Coronavirus: Hong Kong gang steals hundreds of toilet rolls - BBC NewsFeb 18, 2020
there were 2,000 new cases of the corona virus in China this Monday and while authorities say the infection rate is falling, the World Health Organization says we can't know if it has peaked, the data also seems to show a decline in new cases, this trend should be interpreted with great caution trends may change as new populations are affected it is too early to tell if this reported decline will continue all scenarios are still on the table this is a live map of the johns hopkins university showing cases all over the world and now we know there are over seventy thousand cases in mainland china alone and over 1700 people have lost their lives most of those deaths are in hubei province in china here are some pictures From a hospital shown on Chinese state television This is a new temporary hospital in Wuhan, which is the capital of Huub, which gives it an impr ession this video will give you another one it is unverified but it comes from Chinese social media and apparently it shows us another hospital in Wuhan and you get an idea of the pressure the staff and facilities are under this is also interesting there are huge restrictions for people in Hubei sixty million people have been ordered to stay at home only one person per household can go out every three days to get food and if you are going to get food before they give it to you you have to check your temper temperature to see if you have the virus and then I also wanted to show you this because a lot of people are stuck in doors, they have to think of new ways to exercise.
This is a fitness instructor who has now started teaching her classes online, so everyone who normally participates can still do so. Now, the Chinese authorities say that they are considering postponing the annual session of parliament which begins on March 5th and while they are making that decision they have already been receiving a delegation from the World Health Organization here is one who is a spokesperson so he is in the stage where we need to look at what happened in China and consider all the evidence as you know there is a mission right now we are not giving much information about it we are letting the scientists continue their work with their counterparts but the idea is let's have a really full, free and frank exchange, let's look at what has worked, let's look at what's not working and what can be done differently, and also what should be applied to the rest of the world.
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Now in Hong Kong there are 58 confirmed cases. I know there are shortages of hand sanitizer, face masks, and
toiletpaper, all because people are hoarding. I never look at this scene outside a supermarket in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Men with our knives robbed a delivery man of
toiletpaper. BBC's Martin Yip. i was there i just walked in and the shelf that will have stored around 1000-2000 toilet paper
rollsis still empty although according to my family and work some toilet paper rolls come back today huh luckily? the other thing i was panic buying just a week ago rhys is now back on shelves and reasonably available here so i've been big
newshere let's bring in professor paul hunter from norwich medical school who lives with we professor hunter thank you very much for your time and there are so many elements to this story now please help us step back a bit and judge where we need to go with this crisis well i think you are absolutely right the number of cases in china seems to be on the decline , there's been a little bit of uncertainty about that because the way the Chinese had to change the way they reported to include clinical cases and I suspect it was because they were falling short on test creations but I don't know with certainty. yes it looks good from the point of view of who is a province the problem is what is happening in other parts of the world right now the rest of china is also declining day by day globally they are still somewhere place between 5 and 20 25 cases a day internationally if you exclude the princess diamond cases your big concern is that actually just as we start to handle the blue hand cases another focused could start and we start to see . uncontrolled person-to-person transmission elsewhere and if that happens it could be the precursor to a global pandemic involving many cases around the world but so far that's not inevitable things are looking reasonably good right now , but we shouldn't get too confident and you are satisfied that all the realistic steps that can be taken to prevent a pandemic from emerging it's hard to see what else they could do what else the chinese could do right now i suspect they have put in place security measures control that would be the least difficult, if not impossible, to enforce in most western countries and I for one don't know what else they could do to do more to prevent the s Prior to this infection and to be clear, any expectation of a vaccine or something that might help in the long run is going to be a long time coming.
Well, I've heard different estimates of this, but the first one will probably be last. of this year, maybe early next now, it's plausible that his own disease will burn out over the summer like the FAR did, but I suspect not and I suspect, if anything, he'll come back once in the winter late this year and if that's the case, hopefully it won't be long before we have a vaccine and enough vaccines to protect them. Our most vulnerable people, the elderly and health workers. This crusader, the diamond princess, has the largest cluster of
coronaviruscases outside of China. is docked in Yokohama Japan ninety nine more cases have been confirmed on board today bringing the total to over 400 and there were over three and a half thousand people on board but some have left here you can see some of the 300 Americans who flew home overnight 14 tested positive despite testing negative a few days earlier, but not all Americans have chosen to leave here's one, even assuming some of the infections were acquired during quarantine, no we know how they were acquired and certainly they may have been acquired by people who don't really follow the rules of the quarantine example, well we don't have access to the decks to see how people behave during their open deck time, yes we have access to our balcony and throughout the quarantine period we have seen people on their balconies talking to each other within feet separated by the barrier between the balconies but without a sense that they should keep away from the person on the other side of the barrier it seems reasonable to say that this quarantine system on board the cruise ship has not been a success the process started in Yokohama on February 3 but that was after a passenger who landed in Hong Kong had tested positive on February 5, well the crisis was playing out elsewhere.
Hong Kong had imposed a quarantine on all visitors from mainland China, and on board the ship at least 10 people had tested positive just two days later. escalates further the UK was evacuating its citizens from Wuhan aboard the ship over 60 people had tested positive as of today that number is 454 and we know at least 27 are from a Filipino contingent on board working on the I ship this report coming from a
newspaper in Manila well here's more of that American passenger we heard about a moment ago we've been 14 days inside the cabin or occasionally on the balcony and the process that was quickly established after the institution from the quarantine was the crew brings meals three times a day, we have the option to choose both for lunch and dinner, and they left them, we delivered them to the door again, as I said before. with gloves and aprons and plastic masks and with hand sanitizer in his possession, well there's an interesting article from the New York Times headline that he escaped from a cash boat, but the flight home was not a refuge that talks about the risks to move all these people back to the United States and in it the New York Times quotes a doctor saying that the ship quarantine ended up being an unprecedented failure we must learn from this lesson that a ship quarantine is impossible and not we must repeat this in the future but let us be clear that the same approach is still continuing at this time.
Rupali field Hayes is right next to it. Quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess is supposed to end on Wednesday and passengers have been told if they test negative they will be allowed to go home but with 99 new viral cases confirmed today. The overwhelming suspicion is that the quarantine isn't working, and because of that, the journey home for those left on board now seems that much more complicated. d Australia now says it's sending a flight to evacuate its citizens, but when I spoke to one of them in our tan, she wasn't thrilled with the idea of getting on a plane with unknown people who haven't yet been tested. and potentially picking up the infection right there and after we've already completed two weeks off almost two weeks of quarantine isn't ideal Japan meanwhile starting to feel the effects of virus spread next weekend is birthday celebration of the Emperor who usually draws large crowds of greetings today the entire event was canceled without prior notice
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