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... to make your point.

#Tank Man #Tiananmen Square #China
 
Random stuff.

#TienanmenSquare #China
 
The best time to extend your authoritarian reach is during an "national emergency" like a pandemic...

China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city’s legislature

"China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing "foreign interference" along with secessionist activities and subversion of state power."

"The move is the boldest yet from Beijing to undercut Hong Kong’s autonomy and bring the global financial hub under its full control, as it works to rewrite the 'one country, two systems' framework that has allowed the territory to enjoy a level of autonomy for the past 23 years."

#China #HongKong
 
#Prag #Piraten #Peking #China #Taipeh #Taiwan
 
#Prag #Piraten #Peking #China #Taipeh #Taiwan
 
The Chinese produced a free book on handling Covid-19, while some other countries are only just recovering from denial.

#Corona #Covid-19 #China
 

Big drop in China coronavirus infections


China says there were 40 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday 8 March, compared to thousands a day at its peak.
Big drop in China coronavirus infections
#Coronaviruspandemic #China #Health
 
Wikipedia lists bat-eating habits of some cultures on all continents. China is mentioned proportionately to how much they recently get blamed for it, but not as making^^^^^^ or having made bats into popular dishes (in contrast to wildlife in general, I guess):
Bat meat is not especially popular in China.[13][14] [15]It has been contested whether or not the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, suspected as having ties with the COVID-19 outbreak, sold bat meat,[16] [17]but bat meat has not been reported as a source of food in the city of Wuhan.[18][19] [20]International agencies pressured China to adopt legislation forbidding the hunting of bats and sale of bat meat following the early 2000s SARS outbreak where hundreds of people died, though no such legislation was passed. [1]All wildlife trade in China, including bat meat, was banned in January 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan.[21][22][23]
Curiously enough, Italy is described as the past sinner of Europe:
The consumption of bat meat in Europe has been scarce, not only because of repugnance, but also because of the size of European bats, which being all insectivores are also small. [10]In the past it has been recorded the custom of the peasants of Costozza (in the province of Vicenza, Italy) to eat bats, [24]especially horseshoe bats.[25] [10]After World War II the bats of Costozza's caves were almost extinct "for the ruthless hunting that the natives make of them, at the time of the grape, in order to assimilate them with the most tasty little birds." [26]In 1959 it was reported that "in some places [of Italy], for example in Liguria and Veneto regions, the bats are or were used as food." [27]The current Italian law no. 157/1992 includes bats in the so-called "particularly protected" wildlife and punishes the killing, capture, or detention of specimens with two to eight months of jail time or a fine of 774 to 2065 euros.
Further notable remark on the page:
One study in Madagascar predicted that the rate of childhood anemia would increase 29% if access to bushmeat, including bat meat, was restricted, predominantly affecting the poorest households who could not afford to purchase meat from domestic animals.
While this isn't my reason -- contribution to balance -- for quoting it, note how itself fails hygiene, the form given to the measure of the increase in childhood anemia to expect.

BTW, can someone point out any passage from an appropriate text by which to decide whether or not bats can be counted as halal, kosher or the like?

#bats #wildlife #virus #hygiene #food #china #italy
 
Quote of note:

"The drop in nitrogen dioxide in 2020 also coincided with Lunar New Year celebrations in China and much of Asia. Generally, businesses and factories close from the last week in January into early February to celebrate the festival. Past observations have shown that air pollution usually decreases during this period and then increases once the celebration is over."

Via Airborne Nitrogen Dioxide Plummets Over China

#China #ClimateCrisis #COVID19 #coronavirus #science #pandemic #environment #pollution
 
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Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal


Six nations on Wednesday called for adherence to the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran nuclear deal. The meeting in Brussels cited concerns over the impact of US sanctions imposed on Iran and the 2018 withdrawal from the agreement.

The commission, attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, was chaired by EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles and European Union External Action (EEAS) Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid.

https://www.dw.com/en/europe-china-and-russia-urge-preservation-of-iran-nuclear-deal/a-52544410

#nuclear #Iran #EU #China #Russia #MiddleEast #uranium #weapons #electricity #powerplants
 
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Europe, China and Russia urge preservation of Iran nuclear deal


Six nations on Wednesday called for adherence to the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran nuclear deal. The meeting in Brussels cited concerns over the impact of US sanctions imposed on Iran and the 2018 withdrawal from the agreement.

The commission, attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran, was chaired by EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles and European Union External Action (EEAS) Secretary General Helga Maria Schmid.

https://www.dw.com/en/europe-china-and-russia-urge-preservation-of-iran-nuclear-deal/a-52544410

#nuclear #Iran #EU #China #Russia #MiddleEast #uranium #weapons #electricity #powerplants
 

Wuhan Coronavirus: Case classification standards change causing reported-cases spike


A key issue in any observation-based data is changes to the criteria for observation. That's coming to play in the 2019-nCoV outbreak numbers today, with Reuters and other sources reporting "Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province":
[T]he 2,015 new confirmed cases reported in mainland China on Wednesday were dwarfed by the 14,840 new cases reported in Hubei alone on Thursday, after provincial officials started using computerized tomography (CT) scans to look for infections.

Hubei had previously only allowed infections to be confirmed by RNA tests, which can take days to process and delay treatment. RNA, or ribonucleic acid, carries genetic information allowing for identification of organisms like viruses.
The current reports stand at 60,330 confirmed cases and 1,369 official deaths, according to current data at Wikipedia. I'll note that fifteen days ago based on then-current trends, projection without epidemiological containment was for 200,000 cases, 10,000 deaths. Thankfully, even with a broader inclusion criteria, we're well below those values. Containment does largely appear to be working, and the epidemic may be further self limiting. (More below.) My existing projections are based on the earlier criteria and should not be applied to the broader clinical-diagnosis numbers.

Numbers reported depend on observational criteria. In general, my recommendation is to look to the case count as a trend indicator, across successive periods with consistent criteria, and for deaths as a far stronger magnitude indicator.

That is: we know that the cases were underreported. That's been widely criticised, and I suspect you'll see reports now of a sudden explosion in cases as Another Dire Sign. It's ... more complicated than that. Case reports to date have largely been a function of:
  • Limited numbers of virus test kits sensitive to the 2019-nCoV specific RNA (viruses don't have DNA, so this is the equivalent).
  • Testing of severe cases only. For non-severe cases (the majority), home isolation and care are largely sufficient.
  • Accepting most cases as "suspected" rather than confirmed.
The new numbers should be compared against earlier "suspected" cases, not "confirmed" cases. What are now being included are clinically diagnosed cases, based not on a definitive RNA test, but on symptoms as presented at a clinic, largely CT scans of lungs, among other measurements. This is actually very common in medical practice, and many conditions are diagnosed based on symptoms rather than a definitive test, often because symtoms are far more accessible (a case of availability heuristic), faster, cheaper, and in virtually all cases, sufficient. It's nice to have a definitive diagnosis, but not necessary. My understanding is that test kits have often been reserved for medical personnel themselves, many of whom have been infected with 2019-nCoV.

As before, epidemiological and public health responses are most important. If you are in an outbreak area (China, generally), rather than rushing out to buy masks (of marginal use), make sure you have and are using cleaning supplies, and minimise hand-to-face transmission. Wash surfaces, door handles, light switches, bannisters, and other contacted surfaces. Disinfect (spray bleach) around bath and toilet facilities. Use alcohol-based hand-sanitisers. (Again, antibacterial treatments do not work for viruses, that's wasted money.) Wash your hands frequently. Avoid crowded public spaces. Wipe down shopping trolly handles and other surfaces if possible. Be aware of what you're touching (elevator controls, any public touch-screen devices, keyboards, etc.). If you are infected and must go out, wear a mask but primarily to protect others --- you're limiting spread of droplets from your mouth and nose. (It's possible that applying table salt to the masks may increase their anti-viral properties, possibly by spraying with a saline solution.)

Expect to see travel bans and restrictions in place both within and transiting China for another few weeks, possibly months.

The real risk with 2019-nCoV is that it escapes containment and becomes a recurring annual disease much as the current common cold and influenza, though with far greater impacts. Given its high mortality rates, this could have severe impacts worldwide (deaths in the 10s to 100s of millions), though it's likely that this would eventually moderate. That's the scenario people are hoping to avoid.

Risks remain high, the containment trends still look very positive. Coronavirus fares poorly at higher temperatures and humidities -- odds of it spreading especially within the subtropical and tropical regions, and particularly in summer months, are fairly low. This means that China and neighbouring countries (again, notably North Korea with limited public health and public information resources and practices), Europe, and North America are probably most at risk. Community transmission elsewhere has remained low (cruise ships being a notable exception), and deaths outside China are also extremely rare: 2 (Hong Kong and Japan) despite 9,525 cases outside of China.

Fingers crossed.

The other notable news is that the Chinese Communist Party chiefs of Wuhan City and Hubei Province have both been sacked for their mishandling and information suppression of the 2019-nCoV initial outbreak. Again, China and the world could have had an additional 4-6 weeks' prior notice of the disease had initial reports not been covered up, before the mass internal migration of Chinese New Year celebrations. That was extreme misgovernance, and I expect to see more heads fall, possibly higher up, as well as further political reforms toward free speech within China.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health/coronavirus-death-toll-leaps-in-chinas-hubei-province-idUSKBN207025

#nCoV2019 #coronavirus #china #wuhan #hubei #epidemics
 

UN health agency goes to China as mainland deaths rise above 900


WHO to look at virus transmission, China response, as human-to-human cases outside mainland raise concerns.
UN health agency goes to China as mainland deaths rise above 900
#China #Coronavirusoutbreak #AsiaPacific #Health
 

UN health agency goes to China as mainland deaths rise above 900


WHO to look at virus transmission, China response, as human-to-human cases outside mainland raise concerns.
UN health agency goes to China as mainland deaths rise above 900
#China #Coronavirusoutbreak #AsiaPacific #Health
 

Peking wappnet sich


Nach dem Neujahrsfest kehren über acht Millionen Arbeitsmigranten in Chinas Hauptstadt zurück. Für die Behörden ein Albtraum. http://www.taz.de/Corona-Virus-in-China-nach-Neujahrsfest/!5662393/ … #taz #tazgezwitscher #tageszeitung #China #Peking #Corona-Virus #Zensur
 

Peking wappnet sich


Nach dem Neujahrsfest kehren über acht Millionen Arbeitsmigranten in Chinas Hauptstadt zurück. Für die Behörden ein Albtraum. http://www.taz.de/Corona-Virus-in-China-nach-Neujahrsfest/!5662393/ … #taz #tazgezwitscher #tageszeitung #China #Peking #Corona-Virus #Zensur
 

Mostly uniformed notes on Coronavirus, Wuhan, China, and the online response


I'm not a sinologist, sinophile, nor antisionist. I'm not an expert on China, or epidemics, or eastern-region politics. But I watch and observe, and occasionally comment. This story is an interesting one, but my observations are largely speculation, exceptions generally being cited or referenced.

There are two elements of this story I'm finding fascinating, both involving viral propogation. One is biological, the other epistemic.

The Plague


It's been about nine days since I posted my exponential growth 2019 nCoV observation, followed (in comments) by predictions that containment efforts begun arond 22 Jan would start showing clear evidence in new case data by early February, and that mortality should start falling by the 15th - 22nd, another 2-3 weeks out.

The first is bearing out, the second may be beating my initial projection. Both of these trends are encouraging.

I'll emphasise: I'm not a medical professional or epidemiologist. I read and study a lot, I've watched earlier outbreaks, and I've a fairly strong stats and data background which informs views of data. But really: I'm just some guy in a cat mask making guesses on the Internet.

That said:

* Signs are encouraging.
* The risk remains very real. We'll likely see somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100,000 cases (plus or minus a factor of 2) and 1,000 or so deaths (same). I think it's unlikley we'll see grossly more, say 10x, that.
* Quarantine, containment, education, public awareness, travel and commerce restrictions, and (within pandemic regions) frequent decontamination, are very much the order of the day.
* Effective treatments are few and will probably not emerge before the epidemic peaks or subsides. Mostly health professionals are limited to treating symptoms and secondary infections, with mixed effectiveness.
* There may be some nontraditional treatments or precautions which prove effective. No, I'm not talking crystals or Goop, but potential practices to reduce particle spread or make the virus less comfortable within hosts. Salt-impregnated masks have been mentioned favourably. I could think of other possible approaches, I won't bother mentioning them simply as rumour and misinformation spreading is already more than problematic.
* Given limited treatment, beds, an diagnostic kits, I'd argue that conclusively testing every presenting case is not a useful use of resources. Confirming infections among medical personnel is, but otherwise, triaging serious cases in to care, and directing less-serious cases to self-quarantine seems reasonable. We're talking city-wide, province-wide, and country-wide control where populations number to 10 million, 100 million, and 1 billion, respectively. This is a very large-scale problem. The goal is containment and management, not acute treatment of every individual case.
* Limitations on public knowledge of disease, germ theory, medical capabilities and limitations, and public health methods, is a challenge here. China's large population includes a very large undereducated population. (Though its educated population dwarfs that of any other country on Earth, possibly excepting India.)
* Failure to continue effective management could change all of this. The goal is to work effectively.

Media and Politics


The media and online response is ... interesting.

I've seen several long YouTube monologues, the first I believe by the individual known as "Brother Mask", another by a civil rights attorney, giving first-hand reports from within Wuhan itself. Many of the reports of conditions seem accurate. Some of the criticisms arising from them ... possibly less so. There have also been numerous posts in various places -- Mastodon and Diaspora, though of course many on Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere.

It's clear that many are seeing this as a propaganda opportunity to be used against the Chinese government. And there are certainly numerous criticisms which are valid.

Given the flood of online propaganda aimed at Western states in recent years, notably by Russia, but also China, generally following a "torrent of distraction" rather than "hose of reality distortion" favoured by Moscow. Seeing this now turned at China is ... interesting and ironic.

I don't consider myself a supporter of China, though I am impressed by the progress it's made most especially in recent decades. China is simply huge, and operates at scales the rest of the world fails to comprehend -- Wuhan is the city of 11 million you'd never heard of until two weeks ago. The country has faced, and does face immense challenges, and whilst not executing perfectly, has succeeded in many ways that deserve recognition. As do its failures. I'm often critical of elements of China's behaviours, both domestically and abroad (Uyghers, Tibet, and elsewhere). China is much like the proverbial Chinese symbol for crisis: opportunity and threat.

The main reason ideologically-driven discussions, debates, or (far more often) screaming matches are so boring is that they're simply so uninformative. The positions are well-established, the participants rarely principled or in good faith, and quite often themselves blinded to realities they'd prefer not to confront.

It's abundantly clear that China grossly mishandled the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, much as it did SARS in 2003, though not managing to cover up the epidemic as long in this instance. The death, or is it martyrdom, of Li Wenliang, is portentious. Unconfirmed reports of 800 million Weibo posts within 2.5 hours of its annoucement. It seems at least possible that changes to central control over information flows may occur, though the legacy of Tienanmen Square still looms large, and information regarding it remains tightly controlled. Chinese partisans have been engaged in petty battles over map definitions within the 2019-2020 Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Wikipedia page, as evidenced by the Talk page. Yes, Wikipedia has its conflicts and attempts at manipulation, but they occur in public and are often countered.

China's own meddling with both independent Taiwan and Hong Kong appear to be backfiring badly in terms of trust in the CCP and central government. That seems somewhat just desserts, though not always epistemically valid information.

At the same time, there's what seems strongly to be hay-making by opponents of the government, quite possibly even factions within the CCP battling against each other (my speculation), and quite likely entities or factions within Taiwan and Hong Kong, as well as the usual rabble-rousers, xenophobes, ecouragers of chaos (viz: Stephen Bannon), and general whackadoodles worldwide.

The interesting situation is that China seems to be approaching a point at which neither a closed-down media system, nor a wide open one, is risk-free. The first, had it persisted only a few weeks longer, could have had us talking a bound an epidemic ranging into the millions of cases and tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths, as well as global economic disruptions lasting months (and a likely risk-based reduced exposure to China). The second, while guarding against the "tell the emperor what pleases him" failures of rigid control, also enables the enemies of the emperor to speak freely. It seems all but certain that China will have to move out of its comfort zone here.

Or ... and if this path is chosen, all but certainly with the assistance of all the usual Silicon Valley suspects we've come to know and love ... institute an even more pervasive, flexible, and effective set of internal and external informational firewalls which permit the flow of critically important information whilst somehow managing to disrupt attempts at political opposition.

I don't find the second possibility overly likely from a technical standpoint, but Orwell and Huxley seem to have been winning the War for the Internet so far, and it seems unwise to not give them their nod.

Norbert Wiener, the father of Cybernetics, had a strong experience with information controls during World War II, as he worked on numerous research projects for the US government and military. After the war, his assessment was that the security restrictions on communications hurt the Allied forces more than they helped. For the most part, the enemy was already aware of the research projects, so the spread of information to the enemy was not meaningfully curtailed. But the Allies, working with limited technical and intellectual personnel resources, were hurt more by the duplicate, slowed, and inefficient progress made on the projects due to the communications restrictions.

Whether Wiener's view was accurate or merely his own personal bias, I'm not sure. But China is likely to be debating the same question, if not now, then soon.

#china #coronavirus #ncov2019 #wuhan #LiWenliang #propaganda #media #epidemics #tienamen #uygher
 
#Wuhan #China #Coronavirus #nCoV
Chinese Officials Can’t Help Lying About the Wuhan Virus
 
Synoptic Office Launches Open Source Archive of #Chinese Typefaces
https://www.dexigner.com/news/32782 #china #cn
 

China coronavirus death toll surges: All the latest updates


Top Communist Party official in Wuhan expresses 'remorse' because local authorities reacted too slow on the outbreak.
China coronavirus death toll surges: All the latest updates
#Coronavirusoutbreak #China #Health #AsiaPacific #Virus #WorldHealthOrganization
 

China coronavirus death toll surges: All the latest updates


Top Communist Party official in Wuhan expresses 'remorse' because local authorities reacted too slow on the outbreak.
China coronavirus death toll surges: All the latest updates
#Coronavirusoutbreak #China #Health #AsiaPacific #Virus #WorldHealthOrganization
 
Quote of note:

"Every now and again, it’s important to remember that almost everyone who works for this administration is an utter ghoul."

Via Wilbur Ross Weighs in on China's Coronavirus Outbreak in Typical Ghoulish Fashion

#Wuhan #China #coronavirus #nCoV
 
"The U.S. State Department said early Thursday that it was planning additional evacuation flights starting Feb. 3 from Wuhan—the Chinese city where the deadly new coronavirus’ outbreak is believed to have started. China’s National Health Commission reported there are now 7,711 cases of coronavirus in the country, 1,737 more than what was counted Tuesday. The death toll in China has risen by 38 to 170—the largest single-day jump in fatalities from the virus, Yahoo News reports.:

"The majority of the deaths, or 162 cases, were reported in Hubei province—considered the epicenter of the outbreak. All 31 provinces in mainland China have now reported cases of coronavirus. India and the Philippines also reported their first confirmed cases, both in people who had recently been in Wuhan. U.S. officials said people traveling on its added flights would be subject to screening, health observations, and monitoring."

#Wuhan #China #coronavirus
 
"White House officials have told U.S. airlines the Trump administration is considering suspending flights from China to the U.S. amid an escalating outbreak of a new coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across the world, people familiar with the matter said."

#Wuhan #coronavirus #China #airtravel #travel
 
Quote of note:

"A lot of foreigners are stuck here. There is no way on Earth many of us, including myself, are going to leave our loved ones."

Via Some US citizens stay in China amid virus outbreak despite evacuation

#Wuhan #China #coronavirusa
 
"The rapid influx of new information makes the whole story an extraordinarily fertile breeding ground for fear-driven rumors and conspiracy theories about where it came from and how it’s being spread. It’s no coincidence that many of those rumors center around the dietary habits of Chinese people."

#Wuhan #China #coronavirus #xenophobia #disinformation #racism
 

Germany confirms first human coronavirus transmission in Europe | The Guardian

The first human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus in Europe has been reported in Germany, where a man was infected by a colleague who had been in China, fuelling anxieties about the potential ease of international spread.
It's official.

#health #coronavirus #China #Germany #infection #epidemic
 

China coronavirus: Misinformation spreads online about origin and scale | BBC News

More than 100 people have now been killed by the coronavirus.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to 4,500 with places like Hong Kong announcing plans to cut travel to mainland China to halt the spread.
But not only has the virus spread around China and abroad, so too has misinformation.
Numerous conspiracies have appeared since the outbreak - not to mention videos about bat soup.
#health #coronavirus #virus #China #misinformation #FakeNews
 

Coronavirus: Foreign Office warns against 'all but essential travel' to China | BBC News

The Foreign Office is warning Britons not to travel to mainland China, unless their journey is essential.
Its updated advice comes amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused more than 100 deaths, spread across China and to at least 16 other countries.
There have been no confirmed cases in the UK so far.
#health #coronavirus #UK #China #ForeignOffice
 

China virus death toll jumps to 106, nearly 1,300 new cases: govt


The virus that began in Wuhan late last year continues to spread with China reporting more deaths and more cases.
China virus death toll jumps to 106, nearly 1,300 new cases: govt
#Coronavirusoutbreak #China #Health #AsiaPacific
 

China virus death toll jumps to 106, nearly 1,300 new cases: govt


The virus that began in Wuhan late last year continues to spread with China reporting more deaths and more cases.
China virus death toll jumps to 106, nearly 1,300 new cases: govt
#Coronavirusoutbreak #China #Health #AsiaPacific
 

The coronavirus panic is turning the UK into a hostile environment for east Asians | Sam Phan | The Guardian

Stereotypes are spreading as quickly as the virus. On the bus, in the street, people have started treating us as if we’re infected
#psychology #xenophobia #racism #coronavirus #China #Chinatown #London
 
#Wuhan #China #coronavirus
 
This is not sounding good...

Coronavirus outbreak: doctor in Wuhan hospital dies as army medics flown in

"A doctor treating victims infected with the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has died from the virus amid signs that the area’s health system is struggling to cope with the outbreak."

"After announcing the death of 62-year-old doctor Liang Wudong on Saturday, state media said that 1,200 extra medical personnel were being sent to Wuhan to ease the burden on overwhelmed local staff."

"Liang worked at the Hubei Xinhua hospital in Wuhan and was the first known fatality among staff treating patients in the city, which is under lockdown along with at least a dozen other cities in Hubei state."

"The official death toll stands at 41 with 1,287 people infected."

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#wuhan #china #coronavirus
 
#Coronavirus outbreak 'started in secret lab' studying world's ...
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-outbreak-started-secret-lab-21343995

9 hours ago ... The max security #bioweapons research facility opened in 2017 in #Wuhan, #China, the same city where the first cases of the deadly flu-like virus ...
 
#Coronavirus outbreak 'started in secret lab' studying world's ...
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/coronavirus-outbreak-started-secret-lab-21343995

9 hours ago ... The max security #bioweapons research facility opened in 2017 in #Wuhan, #China, the same city where the first cases of the deadly flu-like virus ...
 
"China put millions of people on lockdown on Thursday in two cities at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 18 people and infected more than 630, as authorities around the world worked to prevent a global pandemic."

"Health officials fear the transmission rate could accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during week-long holidays for the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday."

"Giving details on infections in China, state television said 634 cases had been confirmed. By the end of Wednesday, China’s National Health Commission confirmed 17 dead in the central province of Hubei."

#Wuhan #China #coronavirus #WHO
 
#biology #health #coronavirus #china #wuhan #snakes #ChineseKrait #ChineseCcobra
From bats to snakes
The researchers used an analysis of the protein codes favored by the new coronavirus and compared it to the protein codes from coronaviruses found in different animal hosts, like birds, snakes, marmots, hedgehogs, manis, bats and humans. Surprisingly, they found that the protein codes in the 2019-nCoV are most similar to those used in snakes.
Snakes often hunt for bats in wild. Reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan, raising the possibility that the 2019-nCoV might have jumped from the host species – bats – to snakes and then to humans at the beginning of this coronavirus outbreak. However, how the virus could adapt to both the cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts remains a mystery. But when the researchers performed a more detailed bioinformatics analysis of the sequence of 2019-nCoV, it suggests that this coronavirus might come from snakes.
 
#biology #health #coronavirus #china #wuhan #snakes #ChineseKrait #ChineseCcobra
From bats to snakes
The researchers used an analysis of the protein codes favored by the new coronavirus and compared it to the protein codes from coronaviruses found in different animal hosts, like birds, snakes, marmots, hedgehogs, manis, bats and humans. Surprisingly, they found that the protein codes in the 2019-nCoV are most similar to those used in snakes.
Snakes often hunt for bats in wild. Reports indicate that snakes were sold in the local seafood market in Wuhan, raising the possibility that the 2019-nCoV might have jumped from the host species – bats – to snakes and then to humans at the beginning of this coronavirus outbreak. However, how the virus could adapt to both the cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts remains a mystery. But when the researchers performed a more detailed bioinformatics analysis of the sequence of 2019-nCoV, it suggests that this coronavirus might come from snakes.
 
"Deaths from China’s new flu-like virus rose to 17 on Wednesday, with more than 540 cases confirmed, leading the city at the center of the outbreak to close transport networks and urge citizens not to leave as fears rose of the contagion spreading."

"The previously unknown coronavirus strain is believed to have emerged from an animal market in the central city of Wuhan, and is suspected by Chinese officials to originate from illegally traded wildlife. Cases have been detected as far away as the United States."

#wuhan #china #coronavirus
 

China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths


Jump in cases comes as China steps up testing and surveillance for coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan in December.
China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths
#Health #China #AsiaPacific
 

China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths


Jump in cases comes as China steps up testing and surveillance for coronavirus that first emerged in Wuhan in December.
China says coronavirus cases rise to 440, with nine deaths
#Health #China #AsiaPacific
 

China court sentences ex-Interpol chief for over 13 years


Court says Meng had 'truthfully confessed to all the criminal facts' in bribery case and will not appeal the decision.
China court sentences ex-Interpol chief for over 13 years
#China #Asia #Crime
 
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