LIVE FROM HONG KONG: Over 75,000 Infected with Coronavirus – As Deaths Increase China Is Anxious to Get Its Economy Back on Track
Live in Hong Kong
As the number of individuals infected with the coronavirus increases we still know little about the virus. China is anxious to get its economy moving again but risks a more serious outbreak if they move too fast.
John Hopkins reports today that the number of cases continues to increase to now over 75,000 world wide. Meanwhile, CNN reported yesterday:
Researchers in China are saying that people with the novel coronavirus may have the same viral load — or amount of virus in their body — whether or not they are actually showing symptoms of illness.
In a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers describe how they monitored viral loads of the virus in samples taken from the nose and throat of 18 patients: nine men and nine women ranging in age from 26 to 76 in Zhuhai, in China’s Guangdong province.
Their analysis showed that the 17 patients with symptoms had a similar viral load in tests to the one patient who had no symptoms.
Meanwhile two individuals from the cruise ship Diamond Princess have died in Japan:
Two coronavirus patients from Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan die https://t.co/jdJb4IWyfC
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) February 20, 2020
Meanwhile China shared a video of how the people are working to combat the virus before the recent opening of the ASEAN-Chinese foreign ministers’ meeting:
A video showing China’s battle against the #COVID19 and ASEAN leaders’and people’s support was played ahead of the opening of a special ASEAN-Chinese foreign ministers’ meeting, to tackle the common challenges of the #coronavirus outbreak. pic.twitter.com/grpTYgLf0C
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) February 20, 2020