Thursday, 27 February, 2020

New name for disease caused by virus outbreak: COVID-19

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Anita Tucker | 13 February, 2020, 00:26

They say even though the daily death toll is still high, the number of new infections on Tuesday was about half what it was a week ago.

Dr Tedros also praised Cambodia for taking in the Westerdam, a U.S. cruise ship that had earlier been turned away from ports in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan despite having no sick patients on board.

The epidemic has threatened to harm the world's second-largest economy, with ANZ bank warning that China's first-quarter GDP growth would slow to 3.2-4.0 percent, down from a previous projection of 5.0 percent.

The apparent slowdown in the number of new coronavirus cases in China should be viewed with "extreme caution", the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

Zhong said that the peak of the outbreak should come "in mid or late February" based on mathematical models of the outbreak's virulence and Chinese government measures.

Addressing scientists at the first global conference on combating the virus in Geneva on Tuesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the virus was a "very grave threat".

"Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health, and the Food and Agriculture Organization, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease".

U.S. women beat Canada 3-0 in Olympic soccer qualifying final
Canada didn't score but pressured the Costa Ricans for much of the first half. "We needed someone to break the line". Canada cleared a risky Costa Rica free kick in the 41st minute and the teams were scoreless at the half.

World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. A USA citizen died in China.

In addition to locking down Hubei, authorities have restricted movements in several other cities far from the epicentre in its unprecedented effort to contain the virus.

But one has received some more positive news. The first case was a salesperson who was diagnosed on January 31.

As Beijing scrambles to contain the virus, the number of people infected on a cruise ship off Japan's coast rose to 174 - the biggest cluster outside the Chinese mainland. To date, it has infected more than 42,000 people in the country and killed 1,107.

Meanwhile, in Japan, another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantined there, with one quarantine officer also infected, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

USA chip giant Intel, Facebook, Chinese phone maker Vivo, and Cisco, meanwhile, have all withdrawn from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona over coronavirus fears.

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