Arizona scientists trying to stop the coronavirus by decoding its DNA
As the number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States has risen to 11, and tens of thousands of cases are now confirmed worldwide, an Arizona-based research institute is working to develop a rapid test for the virus. Scientists at TGen North in Flagstaff are looking inside the DNA of the novel coronavirus and using its power to learn more about the virus. "So we can understand is the virus changing? Where is it present? Where is it more prevalent? And are there other related viruses out there as well?" Dr. Dave Engelthaler, co-director of TGen North's infectious disease wing said.
The coronavirus has infected more than 60,000 people across 26 countries after first being discovered in China’s Hubei Province, and yet North Korea, which shares a border with the country where more than 59,000 of those cases and over 1,360 deaths have been reported, claims it does not have a single illness.
Unverified reports about a quarantined person allegedly being executed by the country after visiting a public bath have emerged, as well as a potential first confirmed case, but the government remains steadfast in denying that the virus has reached its borders, which many experts have cast doubt on.
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“There is no way that North Korea is not being impacted by the coronavirus — they are clearly lying as they don’t want to show any weakness or that there is any threat to the regime,” Harry Kazianis, director of Korean Studies at the Center for National Interest, told Fox News. “Considering how there are many porous sections of the North Korea-China border — and how the Kim regime depends on illegal trade to survive — it is clear the virus has come to North Korea.”
Workers make face masks in the workshop of a textile company in Jimo District of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, on Feb. 12. Qingdao Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology has mobilized two large textile companies to produce face masks to help the fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Passengers on board the MS Westerdam watch as Cambodian officials board the ship in the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville, where it has been granted permission to dock following nearly two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus, on Feb. 13.
Workers gather before removing machinery stored on the dock next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases taken for treatment as it remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with coronavirus, on Feb. 13 in Yokohama, Japan. At least 219 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19 making it the biggest center of the virus outside China.
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Workers install a banner with hygiene recommendations outside the Mobile World Congress MWC venue on Feb. 12 in Barcelona, Spain. Organisers of the World Mobile Congress were holding urgent talks today over the fate of the world's top mobile fair after a string of industry heavyweights withdrew over novel coronavirus, COVID-19, fears, a source close to the meeting said.
A man pushes another man on wheelchair past a propaganda banner on a wall read, "Strengthen self-protection, do not panic, believe in science, do not spread rumours", following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Beijing, China on Feb. 11.
Sanitation vehicle disinfects the street in Tengzhou, China on Feb. 11. The number of fatalities from coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,113 nationwide after another 97 deaths were reported by the national health commission.
Medical team members pose for a group photo before leaving for Xiaogan City of Hubei Province on Feb. 11 in Chongqing, China. A team comprising of 159 medical workers were assigned to aid the novel coronavirus control efforts in the region.
China has confirmed human-to-human transmission of a new SARS-like coronavirus linked to an outbreak in Wuhan. With the number of cases soaring and spreading to countries beyond China, the World Health Organization has declared an international public health emergency.
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A passenger wearing protective mask and holding an umbrella to hang plastic bags to cover herself and her chid's body as protection from Coronavirus, at Beijing railway station in Beijing, China, on Feb. 11.
A woman wearing a face mask walks through a device that sprays disinfectant at an entrance to a residential compound, following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Tianjin, China, on Feb. 11.
Family members of passengers onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, wave and talk to them on the phone at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 11.
A Malaysian Royal Guard wears a protective mask while he stands guard outside National Palace, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb. 10.
MWC 2020 is cancelled due to coronavirus concerns
MWC, the smartphone industry's biggest annual trade show, won't happen this year. On Wednesday, the GSMA, the organization that puts together the event, said it's cancelling MWC 2020 over coronavirus-related concerns. The trade show was scheduled to run between February 24th and 27th. According to Bloomberg, the GSMA said the coronavirus outbreak has made it "impossible" to host the event as planned. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended MWC. Many of those individuals were either based in China or worked for Chinese companies. The coronavirus has hit China hardest of all.
Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik puts some final touches as he makes a sand sculpture depicting people wearing protective facemasks with a message reading 'Fight against coronavirus, We stand with China' in Puri, India on Feb. 10.
A passenger gestures after hanging a banner reading please broadcast this on TV (R) next to banners reading thank you for reporting this (C) and shortage of medicine (L) on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed coronavirus cases taken for treatment as it remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with coronavirus, on Feb. 10 in Yokohama, Japan. 70 passengers are now confirmed to be infected with coronavirus as Japanese authorities continue treating people on board. The new cases bring the total number of confirmed infections to 96 in Japan, the largest number outside of China.
Apple will reopen Beijing stores with limited hours
Other stores in China will remain closed during the coronavirus outbreak.Apple Stores in Beijing will open Friday, according to the stores' respective pages on Apple's site. The locations' hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time instead of the usual 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The company's other stores in China will remain closed. The store openings were earlier reported by Reuters.
Signs warning patients about the 2019-nCoV strain of the novel coronavirus, are pictured at The County Oak Medical Centre in Brighton, England on Feb. 10, after it closed for 'urgent operational health and safety reasons', following reports a member of staff was infected with the virus.
Workers and army officers wearing protective suits walk away from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as they prepare to transfer passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan on Feb. 10.
Military personnel set up a covered walkway next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined on board due to fears of the new Coronavirus, on Feb. 10. - Around 60 more people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel Coronavirus, the country's national broadcaster said on February 10, raising the number of infected passengers and crew to around 130.
Brazilian citizens coming from the Chinese city of Wuhan land and disembark at the Air Force base of Anapolis, State of Goias, on Feb. 9 in Goias, Brazil. The rescued will stay in a kind of hotel inside the Air Base for 18 days. Those who show any symptoms of coronavirus go to another building still on the air base, and if necessary they will be transferred to the armed forces hospital in Brasilia.
Staff from the U.S. embassy board a cargo plane, chartered by the U.S. State Department to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus, during the boarding process at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China Feb. 7.
Family members of passengers from the cruise ship "World Dream" docked at Kai Tak cruise terminal, wave on shore in Hong Kong, on Feb. 8. The cruise ship "World Dream" with approximately 1,800 passengers remained quarantined in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on Saturday. Several passengers from mainland China on a previous World Dream cruise were found to have the new coronavirus on returning home.
Thai people line up to receive face-masks from Thai officials at a handout station in the Chatuchak weekend market on Feb. 8, in Bangkok, Thailand. As Thailand confirms its 32nd case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and face mask supplies dwindle in stores, Thailand's Ministry of Defence assigned the Army's Medical Department, Phramongkutklao Hospital and the Royal Thai Army Nursing College to send officials to distribute masks to people in crowded tourist areas of Bangkok which are deemed most at risk for spread of the virus.
An epidemic prevention worker in a protective suit stands by to get on board the cruise ship SuperStar Aquarius docked at Keelung port on Feb. 8 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The cruise ship that was denied the right to dock by Japanese harbor authorities amid fears of the spread of the virus which originated in China spreading across parts of Asia was on Saturday allowed to return to Taiwan.
Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea after coronavirus outbreak
The current coronavirus outbreak (aka COVID-19) is affecting the esports world as much as other industries. The Overwatch League is moving cancelled homestand matches at Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai to Seoul, South Korea during weeks 6 and 7 of the competition, with some possibly being attached to Seoul Dynasty's home event in week 5. The league had scrubbed its February and March matches in China to "protect the health and safety" of fans,A specific schedule is coming "soon," but the league promised that this wouldn't affect other Overwatch homestands in Washington, Florida and Atlanta.
Health officials wearing protective clothing carry medical waste out of an isolation ward at the Ernakulam Medical College on Feb. 8 in Kochi, India.
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Last week, health ministry official Song In Bom told state media that there are no cases of the virus — which has been named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) — in the country, but that they would be prepared in the event that the outbreak spread.
“Just because there is no case of the new coronavirus in our country, we should not be too relieved, but have civil awareness and work together for prevention,” he said, according to Reuters.
But Nagi Shafik, former project manager for WHO in Pyongyang, told the South China Morning Post that the country would be ill-equipped to deal with such an outbreak, and would likely lack proper safety gear and medical equipment.
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“I presume there are more items needed, especially when it comes to cleaning and sterilization,” he told SCMP.com. “May I remind as well that many women and children suffer from malnutrition; these are factors that affect the immunity system and render humans more susceptible to infection.”
Kazianis also said that the country’s fragile health care system would be overwhelmed if the outbreak swept through the nation, and that “millions of everyday citizens would be essentially left to die.”
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South Korea reported 15 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday -- increasing its total by nearly 50 percent -- including a cluster of at least 11 centred on the southern city of Daegu. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that 15 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed, raising its total from 31 to 46. Of those, 13 were in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, with 11 of them believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman.Ten of them attend the same church as the woman, the KCDC said.
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“North Korea’s health care system is devoid of the most basic treatments for any sort of medical problem,” he said. “Things like antibiotics, any sort of preventative care are unheard of in the countryside or rural areas and only reserved for the party elite in Pyongyang.”
So far, North Korea has banned all tourists and cut off transportation links with China in an effort to stave off the illness. It’s also enacted a 30-day quarantine period and said “all the institutions and fields of the state and foreigners staying in the DPRK should obey it unconditionally.”
But cutting the country off from the rest of the world is dangerous, as is withholding the truth about the virus in order to preserve Kim’s reputation, Kazianis said.
“The real danger is if the situation were to spiral out of control and some sort of government collapse occurred,” he said. “While I would say the chances are remote, this is the real danger that we must worry about when it comes to North Korea. If the Kim regime did collapse, from coronavirus or something else, who controls their nuclear weapons? What about their chemical or biological weapons? Who feeds the 25 million North Koreans?”
“North Korea will always be a threat, and if the state collapsed we would be dealing with a crisis of epic proportions not seen since WW2,” Kazianis said. “And that is terrifying.”
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