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China’s President Xi Jinping warns rate of Wuhan Coronavirus infections are accelerating

China’s President Xi Jinping warns rate of Wuhan Coronavirus infections are accelerating

U.S. evacuates Americans from Wuhan. Report suggests city was seat of bio-warfare lab. New cases in Chicago & SoCal reported. Virus reaches Europe.

How bad is the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak? So bad that the normally secretive president of China, Xi Jinping, formally announced the rate of infections of the potentially deadly coronavirus is ‘accelerating’ and that at least one doctor has died from the virus.

The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown and where the virus is thought to have originated, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scramble to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,400 people worldwide and killed 41.

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke following an emergency government meeting to warn that the spread of the killer virus is worsening, as video emerged showing medics collapsing at hospitals in the capital of central China’s Hubei province as the coronavirus outbreak continues to move across the world.

At the time of this writing, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 41 people and infected over 1,300 more. The U.S. government has now sent a charter flight to Wuhan in an effort to evacuate its citizens and diplomats.

The U.S. consulate contacted known American citizens living in Wuhan where the virus is believed to have originated from and offering them a seat on the 230 person flight back to the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the operation.

According to the report, those interested will be responsible for the cost of being evacuated which could cost many times more the price of a commercial flight from China directly to the U.S.

Snakes and bat soup have been identified as possible sources of the new virus, which causes severe respiratory distress, pneumonia, and kidney failure. However, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert, the deadly animal virus may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program.

Radio Free Asia this week rebroadcast a local Wuhan television report from 2015 showing China’s most advanced virus research laboratory known the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Radio Free Asia reported.

The laboratory is the only declared site in China capable of working with deadly viruses.

Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese bio warfare, said the institute is linked to Beijing’s covert biological weapons program.

“Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times.

The first American coronavirus patient, a Seattle-area man, is being treated mainly by a robot, and he is in stable condition.

U.S. health officials have also diagnosed a Chicago-area patient with the illness and are monitoring 63 other patients who are suspected of being at risk of infection with the pathogen.

Officials said the new patient, a woman in her 60s, is doing well and is in stable condition. She remains isolated in a hospital as a precaution, U.S. health officials said on a conference call with reporters. The Illinois patient traveled to China in late December and began experiencing symptoms when she returned to the U.S. last week, officials said. She did not have symptoms while flying, they said.

“She was not symptomatic when flying. And based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms develop is low, so that is reassuring,” Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner, said on the call.

One of those 63 include a third patient who now  has been officially diagnosed with the Wuhan Coronavirus in southern California.

Orange County Health Care Agency announced that a patient in California had tested positive for novel coronavirus.

The agency said the patient had traveled from Wuhan and reached out to the health care agency prior to being diagnosed. They were given guidance to avoiding exposing the public to the virus while waiting for test results.

‘The individual has now been transported to a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition,’ added the agency who did not identify the patient. ‘In consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, the HCA is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection.’

Meanwhile, the first cases are being reported in Europe as French health officials announce two patients there have sickened with the disease.

Both patients had traveled to China, the epicenter of the deadly outbreak that’s cropped up in a half-dozen other countries, leaving at least 26 people dead.

“We have two cases,” said France’s Health Minister Agnes Buzyn. “We will probably have other cases.”

One of the people sickened is a 48-year-old man who passed through Wuhan — where the coronavirus originated — before traveling to France on Wednesday. He is hospitalized in the southwestern city of Bordeaux, while the second person is hospitalized in Paris.

Buzyn said the second person also traveled to China but she had little other information on their case.


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Really informative video if you have over an hour to burn. Yes, I confirmed that is sold out of N95 masks. Apparently people are buying them and sending them to China.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to snopercod. | January 26, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    “She was not symptomatic when flying. And based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms develop is low”

    Actually, this is not the case. People can be contagious carriers for up to two weeks without showing any symptoms. Thye are estimating that each infected person will infect 2.6 other people. That is bad news.

    Also, N95 masks are becoming harder to find. I had an order pending two days ago, when I went to complete it this morning, they were out of stock. I found another source at about double the price of 600 for $80 delivered.

A flight from China with 229 other Wuhan people will leave you with 230 infected people, most probably. At least if the present infected rate is anywhere near one in 230.

I vote for overhype though.

    Granny in reply to rhhardin. | January 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Here we have adequate medical facilities to care for our citizens and no shortage of hospital beds, oxygen, transportation, nursing staff, testing facilities and so forth. In Wuhan our consular staff are at the mercy of a small infirmary and whatever the local economy can provide.

There is a report that indicates it is contagious even before symptoms show –

“China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Sunday that the new coronavirus is contagious even in its incubation period, which lasts up to 14 days, and that the virus’ ability to spread is getting stronger.”

    walls in reply to Liz. | January 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    China steals our technology, makes cheap crap, and is methodically planning to destroy us. And their habit of eating snakes, bats, and puppy dog tails is the cause of this mayhem that is now threatening the world. Nixon and Kissinger should have STAYED HOME in retrospect.

      Kepha H in reply to walls. | January 26, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Much as I dislike the Chinese Communist Party and the regime it controls, much as I think that Henry Kissinger is one of the most overrated men to ever pass through Washington’s corridors of power, and much as I think Trump was correct in his “trade war”, I have family connections to the Sinitic world. I have eaten snakes, and would willingly eat them again. They taste like chicken–as some people in the American West would tell you of rattler. As for dog, I’ve eaten it out of courtesy to my hosts. I have suffered no ill effects from either.

      It is possibe that something leaked out of a biological warfare lab. A part of me wonders if this might not turn out to be Communist China’s Chernobyl.

        gonzotx in reply to Kepha H. | January 26, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        Eat all the snakes you want but keep your lousy mouth off dogs!

        How disgusting , The excuse that you did out of courtesy… are you nuts?

          Granny in reply to gonzotx. | January 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

          Clearly your mother didn’t raise you well. The hospitality of food and drink is the highest honor you can receive in many cultures. It is impolite beyond all belief to refuse the food that you are offered.

          Some 40 or so years ago friends of ours loaned us their van to move and invited us to come to dinner when we were done. We arrived dirty, sweaty, exhausted and absolutely ravenous to find it was a dinner “party”. Worse, the kitchen was redolent of curry and there was a huge bowl of raw spinach and sliced mushrooms on the counter along with some corn muffins. At the time I was convinced that I hated curry and spinach hadn’t entered my mouth since 3rd grade. (At least I can eat the corn muffins I thought to myself.) So, we sat to dinner and because my mother raised me correctly I put a minute amount of that curry on my plate along with a tiny bit of that raw spinach and mushroom salad with maple salad dressing. And a cornmeal muffin. And it was WONDERFUL . . . That has become our favorite family meal, though I serve it with poppadum.

          I would not willingly eat dog, but in a similar situation I would do exactly Kepha H and eat a small amount for politeness sake. To do otherwise is a grave insult.

          Barry in reply to gonzotx. | January 26, 2020 at 10:26 pm

          Don’t eat the dogs. I’ve been in Asia many times and turned down anything I don’t wish to eat.

        gospace in reply to Kepha H. | January 26, 2020 at 6:53 pm

        Henry Kissinger, like most high ranking politicians of the time, believed in the inexorable march of and ultimate victory of Communism. Rather than working to be victorious, every negotiation they entered in was to surrender a little more slowly.

        They were wrong. One reason why? They believed the obviously false to the most casual observer economic numbers published by the Communist governments. Is there anyone who really believe China’s economy is soundly based? I don’t. The collapse when it comes, will be like all others. At first, very slowly, then quickly.

          Milhouse in reply to gospace. | January 27, 2020 at 10:27 am

          Whittaker Chambers was one of the greatest heroes ever because he deliberately moved from what he was convinced was the winning side to what he was convinced was the losing side, just because it was the right thing to do.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to walls. | January 26, 2020 at 7:15 pm

      Regarding Kissinger, Tom Lehrer was right.

      Granny in reply to walls. | January 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Believe it or not, we eat things here in the USA that some in other parts of the world find positively nauseating. To each their own.

      China is home to an ancient culture, one that predates the Romans. They’ve been responsible for many remarkable inventions and more than a little bit of medicine – including the smallpox vaccination they were using about 3000 years ago.

      BTW, Burmese python meat has become quite the delicacy in Florida. And my French ancestors, including my father, absolutely adored frogs legs. They jump in the pan when you cook them.

The Friendly Grizzly | January 26, 2020 at 7:08 pm

I’ll know things are being tahh my en seriously when flights from China are canceled.

China riding a tiger.. I’ve a feeling this is going to get extremely bad. No Chinese tourists this year – hopefully they’ll be banned or at least hotels will refuse bookings – perhaps staff will refuse to serve them, if they’ve any sense.

ScottTheEngineer | January 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm

infections worldwide and 80 deaths. 3.2% death rate of those infected.

Ok Pro-tip. a virus can live up to two weeks on a gas pump handle in winter. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer and use it when you get gas.

    ScottTheEngineer in reply to ScottTheEngineer. | January 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    2509 infections

    JusticeDelivered in reply to ScottTheEngineer. | January 26, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    With infection rates on a rapidly increasing slop upward, a calculation based on comparing a mortality rate drawn from earlier infections which have run their course will always understate the mortality rate. A theory has been floated that infections are being understated because many people do not severe enough symptoms to be recognized as being sick.

    We will not know the actual mortality rate until someone analyzes the data to associate mortality with the time infections occurred.

    I suspect that actual mortality rates will turn out to be in the 5% to 10% range.

I don’t understand. China tried for years to reduce their population with the one-child policy. You’d think they would welcome this.

I don’t understand. China tried for years to reduce their population with the one-child policy. You’d think they would welcome this.

JackinSilverSpring | January 27, 2020 at 6:48 am

I am wondering whether this is worse than the Chinese are letting on? Maybe that’s why they’re saying it’s accelerating.

    All governments, everywhere, understate bad and overstate good.
    Of course it is worse than the CCP is reporting. The question is: how much worse? 10X? 100X? 1000X?
    Expect similar lying when it gets here in strength.

I’ve heard mainland Chinese have very poor manners, like sneezing without attempting to cover their faces and spitting everywhere. Combined with unsanitary agricultural and food-processing methods, it’s no surprise the country is rife with disease.