Lots of events are developing as we speak. The CoronaVirus is just getting started and my stocks are responding in kind. Massive gains ahead for quick witted Merchants of Death.
This is what’s new right now.
- Two cases confirmed in Vietnam
- Several people being monitored in Canada for infection
- Four more cases of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in Beijing
- Health ministry confirms second case of coronavirus in Japan: a man in his 40s visiting Japan from Wuhan
- 9 cities in China are in lockdown — unprecedented for country — totaling 32 million people
- China allocates RMB 1 billion (US$144 million) to fight the virus
Death toll rises to 26
On the Beijing claim, a member inside the Pelican Room says his mother is a doctor in Beijing and was on “the front lines” for SARS and the people diagnosed in Beijing are NOT from Beijing. Whatever.
Today is the Chinese New Year eve. I have canceled my trip back to #Wuhan, and my family decided not to have any gathering. It’s an extremely distressing time and seeing these videos of despair from afar really upsets me. Praying for Wuhan. #WuhanCoronovirus pic.twitter.com/p3jperhErr
— Xinyan Yu (@xinyanyu) January 23, 2020
As reports come in that the Chinese authorities have been covering up the scale of the #coronovirus outbreak in Wuhan, so do the first videos of people dropping like flies.
20 million people have been quarantined and prevented from travelling… but millions already have! pic.twitter.com/3cEx7XaEQV
— Darren of Plymouth ?? (@DarrenPlymouth) January 23, 2020
Doktorlar’da hastanede virüsten etkilenip yere dü?mü?ler.
— Veli Hasan Kavut (@velihasankavut) January 23, 2020
— ???? (@tianlanm) January 23, 2020
You get the gist.
In what perhaps could be the most interesting aspect to all this is a Bio-Weapons facility located in Wuhan — which has been a subject of concern for many years.
A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.
Some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations. But Chinese microbiologists are celebrating their entrance to the elite cadre empowered to wrestle with the world’s greatest biological threats.
“It will offer more opportunities for Chinese researchers, and our contribution on the BSL?4-level pathogens will benefit the world,” says George Gao, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing. There are already two BSL-4 labs in Taiwan, but the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, would be the first on the Chinese mainland.
The Wuhan lab cost 300 million yuan (US$44 million), and to allay safety concerns it was built far above the flood plain and with the capacity to withstand a magnitude-7 earthquake, although the area has no history of strong earthquakes. It will focus on the control of emerging diseases, store purified viruses and act as a World Health Organization ‘reference laboratory’ linked to similar labs around the world. “It will be a key node in the global biosafety-lab network,” says lab director Yuan Zhiming.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences approved the construction of a BSL-4 laboratory in 2003, and the epidemic of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) around the same time lent the project momentum. The lab was designed and constructed with French assistance as part of a 2004 cooperative agreement on the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases. But the complexity of the project, China’s lack of experience, difficulty in maintaining funding and long government approval procedures meant that construction wasn’t finished until the end of 2014.
The lab’s first project will be to study the BSL-3 pathogen that causes Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever: a deadly tick-borne virus that affects livestock across the world, including in northwest China, and that can jump to people.
Future plans include studying the pathogen that causes SARS, which also doesn’t require a BSL-4 lab, before moving on to Ebola and the West African Lassa virus, which do. Some one million Chinese people work in Africa; the country needs to be ready for any eventuality, says Yuan. “Viruses don’t know borders.”
Gao travelled to Sierra Leone during the recent Ebola outbreak, allowing his team to report the speed with which the virus mutated into new strains1. The Wuhan lab will give his group a chance to study how such viruses cause disease, and to develop treatments based on antibodies and small molecules, he says.
Bugün kaç?nc? oldu bu yerde rastgele yatanlar?n videosu… Vücut pat diye gidiyor. pic.twitter.com/29YA3uZCCu
— Turkish Market (@kamerknc) January 23, 2020
— CShen (@Bluebottle1099) January 23, 2020
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