China brings in seven cruise ships to house Wuhan medical workers, state media reports
- China is bringing in seven cruise ships to house medical workers in Wuhan, state media said on Saturday, at a time when such ships are under scrutiny after hundreds of passengers on the Diamond Princess liner in Japan contracted the coronavirus.
- Tens of thousands of medical workers have been brought into central Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan, from across China to help contain the coronavirus outbreak.
- The ships are expected to provide safe dining and living conditions for medics to keep them refreshed as they fight the epidemic, state media said.
- The Diamond Princess, held under quarantine in Yokohoma, Japan, since Feb. 3, has reported more than 630 cases, accounting for the biggest infection cluster outside China.
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Two Australian cruise ship evacuees infected
- Scores of Australians holed up in a Darwin quarantine centre are waiting anxiously to learn they are infected with coronavirus after two people were diagnosed with the disease following their evacuation from a cruise ship in Japan.
- Professor Murphy said all measures had been taken to protect the health of the cruise ship passengers as well as the Qantas flight crew.
- The fresh cases of the virus being diagnosed on Australian soil come as the government extends for a fourth week its travel ban on non citizens who have spent time in China.
- A number of other countries including Japan, Singapore and South Korea are imposing travel restrictions just on people from Hubei province, unlike Australia, the US and Indonesia, which have a blanket ban on non-citizens who have spent time in any part of mainland China in the past 14 days.
South Korea city deserted after virus 'super-spreads' through church
- Seoul | The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church.
- And in China, where the virus has killed more than 2100 people and infected nearly 75,000, officials changed their methodology for reporting infections, creating new doubt about data they have cited as evidence their strategy is working.
- In South Korea, Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told residents to stay indoors after 90 people who worshipped at the Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony showed symptoms of infection and dozens of new cases were confirmed.
- Japan reported the deaths of two elderly passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship on Thursday, the first fatalities from aboard the ship where more than 630 cases account for the biggest cluster of infection outside China.
Coronavirus concerns push Facebook and Sony to skip the year's biggest gathering for video game makers
- Facebook and Sony have announced that they will no longer attend the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to concerns caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
- GDC 2020 is scheduled to be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center from March 16 to 20, with thousands of attendees representing every facet of the video game industry.
- Facebook recently announced that it would cancel its own annual Global Marketing Summit due to coronavirus concerns.
- That event was also scheduled to take place in San Francisco's Moscone Center a week earlier, from March 9 to 12.
- The company had previously announced that it would not participate in PAX East, a Boston-based gaming event running from from February 27 to March 1, over similar fears.
- The coronavirus has killed more than 2,000 people and infected more than 75,000 worldwide, based on the latest reports.
Scientist decries ‘completely chaotic’ conditions on cruise ship Japan quarantined after viral outbreak
- A Japanese infectious disease specialist has harshly criticized the way Japan’s government has handled the COVID-19 crisis aboard a luxury cruise ship docked in Yokohama.
- Conditions on board the Diamond Princess were “violating all infection control principles” and “completely chaotic,” the scientist, Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University, said in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday evening.
- Iwata released the 12-minute video (below), along with a version in Japanese, just hours before the official end to a quarantine that has kept some 3700 passengers and crew confined on the ship since 5 February in an effort to limit the entry of the virus into Japan.
- For instance, a rigorous investigation that tested all passengers at the start of the quarantine and followed them through to the end could have provided information on when infections occurred and answered questions about transmission, the course of the illness, and the behavior of the virus.