• Passengers are finally leaving the cruise ship in Japan affected by corona viruses
• • China confirms more than 1,700 infected health workers, 6 dead
• Deaths continue to increase in coronavirus cases
• First death in Japan, deaths outside mainland China increased to three
• Another city in China announces war measures
• White House official accuses China of lack of transparency
Could smoking aggravate coronavirus infection?
Does smoking make a person more susceptible to the coronavirus?
This is an “excellent hypothesis,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency Program, on Friday during a briefing.
It is common knowledge that diseases tend to be more serious in smokers. Therefore, it makes sense that smoking is associated with more serious cases of coronavirus.
Ryan conceded that there was a “clear difference in gravity between men and women” in this outbreak. Smoking rates in China are higher for men than for women, he added.
It remains to be seen whether the hypothesis is correct while the outbreak continues to unfold.
“I am sure that, based on the studies and observations that are taking place, there will be great interest in considering smoking as a risk factor,” said Ryan. – Erika Edwards
The passengers finally leave the cruise ship in Japan
The quarantined cruise ship passengers on the coast of Yokohama, Japan, finally began disembarking on Friday before being quarantined.
The ministry said eleven passengers left the ship on Friday before being quarantined at least until February 19 in a government-designated facility. – Arata Yamamoto
The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will initially take place as planned
The International Olympic Committee said on Friday that there is no need to cancel the 2020 games because they work closely with WHO.
“We were advised externally by WHO that there is no need for contingency plans to cancel or postpone the games,” John Coates, chairman of the 2020 coordinating committee, told reporters.
The games will take place between July 24th and August 9th of this year. – Arata Yamamoto
The United States is ready to help North Korea fight viruses
The United States expressed deep concern about North Korea’s vulnerability to the outbreak of a new virus and agreed to support aid efforts to curb the spread of the disease there.
North Korea has sought to reinforce quarantines and other preventive measures to protect against the coronavirus disease that is spreading from China, North Korea’s neighbor.
North Korea has not yet reported a case of the new virus, but state media has indicated that an uncertain number of people have been quarantined after symptoms have occurred. Experts say an epidemic in North Korea could be bad due to the chronic lack of medical care and poor health infrastructure. – Associated Press
More than 1,700 health workers infected, 6 dead
Chinese National Health Commission deputy minister Zeng Yixin said on Friday that 1,716 health workers were infected with the virus, and six of them died on Tuesday.
Zeng said at a press conference on protecting medical personnel that the number of infected medical workers is increasing.
“At the moment, the front line medical staff are extremely demanding. Their working and rest conditions are limited, the psychological pressure is high and the risk of infection is high,” said Zeng.
Chinese officials and hospitals have repeatedly noticed a lack of protective equipment, including face masks, when the disease spread to Hubei and spread across the country. – Reuters
Coronavirus cases increase as the death toll approaches 1,400
A further 5,090 coronavirus cases and a further 121 deaths have been reported by authorities across China, all but five of which were in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak.
China’s national health commission has confirmed more than 63,000 cases of COVID-19, the new name for diseases caused by the novel corona virus. The current death toll (1,380) corresponds to a decrease in the number of deaths previously reported in Hubei Province.
China’s National Health Commission said it has pulled 108 Hubei deaths “on the basis of repeated statistics”, increasing the death toll in Hubei 116.
Officials in Hubei have changed the way they diagnose and report cases. They are now identifying cases based on what patients’ lungs look like on CT scans, rather than waiting for lab results to confirm infection with the virus. – Leou Chen
Another Hubei area explains war control measures
Authorities in Yunmeng County, Hubei Province announced that a block on residential areas and buildings will be introduced on Friday morning and vehicles will be banned. Those who break the rules “are detained during war management in accordance with the relevant regulations.”
Similar war control measures were also carried out in Shiyan and Xiaogan cities in Hubei province on Thursday. –Dawn Liu
First death in Japan
Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths outside mainland China to three. There was one death in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his prayers and condolences to the person’s family on Friday morning.
The Japanese head of state said the government is coordinating with local communities and working to expand testing systems in the country and “further accelerate the treatment system for infected people.”
The first death was a woman in her eighties who had been treated in a hospital near Tokyo since February 1 after developing symptoms. Her infection was confirmed after her death. – Associated Press
Senior US official accuses China of lack of transparency
White House adviser Larry Kudlow criticized China for lack of transparency in reporting the latest outbreak figures.
“We are a little disappointed that we were not invited, and we are a little disappointed with the lack of transparency from the Chinese,” Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told reporters on Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang replied to the comment Friday, saying that China is working “openly, transparently, and responsibly” with the international community in the interest of global public health. China was active and open to cooperation with the United States. – Ed Flanagan