CoViD-19: 1,716 Medics Infected; 1st case in Africa;

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1716 Medical Workers Infected, 6 Died

A total of six medical workers had died as a result of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, accounting for 0.4% of the total fatality rate; there are 1,716 infected medical workers in total, 3.8 percent of all infections: Chinas top health authority 

People who have discriminated and isolated frontline medical workers involved in the prevention and control of the epidemic, and their respective families, should be promptly educated, investigated, and dealt with in a serious manner following the law, besides the normal medical and health order shall be maintained, says a joint document released by officials.

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Plasma Therapy is Progressing

Zhang Dingyu, director of Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, said COVID-19-infected patients that have recovered have a large number of comprehensive antibodies, which can fight the virus. He called on them to come to donate plasma for patients who are still struggling.

Meanwhile in Shanghai, six of the 28 recovered COVID-19 patients, and discharged on Friday, are willing to donate blood plasma for further research to combat novel coronavirus.

The China National Biotec Group (CNBG) on Thursday said in a statement posted on Chinese social media platform WeChat that they have successfully prepared special immune plasma products, and will use them in the clinical treatment of severe coronavirus patients.

Egypt Reporting First Confirmed Case

Authorities in Egypt reported the country's first coronavirus case Friday, CBS News' Ahmed Shawkat reports from Cairo. The case marks the first confirmed case of the disease in Africa.

Egypt's health ministry said in a statement the patient was in stable condition and didn't have any symptoms. The patient wasn't an Egyptian citizen, and the ministry didn't provide the patient's nationality.

People who have been in contact with the patient have tested negative for the disease and will be under quarantine in their homes for 14 days, the ministry said.

Beijing Orders 14-day Quarantine for Returnees

Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the deadly new coronavirus, state media report.

Residents were told to "self-quarantine or go to designated venues to quarantine" after returning to the Chinese capital from holidays.

Tianjin, First Ever Chinese Province to Ban Eating Wild Animals 

Tianjin Municipality introduced a ban on the eating of wild animals on Friday. It's the first ban introduced by a provincial People's Congress in China since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Tianjin now forbids eating of wild animals and their products that are under state or city protection, as well as other wildlife protected by previous laws and regulations, according to a decision approved at a session of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal People's Congress, the city's legislative body.

No organization or individual is allowed to hunt, sell, purchase, transport, carry or deliver wild animals and their products for the purpose of consumption or trading, said the statement.

The city will impose severe punishment for parties violating the new regulation, including fines and revoking business licenses.

MOE Bans Offline Education

The Ministry of Education issued a notice concerning the work of teachers during the period of epidemic prevention and control. The notice forbids any form of offline education; teachers' online training or face-to-face educational activities during the outbreak.

IELTS Test Cancelled

March IELTS tests will be cancelled in the Chinese mainland amid the COVID19 outbreak. Test fees will be fully refunded to candidates personal registration accounts.

77 COVID-19 Clusters Confirmed in Beijing

77 COVID-19 clusters were confirmed in Beijing, among which 70 were family gatherings, according to an official from Beijing's disease control center

Yunmeng & Honghu Launches Wartime Control

Yunmeng County & Honghu city in #Hubei announced wartime controls would begin on Friday, the third and forth area in the COVID19-engulfed province to launch such measures, following Shiyan and Dawu.

Non-Hubei Infections Decline for 10th Consecutive Day

Numbers of novel coronavirus infections reported on daily basis outside epicenter Hubei Province declined for the 10th consecutive day as reported on Friday, with 267 new cases. 

UAE Patients, 3 Discharged

Two Chinese nationals with COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were discharged from hospital on Friday. 

So far, eight cases have been confirmed in the UAE, including six Chinese, one from the Philippines and another from India. 

One Chinese patient from Wuhan City left the hospital on February 9 after recovery.

96-year-old Patient Discharged

A 96-year-old novel coronavirus patient was discharged from The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University. She's also the oldest patient infected by the virus in east China's Zhejiang Province.

United Airlines Extends Suspension Until April 24

United Airlines has extended its flight suspension to Chinese cities until April 24 amid the coronavirus outbreak. The airline had previously said it is halting flights to and from China until March 28.

HK Gives Virus-Hit Businesses Cash Handouts

Hong Kong announced a slew of cash subsidies on Friday to help businesses that have been battered by the coronavirus outbreak in a city already reeling from a recession. 

Lam announced one-off subsidies for people including construction workers, security guards and janitors to help them buy protective equipment.

The government will also issue HK$80,000 ($10,300) to licensed travel agencies, smaller restaurants and retailers as well as HK$5,000 to street hawkers, HK$200,000 to licensed restaurants and factory canteens and a further HK$5,000 to around 200,000 low income families.#

Infected Patients Attends London's Conference

About 250 people who went to a conference in London last week have been notified that one of the attendees has been diagnosed with the coronavirus sweeping through China.

The person from the conference diagnosed with the new COVID-19 disease has not been identified, but British media said it was not the most recent case diagnosed in the country.

US CDC: Virus Could be Around For a Year

CDC says virus could be around for a year, gain "foothold" in U.S.

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the deadly outbreak of coronavirus could continue into next year.

"We don't know a lot about this virus," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN on Thursday. "This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission."

India Screens Passengers from Japan, S. Korea

India's Aviation regulator DGCA asked airports and airlines on Friday that in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection, passengers arriving in flights from Japan and South Korea must be screened once they step out of the aerobridge.

Till date, only passengers arriving from four countries Thailand, Singapore, China and Hong Kong were being screened for possible exposure to the respiratory virus at 21 identified airports in India.

Apple Reopening Stores in Beijing and Shanghai

Apple is reopening some of its stores after they were closed for about two weeks. The company confirmed that one of its seven stores in Shanghai will reopen on Saturday.

On Friday, all five Apple Stores in Beijing reopened with reduced hours. Customers are being asked to wear a face mask and allow for their temperature to be taken

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