Thursday, January 30, 2020

2019-nCoV Fatalities Increase

A novel coronavirus patient in China

As of 9:30 AM today, as far as I can ascertain, there are now 6,165 confirmed cases and 133 deaths from 2019-nCoV. 

Outside of mainland China, the novel coronavirus has so far infected nineteen territories and countries: Australia (5), Cambodia (1), Canada (2), Finland (1), France (4), Germany (4), Hong Kong (8), Japan (11), Macau (7), Malaysia (7), Nepal (1), Singapore (10), South Korea (4), Sri Lanka (1), Taiwan (7), Thailand (14), UAE (1), United States (5), and Vietnam (2) – according to my own compilation of news reports. 

Caution: The above numbers don’t tell everything because we really don't know how many mild and undetected cases are out there. 

But we shouldn’t overreact either because every year, an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people die in the world due to complications from seasonal influenza (flu) viruses. And not because it is super-deadly, but because it is able to infect so many people. 

Germany, Japan and Vietnam have reported the first cases of patients who didn't personally visit China, but contracted the virus from someone else who had visited Wuhan, China. These cases of human to human transmission are the most worrisome, according to the WHO. 

On Wednesday, Celtic earned a comfortable 3-0 win over St Johnstone. 

All three goals were scored inside the opening 26 minutes by Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths – and which helped them maintain a five-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership after 23 matches.

On the same day too, Liverpool moved 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a routine 2-0 win over West Ham. 

Mohamed Salah's thirty-fifth minute penalty and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's composed effort in the fifty-second minute maintained the Reds' relentless march towards a first top-flight title since 1990.

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