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French prime minister says the UK must up its coronavirus quarantine measures
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has warned the UK must up its coronavirus quarantine measures, in a further sign that some European leaders are uneasy with the UK’s approach to reducing the spread of the virus.
Speaking on French state TV channel France 2, Philippe said: “There are confinements in Italy, in Spain. But for instance, if the UK continues not to apply any measures, we will find it difficult to accept British nationals on our territory.”
His comments came after European Council President Charles Michel announced EU member states had agreed to reinforce EU external borders by applying a coordinated temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU for a period of 30 days.
The ban applies to people traveling into Europe from countries that are not part of the European Union, the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) area, or the UK. The UK currently still has freedom of movement within the EU until the end of the Brexit transition period.
However, under EU law, EU citizens or members of their family may be expelled from the host Member State on grounds of public policy, public security, or public health.
“The President has fought hard with the European authorities to make a coherent response possible,” Philippe told France 2. “On the issue of containment, it may make sense to do sanitary border control. Closing borders completely also means making it more complicated to get the products we need.
“It is not illegitimate to re-establish health controls at borders. We must ensure that entry into the European area is controlled,” Philippe added.
The Brooklyn Nets announced on Tuesday that four players on the team had tested positive for coronavirus.
One of them shows symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic, according to a statement from the team.
“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the team said.
The NBA season was suspended last week after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
Before the Nets announced four players had tested there had been three other players that had tested positive, Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and an unnamed player on the Detroit Pistons.
Center for disease control (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (named coined from the crown look of the virus “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person to person in parts of the country.
Infections with 2019-nCoV most of them associated without travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States which reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020.
Late January 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.
Also on January 31, the President Trump of the United States signed a presidential “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people.
Chinese health authorities were the first to post the full genome of the 2019-nCoV in GenBank, the NIH genetic sequence database, and in the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data portal, an action which has facilitated detection of this virus.
CDC is posting the full genome of the 2019-nCoV viruses detected in U.S. patients to GenBank as sequencing is completed. 2019-nCoV is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, both of which have their origins in bats.
The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by 2019-nCoV in Wuhan, China had some link to large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread (zoonosis). Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread.
Although many organizations and countries have been working tirelessly towards curbing this global health threat we still have new cases reported daily.
The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners as well as public health partners to respond to this public health threat.
New hospitals are been built specifically to care for infected persons
The public health response is multi-layered, with the goal of detecting and minimizing introductions of this virus so as to reduce the spread and its impact.
CDC established a 2019-nCoV Incident Management System on January 7, 2020. On January 21, 2020, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to better provide ongoing support to the 2019-nCoV responses.
On January 27, 2020, CDC issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).
The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus.
CDC has deployed multidisciplinary teams to Washington, Illinois, California, Arizona, and Wisconsin to assist health departments with clinical management, contact tracing, and communications.
CDC has developed a real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test that can diagnose 2019-nCoV in respiratory and serum samples from clinical specimens.
CDC has grown the 2019-nCoV virus in cell culture, which is necessary for further studies, including for additional genetic characterization.
The cell-grown virus was sent to NIH’s BEI Resources Repositoryexternal icon for use by the broad scientific community.
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
If you are a healthcare provider, be on the lookout for people who recently traveled from China and have a fever and respiratory symptoms.
If you are a healthcare provider caring for a 2019-nCoV patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
For people who have had close contact with someone infected with 2019-nCoV who develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a 2019-nCoV patient.
For people who are ill with 2019-nCoV, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.
The details of a study that found the novel coronavirus could remain on contaminated plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine as a correspondence to the editor.
The study — funded by the National Institutes of Health — was posted online last week.
For the study, researchers compared the “surface stability” of the novel coronavirus with that of the SARS-CoV-1 virus, which sparked the SARS epidemic that started in 2002.
The researchers found that the novel coronavirus could be detected on…
- Copper for up to four hours
- Cardboard for up to 24 hours
- Plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours.
SARS-CoV-2 — the name of the novel coronavirus — and SARS-CoV-1 “was similar to that of SARS-CoV-1 under the experimental circumstances tested,” the researchers wrote in the study.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. Researchers have estimated that coronaviruses can linger on surfaces from just hours to more than a week.
A study published last month in The Journal of Hospital Infection found that human coronaviruses, such as SARS, have been found to persist on inanimate surfaces — including metal, glass, or plastic surfaces — for as long as nine days if that surface had not been disinfected.
Researchers continue to investigate just how long the novel coronavirus can linger on surfaces and even in the air, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organization infectious disease epidemiologist, said during a media briefing on Monday.