Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 at 11:39:16 AM EST
See my earlier diary which followed the developments of the outbreak in China and the initial Lombardy cluster in Italy.
○ Coronavirus: Chinese Xi Ping and Donald Trump
Trump likens himself to dictators Xi Ping, Putin and Kim Jong Un ... however he hasn't met their standards just yet.
From a CNN interview last night, an important statement was made: the rigorous and autocratic measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, gave the rest of the world a six-week window the prepare for the worst scenario. From this week on, the primary expansion of victims and deaths will be outside China: clusters in South Korea, Iran, Northern Italy, North Rhine Westphalia in Germany and the early signs in Washington State, New York City and Chicago in the US.
○ Map tracks coronavirus outbreak in near real time | JHU |
More below the fold ...
New coronavirus cases jump sharply in Europe, with Italy worst hit | The Guardian |
New coronavirus infections spiked dramatically across Europe on Sunday, with Italy reporting hundreds of new cases and five more deaths. The number of confirmed cases also jumped in France, Germany and the UK, and the Czech Republic reported its first case.
As the disease continued its rapid spread and governments introduced emergency measures to halt the progress of the escalating epidemic, outbreaks worsened in Iran and South Korea. The US also reported two new infections, one in Chicago and another in Rhode Island, marking the eastern state's first case.
Italy said confirmed infections had risen 40% in 24 hours to 1,576, with the death toll now at 34. In Germany the number of people infected had almost doubled to 129 on Sunday, while France's total stood at 100 - up from 38 on Friday - nine of them in a serious condition.
Iran meanwhile raised its death toll from 43 to 54 as its number of confirmed infections rose by more than half to 978, amid continuing concerns that official figures still do not reflect the full scale of the outbreak there.
UK ministers express HOPE of containment (hackling) ...
UK sees spike in infections as health minister admits virus sweeping country is `inevitable' and global death toll hits 3,000 | The Independent |
Boris Johnson will say there is "little doubt" the coronavirus will present a "significant challenge" for the UK as he chairs a Cobra meeting to discuss the government's response to the outbreak.
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned it was now "inevitable" the deadly virus would "become endemic" in the UK as 13 more cases of Covid-19 were announced, bringing the total number to 36. The Cobra meeting will bring together senior ministers and the chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. Work will also start in the "war room" in the Cabinet office as experts come together to respond to public concerns about the spread of the virus.
Italia: Altri sette giorni di sacrifici
The contagion is there, it grows (the 531 cases in Lombardy show it, the first recorded a few hours ago in the province of Varese proves it) and it will continue to grow, due to the characteristics of the virus (which «is not a flu», but unique and to be treated with the utmost seriousness, the experts who came to Palazzo Lombardia to support regional administrators, among them the head of Infectivology of Varese Paolo Grossi [report pdf]) and for the lack of a vaccine, reiterate loudly.
Ergo: «The measures adopted last Sunday in the light of the data are absolutely valid and allow to control the spread of the virus and prevent it from affecting the whole region. Only with 14 days (corresponding to the incubation time of the virus) can we understand if the spread will go from 1 to 2 to 1 to 1. " To then shrink further and be able to talk about an emergency being resolved.
Translated: the hypothesis of a new ordinance to avoid the Covid-19 contagion prepared by the Lombardy Region, which will now be submitted to the government and only tomorrow (Saturday 29) will become reality, does not foresee any particular mitigation. Closed schools, for example, and another week of sacrifices. To allow healthcare professionals to continue the fight against infection as effectively as possible.
○ The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China--Summary of a China CDC Report