50 Million Quarantined as Coronavirus Spreads

Chinese health officials are now warning that the fast-spreading coronavirus could be contagious before symptoms arise, adding to concern that quarantines won’t stop the spread, according to The Washington Post.  

17 cities and 50 million people are now under quarantine in an effort to contain the outbreak that has now reached 11 countries, AP reports. And China has added 3 days to the Lunar Holiday in a bid to keep people home and slow the pace of transmission, according to a more recent AP story that also noted Mongolia closed its border with China.
Latest numbers from AP:

  • 2,744 cases and 81 deaths in China
  • 3 new countries—France, Canada, and Australia—have confirmed cases since Friday
  • Cases also confirmed in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, and Nepal

Time Check: One week ago, China had reported 3 deaths and more than 200 infections, per an Al-Jazeera timeline

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is headed to Beijing to meet with officials after declining to declare an international health emergency last week,CNBC reports
Wildlife trade has been banned across China until the end of the epidemic, which began in a Wuhan seafood market that also sold wild animals, South China Morning Post reports
 On LinkedIn, former CDC director Tom Frieden broke down the latest scientific findings, which: identify bats as the likely source of the outbreak; point to likely “superspreader” events; and find the virus to be less deadly than SARS, but possibly more infectious.  
The Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is publishing daily situation reports here.

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