“Citizens cannot leave the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou and others in Hubei province … and other communities have instituted curfews or only allow people to exit and enter at particular times” or by registration controls.
— The New York Times, February 14, 2020
“China says over 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the virus, and six have died.”
— CNN, February 14, 2020
“Japan reports first coronavirus death as 251 COVID-19 infections confirmed by Japanese authorities.”
— Kyodo News, February 14, 2020
UPDATE: February 11, 2020 – World Health Organization and CDC report: 28 countries, 1,107 Deaths, 43,101 Cases
- Deaths and cases: 108 people in mainland China died on Monday, the biggest single-day death toll yet. 2,478 new cases were identified in mainland China, bringing the number there to 42,708. As of Tuesday, 43,101 people were infected worldwide.
- Heads roll in Hubei: Two senior health officials in the Chinese province at the epicenter of the outbreak were fired on Tuesday, state media reported.
- Pipe fears: A Hong Kong apartment building was partially evacuated over concerns that the virus may have been transmitted through the piping system.
- Cruise ship crisis: 135 cases have been confirmed on a ship quarantined in Japan. Another ship carrying more than 2,000 people is still searching for a port after being denied entry to at least four ports.
- Totals have doubled in one week ago over totals on Feb. 6, 2020: 28 countries; 28,018 cases and 563 deaths.
— In U.S. A., 3 new coronavirus cases confirmed in California and 1 in Massachusetts, in addition to previous 7 in California, Washington and Illinois, bringing total to date to 11 confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases. 3 ill patients now at NYC hospitals might have the coronavirus since all had recently visited mainland China.
— The U. S. has issued the highest “Level 4” travel advisory to not travel to China at all.
— U.S. citizens, permanent residents and immediate family, who have visited China’s Hubei province where Wuhan is the capital, must now undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine.
— W. H. O. reports 27 cases of person-to-person coronavirus have spread in 9 countries beyond China.
“We have now seen the smallest details on the largest object in our solar system. What we previously thought looked like a bright point, one structure, is now breaking down into many smaller structures.”
— Thomas Rimmele, Director of the Inouye Solar Telescope Director, Maui, HawaiiClick for report.
“CDC today confirmed another infection with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States that was detected in California. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by this novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December 2019. This brings the total of number of 2019-nCoV cases in the United States to seven:” 3 in California; 2 in Illinois; 1 Arizona; 1 Washington
“Any US citizen returning to the United States, who has been in China’s Hubei province in the previous 14 days, will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they’re provided proper medical care and health screening.”
— Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, January 31, 2020
“This W.H.O. action is a vote of no confidence (in China).”
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, M. D., Director-General, World Health Organization, January 30, 2020
“I consider myself a veteran in battles such as bird flu, SARS and other outbreaks. But with this Wuhan pneumonia, I feel extremely powerless.”
— Guan Yi, M. D., SARS expert, Hong Kong, China, January 24, 2020
“In the most general sense, a home is a box and it resonates at different frequencies. A two story wood-frame house will experience a different shake and sound than a ranch brick house.”
— Alan Sealls, Chief Meteorologist, WPMI NBC 15, Mobile, AlabamaClick for report.
“Those triangles in the sky shocked me! And after I sent the pictures to my brother in Manchester, he texted back, ‘That’s really weird!’”
— Imran Choudhry, U. K. resident about two photos he took in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where sky had strange pattern of pale green triangles
“What we’re looking at is actually very bright lights on the ground being reflected between the camera’s lens elements … the lights in the sky are an inverted mirror image of lights on the ground, and they’re more easily visible against the dark background.”
— Professional photo analyst, San Francisco, California
“We’re desperately trying to figure out what is going on.”
— Capt. Michael Yowell, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Hugo, ColoradoClick for report.