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Following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak - News and Discussion

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:28 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
CEO News edit (30/03/20): This thread, which has reported on the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in China since early January 2020, well before the pandemic was declared, has drifted off topic from Cambodia, and so it has been moved to the Rest of the World forum to better reflect the content.

Meanwhile, please refrain from posting general coronavirus news or speculation on the threads dealing specically with information on the coronavirus in Cambodia.


- Don't panic, only 41 people in the PRC have been affected so far; however, health officials will be monitoring the situation closely in countries such as Cambodia, where there is a large immigrant population from mainland China, many of whom will be returning to their country for the Chinese New Year holiday, before returning to work in Cambodia.

First death from China mystery illness outbreak
Man dies in outbreak that has infected 41 people as early tests point to new type of the coronavirus responsible for Sars epidemic
Reuters in Shanghai
Sat 11 Jan 2020 05.24 GMT

A 61-year-old man has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in an outbreak of a yet to be identified virus while seven others are in critical condition, Wuhan health authorities say.

In total 41 people have been diagnosed with the pathogen, which preliminary lab tests cited by Chinese state media earlier this week pointed to a new type of coronavirus, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said on Saturday in a statement on its website.

Two of them have been discharged from hospital and the rest are in stable condition, while 739 people deemed to have been in close contact with the patients have been cleared, it said.

The man, the first victim of the outbreak that began in December, was a regular buyer at the seafood market and had been previously diagnosed with abdominal tumours and chronic liver disease, the health authority said. Treatments did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died on the evening of 9 January when his heart failed.

No new cases had been detected since 3 January, the commission added.

The Wuhan health authority also said the patients were mainly vendors and buyers at a seafood market in the city, and that to date no medical staff had been infected, nor had clear evidence of human-to-human transmission been found.

The World Health Organisation said on Thursday that a newly emerging member of the family of viruses that caused the deadly outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) could be the cause of the present outbreak.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Sars. Some of the virus types cause less serious disease, while some like the one that causes Mers are far more severe.

The outbreak comes ahead of the lunar new year holidays in late January, when many of China’s 1.4 billion people will be travelling to their home towns or abroad. The Chinese government expects passengers to make 440m trips via rail and another 79m trips via airplanes.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... irst-death

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:47 pm
by pczz
Might thin out the population in inville......

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:41 am
by CEOCambodiaNews
Thermal Scanners Installed at Cambodia’s International Airports Against New Pneumonia Virus
AKP Phnom Penh, January 11, 2020 --

Cambodia has installed thermal scanners at the country’s international airports in order to prevent possible arrival of a new pneumonia virus from overseas.

The effort was notified in a yesterday’s press release by the Ministry of Health, adding that the scanner facilities were activated at Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk International Airports.

The measure was taken following a development of the disease lately in China, wherein a few cases of mysterious pneumonia-like illness caused by a virus strain have been detected.

The virus can lead to a server acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.

In the release, Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng also called on the public to pay more attention to the respiratory syndrome and to ensure sanitary living environment as well as personal hygiene.

Some hospitals in Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk, and Siem Reap have already prepared to respond to mitigate the risk of the new disease, added the minister.
-AKP

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:59 am
by Doc67
CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:41 am
Thermal Scanners Installed at Cambodia’s International Airports Against New Pneumonia Virus
AKP Phnom Penh, January 11, 2020 --

Cambodia has installed thermal scanners at the country’s international airports in order to prevent possible arrival of a new pneumonia virus from overseas.

The effort was notified in a yesterday’s press release by the Ministry of Health, adding that the scanner facilities were activated at Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk International Airports.

The measure was taken following a development of the disease lately in China, wherein a few cases of mysterious pneumonia-like illness caused by a virus strain have been detected.

The virus can lead to a server acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.

In the release, Minister of Health H.E. Mam Bunheng also called on the public to pay more attention to the respiratory syndrome and to ensure sanitary living environment as well as personal hygiene.

Some hospitals in Phnom Penh, Preah Sihanouk, and Siem Reap have already prepared to respond to mitigate the risk of the new disease, added the minister.
-AKP
He's got some neck, how about clearing all the garbage and cleaning the streets?

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:28 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
WHO growing concern with a possible new coronavirus outbreak in China
Thursday, January 9th 2020 - 09:22 UTC
A cluster of more than 50 pneumonia cases in the central Chinese city of Wuhan may be due to a newly emerging member of the family of viruses that caused the deadly SARS and MERS outbreaks, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

While the United Nations health agency said it needed more comprehensive information to confirm precisely the type of pathogen causing the infections, it said a new coronavirus was a possibility.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some of the virus types cause less severe disease, while some - like the one that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) - are far more severe.
https://en.mercopress.com/2020/01/09/wh ... k-in-china

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:29 am
by techietraveller84
Just read an article in South China Morning Post with the headline: Wuhan pneumonia: World Health Organisation links China virus outbreak to single seafood market in Wuhan and says it’s not spreading.

Sounds hopeful, but is that reality, or China just using their sway in the WHO to make a big issue look small? Never forget SARS...

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society ... eak-single

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:46 pm
by CEOCambodiaNews
Japan confirms first case of new China coronavirus strain
30-year-old man tested positive to illness after visiting central Chinese city of Wuhan
Reuters and Associated Press
Thu 16 Jan 2020 05.25 GMT

Japan has confirmed its first case of infection from the new China coronavirus that has killed one person and prompted a travel alert from the US state department.

A man in his 30s from Kanagawa prefecture, next to Tokyo, tested positive after being treated for pneumonia, Japan’s health ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The man had been to Wuhan, in central China, where there has been an outbreak of pneumonia believed to be caused by the new coronavirus strain, it said.

Officials in Wuhan said last weekend that 41 people had pneumonia caused by the virus and a 61-year-old man had died.
Case of mystery Sars-like illness found outside China for first time
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The US state department issued a health alert update on Wednesday about travel to the Wuhan region, urging citizens travelling in the region to avoid contact with animals and animal markets or products, among other precautions.

On Wednesday Thai health authorities said they were stepping up monitoring passengers arriving at airports ahead of the lunar new year holiday, when 800,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit.

But officials said the virus was not considered highly contagious and just passing by or talking to patients would not be a concern.

However, the World Health Organisation has said the new virus could spread and has warned hospitals around the world.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome, Sars. Some of the virus types cause less serious disease, while some – such as the one that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, Mers – are far more severe.

The Japanese patient returned from Wuhan this month with a fever and was hospitalised. He was released yesterday after the symptoms subsided, the health ministry said.

Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous kinds of coronaviruses.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... rus-strain

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:11 pm
by Clemen
And this from Thailand, it's thought it has made the jump to direct human contact https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51108726

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:09 am
by Duncan
Common symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever. Shortness of breath, chills and body aches are associated with more dangerous kinds of coronaviruses and eventually death. The virus is carried by pigeons and in pigeon shit like those thousands on PP riverside.

OK,, It's fake news, but if it was posted on Facebook it would be one way of telling Cambodians to stop feeding the pigeons.

Re: Outbreak of Unidentified Coronavirus In China as New Year Approaches

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:11 am
by CEOCambodiaNews
'Sars-family' virus claims second victim in China
6 hours ago
A second person has died in China from a new, pneumonia-like virus, local officials have announced.

They say the death was recorded in the eastern city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began in December.

Meanwhile, Japan confirmed its first case of the virus - the second country outside China after Thailand to do so.

The disease has been identified as a coronavirus, which can cause illnesses ranging from common colds to the potentially deadly Sars.

The new virus has infected dozens of people, and many cases have been linked to a fish market in Wuhan. The market was closed on 1 January.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51141007