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Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk - BBC News

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk - BBC News
we've new information on the nature of the

coronavirus

latest figures from China tell us the death toll is over eighteen hundred the number of infections is over 73,000 the death rate in Hubei Province which is the center of the outbreak is 2.9 percent in other words close to three and 100 infections lead to death curiously the death rate is much lower nor point four percent elsewhere in China that we don't fully understand why we do know that 81 percent of cases are mild 40 percent severe five percent critical and that men are more likely to die than women children are also generally not severely affected unfortunately the same not true of the

elderly

the highest fatality rate is for those aged 80 and over for more on this new

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here's Stephen McDonald in Beijing one way it's great that 80% of the people who have this virus it's relatively mild but five percent are in a pretty serious condition now again five percent doesn't sound like a lot but five percent of a few hundred people wouldn't be too bad if you have five percent of tens of thousands of people I mean more than 60,000 we don't even really know how many people have been infected that is in raw numbers a lot of people who are in a pretty serious condition we've also been told that seven medical professionals in China have died and more than 3,000 health workers have been infected on Tuesday a hospital director in the city of Wuhan died the chief of the World Health...
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Organization tweeted his deepest condolences to the family of dr. Lu Jia Ming his colleagues and patients he says he touched and saved numerous lives during this outbreak and central to the Chinese response to this deepening crisis is to issue more and more restrictions on what people can do NIC peak in Hong Kong explains who Bay province where it all began they've still got this lockdown nearly 60 million people being told you can't go out and about the use of cars is is not allowed at the moment many of the shops are shut it's only the pharmacies and places where you can get basic food supplies that are still open and it's only every third day that someone in the family is able to venture out and get more supplies so it is a pretty bleak picture and of course if you look at the what's happening in Beijing the capital people who are arriving there are being told to quarantine themselves for two weeks of very very sweeping measures being employed in lots of different places around mainland China but not everyone is staying put 25,000 medical workers from across China have headed to who Bay province to help and they're often working in new temporary hospitals this is one facility another ten a planned and the authorities are offering incentives to health workers to come to her Bay you Celia Hatton on there the children of front-line medical workers in Hull Bay will be offered priority access priority placements in schools so young children will be given...
coronavirus largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk   bbc news
priority placements and in really good kindergartens all the way up to University Place placements children who write their university entrance exams they're gonna be getting extra points added on to their exam total in China that's a really big deal there's a lot of pressure on children to get into good schools so that might actually tip the balance for some people who are considering whether they should go and work on who Bay well the virus is now spread to at least 29 countries you can see the marked in red here and the biggest concentration outside of China is still in Yokohama in Japan on the ship we've discussed a great deal of cruise ship called the diamond princess there are now over 450 cases on board out of what was over three and a half thousand crew and passengers now that number is down after hundreds of Americans were flown home and also because South Korea is taking action as well it's preparing to fly its citizens home on a presidential plane we know that Canada Australia the UK Israel and Hong Kong are also looking to get their people off the ship meanwhile thousands remain stuck on it and evidently that's affecting people in different ways yeah this is some of the kitchen staff making a successful attempt to distract themselves and a successful attempt to go viral as well now one British couple has been sharing updates throughout their time on the ship and they've just posted this on Facebook today there's going to be a time...
coronavirus largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk   bbc news
of quiet we have been proved positive and are leaving for hospital soon blessings all and this is Sally and David Abel there amongst 74 Britons on the diamond princess their son has been speaking to the BBC but earning email from a dad saying both your mum and I've tested positive we're going to the words aye he's going to a hospital I FaceTime them straight away I haven't actually spoken or seen I haven't spoken to my dad or seen my dad I've only got through to my mum but I heard my my dad in the background you know not sounding too great Japan imposed a 14-day quarantine period on the ship that's been labeled an unprecedented failure by one expert either way that plan in theory comes to an end on Wednesday here's Rupert Winfield Hays and what that actually means for the remaining passengers quarantine will officially end and the 2,000 or more passengers still on board who have tested negative will be allowed to start leaving the ship they can walk out of this gate hail a cab get on a bus but what happens then is much less clear the British government says it is sending a plane to pick up the British passengers but it hasn't yet said when or whether they may face further quarantine when they get back to Britain must bring in Laurel Westbrook with the South China Morning Post who's live with this from Hong Kong Laura that gets a view on the program underside you've been speaking to people on the ship what have they told you yeah...
I'm in touch with a couple of passengers on their Diamond Princess cruise ship they're under a lot of mental stress at the moment the person I spoke to he's a doctor so he's a dentist by training and one of the things that he raised with me was that it while the passengers are being quarantined on this ship the crew members were still working moving the ship until recently he said that people had been provided food on open trolleys and only the met hot meals were being covered with aluminium foil but there was still a tea and coffee service so he was concerned that if the food wasn't coverage that people this could have this could impact the spread of the the outbreak so he and his wife decided not to eat any open containers they're surviving on cup noodles and bottled water and actually the captain of the ship announced just yesterday that they are going to be getting food from outside the ship from an organization outside the ship so there is a lot of uncertainty on the ship there's a lot of concern amongst the passengers it's obviously the biggest cluster of the corona virus outside mainland China but dr. Lam who I suppose he's gonna be amongst some of the Hong Kongers who are gonna be on these chartered flights which are leaving Japan early on Thursday but then when they come to Hong Kong they're gonna be quarantined for another 14 days over here so if that's how the authorities are approaching that particular cruise ship what...
about the broader challenge of the corona virus in Hong Kong what kind of restrictions are in place at the moment so a lot of people are working from home schools are shuts the government announced a 25 billion Hong Kong dollar fund to help tackle this crisis which is going towards retailers it's also going towards producing and subsidizing businesses to produce more mosques because that was one of the criticisms of the government in handling this crisis there people said that they were a bit too slow and that the government itself admitted that it only has enough masks for two months for itself and unlike Singapore and Taiwan people in Hong Kong are having to buy their own masks some in the neighborhoods that I live in I see Q's in pharmacies every day of people trying to buy Mawson's which used to cost a few dollars now cost $100 and people are spending their own money to buy those masks and buy hand sanitizer as well Laura we appreciate the update thank you very much indeed there's more Westbrook from the South China Morning Post and there's much more information on the

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