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Wuhan coronavirus in Scotland?

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Watched the documentary on Channel 4, Yonza.  Scary.  Hope they develop a vaccine soon.  I've been reading a lot of posts by people on social media saying how unwell they have been with 'flu.  People don't regularly go to the doctors or quarantine themselves with flu symptoms. 

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Updates

First 2 cases identified in Iran.

79 new cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to 621.

Huge jump of 20 new cases in South Korea, bringing the total there to 51 cases. 15 of the cases are associated with a 61 year old female 'super spreader', who infected 14 members of a church congregation and 1 hospital worker.

40 mobile animal carcass and general waste incinerators brought to Wuhan. There has been plenty of speculation on social media that they have been brought in because local crematoria can't keep up with the body count. They can each burn 5 tons of animal carcasses per day, which equates to about 70 human bodies. However, there is a huge amount of infected material associated with each hospital case that needs to be incinerated, and it's possible there's a large backlog that needs to be cleared.

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Those poor people on the Diamond Princess – probably so many of them needing that holiday.  Think they would probably have been better getting them off the ship with the first case and checking everyone else. Most of them could probably have escaped catching the virus. 

Hope they find that vaccine. 

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Huge spike in South Korean cases in the city of Daegu, where cases are associated with a church congregation member. From The Guardian:

 

"South Korea has recorded 31 news cases today, taking its total to 82.

The country’s disease control centre said 30 of the new cases were in the city of Daegu and surrounding Gyeongbuk province south of Seoul.

Of those, 23 are linked with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, where the a 61-year-old woman believed to be at the centre of the cluster was a worshipper. The woman is known as Patient 31 because she was the 31st person recorded with the virus in South Korea.

It is now believed that 37 out of the 82 cases are members of the church’s congregation."

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I'm not sure what's going on in South Korea, but these are crazy numbers.

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SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea reported its first death from the new coronavirus on Thursday, with 53 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in a single day to bring the total here to 104.

Most new cases occurred in the southeastern city of Daegu. The city's mayor urged its 2.5 million people to refrain from going outside to stem the spread of the virus.

This week's surge in the number of infected people, increasing the nation's total infections by more than 70, came as the health authorities warned that the virus has begun spreading locally.

Of the 53 new cases, 51 are in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and neighboring North Gyeongsang Province. The remaining two were reported in Seoul, the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement.

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Good Lord. That's a big hike in a day and such a large place.  It's all very well telling people to stay at home. Does that mean no-one going to work, no healthcare staff in hospitals, no children going to school?

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A few reports of the 'well, that escalated quickly' variety.

Until yesterday, there were no officially confirmed cases in Iran, then they weighed in with TWO DEATHS. Just goes to show how chaotic the collation, reporting and dissemination of information can be. Today, Iran reports 13 new cases (4  in Tehran) and another two deaths. As if that weren't enough, here's a cut and paste about a new Canadian case -

Canadian health authorities have announced what they called a “sentinel event” with the detection of the new coronavirus in a woman who had never travelled to China.The woman instead had recently returned to British Columbia from Iran, which has reported just five cases of the disease. Two of those patients have died. The infection of the woman is the sixth case detected in BC, and the ninth in Canada. The woman in her 30s lives in the Fraser Health region outside Vancouver, provincial health officer Dr Bonnie Henry said. Henry told a press conference in Victoria late on Thursday that the case was a “sentinel event”, as a possible “indicator that there’s more widespread transmission".

A 38 year old Italian man is seriously ill and in intensive care, after having dinner on the 28th of January with two friends who had returned from China. Both of the friends had been quarantined then released, so spread it 'asymptomatically'. So, that's 24 days since the 38 year old became infected, as opposed to the officially recognised 14 days that are considered adequate for quarantine purposes. People in two villages have now been asked to self quarantine, and a total of 70 individuals are now in quarantine, although it's not clear how many of these are contacts of the cluster, and how many returning from China, or the cruise ship. Details are sketchy, but latest reports suggest more  infections in the cluster, including the wife of the 38 year old, and a family friend.

Another 100 cases confirmed in South Korea, today, bringing the total up to 204, most of them associated with a 61 year old church congregation 'super spreader'. Another 400 plus of the church congregation are showing symptoms.  It's quite incredible that one person could be responsible for so many infections. Even the notorious 'Typhoid Mary' is believed to have been responsible for infecting only around 50 people.

The virus appears to be running rampant in the Chines prison system. One prison in Shandong province reports confirmed infections in 200 inmates and 7 guards.

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