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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 03:28 PM

Updates in the news about COVID-19 for 2/14/2020

From DW
Africa has been spared so far from coronavirus. Why?
Some 24 countries apart from China have registered cases of the coronavirus, now officially named Covid-19. None of them are in Africa, despite the increasingly tight links between the two regions. DW explores why.

Coronavirus: Li Wenliang's death 'a moment of awakening' for China
Free speech advocates in China are demanding more transparency after the death of a coronavirus whistleblower. DW spoke with human rights lawyer Wang Yu about how the case has changed public discourse on the outbreak.

From the BBC
Coronavirus: New China figures highlight toll on medical staff
Chinese officials have given figures for health workers infected with the new coronavirus, amid concerns about shortages of protective equipment.

Coronavirus: Fake flyers in Los Angeles target Panda Express
Fake flyers telling diners to avoid Asian-American restaurants because of the coronavirus are among a spate of recent racist incidents linked to the outbreak, say California authorities.

Coronavirus: Why have two reporters in Wuhan disappeared?
They are citizen journalists, wanting to provide the "truth" of what is happening in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

They posted videos online, shared pictures and dramatic stories from inside the quarantined city that has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

Now, they are nowhere to be found.

From the CBC
Coronavirus evacuees raising money for Red Cross
Back on Canadian soil after being flown out of China's Hubei province, some of the more than 400 evacuees waiting out their coronavirus quarantine in Trenton, Ont., have decided to show their appreciation by raising money for the Canadian Red Cross.

What you need to know now about the coronavirus: New method of diagnosing illness
Spike in new cases, deaths stems from casting net wider so fewer cases are missed

People arriving in Beijing to be quarantined as China struggles to pick up economy
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply.

IMF chief hopes for global policy response to mitigate coronavirus impact
MUNICH (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund hopes governments and central banks will work on a response to the coronavirus outbreak once the economic impact becomes clear, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday.

Virus renews safety concerns about slaughtering wild animals
BEIJING (AP) China cracked down on the sale of exotic species after an outbreak of a new virus in 2002 was linked to markets selling live animals. The germ turned out to be a coronavirus that caused SARS.


Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids
NEW YORK (AP) A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu outbreak of 2009-10, health officials said Friday. And the wave is expected to keep going for weeks.

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China, which can cause symptoms that can be difficult to distinguish from flu without testing.

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