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  1. Some scientists have issued a warning as we gear towards Valentine’s Day. In their warning he has asked people to avoid hugging and kissing ahead of Valentine’s Day as they believe this will minimize the spread of coronavirus. oro A professor from Queen Mary University, Professor John Oxford, said people could protect themselves from the deadly virus by employing a bit of ‘British standoffishness’. He also described the illness as a ‘social virus’ that could infect people by close contact and want people to cut contact off. He made this known while speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He reportedly said; “I think we have to galvanize ourselves in our social actions – how we interact with people I think that is extremely important; more so than wearing a mask. I think that’s a total diversion. What we need to do is less of the handshaking, hugging, kissing, that sort of thing, because this virus looks like its spread by ordinary tidal breathing, not necessarily colds and coughing.” Another Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, also stated in a statement that about 60% of the entire population could become infected. In his submission with The Telegraph he said; “Surveillance has started in hospitals across the UK of pneumonia cases, that will give us a proper picture. Our best estimate is that transmission in the UK will get going in the next few weeks; unless we are very lucky probably peaking two to three months after that. If it truly establishes itself in terms of true person to person transmission it will behave like a flu pandemic may be up to 60 per cent of the population being affected but most of those people having very mild symptoms.”
  2. A man in Indian hanged himself to death after mistakenly thinking he was infected with the Coronavirus. The man who is a father aged 50, reportedly hanged himself from a tree just to avoid spreading the coronavirus to his wife and children. According to his family, the man named Bala Krishna had contracted fever but thought it was coronavirus after a series of video he watched on television about the disease. His son said: He also disclosed that he called a government helpline for advice after he became worried about his father’s state.
  3. The two suspected cases of the novel coronavirus in Ghana have tested negative at the Noguchi Memorial Institute, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare. The Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday isolated two foreign nationals; a Chinese and an Argentine for showing symptoms associated with the coronavirus, which has already claimed over 500 lives and infected more than 25,000 people in other parts of the world. Addressing the media, Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare said: “the preliminary confirmation was negative and the next one that came, which is the actual confirmation, shows that they are negative.” “Ghana is safe, Korle-Bu is safe, tourists coming in are safe,” he added. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research earlier said it will by close of day present a detailed report and results for the two suspected cases The recent outbreak has killed 565 people and infected over 25,018. All but one of the deaths have been in China. The novel coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The first novel coronavirus case was first reported from Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. Various countries have imposed travel restrictions to a varying degree like Singapore, US and Australia which are denying entry to all foreign visitors who have recently been to China. Africa’s first suspected case of the novel coronavirus in Africa emerged last month in the Ivory Coast. That case also came back negative. Ghana is one of only six countries in Africa with testing capabilities for the novel coronavirus. WHO officials have said 24 countries, encompassing most of Africa’s population, will receive the material needed to conduct the tests by the end of the week.
  4. The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra has recorded two suspected cases of coronavirus infections. Two foreign nationals who reported to the facility on Wednesday are said to have shown symptoms of the deadly coronavirus. This was revealed by the Greater Accra Divisional Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr Winifred Baah. He said the patients are a Chinese and an Argentine who have been living together in Ghana for some days. The Coronavirus is most severe in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. The Coronavirus is most severe in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. They have since been isolated at the facility while blood samples taken have been sent to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), for further analysis. The Chinese is said to have left his country to Ghana in September, while the Argentine also spent some time in Shanghai back in September 2019 before moving to Ghana in January. “They’ve all developed some symptoms that fit the case definition [but] it doesn’t mean they have the disease,” Dr Baah noted. This comes after the coronavirus was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). China has been hit very hard by the coronavirus, with at least 427 people killed and 20,000 more infected globally. The coronavirus is most severe in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where many have been infected. Ghanaians in China have also called for immediate evacuation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, the Ghana government has allocated GHC25 million ($456,204.38) to respond to the coronavirus outbreak globally. The Ghanaian government through its Embassy in China, has given out 50,000 RMB (estimated to be around GHC 39,500.05), to the China Chapter of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS-China) to help the affected students especially those in the virus-stricken city of Wuhan in Hubei province to buy food and medical supplies.a
  5. The House of Representatives on Tuesday rejected a call for the evacuation of Nigerians from China as coronavirus spreads from the country to other parts of the world. The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Benjamin Kalu, had moved a motion praying that Nigerians stranded in China over the health crisis be brought back to their home country. The lawmakers, however, voted against consideration of the motion. Several efforts made by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to make the lawmakers listen to the content of the motion proved abortive.
  6. An emergency hospital that was constructed in eight days for the treatment of coronavirus patients in China has been completed. Engineers from across the country were reportedly brought in to help speed up construction. About 4,000 people reportedly worked day and night to build the hospital in seven days.
  7. Apple is temporarily closing all of its stores in China because of the coronavirus outbreak. Apple (AAPL)'s website in China says that all 42 stores will be closed until February 9. The online website still works for customers in China. "Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we're closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through February 9," Apple told CNN Business in a statement. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation and we look forward to reopening our stores as soon as possible." Almost 12,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with more than 11,800 of those in China. At least 26 other countries have reported cases, including three in Japan, two in the UK and two in Australia Saturday. Beijing has taken unprecedented measures to try to contain the virus, including placing millions of people in major cities on lockdown and extending the Lunar New Year holiday. Apple stores are usually a communal place for customers to gather, touch the same electronic devices and sample them before deciding on purchases. According to people in the country, Chinese streets are growing emptier in the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday, leading to less foot traffic to shops. Apple CEO Tim Cook said on an earnings call Tuesday that Apple had been regularly deep cleaning stores this week and conducted temperature checks on employees to avoid spreading the virus. He added that while sales in a Wuhan store, one of the first to close, were relatively small, he expected the decline in retail traffic and other store closures to negatively impact sales. Sales in China make up about 15% of Apple's total revenue. Analysts expect the immediate impact of the virus to be small, but that could change depending on how long the outbreak goes on for. "The coronavirus impact looks to be, at worst, 3% of iPhone units pushing out from March to June," said Daniel Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities, "However, if the lockdown in China [and] outbreak spills into later February or March, then we have darker storm clouds on the horizon for the tech space and global markets, with China consumer demand doldrums." Ives said that Apple's device manufacturing would similarly be able to weather the storms unless the outbreak continued into late February, bringing "systemic risks" to the supply chain. Other major businesses have temporarily closed operations in China amid the outbreak, including Starbucks and Ikea.
  8. Chinese authorities are culling thousands of chickens after an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu in Hunan Province, which neighbors the coronavirus-hit province of Hubei. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that 4,500 chickens had died of avian flu caused by the H5N1 virus at a farm in the city of Shaoyang. The authorities have culled about 17,800 birds to prevent the spread of the disease. The H5N1 type of bird flu virus is known to infect humans and cause serious symptoms. Last year, an outbreak of the same strain was reported at a poultry farm in northeastern Liaoning Province. A man infected with the virus reportedly died in the inland province of Sichuan in 2015. Chinese authorities are on high alert in response to the bird flu outbreak given the continuing spread of the new coronavirus among humans.
  9. The novel coronavirus that's sickening thousands globally -- and at least five people in the US -- is inspiring countries to close their borders and Americans to buy up surgical masks quicker than major retailers can restock them. There's another virus that has infected 15 million Americans across the country and killed more than 8,200 people this season alone. It's not a new pandemic -- it's influenza. The 2019-2020 flu season is projected to be one of the worst in a decade, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At least 140,000 people have been hospitalized with complications from the flu, and that number is predicted to climb as flu activity swirls. The flu is a constant in Americans' lives. It's that familiarity that makes it more dangerous to underestimate, said Dr. Margot Savoy, chair of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine. "Lumping all the viral illness we tend to catch in the winter sometimes makes us too comfortable thinking everything is 'just a bad cold,'" she said. "We underestimate how deadly influenza really is." Even the low-end estimate of deaths each year is startling, Savoy said: The Centers for Disease Control predicts at least 12,000 people will die from the flu in the US every year. In the 2017-2018 flu season, as many as 61,000 people died, and 45 million were sickened. In the 2019-2020 season so far, 15 million people in the US have gotten the flu and 8,200 people have died from it, including at least 54 children. Flu activity has been elevated for 11 weeks straight, the CDC reported, and will likely continue for the next several weeks. Savoy, who also serves on the American Academy of Family Physician's board of directors, said the novelty of emerging infections can overshadow the flu. People are less panicked about the flu because healthcare providers "appear to have control" over the infection. "We fear the unknown and we crave information about new and emerging infections," she said. "We can't quickly tell what is truly a threat and what isn't, so we begin to panic -- often when we don't need to." The flu can be fatal... Dr. Nathan Chomilo, an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Minnesota Medical School, said that the commonness of the flu often underplays its severity, but people should take it seriously. "Severe cases of the flu are not mild illnesses," Chomilo said. "Getting the actual flu, you are miserable." The flu becomes dangerous when secondary infections emerge, the result of an already weakened immune system. Bacterial and viral infections compound the flu's symptoms. People with chronic illnesses are also at a heightened risk for flu complications. Those complications include pneumonia, inflammation in the heart and brain and organ failure -- which, in some cases, can be fatal. Chomilo, an internist and pediatrician for Park Nicollet Health Services, said this flu season has been one of the worst his Minnesota practice has seen since the H1N1 virus outbreak in 2009. Some of his patients, healthy adults in their 30s, have been sent to the Intensive Care Unit, relying on ventilators, due to flu complications. The virus is always changing... Influenza is tricky because the virus changes every year. Sometimes, the dominant strain in a flu season will be more virulent than in previous years, which can impact the number of people infected and the severity of their symptoms. Most of these changes in the virus are small and insignificant, a process called antigenic drift. That year's flu vaccine is mostly effective in protecting patients in spite of these small changes, said Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Public Health. Occasionally, the flu undergoes a rare antigenic shift, which results when a completely new strain of virus emerges that human bodies haven't experienced before, she said. Savoy compares it to a block party: The body thinks it knows who -- or in this case, which virus -- will show up, and therefore, which virus it needs to keep out. But if a virus shows up in a completely new getup, it becomes difficult for the body's "bouncers" -- that's the immune system -- to know who to look for and keep out. The stealthy virus can infiltrate easily when the body doesn't recognize it. This flu season, there's no sign of antigenic shift, the most extreme change. But it's happened before, most recently in 2009 with the H1N1 virus. It became a pandemic because people had no immunity against it, the CDC reported. Get your flu shot, experts say To avoid complications from the flu, Savoy, Chomilo and Nolan have the same recommendation: Get vaccinated. It's not easy to tell how flu vaccination rates impact the number of people infected, but Savoy said it seems that the years she struggles to get her patients vaccinated are the years when more patients end up hospitalized with the flu, even if the total number of infections doesn't budge. The CDC reported at least 173 million flu vaccine doses have been administered this flu season so far -- that's about 4 million more doses than the manufacturers who make the vaccines projected to provide this season. Still, there are some who decide skipping the vaccine is worth the risk. A 2017 study found that people decline the flu vaccine because they don't think it's effective or they're worried it's unsafe, even though CDC research shows the vaccine effectively reduces the risk of flu in up to 60% of the population. Chomilo said some of his most frustrating cases of the flu are in patients who can't be vaccinated because of preexisting conditions or their age (children under 6 months old can't be vaccinated).
  10. Fearful residents of Wuhan say they can't keep hiding forever amid reports of attacks on medical staff treating coronavirus patients Soon after this harrowing picture was taken, of an elderly man lying dead on the ground, a team in hazmat suits removed the body A grey-haired man lies dead on the pavement, plastic bag in hand, face mask on. His cause of death and identity remain unclear, but the authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan - ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak that the World Health Organisation has now classed a global emergency - are not taking any chances. As rare passersby on the city's empty streets hurry past the grim scene, not daring to stop, a team of police and medical staff in full body protection arrive and take the body away. Wuhan is in its tenth day of quarantine, part of a bid to contain the disease, and this normally bustling city of 11 million people is now a ghost town, full of fear.

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