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VIRUS GOES GLOBAL: Coronavirus Confirmed in Rome, Cases ‘Surge 3,000%’ in China

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.31.20

Global health experts continued their struggle to slow the spread of the Coronavirus in China and other countries Friday; confirming there has been a 3,000% increase in cases across the globe including two in Rome, Italy.

“The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in China has skyrocketed to more than 9,000, surpassing the official count during the SARS epidemic. But the true number of infections may be even higher, as health workers struggle to catch up with the disease,” reports Bloomberg.

“A shortage of testing kits and overworked hospital staff are straining China’s health system, hampering efforts to accurately track how many people have the pathogen. The result is a hectic and imprecise process that’s creating bottlenecks as health experts attempt to pin down the scope of a disease that has claimed more than 200 lives,” adds the website.

This is a developing story. Read the full report here.

Source: Bloomberg

VIRUS OUTBREAK: WHO Declares ‘Global Emergency,’ Confirmed Cases Jump ‘Tenfold’ Worldwide

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.30.20

The World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a “global emergency” Thursday after cases of the deadly disease spiked “tenfold” across the planet.

“The World Health Organization declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has been exported to more than a dozen countries as a global emergency Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week,” reports the Associated Press.

“China first informed WHO about cases of the new virus in late December. To date, China has reported more than 7,800 cases including 170 deaths. Eighteen other countries have since reported cases, as scientists race to understand how exactly the virus is spreading and how severe it is,” adds the news agency.

Multiple airlines severely reduced their routine flights to mainland China Wednesday; citing growing concerns over the deadly Coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 150 people in the region.

British Airways is now the first airline to suspend all flights to China.

“British Airways said it is canceling all flights to outbreak-stricken mainland China, the first major airline to do so as the number of people in the country infected by a fast-spreading new coronavirus surpassed that of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, nearly two decades ago,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“The British Airway flights will stay grounded at least until Jan. 31, the carrier said Wednesday. A second airline, Indonesia’s Lion Air, said that it, too, would halt all flights to China starting Saturday. Taken together, the airlines’ moves serve as a harbinger of more cutbacks to services to the Chinese mainland, as safety concerns rise and demand drops sharply—triggered by the virus’s rapid spread around the globe,” adds the newspaper.

Read the full report here.

Source: Associated Press

VIRUS UPDATE: British Airways Suspends ALL FLIGHTS to Mainland China, American Airlines Slash Schedule

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.29.20

Multiple airlines severely reduced their routine flights to mainland China Wednesday; citing growing concerns over the deadly Coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 150 people in the region.

British Airways is now the first airline to suspend all flights to China.

“British Airways said it is canceling all flights to outbreak-stricken mainland China, the first major airline to do so as the number of people in the country infected by a fast-spreading new coronavirus surpassed that of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, nearly two decades ago,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“The British Airway flights will stay grounded at least until Jan. 31, the carrier said Wednesday. A second airline, Indonesia’s Lion Air, said that it, too, would halt all flights to China starting Saturday. Taken together, the airlines’ moves serve as a harbinger of more cutbacks to services to the Chinese mainland, as safety concerns rise and demand drops sharply—triggered by the virus’s rapid spread around the globe,” adds the newspaper.

The United States Department of State issued a direct warning Monday; urging citizens to avoid travel to China as the coronavirus continues to strengthen and spread across Asia.

“The U.S. State Department on Monday warned against visiting China and said Americans should not travel to the Hubei province, given that the province’s city of Wuhan is ground zero for a new deadly coronavirus,” reports Reuters.

“It said travelers should be prepared for the Chinese government to put travel restrictions in place ‘with little or no advance notice,’” adds the website.

Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal.

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