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Sun Feb 16, 2020, 01:53 PM

44 Americans on cruise ship docked in Japan tested positive for coronavirus, U.S. health official sa

Source: WaPo

By Gerry Shih and Katie Mettler

Feb. 16, 2020 at 12:42 p.m. EST

Revelations that an octogenarian American on a cruise ship has contracted the coronavirus after passengers disembarked has raised fears that other potential carriers of the virus are at large. In China, meanwhile, the rate of growth for new cases appears to be slowing.

● Taiwan has reported its first fatality linked to the coronavirus, a man in his 60s. There are 20 confirmed cases on the self-ruled island.

● Several governments are scrambling after an 83-year-old American woman onboard the Westerdam cruise liner docked in Cambodia tested positive twice for the coronavirus infection after traveling to Malaysia.

● Forty four Americans who were traveling on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have been infected, Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Washington Post on Sunday.

● China reported 2,009 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a drop from the previous two days, as the worldwide death toll rose to 1,669, with roughly 69,000 cases worldwide.

● Even more strict containment measures have been implemented across China’s quarantined Hubei province with a ban on all nonessential driving or trips outside homes.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/coronavirus-china-updates/2020/02/16/616e9a74-4f6d-11ea-bf44-f5043eb3918a_story.html

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Dennis Donovan Feb 16 OP
dewsgirl Feb 16 #1
BusyBeingBest Feb 16 #2
dewsgirl Feb 16 #3
BusyBeingBest Feb 16 #4
Dennis Donovan Feb 16 #5
muriel_volestrangler Feb 16 #6
James48 Feb 17 #7
dalton99a Feb 17 #8
muriel_volestrangler Mar 9 #9

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:03 PM

1. When the Westerdam disembarked, the Prime Minister of

Cambodia was their to shake each of their hands, before they called for 60 taxi's, to distribute them throughout the city. This whole Coronavirus (I am having a hard time getting used to Covid19) thing is overblown, according to them. 😳
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212992658

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:13 PM

2. They were trying to be nice and show hospitality. Sad that it backfired on them.

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Response to BusyBeingBest (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:16 PM

3. I was shocked when I came across that, they can't be this oblivious.

Don't they have advisors over there? Of course, advisors don't help here either...anymore.😞

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:17 PM

4. True, LOL.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:27 PM

5. They're calling this one act by Hun Sen a potential "turning point" to the worse

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/16/world/asia/coronavirus-cruise-americans.html

“We anticipated glitches, but I have to tell you I didn’t anticipate one of this magnitude,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, adding that the best approach to containing a broader spread of the virus from the Westerdam would be to track down all of the passengers and quarantine them for two weeks.

“This could be a turning point” in the epidemic, Dr. Schaffner said. “We have potentially many people in many countries, and all it would require is just the establishment of another outbreak in another country and that could potentially tip the scales.”

Dr. Eyal Leshem, director of the Center for Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel, called the disclosures “extremely concerning” and said the passengers who traveled onward from Kuala Lumpur substantially increased the risk of a pandemic.

“We may end up with three or four countries with sustained transmission of the virus,” he said. “It may be more and more difficult to make sure this outbreak is contained only within China.”


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun Feb 16, 2020, 02:45 PM

6. Which means she felt ill 14 days after they left Hong Kong, and were at sea

so either it can take longer than 14 days to show symptoms (which will screw everyone's calculations up), or there was an asymptomatic carrier on the ship. And if they're more common than realised, it again makes it more complicated to handle people coming out of a zone with significant infection.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 12:03 AM

7. The entire world is screwed.

We are still such a mobile society that the entire world is going to be hit with this over the coming weeks and months.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:42 AM

8. Very, very smart leader

As countries around the world curbed travel to and from China, Beijing-friendly Cambodia and Pakistan bucked the trend by keeping their doors open.

Cambodia has indicated that it will not evacuate its nationals from China or halt flights to or from the country. Furthermore, Hun Sen proposed visiting Wuhan himself, earlier this week, which the Chinese side politely refused. Pakistan also decided to resume flights to and from China earlier this week.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/A-friend-in-need-is-a-friend-indeed-Xi-tells-visiting-Hun-Sen

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Mar 9, 2020, 03:44 PM

9. Update on the Westerdam: no other patients, the woman may have been a false positive

-Holland America’s MS Westerdam was barred from five countries before it finally docked in Cambodia on Feb. 13. Two days later, the ship’s first coronavirus case was confirmed in an 83-year-old American woman who had already traveled to Malaysia, according to Bloomberg. A worldwide search began for other Westerdam passengers who may have been exposed to the virus. All passengers were eventually cleared, and Holland America said the woman's case could have been a false positive.

https://weather.com/health/cold-flu/news/2020-03-09-coronavirus-covid19-officials-warn-do-not-take-cruises

Which I'm glad about - it means the 14 days may be the maximum after all, and Cambodia hasn't suffered from what was a good gesture.

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