COVID-19: "New" Study Shows Conditions That Worsen The Infection

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China data; asymptomatic cases to be reported

China's National Health Commission has yet to release its daily update on coronavirus cases, with asymptomatic cases expected to be added to the tally. As of 11:30 Beijing time, Hubei and 8 other provinces still haven't reported their data; and the national cumulative data hasn't been released yet. 

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STUDY: These Conditions Increase the Risk of Severe Conditions

People with diabetes, chronic lung disease, heart disease or those who smoke may be at increased risk of developing severe complications if they get COVID-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

In its first report looking at underlying health conditions that could make COVID-19 worse, The agency examined 7,162 cases.  37.6%, had one or more underlying health conditions or risk factors, and 62.4%, had none of these conditions reported.

The CDC found that a higher percentage of patients with underlying conditions were admitted to the hospital or into intensive care than patients without underlying conditions. About 78% of ICU patients and 71% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had one or more reported underlying health conditions, the CDC said. In contrast, 27% of the patients who were not hospitalized had at least one underlying health condition, the agency said. 

Another recent study showed:  which was published online in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 2,143 cases of children with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 that were reported to the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between Jan. 16 and Feb. 8. More than 90% of the cases were asymptomatic, mild or moderate cases. However, nearly 6% of the childrens cases were severe or critical, compared with 18.5% for adults.

White House Predicts 100,000 to 240,000 will die in US from Coronavirus

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President Donald Trump prepared Americans for a coming surge in coronavirus cases, calling COVID-19 a plague and saying the U.S. is facing a very, very painful two weeks. 

This is going to be a rough two-week period, Trump said at a White House press conference. White House officials are projecting between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths in the U.S. with fatalities peaking over the next two weeks. When you look at night, the kind of death that has been caused by this invisible enemy, its incredible. Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

A Rush of Local News

Shanghai reported 7 new imported cases on Tuesday, as the city's total imported cases hit 177; 48 close contacts are put under centralized quarantine.

The Macao SAR government announced Tue one-off cash handouts to its residents between Apr 1 and Jun 19 to cushion the COVID-19 fallout on the local economy. Permanent residents will receive 10,000 patacas ($1,250), while non-permanent residents will get 6,000 patacas.

China will delay its national college entrance examination "gaokao" by a month, the education ministry announced Tuesday. The test, taken by millions of Chinese students each year, will now be administered on July 7 and July 8. Exam time for Beijing and Hubei province will be decided separately, with new dates to be announced later.

China to start reporting asymptomatic patients: Starting from April 1, Chinese health authorities will publish the details of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients every day, amid public concerns that these patients may cause further infections. A total of 1,541 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation in China as of Monday, of whom 205 are imported cases.  So far, asymptomatic patients are not counted as "confirmed cases" in China. 

China donated protective medical supplies to Uzbekistan to help fight the #COVID19 pandemic on Monday.

Among the 40,000-plus medical workers, who came to aid Hubei, none have been infected with coronavirus: Chinese central govt official 

A Rush of News

The number of tests and infections % in around the world. 

The United Nations chief has warned the coronavirus pandemic presents the world with its "worst crisis" since World War II.

Indonesia will ban most foreign nationals from entering and transiting through the country. Foreign Affairs Minister said the restrictions would not apply to work permit holders, diplomats, and other official visitors, state-run Antara News Agency reported. He did not specify when the restrictions will be implemented.

The German city of Jena is to make wearing a mask mandatory in some places, amid fears about the spread of coronavirus.

Six baggage handlers at Adelaide Airport in South Australia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Mexico declares "health emergency," suspends all non-essential activities until April 30

Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, former president of the Republic of the Congo, has died after contracting coronavirus, his family said.

Children in South Korea are due to return to school next week, but will do so from home, with online classes to start at some schools on April 9, before expanding to other institutions.

12-year-old girl in Belgium becomes Europe's youngest known COVID-19 victim. The girl had had a fever for three days before her death and tested positive for COVID-19. No other details were given about her case, including whether she had any underlying health problems.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to be carrying the virus, though the 70-year-old leader would remain in isolation, a spokesman said.

New Zealand Tuesday announced an extension of its national emergency for another seven days.

Korean Air reportedly to suspend flights to Washington DC.

Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tunisia will extend a lockdown by two weeks to April 19.

Dutch schools, restaurants to stay shut till April 28.

Armenia is extending emergency restrictions for another 10 days.

Monaco's Prince Albert II, who tested positive with COVID-19 on March 19, was released from medical quarantine on Tuesday and is in good health, officials said.

The Philippine Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Ao has said he tested positive for coronavirus.

12-year-old girl in Belgium becomes Europe's youngest known COVID-19 victim. The girl had had a fever for three days before her death and tested positive for COVID-19. No other details were given about her case. In London, A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for COVID-19 died, according to a statement from King's College Hospital cited by Reuters.

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp., which converted its liquid crystal display factory into one churning out medical masks, sent its first shipment Tuesday. The plant is set to make 150,000 masks a day, with production being ramped up later to 500,000 masks a day.

Portuguese airline TAP Air Portugal has temporarily laid off 9,000 employees about roughly 90% of its workforce.

Countries Confirming First Case/death

Tanzania reported its first death from the coronavirus, The patient, a 49-year-old male who had pre-existing health conditions.

Myanmar has reported its first death from the coronavirus - a 69-year-old man who also had cancer and died in a Yangon hospital.

Oman reported its first death from coronavirus, a 72-year-old Omani man.

Burundi has confirmed its first two coronavirus cases.  Both men were Burundian. One, 56, had recently returned from neighbouring Rwanda and the other, 42, had recently returned from Dubai.

Sierra Leone has reported first case of coronavirus: a 37-year-old man who travelled from France on March 16 and had been in isolation since.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday confirmed the country's first COVID-19 death.

El Salvador reported the country's first coronavirus death Tuesday. 

Hard-Hit Countries

Spains coronavirus death toll rose by 849 cases overnight to 8,189, the highest jump in fatalities since the start of the epidemic, the health ministry said. The total number of infections rose to 94,417 from 85,195 the previous date. At the time of publishing this article, the total deaths cases reached 8464

Iran announced 141 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,898.  "In the past 24 hours, there has been 3,111 new cases of infected people. Unfortunately, 3,703 of the infected people are in a critical condition," Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur told state TV. 

France reported its highest daily number of deaths from coronavirus since the epidemic began, saying 499 more people had died in hospital to bring the toll to 3,523. There are now 22,757 people hospitalised in France with COVID-19, with 5,565 of them in intensive care.

US coronavirus Deaths has surpassed those in China. There have been 3,873 deaths in the US from the virus, more than the 3,309 in China.

Italy: The death toll has climbed by 837 to 12,428, the Civil Protection Agency said, with the daily tally rising, albeit slightly, for a second day running. The number of new cases was broadly steady, growing by 4,053 against 4,050 on Monday, and bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on February 21 to 105,792.

Britain has reported a record daily coronavirus death toll of 382, more than double the number of deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.

The Netherlands has reported 175 new deaths from the coronavirus, bringing its total number of fatalities to 1,039.

Russian Doctor who met Putin 'Tests Positive'

Putin shakes hands with the hospital's chief physician Protsenko during a visit to the hospital for patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the outskirts of Moscow on March 24, 2020 [Sputnik/Alexey Druzhinin/Kremlin via Reuters]

A doctor who gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a tour of Moscow's main coronavirus hospital last week has been diagnosed with the virus, the Rossiya 24 state TV channel reported.

Putin visited the Kommunarka hospital last Tuesday where he interacted with the doctor, Denis Protsenko.

The Kremlin said Putin was being regularly tested for coronavirus and that "everything is okay," the RIA news agency reported.

COVID-19 10-Minutes Rapid Test Kits 

A local firm in Singapore developed a rapid test kit for COVID19 that will be able to detect an infection in less than 10 minutes. The test kits developed by Biolidics Limited can detect Covid-19 with an accuracy of more than 95 per cent using serum, plasma or whole blood samples.


Stocks Suffer Worst Quarter Since 2008

The S&P 500-stock index lost 19.7% of its value in the first three months of this year, compared with its plunge of 22.6% in the fourth quarter of 2008, which marked the start of the Great Recession, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst for S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The Dow's plunge during the first quarter - a fall of more than 6,900 points, or a decline of 24% - is the worst since the fourth quarter of 1987, when the market suffered the "Black Monday" crash and the blue-chip index of 30 large-company stocks declined 25% in that quarter, Silverblatt added

China's Health Minister called His US Counterpart and Pledged to Work Together to Fight Coronavirus

China is willing to work with the United States in the fight against coronavirus, the country's health minister Ma Xiaowei said during a phone conversation with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Monday. 

He added that China is willing to share its experiences with the US.

According to the statement, Azar praised China for having achieved great success in combating the novel coronavirus, and agreed to work with China to protect public health around the world.

In Australia and New Zealand, Many Infected Among Young People

In Australia and New Zealand, there's a high proportion of young people among those diagnosed with coronavirus.

According to Australian government statistics of confirmed cases:

  • 21% are aged 20 to 29

  • 16% are aged 30 to 39

  • 31% are 60 or older

In New Zealand:

  • 26% are aged 20 to 29

  • 14% are aged 30 to 39

  • 21% are 60 or older

For comparison, a report issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that analyzed the cases of 2,500 patients in the US whose ages were known, found that:

  • 29% were aged 20 to 44

  • 18% were aged 55 to 64

  • 25% were aged 65 to 84

So why is there a high proportion of cases among younger people in Australia and New Zealand?

One reason could be travel. In both New Zealand and Australia, the vast majority of cases are connected with overseas travel or links to known cases, meaning there is limited transmission in the community. Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious disease expert from the Australian National University, said the Australian data was a reflection of the demographics engaging in overseas travel, according to a report in The Guardian.

A health worker conducts tests at a coronavirus testing center in Adelaide, Australia on March 11. Tracey Nearmy/Getty Images

Saudi Tells Muslims to Wait on Making Hajj Plans

General view of Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca after Saudi authorities suspended Umrah [File: Ganoo Essa/Reuters]

Saudi Arabia is urging Muslims to wait before making plans to attend the annual Hajj pilgrimage until there is more clarity about the coronavirus pandemic, the kingdom's minister for Hajj and Umrah said, according to state television. 

Some 2.5 million pilgrims usually flock to the holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Medina each year for the week-long ritual. 

Egypt's Great Pyramid Glows Red

One of the world's most iconic landmarks, the Great Pyramid of Giza, was illuminated Monday night in red with a message of thanks to the health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, and a plea for people to help slow the disease's spread.

Photos posted to Twitter by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities showed the ancient pyramid glowing, with a message written in English and Arabic, urging people to "stay home," and then thanking "those keeping us safe."

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