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January 29, 2020 - Afternoon Update
This morning’s edition incorrectly reported that Australian researchers used a technique known as
synthesis to obtain samples of 2019-nCoV. The virologists instead used traditional culture methods to grow the virus.
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering
6,165 confirmed cases and 133 deaths as of 4:18pm EST. Official case counts will be released this evening.
released by the WHO today reports 68 confirmed cases in 15 countries outside of China.
A tourist in Finland with a recent travel history to Wuhan
has been diagnosed
with nCoV. The patient, a 32 year old woman, traveled to Finland on January 23rd and became symptomatic on the 26th. She is being cared for in isolation, even though her case is described as mild.
WHO TO RECONVENE EMERGENCY COMMITTEE
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization,
today that he will reconvene the Emergency Committee (EC) tomorrow. The EC will make a recommendation to Dr. Tedros about whether to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The group previously met twice last week and although opinions were split, the committee ultimately decided not to recommend a PHEIC declaration,
due in part
to a lack of human to human transmission outside of mainland China.
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Per CNBC Beijing Bureau Chief Eunice Yoon’s
, companies in Hubei province will not resume work until February 13th at the earliest. Workers in neighboring
province will not return to work until February 9th.
PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS
The WHO has partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to
the Pandemic Supply Chain Network, which is described
as a “Market Network that seeks to provide a platform for data sharing, market visibility, and operational coordination and connecting.” WEF
that the network will "provide input into WHO's development of the disease commodity packages" and "operationalise a mechanism/multistakeholder platform to support coordination and visibility into availability, and strategic allocation of strategic commodities, services, and other critical resources essential to managing large outbreaks of international concern."
Alibaba founder Jack Ma will
$14.4 million to support vaccine research and the ongoing public health response to 2019-nCoV. Other philanthropies, including the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
have also recently announced funding to support preparedness and response activities in China, Africa and the United States.
REPORT ON NCOV CLINICAL, EPIDEMIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS
a Lancet article today that describes a 99 patient cohort diagnosed with nCoV-associated pneumonia. The authors concluded that “the infection of 2019-nCoV was of clustering onset, is more likely to infect older men with comorbidities, and can result in severe and even fatal respiratory diseases such as [ARDS].”
HUBEI PRESS CONFERENCE
Details about the latest response activities in Hubei Province
, post 196) in a press conference held yesterday. Highlights include: (1) movement restrictions are still in effect; (2) shortages of masks and goggles (note: this may also refer to face shields) continues; (3) in response to concerns about the persistently low number of recovered patients reported, the discharge criteria was summarized as (machine translated): “the body temperature returned to normal for more than 3 days, the respiratory symptoms improved significantly, pulmonary imaging showed significant absorption of inflammation, two consecutive negative respiratory pathogen nucleic acid tests were negative (sampling interval of at least 1 day).”