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The Midwestern state has been leading the nation's response to COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
While President Donald Trump was slow to shut down public events, including the Republican's own campaign rallies, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's administration imposed the nation's most restrictive ban on large gatherings. He then closed all schools for at least three weeks.
DeWine made those decisions before anyone died of COVID-19 in Ohio and with just a handful of confirmed cases concentrated in the northeastern part of the state.
Those decisions earned DeWine the ire of sports fans, frustrated parents and those who claimed coronavirus was a media-manufactured crisis. But they earned him praise from unlikely sources, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper, who ran against DeWine for state attorney general in 2014.
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"The approaches by DeWine and POTUS could not be more starkly different," Pepper wrote on Twitter.
“This is certainly no ordinary time," DeWine said Monday, when the state's first three cases of coronavirus were confirmed. "It is important for us to take aggressive action to protect Ohioans. The actions that we take now will, in fact, save lives. That we are sure of.”
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On Monday, DeWine, 73, was running over an hour late to a news conference about a mental health pilot program. When he finally took the podium, he was flanked by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton in a crisp, white lab coat.
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Three Ohioans had just tested positive for COVID-19.
Now, coronavirus wasn't a problem for far-off Wuhan, China or even Washington state. It was an Ohio problem.
DeWine and Acton had been preparing for this moment for weeks – meeting with medical professionals, sounding the alarm at public appearances and studying Italy's disastrous response.
In some ways, DeWine has been preparing for this moment for much longer. Acton was the last cabinet member DeWine selected in 2019, wanting to make sure he had "the right person."
Before Acton, the state health department had been led by two directors who were not medical doctors. DeWine thought it was important to change that.
Acton, 54, earned her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University, completed her internship and residency and then earned a master’s degree in public health. She spent seven years teaching global public health at Ohio State University.
In daily press briefings, Acton is DeWine's explainer-in-chief. But, perhaps drawing on her days in the classroom, she does so with clarity and empathy, often sharing her own feelings and personal prevention steps.
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She's explained complex health concepts with analogies: Swiss cheese, stars in space, extinguishing a fire on your stovetop. Friday's public briefing included a short history lesson on planning for pandemics ranging from the Spanish flu to H1N1 in 2009.
"On the front end of a pandemic, you look a little bit like an alarmist. You look a little bit like a Chicken Little – the sky is falling," Acton said. "On the back end of the pandemic, you didn't do enough."
For casual observers, it might seem DeWine is doing too much. But the state's multi-step response – an expert panel, a statewide summit, ample media accessibility – is how he approaches big issues such as human trafficking and opioid abuse.
As a lifelong politician, DeWine has cultivated relationships with reporters across the state.
And he is no stranger to worldwide media firestorms.
In August, DeWine consoled a crowd of frustrated, grieving people yelling "Do Something" in Dayton after a mass shooting in the city's Oregon District. He was in the spotlight as the state's top cop when eight people from one family were killed in southern Ohio.
Ohio's preparation for the novel coronavirus didn't start this week.
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In early February, two Miami University students who had visited China tested negative for coronavirus. Acton conveyed a cautionary message then: the risk is to those who have traveled abroad. She advised people who had traveled and felt ill to call their doctor.
In late February, Acton traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with health officials from other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House. By that point, Acton and DeWine were talking daily, sometimes multiple times a day.
Their message morphed into a guide to coronavirus symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath. Acton described the coronavirus as flu-like – many people will have it and just feel sick for a little while but some will need hospitalization.
Much was still unknown, the pair said at a Feb. 27 news conference in Cleveland, but they made a big promise that day: "We will communicate what we know when we know it."
Soon after, DeWine convened a panel of 15 medical professionals including leaders from the state's major hospitals. Now, the 31st floor of the Riffe Center, where the governor has his office, has transformed into a "war room," with twice-daily conference calls with his panel and calls to a public-health expert in Boston to assess the pandemic and its threat.
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As DeWine rolls out bans and closures and orders he notes that they are based on the advice of experts. The experts have been telling him the virus is here, but we're not seeing it because there hasn't been enough testing.
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The aggressive measures are an attempt to slow the spread and reduce a big spike in infections that could overload the health care system, a concept professionals call "flattening the curve" that Acton revisits at each briefing.
“Mistakes that I have made throughout my career have generally been because I didn’t have enough facts, I didn’t dig deep enough," DeWine said. "So, I made up my mind I was going to have the best information, the best data available.”
DeWine knows that other governors are watching what Ohio does. In today's media environment, Kentucky or Indiana's leaders might know Ohio's actions within 30 seconds.
He doesn't mind explaining why Ohio is taking these dramatic steps. He took a couple of national media interviews at the end of the week to break it down.
But really, the reasons are simple, he said: “We’re basing this on science.”
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People clap their hands and wave, in Rome, Saturday, March 14, 2020. At noon in Italy, people came out on their balconies, terraces, gardens or simply leaned out from open windows to clap for several minute in a gesture of thanks for the doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and ambulance crews who have been treating and helping infected patients.
Medical staff members wearing protective suits take samples from a young boy to test for the novel coronavirus called COVID-19 at the Bulovka hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Czech Republic's government has approved further dramatic measures early Saturday to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus.
A train commuter wears as mask as he waits on the Stamford bound platform at the New Rochelle Train Station, March 13, 2020.
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Some travelers hurry to arrive in the United States while others race to leave the United States at Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B on Thursday, March 12, 2020, ahead of a 30-day travel ban from Europe, imposed by President Trump, that goes into effect on Friday.
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Employees of the Istanbul Municipality wearing protective gear disinfects a subway carriage to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul on March 12, 2020. Turkey announced on March 11, 2020 its first coronavirus case, a man who had recently travelled to Europe and is in good health.
A woman moves out of Chadbourne Hall Thursday, March 12, 2020 on the campus of UW-Madison in Madison, Wis. The university is one of multiple Wisconsin universities on Wednesday took dramatic steps to ward off or curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, everything from moving courses online to canceling university-sponsored travel and events to extending spring break.
Tourists visit the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on the final day the U.S. Capitol will be open to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Earlier today it was announced the U.S. Capitol will be closed until at least April 1 due to evolving concerns about the spread of the virus.
Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (R) fist bumps Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Coronavirus Preparedness and Response at the Rayburn House Office Building on March 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Health officials say 11,000 people have been tested for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S..
People wait to check in to a flight to Chicago at the United Airlines counter in the main terminal of Brussels International Airport in Brussels,, March 12, 2020. The European Union has slammed the new anti-virus travel ban announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Workers place a mask on the figure of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Wednesday March 11, 2020. The Fallas festival which was due to take place on March 13 has been cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
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Trader Michael Gallucci works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street, erasing more than 1,400 points from the Dow industrials, as investors wait for a more aggressive response from the U.S. government to economic fallout from the coronavirus.
A disinfectant worker sprays anti-septic solution against COVID-19 aboard a firetruck along a street on March 11, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a state of public health emergency as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country rose to 33 from just 3 cases last week. With over 115,000 confirmed cases around the world, the coronavirus has so far claimed over 4,000 lives.
Judie Shape, left, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, waves to her daughter, Lori Spencer, right, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.
Workers from a Servpro disaster recovery team wearing protective suits and respirators are given supplies as they line up before entering the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. to begin cleaning and disinfecting the facility, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washington state.
Street performers who wear character costumes to pose for photos with tourists in exchange for tips, stand around waiting for customers, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in New York's Times Square. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.
Justin Dalipi, of Albania, wears a mask as a precaution against the Corona virus during the final days of his visit to New York, as he takes a selfie in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Students leave New Rochelle High School after classes are dismissed, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in New York. State officials are shuttering schools and houses of worship for two weeks in part of the New York City suburb New Rochelle and sending the National Guard there to help respond to what appears to be the nation's biggest cluster of coronavirus cases.
People wear face masks on the tube on March 10, 2020 in Various Cities, Italy. The Italian Government has taken the unprecedented measure of a nationwide lockdown, limiting people to move only for work or health reasons, in an effort to fight the world's second-most deadly coronavirus outbreak after China.
David Rodriguez, top, and Joseph Alberts, of the City of Austin Transportation Department, take down a South by Southwest street banner on East 7th Street outside the music venue Barracuda on Tuesday March 10, 2020, after SXSW was canceled due to the coronavirus scare.
Medical staff celebrate after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 9, 2020. China closed most of its makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work on March 9 as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic.
A student waits at the front entrance at Woodland Middle School in East Point, Ga.,Monday, March 9, 2020. The Fulton County School system has decided to close schools on Tuesday after a teacher tested positive with the coronavirus. The teacher was at Woodland Middle school on Friday.
Passenger aboard the Grand Princess celebrate as they arrive in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 9, 2020. The cruise ship, which had maintained a holding pattern off the coast for days, is carrying multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.
A patient is loaded into an ambulance at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. Monday, March 9, 2020, near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Washington state.
An elderly woman stands before empty shelves of sold out toilet paper and paper towels at a drug store on March 9, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Household items such as soap, disinfectants, toilet paper and some packaged groceries are in short supply in many shops as people hoard in fear of shortages due to the coronavirus spread. As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection continues to rise daily across Germany so is the impact of the virus on everyday life. Businesses are increasing home office work, airlines are decreasing their flight capacity, schools with cases of the virus are closing temporarily, some sports events are void of spectators, shops are selling out of disinfectants and large-scale public events are being cancelled.
A staff member removes waste after the final patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on March 8, 2020. - China on March 8 reported its lowest number of new coronavirus infections since January, with nearly all the 44 new cases in the outbreak epicenter Wuhan.
An Iraqi health ministry worker scans the body temperature of a driver of an incoming vehicle in Iraq's northern city of Mosul on March 8, 2020, as part of measures against COVID-19 coronavirus disease.
A protester sprays protesters with sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus during a rally demanding women's right during the International Women's Day in Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers search for victims at the site of a hotel collapse in Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Several people were killed and others trapped in the collapse of the Chinese hotel that was being used to isolate people who had arrived from other parts of China hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Sunday.
Medics treat a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 8, 2020. With the approaching Persian New Year, known as Nowruz, officials kept up pressure on people not to travel and to stay home. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who gave Iran's new casualty figures Sunday, reiterated that people should not even attend funerals.
A worker wipes down fare gates at the Montgomery Street Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on March 7, 2020 in San Francisco, California. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, people are taking precautions to keep themselves and the general public safe by cleaning surfaces and wearing protective masks.
A patient is shielded from the rain as they are put into an ambulance outside the Life Care Center of Kirkland on March 7, 2020 in Kirkland, Wash.. Several residents have died from COVID-19 and others have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, March 6, 2020. She was transferred from Omaha's Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance.
A man wears a medical mask on the AirTrain as concern over the coronavirus grows enroute to John F. Kennedy Airport on March 7, 2020 in New York City. The number of global coronavirus infections has now surpassed 100,000, causing disruptions throughout the globe. The airline and travel industries has been especially hard hit by the outbreak, with both business and leisure travelers cancelling plans.
People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7, 2020 in New York City. The number of global coronavirus infections has now surpassed 100,000, causing disruptions throughout the globe. The airline and travel industries has been especially hard hit by the outbreak, with both business and leisure travelers cancelling plans.
A cruise ship worker cleans a railing on the Grand Princess, March 5, 2020, off the California coast. Scrambling to keep the coronavirus at bay, officials ordered a cruise ship with about 3,500 people aboard to stay back from the California coast Thursday until passengers and crew can be tested, after a traveler from its previous voyage died of the disease and at least two others became infected. A National Guard helicopter lowered test kits onto the 951-foot (290-meter) Grand Princess by rope as the vessel lay at anchor off Northern California, and authorities said the results would be available on Friday. Princess Cruise Lines said fewer than 100 people aboard had been identified for testing.
Golden State Warriors fan Noah Gutierrez 11-years-old form Littleton, Colo. holds out his hand while wearing an elastic glove hoping to get a high five from Golden State Warriors Damion Lee prior to their game against the Denver Nuggets, March 3, 2020 in Denver. The NBA has told players to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs, the league's latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis.
Sonya Williams, MTA cleaning staff, disinfects the 86th St. Q train station on March 4, 2020 in New York City. Six people have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus in the metro New York area, including one community spread infection.
Bottles of hand sanitizer are placed between every other Senator's seat around the dias before a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on the government's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. COVID-19 has taken hold in the United States and national and local governments are rushing to contain the virus and finding a cure.
Larry Bowles, an equipment service worker for King County Metro, sprays Virex II 256, a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus at the King County Metro Atlantic/Central operating base on March 4, 2020 in Seattle, Wash. Metro's fleet of 1600 buses will get sprayed once a day to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Environmental Services member Maggie Masstrapa cleans behind an infection control warning poster at the Palm Garden of Tampa Health and Rehabilitation Center, March 5, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Health inspectors were fanning out across the country, ordered by the White House, to ensure that Medicare providers, including hospitals and nursing homes were following federal infection control policies, focusing on areas where cases of the deadly coronavirus were confirmed.
A worker from the Guatemalan Health Ministry checks a passenger's body temperature as a preventive measure against the new coronavirus, COVID-19, at the Aurora International Airport, in Guatemala City, on March 4, 2020.
Volunteers spray disinfectant with a robot at a residental area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 3, 2020. The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six.
A worker at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle, wears a mask as she leaves the building, March 2, 2020. Several of the people who have died in Washington state from the COVID-19 coronavirus were tied to the long-term care facility, where dozens of residents were sick.
People wear face masks as they walk down a street on March 2, 2020 in New York City. New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, warned it was "inevitable" that the virus would spread in the global financial hub after its first confirmed case was detected in a health care worker who had visited Iran.
Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the COVID-19, coronavirus, as they arrive at LAX airport in Los Angeles on Feb. 29, 2020. The US has suffered its first virus related deaths as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the world rose to 85,919, including 2,941 deaths, across 61 countries and territories.
A staff member blocks the view as a person is taken by a stretcher to a waiting ambulance from a nursing facility where more than 50 people are sick and being tested for the COVID-19 virus, in Kirkland, Wash. on Feb. 29, 2020.
A man makes use of a hand-sanitizing station at CenturyLink Field prior to an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire, March 1, 2020, in Seattle. Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak.
Supporters wear medical masks, as fears of coronavirus increase in California, during a campaign rally for Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles.
Army soldiers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in front of a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in the United States as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy and South Korea and the spreading outbreak shook the global economy.
A woman walks past shelves where toilet paper was stocked and now sold out, at a shop in Tokyo on March 1, 2020. The COVID-19 viral outbreak across Japan and dozens of other countries has fueled concerns about the Summer Games, which open on July 24, after sports events were postponed or cancelled.
People wearing face masks attend Mass at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The church decided to replace Sunday services with online ones for members' safety amid the spread of the COVID-19.
Medical personnel attend to a patient in critical condition at a hospital designated for coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, March 1, 2020. China on Sunday reported a slight uptick in new cases exceeded 500 over the past 24 hours. They remain almost entirely confined to the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital, the epicenter of Wuhan.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks as National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listen, during a briefing about the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.
Workers sew hazardous material suits to be used in the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak at the Zhejiang Ugly Duck Industry garment factory in Wenzhou on Feb. 28, 2020. The number of new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in China has declined in recent days, but infections in other countries have gathered pace.
Students wearing Disney character hats and face masks leave Tokyo Disneyland on the day it announced it will close until March 15th because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus, on Feb. 28, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. A growing number of events and sporting fixtures are being cancelled or postponed around Japan while some businesses are closing or asking their employees or work from home. Prime Minister Abe has also asked schools to close for around a month as COVID-19 cases continue to increase and concerns mount over the possibility that the outbreak will force the postponement or even cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics.
Mask-clad commuters make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Feb. 28, 2020. Tokyo's key Nikkei index plunged nearly three percent at the open on February 28 after US and European sell-offs with investors worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
An Iraqi woman wearing a protective mask holds her cat as she poses for a picture during a protest against corruption in the Iraqi government in the southern city of Basra on Feb. 27, 2020. Mass rallies have Iraq since October, with protesters demanding snap elections and an independent prime minister as well as accountability for corruption and recent bloodshed. Meanwhile, the country confirmed its first novel coronavirus infection in an Iranian national studying in a Shiite seminary in the holy city of Najaf, in central Iraq, triggering widespread panic.
Police officers wearing masks stand in front of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in La Caleta, in the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain, Feb. 26, 2020. Spanish officials say a tourist hotel on the Canary Island of Tenerife has been placed in quarantine after an Italian doctor staying there tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and Spanish news media says some 1,000 tourists staying at the complex are not allowed to leave.
Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a bus garage in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster.
A Russian tourist dons both a carnival mask and a protective face mask as he visits St. Mark's square Venice, Italy, Feb. 25, 2020. Italy has been scrambling to check the spread of Europe's first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and calling off the popular Venice Carnival and closing tourist attractions.
An Indonesian health officials takes temperature readings of arriving passengers amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Jakarta international Airport on Feb. 23, 2020. The World Health Organization warned Friday that the window to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was shrinking, amid concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China.
Paramedics wearing personal protective equipment carry patient on a stretcher in North Point district on Feb. 23, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. South Korea has raised the Wuhan Covid-19 virus alert to the "highest level" as confirmed case numbers keep rising. Four more people in Hong Kong were confirmed to have contracted with coronavirus, including two elderly women who recently visited a North Point Buddhist worship hall, bringing the total tally of cases in the city to 74.(
People wear protective masks as they ride on a nearly empty subway car during the evening rush period on Feb. 10, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 40000 in mainland China Monday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 900 on Monday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travelers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.
Spectators wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the SARS-like virus that originated in central China as they watch the exhibition gala at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2020. South Korea has confirmed 27 cases of the new coronavirus virus so far.
People wearing protective face masks cross a street in Hong Kong on Feb. 9, 2020, as a preventative measure after a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The previously unknown virus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed hundreds across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.
A shopper wearing face mask pushes a shopping cart in front of an empty shelves inside a grocery store on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 29 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 37,500 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 800 lives.
A woman and a child wearing face masks light candles as they pray at a church on Feb. 9, 2020 in Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines. The first Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) death outside of China was reported in the Philippines last February 2, and the country currently has 3 confirmed cases of the virus. With over 37,500 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 800 lives.
A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she has her temperature checked before entering a park with her child on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 37000 in mainland China Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 810 on Sunday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travelers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.
A Chinese security guard wears a protective mask as he lines up with others on February 9, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 37000 in mainland China Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency.
An Afghan health worker takes the temperature of a passenger as a preventive measure for Coronavirus, during a screening process of travelers who arrived from China, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Screening has begun in all airports and land ports in Afghanistan, especially of those who arrive from China.
A child is seen wearing a facemask, as public fear over China's Wuhan Coronavirus grows, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Feb. 3, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine government has been heavily criticized after failing to immediately implement travel restrictions on China, the source of a deadly coronavirus that has now killed more than 300 people and infected thousands more. On Sunday, the first coronavirus death outside of China was reported in the Philippines.
Children wearing protective masks cross a street in Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines reported on Sunday, the first death of a new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in another that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies.
Coaches transport eighty-three Britons and 27 foreign nationals who have been evacuated from Wuhan following a Coronavirus outbreak, from RAF Brize Norton to Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, where they will be quarantined, on January 31, 2020 in Brize Norton, England. Two people in the same family have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus in the UK.
A Chinese girl wears a plastic bottle as makeshift homemade protection and a protective mask while waiting to check in to a flight at Beijing Capital Airport on Jan. 30, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 7000 in mainland China Thursday as the country continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and neighboring municipalities affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 170 on Thursday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and France. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert, and its emergency committee is to meet later on Thursday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on Jan. 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.
Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
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