Wuhan coronavirus: key developments for the week of 1/27/2020

A collection of key developments in the fight against the Wuhan coronavirus (nCoV-2019), updated throughout the week for those who just want the signal and not the noise. If there’s something you think we should include, sound off in the comments thread attached to each week’s post.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

  • The Chinese health ministry confirmed on Wednesday via state TV that 2019-nCoV is spreading in Beijing and other cities, with many cases observed among people who did not come from Wuhan. These are often family clusters.
  • The Chinese health ministry also confirmed that 2019-nCoV is capable of spreading by skin contact.
  • In China, confirmed case numbers, still doubling every two days, soared to almost eight thousand, exceeding the count Chinese of victims in the SARS epidemic 16 years ago, as the government began widening its lockdown to include regions outside Hubei.
  • In the rest of the world, confirmed case numbers grew, with 105 confirmed cases in 19 countries and territories, with confirmation of human-human transmission of the virus in Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, and a cluster of four related cases in Germany.
  • Some countries and airlines outside China took a number of moves seemingly motivated by panic, such as Papua New Guinea banning travelers from Asia and shutting its land border with Indonesia, and a number of airlines stopping all flights to and from China.
  • In response to these new developments, the WHO confirmed it will convene another emergency meeting Thursday to determine whether the widening epidemic merits PHEIC status.

Monday, January 27, 2020

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