Coronavirus, COVID-19 news and information

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COVID-19 history

History, news and more site information

In 2016 the UK Government carried out Exercise Cygnus, that simulated & highlighted the risks of a pandemic within the UK.
In 2017, 2018 there was a research experiment carried out in the UK about unleashing a virtual flu pandemic across the UK.
In December, 2019 a coronavirus was identified and named as 2019-nCoV. It most likely originated from a coronavirus in the bat population, although it is currently unclear if there was an intermediate host. It is known that a wide variety of animals were sold at a seafood market in Wuhan, China to which many of the earliest cases were connected.
This new coronavirus is a respiratory virus ... which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
In February, 2020 a man from Hong Kong who had been on the cruise ship, Diamond Princess tested positive for the new coronavirus six days after leaving the ship. He had boarded the ship in Japan and stayed on board for five days, then disembarked in his hometown.
A few days later the cruise ship had docked in the port of Yokohama, Japan as part of its cruise itinerary. Eventually more people tested positive for the virus and the entire vessel was put into quarantine. This was an ongoing situation with over 3000 people onboard.
Other cruise ships have also been affected worldwide. Some passengers have departed to their country of origin;see the news feeds on this site.
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Further important dates during the pandemic
As of Feb 24, 2020 the respiratory infection has claimed more than 2,000 lives, more than the 2003 Sars epidemic - and has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of March 9, 2020 South Korea & Iran had seen the largest number of cases outside China, while Italy had the highest number in Europe.

On March 11, 2020 WHO stated this coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.

On March 24, 2020 the Japan Tokyo Olympics were postponed(Tokyo is only about 40km from Yokohama).

As of March 30, 2020 USA & Italy have seen the largest number of cases worldwide, while Italy & Spain has had the highest number of deaths.

By May 05, 2020 USA had the most deaths worldwide with the UK having the most deaths in Europe.

By mid-July, 2020 there were over 13 million confirmed cases worldwide with over 500,000 confirmed deaths in over 200 countries.

COVID-19 news

Worldwide real-time health news from various sources

Some points to consider!

Are the number of coronavirus cases being reported correctly?

Several UK Government ministers admitted they had not read the Exercise Cygnus, 2016 report amid this current pandemic.

Some countries in the world introduced 'lockdown' strategies to combat the spread of this virus, some did not. Only time will tell about the success of the different strategies used.

pandemic See this very topical 'Contagion' documentary broadcast in 2018 which was a research experiment carried out in UK in 2017, 2018.

Will the rearranged Tokyo Olympics still take place in 2021?

Was the virus man-made?

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