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COVID-19: 248 fresh infections in Nigeria cumulate Total Cases to 4,399.

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Cases in Nigeria increase considerably as NCDC confirms 248 fresh Coronavirus infections which makes total number of pandemic cases hit 4,399. NobleReporters report

With Sunday’s update, Nigeria fatalities increased from 128 to 143, while recoveries increased from 745 to 778 persons.

Lagos had the highest with 81 new cases while Kigawa recorded 5 new cases of the virus. Borna also confirmed 26 new cases.

In Kano, NCDC said 26 were recorded and 20 new cases were confirmed in Bauchi while Abuja got 13 new cases.

NCDC also confirmed 12 new cases in Edo, Sokoto had 10 new cases and Zamfara recorded seven new cases of the virus.

Kwara and Kebbi recorded four new cases each and Gombe, Taraba, Ekiti and Ogun confirmed two new cases each.

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Osun and Bayelsa had one case each.

A five-week lockdown declared by the Nigerian Government in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT was relaxed on May 4, 2020.

While the NCDC has mulled the lockdown might be reenacted, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday said if residents refused to adhere to the guidelines issued for preventing the spread of the virus, there would be another lockdown.

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“As a Government elected to uphold security of its citizens, which include health security, we will not hesitate to review the terms of the easing of lockdown if we do not see an improvement in adherence to our public health guidelines in the next couple of days,” Sanwo-olu said.

“We will be forced to take a painful decision of bringing the entire system under lockdown if we continue to see evidence that Lagosians are determined to flout the rules.”


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Zamfara Emir Dies In Isolation Centre. [Nigeria]

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State, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmad Asha, has died of suspected COVID-19 complications.

He was said to have developed symptoms of Coronavirus, prompting his blood sample to been sent to Abuja for test.

Alhaji Mustafa Jafaru Kaura, Publicity Secretary for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19 in the state, said the late emir had been in isolation at the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, Gusau, since Thursday.

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He said the remains of the late emir were still in the hospital awaiting burial by officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Aged 71, the late emir was appointed in 2004 by the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Yariman Bakura.


#Newsworthy…

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[United States] There May Be Revenge For COVID-19 – Rage As Trump Threatens China.

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US President Donald Trump suggested he may seek damages from China over the coronavirus pandemic which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread around the world, prompting a furious response from Beijing on Tuesday.

Beijing and Washington have clashed repeatedly over the outbreak as tensions have soared between the world’s two biggest economic powers.

“We are not happy with China,” Trump said at a White House briefing Monday. “We are not happy with that whole situation because we believe it could have been stopped at the source.

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“It could have been stopped quickly and it wouldn’t have spread all over the world,” he said, saying there were many options to “hold them accountable”.

Trump was asked about a recent German newspaper editorial which called on China to pay Germany $165 billion in reparations because of economic damage due to the virus.

Asked if the US would consider doing the same, Trump said: “we can do something much easier than that.”

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“Germany is looking at things, we are looking at things,” he said. “We haven’t determined the final amount yet,” Trump said.

In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman on Tuesday accused US politicians of “telling barefaced lies”, without naming Trump specifically, and of ignoring their “own serious problems”.

“American politicians have repeatedly ignored the truth and have been telling barefaced lies,” Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular press briefing.

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“They have only one objective: shirk their responsibility for their own poor epidemic prevention and control measures, and divert public attention.”

Geng said US politicians should “reflect on their own problems and find ways to contain the outbreak as quickly as possible.”


Tensions and doubt


There have been nearly a million infections with more than 56,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States and the pandemic has shut down huge swathes of the economy.

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In China, the outbreak seems to be under control with no new deaths reported for 13 straight days and the toll standing at 4,633 — although several countries have cast doubt over whether the numbers are accurate.

Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angered Beijing last month by repeatedly referring to “the Chinese virus” when discussing the COVID-19 outbreak — although they later appeared to drop the term.

But a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing later suggested that it was the US military which brought the virus to Wuhan — prompting angry claims from Trump that China was spreading misinformation.

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Since then the US president has repeatedly attacked China’s lack of transparency and the slowness of its initial response to the outbreak.

Claims from the US that the virus actually originated in a virology institute in Wuhan with a high-security biosafety laboratory have also been angrily refuted in China.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19 Pandemic not Making U-Turn soon – WHO

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The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, the World Health Organization says. At a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland Monday, Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus had this to tell all nations.

“We continue to urge countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases and trace every contact to ensure these declining trends continue. But the pandemic is far from over. WHO continues to be concerned about the increasing trends in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some Asian countries”, he said.

The WHO chief also called for worldwide solidarity to tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

‘‘If we are not united, the virus will exploit the cracks between us and continue to create havoc. Lives will be lost and even every single life is very precious. We can only defeat this virus through unity at the national level and through solidarity, genuine solidarity at the global level”, Dr Ghebreyesus added.

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Over 3 million COVID-19 cases have been reported by governments in most parts of the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

It is thought that the actual number of infections could be higher as many people have not been tested. And studies suggest that people can be infected without feeling sick.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Australia set to try Chinese vaccine on Human, Trump glad at Italy’s recoveries.

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>>> COVID-19: Australia set to try Chinese vaccine on humans <<<


An Australian research and clinical facility is preparing to lunch human trial of COVID-19 vaccine developed by China, Chinese media reported on Tuesday.

According to the state-run agency Xinhua, Linear Clinical Research, Perth-based clinical research company, has began to recruit healthy adults for the trial within next two months.

S-Trimer vaccine, developed by China-based global biotechnology company Clover Biopharmaceuticals, is among the first COVID-19 vaccines under development.

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Linear also announced the vaccine trial on their website and called on the interested people to register with the company.

“If you’re healthy and located in Perth, WA, register your interest to participate in our upcoming COVID-19 vaccine study,” the company said.

Protein-based S-Trimer vaccine aims to help the body to produce anti-bodies to fight the virus, according to Xinhua. NobleReporters learnt

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“This is one of the most prominent trials globally and involves some of the most renowned vaccine companies,” the agency quoted Jayden Rogers, chief executive of Linear, as saying.

S-Trimer vaccine on trial showed great potential and was at the forefront of the global battle with COVID-19, Rogers added.

On April 14, Chinese authorities approved human testing of two other coronavirus vaccines developed by the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products under the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and Sinovac Research and Development Co., Ltd, a company based in Beijing.

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Sinopharm has produced over 50,000 doses for the initial clinical trials. After production is normalized, the output could reach 3 million doses per batch with an annual output at 100 million doses, according to the Global Times, a Chinese state-run new outlet.

The Chinese pharmaceutical group last week also extended offer for clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan, however Islamabad said they asked the company for more information.

US President, Donald Trump Glad As Italy Residents Recovers From COVID-19

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>>> COVID-19: Italy is recovering, Trump’s happy <<<


United States President Donald Trump said Monday he was “happy that Italy is recovering” from the coronavirus crisis.

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Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Trump also recalled that Premier Giuseppe Conte was a “friend”.

Italy will gradually start coming out of lockdown starting May 4 after the virus contagion curve has started dipping along with the daily toll of victims.


#Newsworthy. .

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COVID-19 pandemic will vanish with or without intervention in 70 days – Israeli Professor says.

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An Israeli professor has claimed that he novel Coronavirus will disappear after 70 days with or without intervention.

The unproven claims were made by Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, who is the head of the security studies programme at Tel Aviv University.

He said that all efforts to stop the spread will lead to the same result because the virus is “self-limiting”, and peaks at 40 days before rapidly declining.

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His calculations claim to show the pattern of daily new infections as a percentage of accumulated number of infections.

They start at around 30 per cent, but decrease to 10 per cent after six weeks, and ultimately reached a level of less than five per cent a week later.

In his own article he wrote:

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“Our analysis shows that this is a constant pattern across countries.

Surprisingly, this pattern is common to countries that have taken a severe lockdown, including the paralysis of the economy, as well as to countries that implemented a far more lenient policy and have continued in ordinary life.

When The Times of Israel asked him how the virus would die without any intervention, he said,

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I have no explanation.

There are all kinds of speculations. Maybe it’s related to climate, or the virus has a life-span of its own.

In a television debate on Monday, Professor Gabi Barbash, a hospital director and the former Health Ministry director general, said that death tolls would have been far higher if Israel and other countries had not taken the steps against the virus.

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NobleReporters’ analysis across 20 countries found the peak appeared to be closer to 60 days instead of 40.

In response to the claims, Professor Babak Javid, a consultant in infectious diseases at Cambridge University Hospitals told the publication,

To suggest that mitigation measures are irrelevant to the trajectory of the spread of the virus doesn’t take into account the fundamental concept of the dynamics of transmission of an infectious disease within infectious, susceptible and immune individuals in a population.”

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He said if exponential growth is unchecked it will decline but that is only the case if a majority of the population are infected.

He added: “It is not true if mitigation efforts have reduced the base number of people infected.”

An Israeli professor has claimed that he novel Coronavirus will disappear after 70 days with or without intervention.

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The unproven claims were made by Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, who is the head of the security studies programme at Tel Aviv University.

He said that all efforts to stop the spread will lead to the same result because the virus is “self-limiting”, and peaks at 40 days before rapidly declining.

His calculations claim to show the pattern of daily new infections as a percentage of accumulated number of infections.

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They start at around 30 per cent, but decrease to 10 per cent after six weeks, and ultimately reached a level of less than five per cent a week later.

In his own article he wrote:

“Our analysis shows that this is a constant pattern across countries.

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Surprisingly, this pattern is common to countries that have taken a severe lockdown, including the paralysis of the economy, as well as to countries that implemented a far more lenient policy and have continued in ordinary life.

When The Times of Israel asked him how the virus would die without any intervention, he said,

I have no explanation.

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There are all kinds of speculations. Maybe it’s related to climate, or the virus has a life-span of its own.

In a television debate on Monday, Professor Gabi Barbash, a hospital director and the former Health Ministry director general, said that death tolls would have been far higher if Israel and other countries had not taken the steps against the virus.

The Daily Telegraph‘s own analysis across 20 countries found the peak appeared to be closer to 60 days instead of 40.

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In response to the claims, Professor Babak Javid, a consultant in infectious diseases at Cambridge University Hospitals told the publication,

To suggest that mitigation measures are irrelevant to the trajectory of the spread of the virus doesn’t take into account the fundamental concept of the dynamics of transmission of an infectious disease within infectious, susceptible and immune individuals in a population.”

He said if exponential growth is unchecked it will decline but that is only the case if a majority of the population are infected.

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He added: “It is not true if mitigation efforts have reduced the base number of people infected.”

He added: “It is not true if mitigation efforts have reduced the base number of people infected.”


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: NAFDAC speak on using face mask from clothing materials. [Nigeria]

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has stated that face masks made from clothing materials can be effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

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The agency, however, advised Nigerians to carry out a test to ensure that such face masks are effective in protecting against the virus before using them.

The agency said, “Simple test: If wearer can put off a flame from a cigarette lighter that is placed in front of the wearer, the mask is protective enough.”

NAFDAC added: “Barrier face masks do not prevent you from contracting disease but, they have been found to contribute to reduce spread of infections when used widely in conjunction with other measures. Such measures include social distancing, not touching the face, eyes or mouth, washing of hands with soap for 20 secs or use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.”

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NAFDAC further revealed that face masks from clothing materials are not allowed in healthcare settings or to be used by healthcare professionals.

“They serve to limit spread of droplets and offer some measure of protection to those around you.

“The material of construction is usually cloth(textile fabric), non-woven wadding, or paper-like materials. For these Barrier Masks, 100% cotton is preferred though, polyester, linen or knit fabric can be used.

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“These face masks are recommended to be washed daily and preferably should be a double layer of fabric to increase the absorbency and effectiveness.

“It must be noted that several washes, drying and stretching of the mask over time reduce the effectiveness of the mask,” the statement read in part.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Cases and Deaths Around the World in Number – WHO.


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The World Health Organisation has warned that recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic zoomed past 200,000 around the globe on Saturday.

WHO gave the warning as some countries began to ease restrictions, putting economic recovery ahead of expert cautions that lifting them too soon risks a second wave of infections.

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According to WHO, there is still no evidence that people who test positive for the new coronavirus and recover are immunised and protected against reinfection.

“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from #COVID19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” WHO said in a statement.

“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice,” it said.

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Latest count of confirmed COVID19 cases worldwide at 0600 GMT, April 26

World: 2,921,439
U.S.: 960,896
Spain: 223,759
Italy: 195,351
France: 161,488
Germany: 156,513
Britain: 148,377
Turkey: 107,773
Iran: 89,328
China: 82,827
Russia: 74,588

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Latest counts of deaths from the virus worldwide at 0600 GMT

World: 203,289
U.S.: 54,265
Italy: 26,384
Spain: 22,902
France: 22,614
UK : 20,319
Germany: 5,877
Belgium: 6,917
Iran. :5,650
China: 4,632
Netherlands: 4,409
Brazil: 4,057
Turkey: 2,706
Canada: 2,465


#Newsworthy…

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Shocker: Italian kill his girlfriend after infecting him with COVID-19.


An Italian nurse allegedly strangled his doctor girlfriend to death because “she gave him Coronavirus.”

After committing the crime, 28-year-old Antonio De Pace reportedly called cops to tell them he had murdered young medic, Lorena Quaranta, 27.


When Police arrived at the scene, they found her dead in their apartment in Italy, while De Pace was found on the floor having cut his wrists but his colleagues were able to save his life at their hosiptal.

The young couple had been working in a local hospital in Messina, Sicily after they were drafted to help during the coronavirus crisis.


De Pace allegedly confessed: “I killed her because she gave me coronavirus.”

A police source said: “She was a doctor who was working hard to save others. It’s such a tragedy.”


NobleReporters gathered that tests were being carried out on both, but it came back negative, meaning neither Lorena or De Pace had the virus.

Lorena had been very vocal on social media about the coronavirus outbreak.


Italian Man Murders His Girlfriend For ‘Infecting Him With Coronavirus’

In a Facebook post just days before her death Lorena wrote: “Now more than ever we need to demonstrate responsibility and love for life.


“You must show respect for yourselves, your families and the country.

”You must think and remember those that dedicate their lives daily to looking after our sick.


“Let’s stick together everyone staying at home. Let’s avoid the next one falling sick is a loved one or ourselves.”

Last month, her boyfriend posted a message congratulating her after she passed a test and said:

“To reach our dreams you have to work hard with determination and you are proof.

“I wish you to keep chasing your dreams, always live the life you always imagined. Well done!


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: 6 more suspected cases quarantined in Nigeria.


The Lagos State Government says it has quarantined 6 more suspects of Coronavirus while a set of 3 contacts of the index case who have been isolated Lagos tested Negative

Among the new suspects are a family of four children and their teacher who recently returned from the United States of America. They are now at the Biosecurity Facility of the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba.


Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi who disclosed this on Wednesday evening while giving an updates on Coronavirus in Lagos stated that the 4 children and their teacher got in close contact with someone who had Coronavirus infection.

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Though the first test carried out on them turned negative, the Commissioner said confirmation tests will still be repeated to determine the next point of action.


He explained that the index case is responding well to treatment adding that his viral load is going down significantly with no symptoms exhibited. He however stated that he cannot be released into the community now until the virus is undetectable and cannot infect others.

On the second confirmed case, Abayomi noted that he is doing well with no major symptoms but only exhibits minor aches and pain.

Meanwhile, the 2 passengers on the Turkish Airline who could not be traced because of wrong information have also been found within 24 hours after their names were published by the media.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Outbreak among corps members in Ondo camp – NYSC.


The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo state says it has equipped its orientation camp to prevent any coronavirus outbreak among corps members.

Nigeria had confirmed two cases of the zoonotic disease ever since it broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Grace Akpabio, NYSC’s coordinator in Ondo, on Tuesday, said the scheme is adopting “proactive measures” to prevent any outbreak on camp.


She said the secretariat deployed hand sanitizers, washing basins, and other medical supplies to hostels and other strategic places at the Ikare Akoko orientation camp.

According to her, the move had come in compliance with the health safety measures approved during a pre-orientation workshop held at the directorate headquarters in Abuja.


“I assure prospective corps members posted to Ondo state that we’ve done what’s humanly possible to prevent any outbreak of diseases in our camp,” the state coordinator said.

“We have enough hand gloves and face masks to go round. Some measures put in place are thorough clearing and cleaning of the whole landmass on which the camp is situated.

“We have equally replaced nets of all doors and windows which were torn by previous participants. We do not stop at that, all ceiling fans have been serviced and they are working perfectly well.”

NYSC earlier made headlines after claims spread that it had diverted funds meant for corps members’ February allowance to the ongoing fight against coronavirus in the country.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Jackie Chan says he’s safe


Jackie Chan, award-winning Hong Kong actor, has assured his numerous fans that he is safe and not under quarantine amid concerns of the deadly coronavirus.

In a post on his social media page, the veteran actor disclosed that he was informed by one of his staff that there had been widespread rumours of him being quarantined for the virus.


He also said that such rumours making the rounds have fetched him several donations from several quarters.

While appreciating his fans for their gestures, the 65-year-old, however, noted he is healthy and safe from the virus.


“Thanks for everybody’s concern! I’m safe and sound, and very healthy. Please don’t worry, I’m not in quarantine. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy too!” he told his over 3 million Instagram followers.

Chan also took to his official website to issue a more detailed statement.


“Recently, my staff told me about the news that’s been circulating around the world, saying that I’ve been placed under quarantine for COVID-19,” he wrote.

“Firstly, I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” for everybody’s concern! I’m very healthy and safe, and haven’t been quarantined. I’ve received many messages from friends asking if I’m ok. Your love and concern is so heartwarming. Thank you!”


He added that he has already asked his staff to distribute the face masks and other gifts sent to him to organisations that need such.

“I’ve also received some very special gifts from fans all over the world during this very difficult time. Thank you for the face masks,” he added.

“Your thoughtfulness is well received! And I’ve asked my lovely staff to donate your kindness through official organisations to those who need it most.”

The deadly virus has been ravaging several countries across the globe, with Nigeria recording its first case on Friday.

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#Newsworthy…

Coronavirus: A grave threat to the world – WHO confess


The coronavirus outbreak poses a “very grave threat for the rest of the world”, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday in an appeal for sharing virus samples and speeding up research into drugs and vaccines.

“With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in opening remarks to a meeting of more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some participating by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.


#Newsworthy…

Coronavirus: Death rate hits 1,016


Death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China hit 1,016 on Tuesday, according to figures released by the country’s health authorities.

More than 100 people died due to the virus on Monday, a sharp spike that exceeded the 97 deaths recorded the day before.


China’s National Health Commission reported that 103 of the 108 new deaths occurred in the central province of Hubei where the outbreak first began.

In the provincial capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the crisis, the mortality rate stands at over four percent, official statistics reported.

Within the same 24-hour period, 2,478 new infections were confirmed nationwide, bringing the total tally up to 37,626. N.Rs gathered

In Hubei province alone the number of confirmed cases is said to have reached over 30,000.


#Newsworthy…

Coronavirus: Animal spreading disease revealed (See Photos)


The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said Friday.

At least 31,000 people have been infected and 630 killed by the virus, which has spread to two dozen countries.


Researchers at the South China Agricultural University have identified the scaly mammal as a “potential intermediate host,” the university said in a statement, without providing further details.

The new virus, which emerged at a live animal market in central China’s Wuhan city late last year, is believed to have originated in bats, but researchers have suggested there could have been an “intermediate host” in the transmission to humans.


After testing more than 1,000 samples from wild animals, scientists from the university found the genome sequences of viruses found on pangolins to be 99 percent identical to those on coronavirus patients, the official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

The pangolin is considered the most trafficked animal on the planet and over one million have been snatched from Asian and African forests in the past decade, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


They are destined for markets in China and Vietnam, where their scales are used in traditional medicine — despite having no medical benefits — and their meat is bought on the black market.

China in January ordered a temporary ban on the trade-in wild animals until the epidemic is under control.

Pagolin


The country has long been accused by conservationists of tolerating a shadowy trade in endangered animals for food or as ingredients in traditional medicines.

The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus that killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in 2002-03 also has been traced to wild animals, with scientists saying it likely originated in bats, later reaching humans via civets.


#Newsworthy…