Archive | February 12, 2020

Ninth coronavirus case diagnosed in UK as virus spreads to capital – London #nCoV2019 #COVID-19 #coronavirus #London #uk #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic

Coronavirus Alert

The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in London.

The ninth confirmed case in the UK is believed to be a Chinese national who flew into London.

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FRANTIC SEARCH FOR 12 PATIENTS WHO WERE TREATED BY TWO UK DOCTORS DIAGNOSED WITH CORONAVIRUS #nCoV2019 #COVID-19 #coronavirus #uk #Sussex #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic

Coronavirus Alert

A frantic search is under way to track down 12 patients treated by two Brit GPs diagnosed with coronavirus.

The two medics worked in four different places in East and West Sussex including a nursing home, an A&E department and two GP practices, the BBC reports.

The pair are now in isolation, and efforts to trace those that came into contact with them are ongoing.

The GP practices, in Brighton, have now reopened after a deep clean.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said Worthing Hospital continues to operate as normal,

The nursing home – Patcham Nursing Home – has closed to visitors as a precaution, but nobody there is reported to be unwell.

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A luxury cruise ship has been turned away from several ports amid coronavirus fears #nCoV2019 #COVID-19 #coronavirus #Thailand #Bangkok #wuhan #china #emergency #ship #Westerdam

A luxury cruise ship has been turned away from several ports amid coronavirus fears.

The liner carrying more than 1,450 passengers has been told it cannot dock in Thailand.

The Westerdam had already been turned away from several ports, including in Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines, amid fears of the virus.

Holland America, which owns the ship, said it had “no reason to believe” anyone on board has the virus.

It had planned to dock in Bangkok on Thursday.

But on Tuesday the Thai government said permission had been “refused”.

It added that, while the ship would not be allowed to disembark, Thailand would “gladly help providing fuel, medicine, and food” to the vessel.

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Coronavirus: Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix postponed #coronavirus #nCoV2019 #COVID-19 #wuhan #china #emergency #epidemic #GrandPrix #Formula1 #FormulaOne

Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in April 2019

Shanghai was due to host the fourth round of the Championship on 19 April

Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed due to coronavirus, organisers say.

Shanghai was due to host the fourth round of the Championship on 19 April.

But the disease has killed more than 1,100 people in China, and organisers said while the event is “an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans”, they have decided it can no longer go ahead as planned.

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said in a statement on its website that it had accepted a request from the promoter of the Chinese race to postpone the event.

“In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix be postponed,” it said.

“The FIA, together with the Formula 1, have jointly decided to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for 19 April.

“As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern.”

The FIA said it would continue to work closely with all those involved in staging the race and to monitor the situation as it develops.

“All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve,” it said.

“The Chinese Grand Prix has long been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans. The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”

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