China outbreak

Top medical journal: Wuhan probably contains 130,000 infected

Scientists from Hong Kong University have made public a report indicating that the Chinese city of Wuhan is likely to be home to more than 130,000 people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV.

The report was published in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet. To identify how many individuals are likely to be suffering from the illness, the researchers used data on the number of cases exported from Wuhan to find the rate of infection for the disease. The scientists then applied that rate to the population exposed to the virus.

The researchers predicted that epidemics are growing exponentially now in multiple major cities of China, with a lag time behind Wuhan of about 1-2 weeks.… Read the rest

Chinese-Australian politician complains that response to coronavirus is discriminatory

Chinese-Australian politician Scott Yung has complained to 2GB talkback radio host Ben Fordham about discrimination against the Chinese community as fears rise over coronavirus.

Mr Yung made the comments in an interview on Thursday afternoon. He is president of the Liberal Party Chinese Youth Council in Sydney, and is described by Mr Fordham as a future State or Federal MP.

Introducing the segment, Mr Fordham lamented rising racism against Chinese by other Australians.

“Community concern is sky-high, you can’t argue with that. The downside of that concern is that some are discriminating. There are already cases of people from the Chinese-Australian community being marginalised by other Aussies who are scared of coronavirus.”

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Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms

A team of eminent doctors published a report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet medical journal which found that persons may be infected with the China coronavirus without presenting any symptoms.

Such patients were described in the report as ‘afebrile’, a medical term indicating no fever or outward signs of sickness. The authors of the report indicated such carriers may help to spread the outbreak by remaining undetected.

The findings of the study cast doubt on the effectiveness of screenings procedures implemented at airports around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

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