#2019nCoV: Latest numbers out from China.
Total cases 24, 324, up nearly 3900 from yesterday.
Deaths now 490, up another 65.
Globally there are another … 150? 200? cases in about 2 dozen countries. 2 deaths outside of mainland China. pic.twitter.com/BzH3x3R2vz
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) February 5, 2020
Notes from a couple of commentors in Asia:
Ninedragonspot – February 4, 2020 at 2:47 am
Coronavirus Update from the past couple of hours:
2800 medical workers in Hong Kong go on strike, demanding the government close the border with Mainland China.
Taizhou and parts of Hangzhou (c 9 million people) join Wenzhou and Ningbo on lockdown. Each family can send one member out every two days to collect supplies, everyone else has to stay home. These four cities have about 20 million people and are located in Zhejiang province, not Hubei. Will this happen to Shanghai?
Macau is closing its casinos for half a month.
Taiwan is refusing entry to all foreigners who have been in China for the past 14 days, except under special circumstances.
Raralex — February 4, 2020 at 4:34
@Ninedragonspot: Singapore-based commenter and long-time lurker here. Singapore was probably ahead of Taiwan, but yes, similar. They barred entry to mainland travelers last week with a 14-day quarantine. 18 cases here so far, all people who had been in Wuhan or Hubei province. All quarantined and recovering.
As you might expect, in a place where memories of SARS are very fresh and with a fully competent, well resourced, and empowered government, the response has been aggressive and efficient. At the same time, clear and frequent communication and thoughtful messaging from the PM down on treating people with decency and kindness, and avoiding misinformation. Other than proximity, which probably means less and less, I’d rather be here than almost anywhere (including the US, where Trump can be guaranteed to screw it up).
WHO has released its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for 2019 Novel Coronavirus. It gives some nuance to a number of issues like quarantines, travel restrictions, the IHR and pathways for addressing gaps like information & vaccines. https://t.co/CxcfahYLRq
— Dr Alexandra Phelan (@alexandraphelan) February 4, 2020
Remember we have 4 human coronaviruses already circulating in the population that cause colds (and occasionally serious infections). This one seems to be between those and SARS in severity, to put things in perspective. /2
— Dr. Tara C. Smith (@aetiology) February 4, 2020
The Wuhan coronavirus is thought to spread through respiratory droplets emitted by coughing or sneezing. There's also a possibility the virus can spread through contaminated fecal matter. There's currently no evidence that it's airborne. https://t.co/A1fMLycIzr
— CNN (@CNN) February 5, 2020
There’s been a lot of chatter about whether masks protect against #nCoV2019. Difficult fact: If you can’t get them, it doesn’t matter. Most of the world’s masks are made in China, and that could disrupt healthcare worldwide. https://t.co/FEnZY3eeb7
— Maryn McKenna (@marynmck) February 4, 2020