Recovered coronavirus patients found not to be infectious: Chinese official

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020   •   445

Recovered coronavirus patients who were discharged from hospitalization but later tested positive again have been found not to be infectious, an official at China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Friday (February 28).

Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration official at the National Health Commission, told reporters at a daily news conference that there is a need to deepen the understanding of the novel virus and improve health tracking and management of recovered coronavirus patients.

A growing number of discharged coronavirus patients in China and elsewhere are testing positive after recovering, sometimes weeks after being allowed to leave the hospital, which could make the epidemic harder to eradicate.

China has so far discharged 36,117 patients, according to data from the National Health Commission released on Friday, which represents almost 46% of the total cases on the Chinese mainland.

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Israel prepares for election with coronavirus fears

UNTV News   •   March 2, 2020

 Israelis on Sunday (March 1) played down the possible effect of coronavirus on their plans to vote in the country’s national election, a day before going to the polls for the third time in less than a year.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a coronavirus call center and urged people to vote without fear.

16 dedicated voting stations have been set up for people in quarantine across the country, MADA national ambulance service said.

Israel has reported seven coronavirus cases and moved to head off contagions by turning back visitors from some affected countries and advising its own citizens not to travel abroad.

A poll aired on the N12 TV news on Saturday found that 7% of Israeli voters were considering staying at home on Monday due to coronavirus worries.

The Central Elections Committee has set up special polling booths for the hundreds of voters quarantined on suspicion of coronavirus infection. (REUTERS/CHANNEL 13)

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Louvre museum closed again as workers fret over coronavirus

UNTV News   •   March 2, 2020

The Louvre museum in Paris shut its doors to art lovers and tourists for a second day on Monday (March 2) as management held talks with workers over the risks associated with coronavirus.

Queues quickly formed in the rain outside the world’s most visited museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and there was no immediate indication of whether the museum would open.

A sign in multiple languages on the museum’s main entrance read: “Today the opening of the Louvre is delayed. We will inform you about the potential opening time as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”

The museum closed on Sunday (March 1) after management failed to reassure staff that the risk of contagion from the coronavirus was contained, prompting a walkout.

Museums, tourist venues, and theme parks are not covered by a ban on large public gatherings announced by the government on Saturday (February 29) as it tries to contain an outbreak in France that has killed two people and infected some 130.

Disneyland Paris in Chessy, 32 kilometers (19.88 miles) east of central Paris, was open as normal on Monday, a representative said. The Eiffel Tower was also operating normally.

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No near-term decision on Tokyo 2020 Olympics, says WHO

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020

No decision will be made on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the near future in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (February 27).

WHO officials said the new coronavirus outbreak has reached a “decisive point” and had the potential to become a pandemic.

With less than five months to go until the Olympics begin, WHO emergencies program head Dr. Mike Ryan said they were working closely with organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games, providing them with assessment and risk management advice.

On Wednesday Tokyo 2020 officials said they are considering scaling down the torch relay due to concerns over the outbreak

The committee’s basic stance was that the Olympics and Paralympics would go ahead as planned, Tokyo 2020 CEO, Toshiro Muto told reporters.

Japan has moved to quell fears that the Olympics might be canceled after International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said the Games would more likely be canceled than postponed or moved if the virus forced any change in the schedule. (REUTERS)

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