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COVID-19 Recent News as of 12 Mar 2020

UPDATE: This post offers news through 12 March 2020. For news after that time, please refer to our COVID-19 Strategic Response Portal.


This page offers recent news about COVID-19, an airborne virus of the same coronavirus family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome). [Source: CDC] The CDC initially referred to the virus as the 2019-nCoV. The current shortened name is COVID-19. While COVID-19 is similar in lethality to other illnesses, it can spread in communities for weeks going unnoticed until people start showing symptoms. This makes it hard to identify and contain.

In the United States, the flu can result in as many as 61,000 deaths annually according to the CDC, but unlike COVID-19, the flu is a disease that makes itself known so people can self quarantine before spreading. 

Tests conducted by U.S. government scientists reveal that COVID-19 can live in the air for several hours and on some surfaces for up to three days. The virus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel. (source)

This document was first posted and dated as 27 Jan 2020 at 7:19 AM CT, but the date is being changed to reflect the date and time of the latest update.


The stories below are from established reputable sources and are believed to be accurate. These are listed in chronological order with the most recent at the top. Additional reports will be provided here as they become available. The videos below are being hand curated from a search of coronavirus on YouTube for the current day’s news.


The current trajectory of the virus in terms of impacts and spread has remained relatively consistent and predictable (fast upward growth), so stories that are repetitive or following the expected projected outcome are not being added here. Updates on this page will address significant changes in COVID-19 news.

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Here are some general resources for further reading. These are listed by source in alphabetical order. Most of these are agency fact pages.

  • CDC – 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan, China – Situation Summary [View]
  • Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now [View]
  • Flattening the Curve [View]
  • Lancet – Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China [View]
  • National Institutes of Health – NIH officials discuss novel coronavirus that recently emerged in China [View]
  • New England Journal of Medicine – A Novel Coronavirus Emerging in China — Key Questions for Impact Assessment [View]
  • University of Minnesota – Three more novel coronavirus cases reported in US [View]
  • World Health Organization – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) [View]


Andrzej Leszkiewicz has developed a visualization dashboard of COVID-19 data as well as many other realtime charts available in the Table of Contents from his dashboard as shown below.

SOS Page

Google has setup a COVID-19 SOS page with links to additional resources.

Google COVID-19 SOS Page


  • Des Moines Register, 7 Mar 2020 at 7:08 PM CT. Excerpt: “Coralville-based Integrated DNA Technologies began producing test kits after the Food and Drug Administration amended rules last week to allow private labs to create products that detect the virus. On Friday, the company told the Des Moines Register it had delivered materials that enabled testing of 700,000 individuals for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. A company spokeswoman said it is ready to send additional materials for more testing.” [More…]
  • NY Times, 2 Mar 2020 at 1:32 AM CT. Excerpt: “The number of cases in the United States jumped from 65 to 88 over the weekend. States from coast to coast reported new infections, including the country’s first two deaths.” [More…]
  • The Atlantic, Xinyan Yu, 5 Feb 2020. “My Hometown Is Being Ravaged by the Coronavirus” Excerpt: On January 17, I first heard about people in Wuhan falling ill from the coronavirus. News reports showed workers in white protection suits disinfecting the Huanan Seafood Market, near a major train station. I was finishing a long work trip in Ethiopia, and I had been looking forward to going home over Chinese New Year. I get a chance to see my entire family just once a year, and I wasn’t going to let some virus stop me. I knew the situation had gone very wrong when I heard from my childhood friend Miaolin Sun. We went to middle school together on the edge of Wuhan. She’d nicknamed herself “Smiley,” rightfully so, for her eternal positivity. On January 20, she messaged me a firm warning: “Don’t come back for Chinese New Year.” [More…]


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Video News Reports

CNBC (12 Mar 2020)

Every household should be ready to hunker down for 3 months: Expert. Dr. Marty Makary, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, on whether it would have made a difference if our government had acted earlier to prevent the spread of coronavirus. President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, administration officials told NBC News. The declaration would free up as much as $40 billion in financial resources to assist Americans affected by the outbreak. The president has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference Friday at in the Rose Garden at the White House. He will be joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force. The conference is set to occur shortly after Trump is scheduled to meet at the White House with major laboratory company executives about the response to the coronavirus outbreak. A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked about the plan. The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, cautiously voiced support for such a declaration, provided Trump doesn’t “overstep his authority or indulge his autocratic tendencies.” Trump’s emergency designation is expected to fall under the Stafford Act, which allows for two types of presidential declarations.

WHO (11 Mar 2020 at ~1:00 PM CT)

WHO: ‘COVID-19 Can Be Characterized As A Pandemic’. “We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General.

Deutsche Welle (10 Mar 2020 at ~7:30 AM CT)

Coronavirus: Italy now in complete lockdown. Italy has expanded its response to the coronavirus by locking down the entire country. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says that as of Tuesday morning, travel restrictions will apply to the whole of Italy, not just the north as was previously the case. Meanwhile, more than 9,000 people in Italy are infected with COVID-19 – and so far, more than 640 people have died.

CNN (9 Mar 2020 at ~5:00 PM CT)

All of Italy is now on lockdown due to coronavirus. The whole country of Italy is now on lockdown, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced at a news conference. Conte said the measure was taken in order to protect citizens, especially the most fragile individuals.

ABC News (8 Mar 2020 at ~8:01 PM CT)

State Department advising Americans not to get on cruise ships. Those stuck on the Grand Princess cruise ship will be docked tomorrow going to the hospital or military bases for mandatory 14 day quarantine.

CNN (8 Mar 2020 at ~8:00 PM CT)

Ted Cruz will self-quarantine after interacting with individual with coronavirus at CPAC. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced he will self-quarantine in Texas after interacting with an individual who tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

60 Minutes Australia (8 Mar 2020)

Journalist goes undercover at wet markets where the Coronavirus started. Note: This video is an example of a news story that attempts to dramatize and emotionalize the news through ominous narration, a dramatic script, and a feature-film-like soundtrack.

NBC News (5 Mar 2020 at ~5:00 PM CT)

Cuomo: New York Coronavirus Cases Rise To 22, Will Continue To Go Up. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York now has 22 coronavirus cases statewide and he expects the number to continue to rise.

ABC News (1 Mar 2020 at ~10:30 PM CT)

Spike in coronavirus cases and fatalities around the world. Researchers believe COVID-19 has been infecting people in Washington state for 6 weeks.

NBC News (1 Mar 2020 at ~1:00 PM CT)

Vice President Mike Pence joins Meet the Press to talk about the government’s response to the coronavirus and fears in the stock market.

CBC News – Canada (15 Feb 2020 at ~6:00 PM CT)

Coronavirus: What’s still not known about COVID-19. Speeding up research into drugs and vaccines for coronavirus is a priority for the World Health Organization’s efforts to contain the outbreak centred in China.

Fox News (15 Feb 2020 at ~4:00 PM CT)

France confirms first death from coronavirus outside Asia. Fox News reporter Christina Coleman provides details of coronavirus in France and additional quarantines across China.

Channel 4 – UK (14 Feb 2020)

Coronavirus: Is Britain Ready? | Documentary. Brighton, home to the UK’s first cluster of Coronavirus cases, is feeling the pressure. With schools, doctors surgeries and individual residents taking precautions – there are many urgent questions swirling. How deadly is it? How fast can it spread? What are the best precautions? Will we end up responding to it the way China has done? And how prepared are we in Britain? In an exclusive survey for tonight’s special programme on the response to the emerging cases in the UK, ‘Coronavirus: Is Britain Ready?’ Channel 4 News carried out an exclusive survey of over 500 front-line health workers.

CNN (10 Feb 2020 at 10:18 AM CT)

See award-winning journalist’s warning about deadly virus. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett discusses the latest developments with the coronavirus.

ARIRANG News – China (8 Feb 2020 ~10:30PM CT)

Over 37,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, 811 deaths in China. Now the latest on the coronavirus in China and the rest of the world. As of this morning, the death toll in China has hit 8-hundred-11, with the number of confirmed infections exceeding 37-thousand. China’s National Health Commission said on Sunday that 81 additional deaths and over 2-thousand new cases have been reported from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak. In France, five British people have contracted the virus at a ski resort in the French Alps. The French authorities said on Saturday,…that the family of four adults and one child had come into contact with another British person who had been to Singapore. On the same day, 7 new cases were reported in Singapore, while Japan confirmed 3 more cases. That brings the total number of infections outside China to 3-hundred-55, and death toll stands at 2.

BBC (6 Feb 2020 at ~2:30 AM CT)

Coronavirus: Ten passengers on cruise ship test positive for virus. At least 10 people on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, health authorities say.

CBC – Canada (3 Feb 2020 at ~8:30 AM CT)

Hong Kong hospital staff strike amid coronavirus concerns. Hospital workers in Hong Kong are staging rotating strikes and demanding that the city’s border crossings with mainland China be closed. Workers say they don’t want to see a repeat of the city’s 2003 SARS outbreak.

CNA – Singapore (3 Feb 2020 at 8:22 AM CT)

China accuses US of ‘spreading fear’ over Wuhan coronavirus. China has slammed the imposition of travel bans on its citizens. Beijing has accused the US and other countries of overreacting and going against the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). The coronavirus death toll in China has soared past 360, with more than 17,000 infected. However, officials said that preventing people from entering countries is unreasonable. Meanwhile, the WHO has praised China’s efforts to contain the outbreak.

CNBC (3 Feb 2020 at 7:40 AM CT)

Mayo Clinic physician on coronavirus: ‘We’re basically at a pandemic now’. Dr. Gregory Poland, professor of medicine and infectious diseases and the director of the Vaccine Research Group at Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former FDA Commissioner, join “Squawk Box” to discuss the spread of misinformation on the coronavirus.

CBC News – Canada (2 Feb 2020 at 5:42 PM CT)

Coronavirus: How social media is fuelling fear. Coronavirus infections are predicted to grow outside of China, but Canada’s health minister is worried about another threat: misleading headlines that add an extra layer of fear. Wendy Mesley investigates how the outbreak is fuelling racism and the role of social media.

Al Jazeera (1 Feb 2020)

‘Utter chaos’: Coronavirus exposes China healthcare weaknesses. The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is rising in China with the National Health Commission confirming 46 more deaths, bringing the total to 259. The government is trying to address the shortage of medical personnel by sending thousands of extra doctors and nurses, both civilian and military, to the areas most affected by the outbreak. Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Hong Kong.

WFAA (31 Jan 2020 at 5:25 PM CT)

American Airlines cancels all US flights to China amid concerns over coronavirus outbreak. The flights are canceled until March 27.

WKYC 3 (31 Jan 2020 at 5:08 PM CT)

US declares public health emergency over new China coronavirus. The federal government has declared a public health emergency over the new virus spreading globally, but says the risk is low in the U.S. Andrew Horansky reports.

CBS Philly (31 Jan 2020 at 4:46 PM CT)

US Government Taking Historic Steps To Contain Coronavirus. Stephanie Stahl reports.

PBS (31 Jan 2020 at ~ 3:30 PM CT)

White House to launch task force for novel coronavirus.

BBC News (31 Jan 2020 at 6:09 AM CT)

Two coronavirus cases confirmed in UK. Two people from the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.

CNBC (31 Jan 2020 at 5:41 AM CT)

Here’s what daily life is like in China amid the coronavirus outbreak. CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports on what daily life in China is like amid the coronavirus outbreak.

CBS – New York (31 Jan 2020 at 5:35 AM CT)

Latest On Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak. The State Department has issued a new warning urging Americans against traveling to China. It comes as the country has confirmed almost 10,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 200 deaths. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis has the details.

CGTN – China (31 Jan 2020 at 5:33 AM CT)

Chinese health officials confident they can contain and eliminate coronavirus. Chinese health officials have said they are confident they can contain the spread of coronavirus following a WHO decision to declare the disease a public health emergency of international concern. CGTN’s Wu Guoxiu has more.

ARIRANG News – China (30 Jan 2020 at 11:48 PM CT)

WHO declares coronavirus outbreak ‘global health emergency’. Transcript: More people are dying in China from the new coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission says today,… that now…. 213 have died in China,… and around 97-hundred people are infected. And the novel virus is spreading worldwide. There are reports of confirmed cases in more than 20 countries or territories. Alarming numbers are raising fears of the new virus turning into a pandemic. And on Thursday, the World Health Organization declared a global public health emergency. Our Kim Jae-hee has more. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The director-general for the WHO said on Thursday during a news conference in Geneva,… that the main reason for the declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries. “I’m declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of novel coronavirus. The greatest concern is deportation for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems and which are ill prepared to deal with it.” He also stressed that the WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the epidemic,… and that there’s no need at this time for measures that interfere with travel and trade. The WHO declares international health emergencies for only “extraordinary” events that cause health risks to other countries by spreading internationally,… and potentially require a coordinated international response. The declaration alerts WHO member countries to step up precautionary measures, such as screening travelers and monitoring international trade. This is the sixth time such an emergency has been declared by the WHO. Meanwhile, more cases are being reported in countries all over the world.
The U.S. confirmed on Thursday,… its first incident of human-to-human transmission. The infected man in his 60s from Chicago is the husband of a woman who had previously traveled to China and was confirmed as having the virus.
This brings the total number of infected U.S. patients to six. France also reported its sixth case on Thursday. France was the first country in Europe to have confirmed a coronavirus case. Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.

BloombergQuint (30 Jan 2020 at 11:32 PM CT)

Death Toll From Coronavirus Outbreak Up To 213. What did WHO say about global efforts to halt the spread of the coronavirus? We ask Rosalind Chin who is tracking developments from Hong Kong.

India Today (30 Jan 2020 at 11:21 PM CT)

India Remains On Edge As Kerala Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus. India has reported its first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Thrissur district of Kerala. The patient is a student studying in Wuhan University, China and had recently returned to India.

ARIRANG News – China (30 Jan 2020 at ~10:20PM CT)

213 dead, 9,692 cases of coronavirus confirmed in China. Transcript: The death toll and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China continues to rise by the day. For the latest, we connect to our Kim Jae-hee standing by on the line. Jae-hee, please fill us in. China’s National Health Commission said on Friday,… the number of deaths in China has now reached 213,… and around 97-hundred cases have been confirmed in the country. Thats nearly two thousand new confirmed cases and 43 more deaths compared to the previous day. Out of the total deaths,… 204 deaths came from the Hubei Province and 159 were from Wuhan. The rise in the number of cases comes after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The director-general for the WHO said on Thursday during a news conference in Geneva,… that the main reason for the declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries. “I’m declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of novel coronavirus. The greatest concern is deportation for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems and which are ill prepared to deal with it.” He also stressed that the WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak,… and that there’s no need at this time for measures that interfere with travel and trade. The WHO declares international health emergencies for only “extraordinary” events that cause health risks to other countries through international spread,… and potentially require a coordinated international response. The declaration alerts WHO member countries to step up precautionary measures, such as screening travelers and monitoring international trade. This is the sixth time such an emergency has been declared by the WHO. More confirmed cases are being reported from people who have never been to Wuhan. Tell us more about the situation in countries other than China. Right, more person-to-person spread is being reported in countries all over the world. The U.S. confirmed on Thursday,… its first incident of human-to-human transmission.
The infected man in his 60s from Chicago is the husband of a woman who had previously traveled to China and was confirmed as having the virus. This brings the total number of infected U.S. patients to six. France also reported its sixth case on Thursday. France was the first country in Europe to have confirmed a coronavirus case. That’s all I have for this hour, but I’ll be back with more updates in our later newscast. Back to you Mark.

ABC News (30 Jan 2020 at ~ 7:20 PM CT)

WHO declares coronavirus a global health emergency. This is only the sixth time such an emergency has been declared, with past examples including the Ebola outbreak and the Zika virus.

CNN (30 Jan 2020 at ~ 5:20 PM)

Coronavirus declared a global health emergency. The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, after an emergency committee reconvened in Geneva.

CBC News – Canada (30 Jan 2020 at ~ 2:00 PM CT)

WHO declares coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency at a press conference in the United Nations building in Geneva.

Deutsche Welle – Germany (29 Jan 2020 at 6:14 AM CT)

China coronavirus spurs evacuation of foreigners out of Wuhan. Hundreds of foreign nationals are being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has begun repatriating its citizens, and the US and South Korea are working to move their citizens out of China. More cases of the virus have been confirmed in China. The death toll has risen to over 130. Australia says its citizens who are being brought home from China will be quarantined offshore on Christmas Island at first. Some airlines, including British Airways, have suspended all flights to and from China. In Germany, three new cases have been reported. Meanwhile, scientists are working feverishly to develop a vaccine.

France 24 (29 Jan 2020 at 3:59 AM CT)

China coronavirus death toll passes 130 as US considers flight ban. The death toll from a new coronavirus in China rose sharply to 132 on Wednesday with nearly 1,500 new cases, heaping pressure on Beijing to control the disease as U.S. officials said the White House was weighing whether to suspend all flights to the country.

CNBC (28 Jan 2020 at 7:54 AM CT)

Gottlieb: Coronavirus is likely more widespread in China than statistics suggest. Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb joins “Squawk Box” to discuss why he thinks the coronavirus in China is likely more widespread than the country’s statistics suggest and that global spread of the virus appears inevitable.

CNBC (28 Jan 2020 at ~ 5:30 AM CT)

China ramps up preparations for rise in coronavirus cases. The total known cases of the coronavirus in China has increased from 2,800 cases to over 4,500 which is an increase of nearly 60 percent. CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reports.

Deutsche Welle – Germany (28 Jan 2020 at ~ 4:30 AM CT)

China races to develop vaccine before coronavirus mutates. With China’s deadly Wuhan coronavirus continuing to spread, scientists and pharmaceutical companies are racing to find a way to medically contain the virus. Lessons learned from the SARS epidemic nearly two decades ago may help them in developing a vaccine. It’s a race against time before the virus has a chance to mutate. Global concerns over the virus are mounting, as more cases are identified abroad. Germany has now confirmed its first case of the virus. More than a dozen other countries are also reporting infections. In China the death toll has jumped to 100, with more than 45-hundred confirmed cases. Domestic travel bans are already in place, and now the government has asked people to delay foreign travel. For millions, life has come to a complete standstill.

ABC News – Australia (28 Jan 2020 at ~ 3:30 AM CT)

China’s coronavirus death toll passes 100, fears the disease spreading faster than SARS. More than 100 people with coronavirus have now died from in China and the number of those infected has jumped dramatically since yesterday. There are five confirmed cases in Australia. Scientists are worried that the disease could be spreading faster than SARS. Here’s China correspondent Bill Birtles in Beijing.

Arirang TV – South Korea (28 Jan 2020 at 1:16 AM CT)

At least 106 dead, more than 4,500 coronavirus cases confirmed in China. Transcript: We start with the latest on the new coronavirus outbreak. The virus is spreading quickly across China and to other countries. And for more on this, our Kim Jae-hee is on the line for us. So Jae-hee, it looks like the death toll just keeps on rising. Yes, Jiyoon. The deadly coronavirus that first began in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last month continues to claim more victims. Chinese authorities said on Tuesday morning,… the death toll in China has soared to 106,… and some 17 hundred new cases have been confirmed compared to the day before. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in China to around 45 hundred. The deadly virus is popping up in countries around the world,… spreading far from its origin country as well. Late on Monday, Germany confirmed its first case. Health officials there said the male patient is from Starnberg,… a town some 30 kilometers southwest of Munich. The patient is reportedly stable, but the authorities did not elaborate on how he may have been infected. Germany is the second country to have confirmed the virus in Europe,… following France which has confirmed at least three cases so far. Beijing on Monday also reported its first death due to the coronavirus. China’s state-run CCTV said the 50-year-old man recently visited Wuhan, and was confirmed to have the virus last week. A nine month-old baby and four year old child in Beijing have also been confirmed and a new case has been reported in Cambodia as well. How is the World Health Organization responding to this outbreak. Yes Ji-yoon,… the WHO on Monday said there had been an error in its previous reports,… which “incorrectly” said the global risk from the coronavirus was “moderate”. The WHO now says the risk is “very high” in China, and “high” at the global level. The WHO last week decided against declaring the virus an international public health emergency – a designation only used for the most severe outbreaks. That’s all I have at this hour, back to you.

CGTN – China (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 11:30 PM CT)

WHO corrects itself, saying global risk of coronavirus is “high” not moderate. The World Health Organization is revising its assessment of the outbreak, saying the risk is “very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level.” Earlier, the organization said the global risk was moderate but is now saying that its former assessment was incorrect.

PBS (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 7:00 PM CT)

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan residents confront fear, government distrust. China’s coronavirus outbreak continues, as concerns mount that the virus may be spreading faster than previously assessed. The Chinese city of Wuhan remains the epicenter of the outbreak, and its 11 million residents are currently living in a state of partial lockdown. William Brangham reports and talks to The New York Times’ Christopher Buckley, a China-based correspondent reporting from Wuhan.

Bloomberg (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 2:00 PM CT)

Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Toner Expects to See More Coronavirus Cases in U.S. Jan.27 — Dr. Eric Toner, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security senior scholar, discusses the efforts to contain the deadly coronavirus outbreak. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Vonnie Quinn on “Bloomberg Markets.” The Bloomberg School of Public Health is supported by Michael R. Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.

CBC News Canada (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 2:00 PM CT)

New coronavirus: ‘Masks don’t protect you … all that well’. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch tackles your questions on the new coronavirus.

Channel 4 News UK (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 2:00 PM CT)

Coronavirus: Can China contain outbreak that has infected 2,700 people? In China the number of coronavirus infections is increasing, along with it the number of deaths. Authorities continue to take extraordinary actions – restricting travel, extending holidays, and aiming to build new hospitals in days. Around fifteen hundred people have come back to the UK from virus-hit Wuhan since 10 January. It is those people, Health Secretary Matt Hacock said, who should isolate themselves as it is not certain whether the coronavirus can be spread by people who are not displaying symptoms. His announcement came as the death toll climbed above 80. And one Briton trapped in the locked-down city has told us he wants to get back to the UK but has not heard from the Foreign Office.

Bloomberg (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 1:00 PM CT)

Coronavirus Spread Self-Sustaining, Won’t Stop With Warmer Weather: CFR. Jan.27 — Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the factors behind the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a possible vaccine, and the likely source of the contagion. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: European Close.”

TIME (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 12:30 PM)

Wuhan Coronavirus Infections Could Be 30 Times Higher Than Official Total, Researchers Warn. The number of people infected with a SARS-like form of coronavirus in Wuhan, China could already be more than 30 times higher the the official tally, researchers in Hong Kong have warned.

CBC News Canada (27 Jan 2020 at 11:45 AM CT)

Ontario’s top doctor on Canada’s 2nd presumptive coronavirus case. Canada’s second presumptive case of coronavirus has been identified in Ontario. Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer, is providing an update on those cases.

CBC News Canada (27 Jan 2020 at 8:48 AM CT)

Coronavirus transmission and spread: The facts. While the risk of a coronavirus outbreak here in Canada remains low, health officials do expect more cases to come.

South China Morning Post (27 Jan 2020 at 8:46 AM CT)

We speak to a resident inside Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, has been in lockdown since January 23. The government closed off the city of 11 million people in an attempt to contain the deadly virus which has already killed at least 80 people and infected more than 2,000.While 5 million people left the city before the lockdown, millions remain. The Post interviewed one of them and asked what it was like to be in Wuhan under lockdown. Captions in English.

BBC News (27 Jan 2020 at 9:00 AM CT)

Scientists say they are trying to a create a vaccine for the new strain of coronavirus that has so far left 81 people dead. The Chinese authorities have stepped up travel restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of the virus, which can be transmitted by infected people before they show any symptoms.

Guardian News (27 Jan 2020 at 7:22 AM CT)

The mayor of Wuhan, the city where China’s coronavirus outbreak originated, said on Monday the city’s management of the virus wasn’t good enough, adding that he felt the city’s ability to deal with the crisis needed improvement. Zhou Xianwang admitted in the interview that the authorities were too slow in how they released information about the virus due to legal requirements, and said he would be willing to resign.

CBC News (27 Jan 2020 at 7:21 AM CT)

A person who’s the second presumptive case of the new coronavirus is being treated in Toronto. The wife of the first person diagnosed in Canada has been in self-isolation since landing with her husband from China.

Deutsche Welle (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 6:23 AM CT)

China has extended the Lunar New Year holiday to keep people at home and contain the spread of the new Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. The death toll has jumped to 80 people, with more than 2,000 others infected. The virus has appeared in all of China’s provinces except one, and in at least 11 other countries. Travel bans and lockdowns of entire cities have put tens of millions of people under quarantine. Deutsche Welle of Germany.

CNBC TV (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 5:45 AM CT)

China scrambles to contain ‘strengthening’ coronavirus. There are now 2,862 cases and 81 deaths.

BBC News (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 5:00 AM CT)

Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 81 as China extends holiday. The number of people killed in China by the new coronavirus has risen to 81, with almost 3,000 confirmed ill.

UCLA Health (27 Jan 2020 at ~ 3:00 AM CT)

Wuhan Coronavirus Update | Daniel Z. Uslan, MD, MBA. An outbreak of a newly identified respiratory virus in China has sickened hundreds of people and caused concern around the world, especially among airline travelers. Daniel Uslan, MD, MBA, clinical chief of infectious diseases at UCLA Health, answers some common questions about the illness.

ABC News Australia (26 Jan 2020 at ~ 10:00 PM CT)

China warns coronavirus becoming more infectious – here’s how Australia’s handling cases. Chinese authorities are warning that the deadly coronavirus is becoming more infectious, as countries around the world scramble to limit the outbreak.

Al Jazeera (26 Jan 2020 at ~ 8:00 AM CT)

Analysis: Coronavirus infections around the world. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States are mapping the spread of the virus. The majority of cases are in Hubei province, where the first outbreak was reported. Millions of people in China now face travel restrictions. There have also been confirmed cases in several other countries. Joining us at the Al Jazeera English studio is Dr Patrick Tang, the division chief of pathology sciences at Sidra Medicine in Qatar.

BBC News (26 Jan 2020)

China coronavirus ‘spreads before symptoms show’. A new coronavirus that has spread to almost 2,000 people is infectious in its incubation period – before symptoms show – making it harder to contain, Chinese officials say. Some 56 people have died from the virus. Health minister Ma Xiaowei told reporters the ability of the virus to spread appeared to be strengthening. Several Chinese cities have imposed significant travel restrictions. Wuhan in Hubei, the source of the outbreak, is in effective lockdown.

Deutsche Welle (26 Jan 2020)

Global effort to contain the coronavirus. Chinese health officials have announced they expect to see the coronavirus outbreak intensify. Authorities have canceled major public events and tourist attractions, and health screenings are taking place at road blocks, train stations and transport hubs. Deutsche Welle of Germany.

Global News Canada (26 Jan 2020)

Coronavirus outbreak: Canada tracking down potential risks, U.S. evacuating citizens. Jamie Maraucher reports on how Canadian health officials are trying to track anyone who may have come into contact with Canada’s first presumptive patient of the novel coronavirus. Plus, Jennifer Johnson has more on the U.S. efforts to get its citizens out of China and other international response amid the outbreak.

NBC News (26 Jan 2020)

Coronavirus Outbreak: 5 Cases Confirmed In The U.S. So Far. The CDC confirmed two new cases in Southern California and one in Maricopa, Arizona. All five patients in the U.S. had traveled to Wuhan, China, officials say.

ABC News Australia (25 Jan 2020)

Four Australians contract coronavirus as authorities brace for more. NSW Health has confirmed three cases of the deadly disease in Sydney, bringing the national total of confirmed cases to four.

CBC News (25 Jan 2020)

Given the speed of global travel, Canadian officials have said they would not be surprised if the virus lands here. Dr. Peter Lin and CBC News’s Michael Serapio took viewer questions on the virus.

CBS News (25 Jan 2020)

U.S. embassy evacuates American citizens from Wuhan amid Coronavirus outbreak. “The U.S. embassy in China is evacuating American citizens from Wuhan, the city at the center of the Coronavirus outbreak. More than 1,300 cases have been reported in the country and at least 41 people have died. In the U.S., 63 patients have been tested in 22 states. Ramy Inocencio reports.

Channel 4 News (25 Jan 2020)

Coronavirus spread is ‘accelerating’ says China as death toll rises to 41. China’s president has warned the spread of the deadly coronavirus is accelerating, as he convened a special meeting of Communist leaders. Channel 4 News UK.

PBS NewsHour (25 Jan 2020)

What health officials know about the coronavirus outbreak. As new cases of coronavirus continue to spread in China and around the world, a growing number of patients in the United States have been identified as being infected with the virus. Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the international outbreak.

Al Jazeera (24 Jan 2020)

A New Global Epidemic? China’s reporting people with coronavirus outside the epicentre of the outbreak have now died. This, as health authorities around the world fear the infection rate could increase during what’s usually China’s busiest travel period of the year.

CBC News Canada (24 Jan 2020)

Coronavirus questions answered. From the symptoms to the severity, Ian Hanomansing talks to an infectious disease expert about what we know so far about the coronavirus outbreak.

Global News – Canada (24 Jan 2020)

Coronavirus outbreak: 2nd U.S. case confirmed in Chicago. Health officials have identified a second case of the coronavirus in the United States — this time in Chicago, IL. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case on Friday. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, said there’s no need for Chicago residents to change their behaviour “in any way” because local public health officials followed appropriate protocols for infectious disease.

TODAY (24 Jan 2020)

Will Chinese coronavirus Spread In US? What You Need To Know. As concerns mount about the Chinese coronavirus in multiple states, NBC medical correspondent Dr. John Torres joins TODAY to explain what you need to know. He says that while “you’re probably going to see a few more cases pop up” in the U.S., the virus may drop off quickly as SARS did. He also says that China is doing an excellent job taking precautions.

CBC News Canada (23 Jan 2020)

Inside a Canadian lab testing for coronavirus. Canadian researchers quickly developed tests for the new coronavirus and CBC News’ Christine Birak learns how they work and why each takes 24 hours to process.

ABC News (22 Jan 2020)

1st case of coronavirus confirmed in US. As the World Health Organization holds an emergency meeting on the coronavirus, a Washington state man has tested positive on his return from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started.

CNN (20 Jan 2020)

This may explain the spread of China’s new virus. Scientists have identified a new coronavirus, which has infected more than two hundred people since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China. CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout reports on the origins of the mysterious SARS-like virus and the scientific race to control it.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com

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