering during disease is especially deplorable, and we denounce it in the strongest possible terms.
Police in China’s Wuhan Move to Quash ‘Rumors’ About Virus Outbreak
|Radio Free Asia|
Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have summoned and questioned eight people for allegedly posting “rumors” about the outbreak of viral pneumonia in the city, as experts warned the epidemic has likely spread much further than reports currently indicate.
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