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Coronavirus: Nurses step over dead bodies piled up on hospital floor
First coronavirus case in Africa recorded in Egypt

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The Egyptian Health Ministry has confirmed its first case of the deadly coronavirus, making it the first in Africa.
In a statement released on Friday, Febuary 14, the authorities revealed they have notified the World Health Organization and the patient has been placed in isolation in a hospital for treatment and monitoring.
The nationality of the person was not given in the joint statement with the population ministry, which added that they had shown no “symptoms”.
Egypt is believed to be the 28th country in the World to record a case of the killer virus and it is the first in Africa. 
Since the outbreak of the killer virus from Wuhan in China, more than 64,000 cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed around the world and 1,363 people have died so far.

Coronavirus: Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan, China Cry Out "Bring Us Home" (Photos)

Coronavirus update:

The Coronavirus cases have risen to over 17000 infections in total with 21,588 in mainland China. It should be noted too that over 361 persons have died.

Over 60 Nigerians are trapped in Wuhan the epicentre of the of the out break.

Nigerians in wuhan China needs help from Nigeria government as they carry their placards bearing ....Bring Us Home, Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan China

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Death Update: Coronavirus kills 1,770 in China

 February 17, 2020

[Image: Coronavirus-e1579670198616.jpg?resize=740%2C494&ssl=1]The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,770 after 105 more people died, the National Health Commission said Monday.
More than 70,500 have now been infected nationwide by the virus, which first emerged in December in central Hubei province before spreading across the country.

Chinese authorities have placed about 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.
New cases outside of the epicentre have been declining for the last thirteen days.

There were 115 fresh cases outside the central province, according to the commission on Monday — sharply down from nearly 450 a week ago.

Local authorities elsewhere in China have introduced measures to try and stop the virus spreading, including a rule in Beijing requiring people coming to the capital to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to official media.

Most cases are still in Hubei, where nearly 2,000 were reported Monday.
The number of reported infections ballooned on Thursday last week after Hubei authorities changed their criteria for counting cases, retroactively adding 14,000 cases in a single day.

Monday’s figures for new cases were around 100 higher than those on Sunday but still sharply down on those from Friday and Saturday.

A spokesman for China’s national health authority said that the slowdown was a sign the outbreak was being controlled.

However, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned it is “impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take”.
International experts have arrived in Beijing and begun meeting with their Chinese counterparts over the epidemic, Tedros said on Twitter.

Global worries about its spread remain high and the epidemic’s reach was highlighted by the US announcing that more than three dozen Americans from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan were infected
14 US passengers test positive for Coronavirus after being evacuated from a Japanese cruise ship 

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Fourteen US citizens who were evacuated from a Japanese cruise ship that had been quarantined and recently flown back to the United States on charter flights have tested positive for novel coronavirus. 
According to a joint statement from the US Departments of State and Health and Human Services, the passengers are among the more than 300 people removed from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
US officials were notified that they had tested positive for coronavirus during the evacuation process after passengers had disembarked the ship, the agencies said in the joint statement Monday.
The passengers had been tested two to three days before the evacuation flights, the statement said.
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"After consultation with HHS officials, including experts from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers, and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process," the agencies said.
The passengers who tested positive were isolated from the other passengers during the flights, the statement said. And all passengers are being "closely monitored" throughout the flight.
"Anywho become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated," the statement said.
After the flights land, any passengers that developed symptoms on the flights and those who had already tested positive will be transported to "an appropriate location for continued isolation and care."
The remaining passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers arriving to Travis Air Force Base will be housed in the same facility as evacuees who arrived from Wuhan earlier this month, a spokesperson for the base told CNN. New evacuees will be kept in a separate area of the Westwind Inn on the base, the spokesperson said.
The Wuhan coronavirus death toll has reached 1,770, with more than 71,000 infected.
Coronavirus Scare: Thieves Steal 6000 Hygiene Masks In Japan

Thieves in Japan have made off with some 6,000 surgical masks from a hospital, with the country facing a mass shortage and a huge price hike online due to the coronavirus.
Four boxes containing the face masks disappeared from a locked storage facility at the Japanese Red Cross hospital in the western port city of Kobe, a hospital official said on Tuesday.

“We still have a large number of masks — enough to continue our daily operations at the hospital, but this is so deplorable,” the official told AFP.

Police have launched an investigation as they suspect the thieves intend to resell the masks. Masks have sold out at many drug and discount stores across the nation as the number of infections have increased in Japan — one of the most affected countries after China where the death toll from the virus has hit 1,800.

Public anxiety has been also fuelled by headlines of hundreds of people infected with the virus onboard a ship quarantined off Japan.

The theft came after knife-wielding men jumped a delivery driver and stole hundreds of toilet rolls on Monday in Hong Kong, where the coronavirus outbreak has fuelled a run on face masks, hand sanitiser and toilet paper.

Japanese flea market app Mercari called on its users to trade masks “within socially accepted limits” after a box of 65 masks was priced at more than 50,000 yen ($456) at its online marketplace.

The Japanese government has “strongly requested” mask makers to boost output, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters last week.

There has been a shortage of masks at drug stores in the hygiene-conscious nation where face masks have been part of everyday streetwear for decades.

Prominent activist arrested for criticizing President Xi's handling of coronavirus outbreak in China

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A prominent Chinese activist who criticized President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus epidemic while in hiding has been arrested, a rights group said Tuesday.
Xu Zhiyong, an anti-corruption activist was arrested on Saturday after being on the run since December, according to Amnesty International.
Another source, who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity, said Xu had been arrested in the southern city of Guangzhou.
On February 4, Xu released an article calling on Xi to step down and criticised his leadership across a range of issues including the US-China trade war, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and the coronavirus epidemic, which has now killed nearly 1,900 people.
'Medical supplies are tight, hospitals are filled with patients, and a large number of infected people have no way to be diagnosed,' he wrote. 'It's a mess.'
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'The coronavirus outbreak shows just how important values like freedom of expression and transparency are - the exact values that Xu has long advocated,' Yaqiu Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch.
'That he was a fugitive for so many days while continuing to speak out, that in itself was... a kind of challenge to (Chinese authorities),' said Hua Ze, a long-time friend of Xu who told AFP she lost contact with the Chinese activist on Saturday morning.
According to Mail Online, Xu went into hiding after authorities broke up a December gathering of intellectuals discussing political reform in the eastern coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province, prior to the coronavirus crisis.
Since President X took power in 2012, China's ruling Communist Party has arrested several rights lawyers, labour activists and even Marxist students.
The Wuhan coronavirus death toll has reached 1,900 people, with more than 71,000 infected worldwide. 
Iran confirms its first two coronavirus cases

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The Iranian health ministry has announced that preliminary tests on two suspected coronavirus cases have come back positive. 
On Wednesday, the country’s health ministry, Kiyanoush Jahanpour, said that “since last two days, some suspected cases of the new coronavirus were found.”
The cases were in the city of Qom and the patients have been put in isolation, he said.
"The next tests for examining the certainty of the issue are being conducted and the results will be announced to the public as soon as they are ready," he added.
The virus, recently named COVID-19 broke out from Wuhan in China back in December. Since then, more than 70,000 people have been infected globally, with more than 2,000 deaths being reported, mostly in China.
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Africa free of coronavirus as suspected Egyptian case tests negative

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Africa is free of coronavirus as the first suspected case in Egypt has tested negative for the deadly virus. 
The announcement was made by the Egyptian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday February 19, barely  48 hours after the foreigner was admitted to a specially designated hospital for isolation after being announced as Egypt’s first confirmed case of coronavirus on February 14. 
Egypt's Health Ministry spokesperson, Khaled Megahed explained that a medical team has been conducting periodic checks and analysis on the Chinese national. The PCR analysis was conducted six times over three consecutive days under the supervision of the Health Ministry and the WHO, and it came back negative in all the tests. 
Megahed further disclosed the Chinese national will remain under quarantine for the next 14 days. 
Fear of Coronavirus? 220 Filipino couples kiss while wearing face masks at a government-sponsored mass wedding (photos)

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On Thursday, a total of 220 Filipino couples got married in a “Mask Wedding” ceremony at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) on Thursday.


Mayor Evelio Leonardia officiated the wedding dubbed “Kasalan ng Bayan: 220 on 02-20-2020” at the BCGC, an iconic symbol of the city and considered as the “most photographed City Hall in the country.


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Following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), the couples exchanged “I dos” and kissed their partners while wearing masks distributed by the City Health Office (CHO).


“It feels different to kiss while wearing masks, but it was required,” said John Paul Inventor, 39, who married his partner of seven years and the mother of their two children.


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'The place was jam-packed. If our families are strong, the city of Bacolod becomes strong, too,” said Mayor Evelio Leonardia, who officiated at the function.


Congressman Greg Gasataya, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Councilor Al Victor Espino co-sponsored the event with the city government.


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Annual mass weddings are a post-Valentine's Day tradition in the Bacolod City, with a record 2,013 couples in 2013.




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