Archive | February 18, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Global death toll reaches 2,007 with 75,148 total cases confirmed worldwide #coronavirus #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #wuhan #Hubei #china #emergency #epidemic

Coronavirus Global Cases 18.02.2020 23.48 UTC

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Death toll surpasses 2,000 in China coronavirus outbreak, with over 75,000 confirmed cases globally #coronavirus #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #wuhan #Hubei #china #emergency #epidemic GlobalEmergency #HealthEmergency

Coronavirus Alert

The viral outbreak gripping China has claimed over 2,000 lives – the vast majority in Hubei province, the epicenter of the illness – according to the latest official tally. More than 75,000 people have been infected to date.

Health officials in Hubei reported 132 new fatalities on Tuesday, a significant increase from the 93 confirmed the day prior. However even as the death and disease tolls continue to climb in China and elsewhere, over 13,000 patients have recovered from the contagion, including some 8,000 in Hubei.

While the two confirmed coronavirus patients in Russia, both Chinese citizens, have recovered and were recently discharged from the hospital, Moscow on Tuesday announced a travel ban on Chinese nationals looking to enter Russia for work, tourism or other private purposes. The restriction will come into force later this week.

In order to “mitigate global shortages” of certain supplies needed to combat the outbreak, the World Health Organization announced that some 12,000kg of protective gear would soon be shipped out to “priority countries.” The equipment will be sent to 21 nations, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who noted that a second shipment to an additional 106 countries would follow in the coming weeks.

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New record cold hits Hibbing, Minnesota, USA #RecordCold #freeze #Hibbing #Minnesota #USA

Record Cold Alert

Hibbing, Minnesota is currently experiencing record-breaking cold.

The city hit a new record low Friday morning when the air temperature dropped to 32 degrees below zero.

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for most of northern Minnesota until 10 a.m.

The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes. People are advised to use caution while traveling outside and wear appropriate clothing, a hat and gloves.

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Saudi Arabia shivers from record cold #RecordCold #Tarif #Riyadh #SaudiArabia

Record Cold Alert

Saudi Arabia is experiencing its coldest weather since 2016, meteorologists said on Thursday, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in the country’s north over the past two days.

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius, according to the weather services. It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq.

In the capital Riyadh, the temperature dipped close to zero and the streets were deserted on Tuesday and Wednesday nights

“The country is experiencing its most intense cold snap since 2016,” Hassan Abdallah from the Wasm meteorological centre, said on Thursday, February 13.

In neighbouring Iraq, where summers are also scorching, Baghdad residents woke up on Tuesday to find the city carpeted in white from only its second snowfall in a century.

The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008.

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Record-breaking cold spell grips eastern Turkey #RecordCold #freeze #snowfall #blizzards #Göle #Ardahan #turkey

Record Cold Alert

Winter takes its toll in Turkey’s eastern regions which are usually the coldest parts of the country during the season. Yet, temperatures broke another record in 2020: Residents of Göle, a small town in the northeastern Ardahan province saw temperatures drop to minus 40 degrees on Sunday night. Göle had the unenviable record last year as well, at minus 32.5 degrees.

Freezing temperatures, accompanied by snowfall and blizzards, also cut off access to critical locations like an area in Van province’s Çaldıran district where 13 migrants are believed missing. Search and rescue crews are already blocked by piles of snow in Van’s Bahçesaray where 41 people were killed last week while one person is still missing due to two avalanches.

Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez says crews can only work in the area once the weather improves, noting another road connecting Van to its Çatak district was already closed due to avalanche risk. Bilmez told İhlas News Agency (İHA) on Monday that they received a tip-off that 13 illegal migrants died in a remote area of Çaldıran, near the border with Iran, but the area was inaccessible. “We had phone calls (from relatives of migrants) from Iran, Germany and (the Turkish city of) Diyarbakır, and these people are believed to have been frozen to death while crossing the border. Even if crews can reach the area, they cannot recover anyone because of storms and blizzards. The visibility is zero now,” he said.

Bilmez said the only way to clear the roads and reach any stranded persons was for the blizzards to end. “Unfortunately, such cases of migrant deaths happen in the region. Last year, we found about 100 bodies and only after the snow thawed,” he said. The governor says that although they were able to clear the snowed road, blizzards led to their closure almost as soon as the road was cleared. He also warns against the risk of avalanche, especially in Çatak district and urged the public in rural areas not to leave for towns or central Van.

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MEGA UPPER/LOWER DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 HRS UTC #energy #magnetosphere #CosmicRays

Magnetogram 18.02.2020 19.59 hrs UTC

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MAGNITUDE 4.9 WESTERN TURKEY #earthquake #turkey

Subject to change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 97 km NE of İzmir, Turkey / pop: 2,501,000 / local time: 19:09:23.1 2020-02-18

62 km S of Balıkesir, Turkey / pop: 239,000 / local time: 19:09:23.1 2020-02-18
15 km E of Kırkağaç, Turkey / pop: 27,100 / local time: 19:09:23.1 2020-02-18

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