What is the state of affairs in China, where the corona pandemic originated?
While the number of infections continues to rise worldwide, the residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan seem to have taken up daily life. Has China really fought the coronavirus? And if so, what was the secret of the Chinese approach? (19-08-2020)
Start of COVID-19
The Clip 201 event pandemic exercise (56:42 min video, a high-level pandemic exercise) by Johns Hopkins center for healt security in partnership with world Economic forum and Bill en Melinda Gates Foundation, on 18 October 2019.
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Dutch expert, searches with WHO for corona origin Virologist Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam is part of an international research team of the WHO health organization, which will investigate the origin of the coronavirus. The virus first appeared in humans last year in the Chinese city of Wuhan. But exactly where it came from is not entirely clear to date. Erasmus MC confirmed a message from NRC and the British newspaper The Telegraph about the participation of the prominent Dutch virologist. Virologists and public and animal health experts from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Qatar, Germany, Vietnam and Russia, among others, are involved in the study. The scientists hope to be able to conduct research on site as soon as possible. (27-11-2020)
An international scientific team on behalf of the WHO health organization is on its way to China to investigate the origin of the coronavirus, but Beijing has not yet completed the procedure to admit the researchers. "I am very disappointed with this news, as two members had already started their journey and others were unable to travel at the last minute," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Tedros has again made it clear to Chinese officials that the mission is a priority for the health organization. WHO's Mike Ryan expressed the hope that the obstacles could be resolved "in the next few hours". The investigation would start much earlier, but the Chinese seem to be holding back. In July, the WHO said China is the best place to start the investigation. (06-01-2021)
A team of international health experts has received permission from China to travel to the country after more than a week's delay. The team is investigating the origin of the coronavirus on behalf of the World Health Organization, but that was delayed because Beijing did not complete the procedure to admit the researchers for some time. Beijing says experts will arrive January 14, 2021. Their itinerary has not been disclosed. The health experts were officially scheduled to arrive in China in early January. That was later than originally intended; The WHO stated in July that the investigation should start in China, because the virus was first discovered in the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Virologist Marion Koopmans travels to China on behalf of the Netherlands to investigate the origin of the virus. She too was delayed due to the lack of necessary visas. (11-01-2021)
An international team of experts from the WHO health organization, including the Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday, Chinese state broadcaster CGTN reports. After landing, the team was received by Chinese officials in protective clothing. In the coming weeks, the researchers will try to find out the origin of the corona virus. The researchers will stay in China for four weeks, of which the first two are in quarantine. The research focuses mainly on the metropolis of Wuhan, where the corona virus was first discovered in 2019. The aim of the study, according to WHO expert Mike Ryan, is not to pinpoint a culprit, but to look for answers that can prevent future pandemics. After the mandatory quarantine period, the scientists will talk to their Chinese colleagues.
China would try through state media to convince the population that the corona virus already existed before it was discovered in Wuhan, according to Reuters news agency. For example, the coronavirus would have been discovered on imported frozen food and there would be 'scientific' studies that claim that the virus was already circulating in Europe. (14-01-2021)
The international team of the WHO health organization that is investigating the origin of the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, will start working from quarantine on Friday 15-1-2021. "The work starts today, on day one," writes researcher Peter Daszak on Twitter on Friday. He reports that the members of the team, including the Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, will already have a digital meeting with their Chinese colleagues.
Although the research program is not yet fully established, Australian virologist Dominic Dwyer says that visits will be made to research institutions, hospitals and the market in Wuhan that is linked to the first corona infections at the end of 2019.
The visits cannot take place yet. Dwyer says the team members must stay in their rooms during the mandatory two-week quarantine. (15-01-2021)
More than 93 + million people have now been tested positive for COVID-19. The United States is the front runner with more than 24+ million people. Russia and India are two of the hardest hit countries. More than 3,5 + million coronavirus infections have been diagnosed in Russia and the number of cases in India is over 10,5 + million. Brazil is coming quickly up to 8,3 + million. Uk 3,3 + million infections. More than 2 + million people have died from the effects of the disease.
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 219 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances.
- Daily deaths: 16 k +
- Daily new cases: 754 k +
- Currently infected: 23 million +
- Coronavirus cases; 93 million +
- Recovered: 67 million + (97%)
- Deaths: 2 million + (3%)
- Total cases in China 87.988 K
- Recovered 82.353 K
- Deaths 4.635 K
- Population: 1.393 billion (2018)