Currently, the number of Wuhan Coronavirus Cases is 75,213, and the death toll stands at 2,010.

746 people in Washington under supervision due to coronavirus outbreak

Legal Insurrection readers will recall the first American case of COVID-19 was treated in the Seattle areas.

Now KOMO-TV, an ABC-affiliated television station in Seattle, is reporting the Washington State Department of Health has announced that more than 700 people the state are under supervision for coronavirus infection.

The department said Tuesday 746 people in the state are under public health supervision, including those at risk of having been exposed to novel coronavirus. These people are monitoring their health under the supervision of public health officials.

The figure includes close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases, as well as people who have returned from China in the past 14 days that are included in federal quarantine guidance.

As of now, the department said 26 people in Washington state have been tested for the new virus, with only one confirmed case in Snohomish County. One result is still pending, according to the department.

Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus

The head of a leading hospital in Wuhan, the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has died of an infection with the pathogen.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission confirmed that Liu Zhiming, director of Wuchang Hospital, died Tuesday at age 51.

“Since the outbreak, Comrade Liu Zhiming, regardless of his personal safety, led the medical staff of Wuchang Hospital to fight the epidemic, and made important contributions to the prevention and control of new-type coronavirus pneumonia in our city,” the commission said in a statement.

‘SARS/MERS-like damage’ seen in dead coronavirus patient in China

Research on lung tissue from a man who died in China from the new coronavirus last month showed damage reminiscent of two previous coronavirus-related outbreaks, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

The patient died on Jan. 27 after falling ill two weeks earlier and becoming increasingly breathless. Doctors bombarded him with various medications in attempts to save his life, including anti-infection treatment alfa-2b, AIDS medicines lopinavir and ritonavir and the antibiotic moxifloxacin to prevent secondary bacterial infection. He also received a steroid to treat inflamed lungs and “serious shortness of breath” and a lack of oxygen in his blood.

He reported traveling to Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 outbreak began, from Jan. 8-12 and experienced initial symptoms of mild chills and a dry cough on Jan. 14, the first day of the illness.

His fever decreased as a result of the treatment, but his breathing worsened and his blood-oxygen levels plummeted as he reached his final day of life.

The activist who criticized Xi’s handling of coronavirus outbreak is arrested

China’s priority is information control over infection control.

Police in China have arrested a prominent activist who had been a fugitive for weeks and criticised President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic while in hiding, a rights group said Tuesday.

Anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong was arrested on Saturday after being on the run since December, according to Amnesty International.

…Xu went into hiding after authorities broke up a December gathering of intellectuals discussing political reform in the eastern coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian province, prior to the coronavirus crisis.

Cyber-experts warn of the spread of Coronavirus-themed Malware

Hackers are exploiting interest in the Wuhan Coronavirus to spread malicious activity, with several spam campaigns relating to the outbreak of the virus.

Many of these domains will probably be used for phishing attempts. As for now, Check Point already spotted and protects online users from many websites known to be related to malicious activities that lure the victims to their websites with discussions around the virus, as well as from scam websites that claim to sell face masks, vaccines, and home tests that can detect the virus.

An example of such a website is vaccinecovid-19.com. It was first created on February 11, 2020 and registered in Russia. The website is insecure, and offers to sell “the best and fastest test for Coronavirus detection at the fantastic price of 19,000 Russian rubles (about US$300)”.

 

 
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