2019-nCoV:NO Evidence of Aerosol Transmission, >40,000 Infected

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KFC Employee Infected


A KFC food preparation employee in a China location has been infected with the coronavirus. 

The patient reportedly worked at the front counter of a KFC in an eatery in the Xiaozhai Intime shopping center, in the Xian, Shaanxi province, where the worker's main job involved food preparation.

"Yum China is closely monitoring the situation and following guidance from the relevant authorities," a KFC spokesperson told Business Insider. "We have implemented various preventative measures across our restaurants and workplaces to help protect our employees and customers."

No Evidence of Aerosol Transmission

The National Health Commission (NHC) Saturday reiterated that the major transmission routes of the new coronavirus are still respiratory droplets and contact, and other routes such as aerosol transmission and fecal-oral transmission remain to be confirmed.  

The statement, published in the "Question and Answer" section of the NHC's website, came amid speculation and social media rumors about the possible transmission of the deadly coronavirus through aerosols, or smaller particles that can travel a longer distance than droplets from a patient's sneezing or coughing.   

"There is no proof of novel coronavirus transmission through aerosols so far," Health Authorities Said.  

Find Infected People Around You

By scanning the below QR code, you can find the exact residential location of infected people around you, of maybe in your own residential compound. 

Second Plane to Evacuate Canadians

A second plane left Trenton, Ont., very early Sunday morning to bring home more Canadians, from Wuhan, who have asked to return from China.

The plane would be leaving (China) on the 10th of February. There are 236 Canadians waiting to board the plane, Canadian officials said Sunday.

A first planeload of Canadians arrived at an Ontario military base last Friday, carrying 176 people, including two members of the rapid deployment team. A second group that travelled to Canada on a U.S. flight brought the total of repatriated Canadians to 213. 

WHO Sending Advance Team to China

The World Health Organization is sending an advance team to China for an international mission, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is part of the advance team, previously served as a special representative for the WHO in the Ebola response effort from 2014 to 2016, according to the WHO website.

2 Cruise Ships

The Diamond Princess stationed near Tokyo, Japan. Getty

One ship, the World Dream stationed in Hong Kong, allowed passengers to disembark on Sunday after the ship's crew members tested negative for the virus. The other ship, the Diamond Princess stationed near Tokyo, Japan, continues to report more cases of the virus on board, with the number of infected passengers rising to 70 on Sunday. At least 14 of those passengers are American, NBC News reported.

Israel Widens Travel Warning

Israels Health Ministry widened its travel warning on Sunday to additional Asian destinations, including Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, South Korea and Taiwan. It advised the public to consider whether travel to these places is necessary."

The ministry had already recommended avoiding all nonessential travel to China, and had issued an order mandating a 14-day home quarantine to any traveler who visited there.

Singapore Conference Spreads Virus Across Europe

Coronavirus cases traced to a business meeting in Singapore have reached three European countries after causing infections in Asia, raising fears of a so-called super-spreader event.

A cluster of cases of the virus in France, Spain and the UK confirmed in the past day all appear to have links to a French ski resort where the infected people had contact with a British man who had just returned from the conference. The meeting was organized by an unidentified company in January and was attended by more than 90 foreigners.

Malaysia Expands China Traveller Ban

Malaysia has expanded a ban on visitors from China to include Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, Reuters reported.

Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the decision follows China's move to extend its lockdown to five cities in Zhejiang and two in Jiangsu.

"[The] travel restrictions will be enforced in accordance with the lock-down region imposed by the Chinese Government," Wan Azizah said in a statement on Sunday.

The restriction will be imposed on all tourists regardless of nationality who have visited Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu, she added.

5 suspected Cases in Pakistan

Five persons with symptoms of coronavirus were rushed to hospital after they arrived in Pakistan from a flight from China, according to a media report on Sunday.

The suspected patients were on the Air China flight carrying 177 passengers, which landed in Islamabad on Friday, The Express Tribune reported quoting airport officials.

U.S. Embassy Suspends Regular Visa Services

The U.S. will temporarily suspend regular visa services in mainland China from Monday as the coronavirus epidemic leaves it with limited staffing.

The U.S. embassy in Beijing and consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenyang may not be able to respond to requests on regular visa services but may make available some emergency appointments, according to a statement on its website Saturday.

Two New Cases Detected in UAE

Two new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the UAE, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the deadly disease to seven, the country's health ministry has said.

The ministry said in a statement that the two new patients, a Chinese national and a Filipino, were receiving medical care as per the highest health standards available in the country.

Volkswagen delays restarting ventures

Volkswagen AG postponed resuming production at its China joint ventures, citing limited travel options for employees and because suppliers are still restarting after the extended national holiday at the end of January.

SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co. postponed work by seven days until Feb. 17, except for a plant in Shanghai that will restart on schedule on February 10. Most production at FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. will also restart on Feb. 10, one day later than announced end of January. Its plant in Tianjin will not repoen until Feb. 17.

Air China Cuts US Flights

State carrier Air China said late on Saturday it will "adjust" its flights between China and the United States due to the coronavirus epidemic.

A statement on the airline's Weibo microblog showed that flights between Beijing and Washington, and Shenzhen and Los Angeles had been cancelled.

New Test Kits In Just 15-minute 

According to Global Times, Tianjin University unveiled a new test kit that could produce results for coronavirus tests in just 15 minutes, potentially slashing screening times. Co-developed with a Beijing biotech company, the test kit is now in clinical trials before seeking approvals from regulators.

Nanjing, Hangzhou Suspend Marriage Registration

Nanjing, Hangzhou and some other Chinese cities have announced the suspension of marriage registration services amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

1000 Yuan Reward for Visiting Hospital

Residents in a county in Hubei will be rewarded 1,000 Yuan each if they visit hospitals voluntarily after they have fever symptoms. 

N95 Masks Banned for Civil Workers

Beijing government bans civil workers wearing N95 masks. East Chinas Zhejiang Province also launches the same ban previously. This is to save N95 masks for frontline medical workers.

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