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Coronavirus: Nurses step over dead bodies piled up on hospital floor
Coronavirus: Nurses step over dead bodies piled up on hospital floor as medical facilities are overrun by outbreak (disturbing video)

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Disturbing footage shared online shows dead bodies piled up on the floor of a hospital in Wuhan, China.
The video, allegedly recorded at a hospital in Wuhan where the coronavirus outbreak started, shows 3 dead bodies under white sheets and workers wearing protective suits in a packed corridor.
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Nurses and others are seen stepping around the bodies in a corridor packed with people apparently infected with the SARS-like virus.
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The video was posted by a woman claiming to be a nurse at a Wuhan hospital and it is already making the rounds on Weibo, a social media network in China.
The woman who shared the video wrote that staff and patients were "stuck" with the bodies of three patients because no-one was available to take them away.
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In another clip, a man wearing a mask over his face lay on a floor in agony as people stand around him.
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At least 26 people have died and more than 800 others have been infected since the coronavirus broke out last month.
Hospitals in Wuhan - where the outbreak began late last month - are running out of masks, goggles and protective suits as the number of cases soars.
Hospitals in Wuhan are filled to capacity. Workers are racing to build a 1,000-bed hospital from scratch in less than a week to cope with the rising number of patients. At one overwhelmed hospital, tents had to be set up in a car park to treat patients because there is no room inside.
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Watch the video below.
France confirms first European cases of Coronavirus

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France has confirmed its first three cases of Coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases of the deadly virus from China in Europe.
French health minister Agnes Buzyn who made the announcement on Friday January 24, first confirmed the cases of two people who travelled to China. The third case, believed to be a family member of one of those already announced was later added to the list. 
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Buzyn also disclosed that she expects more to emerge within the nation's borders. She said; 
Quote:"We have two cases, we will probably have other cases. We see how difficult it is in today's world to close the frontiers. In reality, it's not possible" 
The Minister said she believes they are the first country in Europe to confirm the virus because of the development of a rapid diagnostic test within France. 
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Buzyn said; 
Quote:"You have to treat an epidemic as you would a fire, that's to say find the source very quickly."
The French health Minister also confirmed that the Bordeaux patient is a 48-year-old Frenchman of Chinese origin who passed through Wuhan. His case was confirmed after being taken to the hospital for presenting classic flu-like symptoms. 
The Bordeaux patient who alongside the second patient who is receiving treatment in Paris, were in contact with about 10 people before their cases were confirmed. 

Woman in Chicago becomes second confirmed case of coronavirus in the US after she returned from China 11days ago  

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A woman in Chicago has been diagnosed with coronavirus, making her the second person in the US to be infected with the deadly disease as dozens get tested across the country, including in New York
On Friday, January 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the patient is a 60-year-old woman who traveled to Wuhan, China, where the virus originated in late December. She arrived at O'Hare International Airport on January 13 but did not begin experiencing symptoms until several days later.
Health officials say the woman appears to be 'well' and in stable condition. She is in isolation, but it wasn't revealed which hospital she is in. 
It comes as health officials reveal they are testing 63 people in 22 states, including four people who were under isolation in New York state. 
Doctors also announced that another 43 people came into contact with the first confirmed US patient, a man in his 30s, who is being quarantined in Washington state 
So far, 945 people have fallen ill since December, mostly in China, and as of Friday, 26 people were confirmed died.   
In a tweet on Friday, President Donald Trump thanked President Xi Jinping and China for its 'transparency' in fighting coronavirus.
'China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!' Trump wrote.

Coronavirus : US arranging charter flight to evacuate American diplomats and citizens out of China

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The United States has started plans to evacuate it's citizens and diplomats living in Wuhan, the Chinese city from which the deadly strain of Coronavirus originated from.
Coronavirus, a SARS like disease, has killed over 50 people in China already with 2000 cases of infection confirmed already, with the Chinese government putting the city of Wuhan under lockdown as they try to contain the deadly virus.
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But the US, in keeping with principles of protecting it's diplomats and citizen all over the world, has finalized plans to evacuate about three dozen diplomats and their families from the US consulate in Wuhan, China and even though the city is in lockdown the Chinese government has been very supportive of the US' move.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Consulate in Wuhan reached out to Diplomats living there to inform them they'll be given free tickets on a plane back home but informed non-diplomat Americans interested in going home that they will be billed for the flight.
On Thursday, the US State Department ordered non-emergency personnel and their families to depart the Hubei Province of China, of which Wuhan is the provincial capital, due to the coronavirus epidemic, it also raised the travel advisory for the Hubei province to "Level 4: Do Not Travel," warning that the "U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province."
The coronavirus is turning to a global epidemic with new cases reported in France, UK, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and the US. No case has been reported in Nigeria yet.
Third case of coronavirus confirmed in the US

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A third case of the deadly coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, health officials have revealed.
The Centers for Disease Control said the patient in Orange County, southern California, tested positive for the disease which has killed 56 in China and infected 2,000 worldwide.
The patient had traveled to the US from Wuhan, the city where the killer virus broke out from and was taken into isolation where he remains in good condition. He was actually the one who contacted local health officials, that provided him guidance to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory confirmation from the CDC. 
The Orange County agency has consulted with the CDC and the California Department of Health and will follow up with people who have had close contact with the patient.
Guidance from the CDC advises that people who have had casual contact with the patient are at "minimal risk" for developing infection. Although, there's no evidence that person-to-person transmission occurred in Orange County, and the risk of local transmission remains low, the release said. 
The comes days after the diagnoses of a 30-something man in Washington state on Tuesday and 60-something woman in Chicago on Friday. Both patients had also traveled to China.
The US Consulate in Wuhan have announced that it would evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight, as they expect more Americans to be diagnosed with the newly discovered virus, which is believed to have an incubation period of about two weeks.
The CDC is screening passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan at five major airports in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France, and Canada all have reported confirmed cases of the virus, which Chinese state officials today warned was growing stronger.
Quote:Coronavirus Hits Ivory Coast As One Tests Positive

Health authorities in Ivory Coast are investigating a suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in a female student who arrived from China, officials have said.

The student, whom authorities have not named, is the first person to be tested for the virus on the continent, CNN reports.

The virus has killed at least 80 people in the mainland Chinese city of Wuhan.

The 34-year-old student traveled from Beijing to the Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport in Abidjan on Saturday and was coughing, sneezing and experienced difficulty breathing, Ivory Coast's Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene said in statement.

The student was moved to a safe location upon arrival at the airport and is currently under medical observation, the ministry said.

Authorities believe it is highly likely a case of pneumonia and not coronavirus, but the final diagnosis will be made after the analysis of the results of the test, the ministry said.

Michel Yao, WHO Africa emergency response program manager, said the agency had advised health ministers in the region to activate standard flu screening at airports for passengers coming from mainland China.

More than 2700 coronavirus cases have been confirmed, prompting countries around the world, including Nigeria to shore up surveillance and screening at airports, especially for travelers arriving from Wuhan in China where the outbreak began in December.

Aviation authorities in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, said airlines operating in its airspace should update crew members on how to handle sick passengers on board their aircrafts.

Pilots must report such cases to health officials on landing while also encouraging sick travelers to seek help before leaving the airport, Nigeria's Federal Airport Agency said in a statement.

Kenya, whose national carrier Kenya Airways, operates nonstop flights from Nairobi capital to Guangzhou, has also begun screening passengers arriving from China at its airport, according to local media.

Coronavirus are a large group of viruses that are common among animals, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.

Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, and infected persons may have headaches and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.

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Quote:Coronavirus: Cure In Sight As Australian Scientists Recreate Virus 

Scientists in Australia have become the first to recreate the new coronavirus outside of China in what they have called a “significant breakthrough”. Doctors said the copy could be used as “control material” for testing and “will be a game changer for diagnosis”. That could involve an early-diagnosis test which could detect the virus in people who have not displayed symptoms.

Researchers at a specialist lab in Melbourne, Australia, said they were able to grow a copy of the virus from an infected patient. The sample was sent to them last Friday. “We’ve planned for an incident like this for many, many years and that’s really why we were able to get an answer so quickly,” said Dr Mike Catton of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

According to the BBC, the discovery will be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the hope it may help efforts to diagnose and treat the virus. Scientists in China have also recreated the virus and shared its genome sequence, but not the virus itself. Chinese authorities have said the virus – like a normal flu – is able to spread during its incubation period.

But the WHO has said it remains unclear whether it is contagious before symptoms appear. “An antibody test will enable us to retrospectively test suspected patients so we can gather a more accurate picture of how widespread the virus is, and consequently, among other things, the true mortality rate,” said Dr Catton.

“It will also assist in the assessment of effectiveness of trial vaccines.” According to the WHO, the incubation period can range from two to 10 days. The outbreak has killed 106 people in China and infected close to 6,000. There are at least 47 cases confirmed in 16 other countries, including in Thailand, France, the US and Australia. No deaths have been reported outside China.

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Quote:Chinese Doctors 'Cure' Coronavirus Patient Using HIV Wonder Drugs

Doctors in China are claiming to have cured a patient suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus using a HIV wonder drug.

The Chinese authorities said the patient, who received the medication during a drug trial, had fully recovered and has since been discharged from hospital.

Shanghai's Municipal Health Commission said the drug "somewhat successfully" stopped the spread of the disease to cells, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The news was also carried on Wam, the UAE’s news agency.

Beijing Municipal Health Commission confirmed the use of the HIV drugs to treat patients suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus on Sunday.

Three Beijing hospitals began administering lopinavir/itonavir – two antiretroviral drugs used in combination to treat HIV – to patients suffering from the coronavirus, according to a statement published by Chinese media.

The drugs work by blocking HIV's ability to reproduce by binding to healthy cells.

The medication was used to “substantial clinical benefit” on patients suffering from Sars, another coronavirus which swept through China in 2002 and 2003.

There are seven known coronaviruses, the majority of which result in symptoms no more severe than the common cold.

However, Sars – that killed almost 800 people from 2002 to 2003 – had a fatality rate of 14 to 15 per cent. Another coronavirus, Mers, kills about 35 per cent of people it infects.

It is not yet clear how severe the Wuhan coronavirus is. There could be many infected who develop such mild symptoms they do not know they even have it. It is currently believed to be much less severe than Sars and Mers, with a fatality rate of about 3 per cent.

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Coronavirus: Panda Supermarket, Abuja Shut Down By FG

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC inspected Panda Supermarket; Jabi on credible reports that it discriminated and had a concealed area for Asian nationals. Allegation confirmed, seafood and animals imported illegally from China discovered. Store closed in abundance of caution considering Coronavirus.

Products with expired and irregular shelf life were also discovered at Panda Supermarket, Jabi, Abuja yesterday.

Regulatory activities to remove all offensive products from the Supermarket continues.

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Quote:Coronavirus: Travellers From China To Lagos To Be Quarantined For 10-15 Days

 LASG Intensifies Preparedness Against Infectious Diseases

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi has said that the Chinese government through her embassy in Nigeria is working with Lagos State Government to prevent the entry of Corona Virus into the State.

Abayomi who disclosed this today while giving update on the State government’s level of preparedness to prevent or contain any possible entry of the disease as well as other infectious diseases into Lagos said the areas of cooperation include the issuing of advisory on travel between China and Lagos and self-quarantine of persons coming in from China and other endemic countries especially from South-East Asia to Lagos.

The Commissioner noted that the Chinese government has sent notification to her citizens to remain in China until there is clarity about the spread of the infection, adding that the Chinese government has also instructed that their citizens who choose to return to Nigeria should be self-quarantined for 10 to 14days.

In his words, “We are very happy with the cooperation we are receiving from the Chinese government. We’ve had a very serious and high-level discussion with the Chinese government through their embassy in Lagos, our primary concern has been the return of their citizens to Lagos in a few days’ time and we are happy to inform you that the embassy of China is also concerned about this, and they have sent out information through notifications to their citizens and companies located in Lagos that their citizens should try and remain in China until there is clarity about how this infection is going”.

“However, if some of them choose to return, and we cannot restrict people, if they do return to Lagos, the instruction from the Chinese Embassy is that they should be quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days in their houses, hostels and accommodations”.

The Commissioner added that officials of the Ministry of Health would meet with associations of businessmen in Lagos particularly those who make use of the China-Nigeria trade routes to advise them on their travels to Asian countries particularly China and educate them on precautionary measures against contracting the disease.
Abayomi while outlining strategies and plans that have been put in place by the State government to prevent or contain possible outbreak, averred that Lagos is particularly vulnerable and susceptible to an entry of the virus because the large trading population between Nigeria and China, large number of Nigerians travelling back and forth on the Lagos-China trading route and a large number of Chinese citizens living in Lagos or using the State as a point of entry.

He noted also that the peculiar nature of the State due to its very high dense population, many high-density residential locations and a significant number of slums also makes it become particularly vulnerable to outbreak spread of infectious diseases.

“Lagos is also particularly vulnerable because of its peculiar nature; it is the largest megacity in Africa, it has a very high dense population and it has many high density residential locations and a significant number of slums and therefore it becomes particularly vulnerable to outbreak spread and it our duty to ensure that we put all strategies in place to try and prevent the entry or the spread of the virus in our communities”, the Commissioner said.

Abayomi explained that the State government recently activated an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) which is the command and control Center to coordinate operational information and resources for strategic management of emergencies in preparation against infectious diseases.

He disclosed also that citizens are being sensitized on precautionary measures against the spread of the infection as well as other infectious diseases through the circulation of various messages for behavioural modification.

He revealed that the Biosafety laboratory located at the Lagos Mainland Hospital, built to ensure effective management of infectious diseases has fully commenced operations. He added also surveillance activities are being intensified across the state to fast track the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases whenever they occur.

“We have recently activated an Emergency Operation Centre to fast-track the management and diagnosis of an outbreak of infectious disease. We are also ramping up security in our biosecurity unit at the Mainland Hospital designed to cater for a large number of patients with highly infectious diseases but in case there is an overflow of patients, we have in place contingency plans”, the Commissioner said.

He explained that the second pillar of the developmental agenda for a greater Lagos promised by Governor Sanwo-Olu as espoused in his T.H.E.M.E.S agenda which put health and environment in the same category is very important because most of the dangerous pathogens are kind of zoonotic infections which comes from the food chain and environment to infect people.

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India records its first case of coronavirus

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India on Thursday January 30, announced its first case of the deadly coronavirus. 
The country's health ministry said the patient who is a student of the Wuhan University, is stable and in isolation at a hospital in Kerala. 
Kerala Health Minister, KK Shailaja has already called a meeting with health secretary and other officials from the Directorate of Health Services to take stock of the situation. 
The statement read; 
Quote:"One positive case of Novel Coronavirus -- a student studying in Wuhan University -- has been reported from Kerala.  The patient is being kept in isolation in a hospital.
"The patient is stable and is being closely monitored. Even before the first confirmed case we were doing our best to ensure diagnosis and then to treat it if any positive cases of Coronavirus arise."
The 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic which health workers around the world are working tirelessly to find a cure to, started in China's Wuhan city early December last year and has so far claimed more than 170 lives.
Corona virus: Lagos state government to quarantine every Chinese citizen arriving the state

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The Lagos state government says it has reached an argreement with the Chinese embassy in the state to ensure that Chinese citizens remain in their country for now to avert the spread of the Corona virus in the state and that anyone of them who intends to visit the state, is immediately quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days.
The state Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, made this known when he addressed newsmen in the state today January 30th.
Quote:We are happy to inform you that the embassy of China is also concerned about this and they have sent out information through notifications to all their Chinese citizens and companies located in Lagos that their citizens should try and remain in China until there is clarity in about this infection is going. However, if  some of them chose to return to Lagos, the instructions form the Chinese Embassy is that they should be quarantined for a period of 10 to 14 days in their houses, hotels or accomodations. We have Nigerians that are moving back and forth to China on their trading routes, we are aggresively trying to contact the associations of traders and businessmen to see if we can also curtail the movement of Nigerian traders between Nigeria and China for a period of time. 
The Commissioner gave the emergency numbers for Corona virus in the state as
-0802 316 9483
-0803 356 5529
-0805 281 7243 
Vietnam records three new cases of Coronavirus

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Vietnam has recorded three new cases of Coronavirus, bringing the total number of active cases in the Southeast Asian country to four.
Vietnam's health ministry in its statement on Thursday January 30, said the three new cases all returned from the Chinese city and epicenter of the flu-like virus, Wuhan. 
Suc Khoe & Doi Song newspaper reported that two patients are being treated for the virus at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi, while the third case is receiving treatment at  the General Hospital in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, 160 km (100 miles) from Hanoi. 
28 suspected cases have already been placed in isolation in Vietnam, after the country confirmed the first two cases of novel coronavirus in the country; a 66-year-old Chinese man and his 28-year-old son. The health ministry said the son tested negative for the virus while the father tested positive. 
China’s richest man Jack Ma donates £11m to help tackle coronavirus

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China's richest man, Jack Ma, has donated 100 million yuan (£11 million) to help towards defeating the coronavirus disease, that has rampaged much of China, with close to 170 people already dead and over 7700 already infected.

Jack Ma, who is worth £32.9 billion, owns E-commerce giants, AliBaba, and has donated the money to scientists across the world who are working towards creating a vaccine for the coronavirus while £4.4 million of the money will go to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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Jack Ma announced the donation on Thursdayon social media platform, Weibo, stating:
 ‘The Jack Ma Foundation will exhaust our abilities to provide more help to the development and growth of medical science.’
Ma's foundation said it had it has donated 100 million yuan to "support the development of a coronavirus vaccine."
"We know that the battle between humanity and disease is a long journey. This money will help various medical research efforts and help disease prevention," it added.
Coronaviruses are a family of diseases which include the common cold and the virus which caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which originated in China in 2002 and killed nearly 800 people around the world.

It causes flu-like symptoms and can make it hard for people to breathe, with a lot of people worldwide now dead after contracting the illness.

The World Health Organisation (WH0) emergency committee is expected to declare Coronavirus an international public health emergency any time from now.
83 Britons leave China on coronavirus rescue flight

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A coronavirus rescue flight left China early this morning with 83 Britons and 27 other foreigners onboard. 
Photos shared on social media revealed that the evacuated Britons and foreigners wore face masks to stop the deadly droplets of the virus. 
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The chartered flight which left Wuhan at 9:45am local time on Friday January 31, is scheduled to land at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 1pm UK time. The flight will continue on to Spain following the stopover in the UK, at which point EU nationals’ home countries will take responsibility for them. 
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In UK, the flight's passengers who are Britons will be taken to Park hospital in Wirral where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said; 
Quote: “It’s welcome news that our evacuation flight has now left Wuhan. We know how distressing the situation has been for those waiting to leave. We have been working round the clock to clear the way for a safe departure. The welfare of those trapped and public safety have been our overriding priorities.”
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Just before the passengers boarded the flight, Chinese authorities announced 43 deaths, putting the total deaths recorded since the outbreak in Chinese city of Wuhan at 213. All of the deaths have occurred in China, which recorded 9,692 cases as of Friday compared with 7,711 confirmed cases 24 hours earlier. 
The number of Britons remaining in Wuhan is however still unclear after the first evacuation, as there is a ban on public transport and most private cars. 
Horrific video shows dog yelping in pain as it is barbecued alive at a Chinese market

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A horrific video of a dog yelping in pain as it was roasted alive on a barbecue in a Chinese meat market has been shared online by animal rights activists.
The video was shared by campaign group No To Dog Meat as they called for an end to the barbaric trade.
The dog is seen trying to open its battered jaw to cry out as it was barbecued at a meat market in Yulin, China. 
Another video shows men pouring boiling water from pans over a half-skinned dog which was still alive.
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The activists also shared another video of a dog stuffed into a cramped cage in filthy conditions in a meat market in the Chinese city of Yulin, which is known for the dog meat festival.  
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The videos were shared in preparation for a march to the Chinese embassy in London today, where activists are demanding an end to the trade of dogs and cats for food.  
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Coronavirus: No kissing or hugging - Watchdog tells Russians

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Russians were on Friday January 31, advised by the country's consumer health watchdog to refrain from greeting each other with handshakes, kisses or hugs and to wear medical masks in crowded public places. 
Though Russia has imposed border restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus from China which is its southeastern neighbor and is also yet to confirm any coronavirus case, Rospotrebnadzor which is also a state watchdog, told Russian businesses that employ Chinese nationals to extend their holidays until further notice if the employees are already on leave in China.
Russians were further advised to tie back long hair, avoid touching door knobs and banisters in public places and to avoid close contact with people with flu symptoms.
Amid Russia's announcement of closing its land borders with China to pedestrians and vehicles, the Asian country said on Friday that the death toll from the new virus has reached 213. 
LIB reported earlier that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu-like virus a global health emergency.
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Nigerians in Chinese city affected by coronavirus unwilling to return home - Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that Nigerians living in Chinese city of Wuhan where coronavirus was first noticed, have expressed unwillingness to return home. 
Speaking at a press conference on Friday January 31, Lai Mohammed who noted that the federal government cannot stop Nigerians from travelling to China, stated that they are already in contact with 16 Nigerians living in Wuhan. 
He said; 
Quote:“We know it is a bit difficult to ban people from travelling. 
“Another thing is that this is not a basis to stigmatise people who come from there.
“Even if we have Nigerians who are there, unless they indicate interest that they want to come home, we can’t force them.
“I know we have Nigerians in Wuhan; our Embassy in China has confirmed that we have about 16 Nigerians in Wuhan and they are in touch with them.
“They have, however, not indicated their interest to come home. They will, however, contact our embassy if they like to come home.
“We need a lot of public enlightenment. We need to let people who travel know that there is the need for absolute transparency and absolute honesty when they are filling out forms.”
This is coming after the Nigerian government issued a travel advisory to Nigerians, telling them not to travel to China over the flu-like virus ravaging the Asian country. 
Coronavirus: WHO lists Nigeria and 12 others as top risk African countries

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Nigeria and twelve other nations have been listed as high-risk African countries for coronavirus by the World Health Organisation. 
Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia were identified as African nations with direct links or a high volume of travel to China.
The statement read in parts; 
Quote:“WHO has identified 13 top priority countries (Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia) which either have direct links or a high volume of travel to China.

“To ensure rapid detection of the novel coronavirus, it is important to have laboratories which can test samples and WHO is supporting countries to improve their testing capacity. Since this is a new virus, there are currently only two referral laboratories in the African region which have the reagents needed to conduct such tests.

“However, reagent kits are being shipped to more than 20 other countries in the region, so diagnostic capacity is expected to increase over the coming days. Active screening at airports has been established in a majority of these countries and while they will be WHO first areas of focus, the organization will support all countries in the region in their preparation efforts. 
“It is critical that countries step up their readiness and in particular put in place effective screening mechanisms at airports and other major points of entry to ensure that the first cases are detected quickly”.
WHO is already scaling up novel coronavirus preparedness efforts in the African region and supporting countries to implement recommendations outlined by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee which met in Geneva, Switzerland on January 30. It also stated that the faster the virus is detected, the quicker it can be contained to ensure it does not overwhelm health systems of the affected countries. 
US bars foreign nationals who visited China as death toll rises to 259

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The United States government on Friday January 31, declared coronavirus a health emergency and also barred foreign nationals that recently visited China from entering the country. 
Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services also announced that U.S. citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China’s Hubei Province - epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic will undergo a mandatory quarantine of 14 days, the incubation period of the virus. 
The temporary measure which will be effected from February 2, will also see Americans who visited other parts of mainland China undergo special health screening upon their return, followed by up to 14 days of “monitored self-quarantine" under the temporary restrictions.
All flights from China to the US has been diverted to seven airports: San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Atlanta, O’Hare in Chicago, and John F. Kennedy in New York.
Azar said; 
Quote:"Following the World Health Organization decision, I have today declared that the coronavirus represents a public health emergency in the United States. 
"The risk of infection for Americans remains low and with these, and our previous, actions we are working to keep the risk low."
This is coming after Robert Redfield, Director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 191 people are under observation for the disease.
Chinese authorities on the other hand announced on Saturday February 1, that the number of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic has risen to 259. Cases of infection in China now stand at more than 11,790.

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