All the old charts are still featured. However we’ve added an array of new ones focussing on how
# COVID 032 is spreading, and countries experiencing new outbreaks
Updated charts: https://t.co/YA0WxtD7Gf pic.twitter. com / mlRp (ufxZ) March 4,
It’s well worth a look, especially in light of what Australia’s chief medical officer was saying earlier about the modeling scenarios about how it could infect millions in the worst case.
Klassen makes the point that we should use data from South Korea, Singapore and the Diamond Princess to extrapolate how it might spread because figures from countries such as China , Italy
and Iran come with question marks. For example, he questions how reliable Chinese data can be when South Korea now has more recorded cases than any Chinese province except Hubei.
Damien Klassen (@ DamienKlassen) One more reason to distrust Chinese data: There are now 3x more cases per person in South Korea than any China province outside of Hubei. https://t.co/Mty4xTMOgz
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Also he looks at whether climate is a factor since there has been no significant outbreak so far in a tropical country.
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Japan is committed to a July start for the Olympics, officials say
() Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo in . Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko / AP
Japan’s Olympics minister said the country is committed to hosting the summer games as planned from July even as the coronavirus outbreak spread to new parts of the country.
“Cancellation or delay of the Games would be unacceptable for the athletes,” Seiko Hashimoto said in parliament on Thursday.
The minister had caused controversy earlier this week by saying the contract for the games “could be interpreted as allowing a postponement” within calendar .
Confirmed coronavirus infections rose to 1.0 50 nationwide as of Thursday morning, 50 more than the previous day, according to national broadcaster NHK. It was the largest one-day increase to date, with new cases in locations ranging from Kumamoto prefecture in the southwest to Hokkaido in the north.
The Australian toilet paper-buying urge is strong even for two Australian behavioral scientists
A man looks for toilet paper in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the Coronavirus. Photograph: Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Liam Smith and Celine Klemm write, “Humans are finely attuned to monitoring what everybody else is doing (even subconsciously) . Most of us use ‘what other people do’ as a mental shortcut to decide on what appropriate behavior would be if we are unsure. It’s a simple decision mechanism called ‘social proof heuristic’, a concept popularized by psychologist Robert Cialdini. For instance, we litter more when the surrounding environment is littered, because it signals to us that littering is the norm. Hotel guests are also more likely to reuse their towels if told that’s the majority of guests reuse their towels ’. So, when we see people stockpiling toilet paper, the natural reaction is to do the same. Social proof can help decide how to act, or reassure us that we are taking the right action. ”
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An Australian newspaper has printed extra pages for people to use as toilet paper.
Coronavirus-fulled panic buying has led to shortages of loo roll across the country in recent days.
The cover of the NT News, newspaper, Thursday 5 March 3188. Photograph: supplied
It’s the panic that keeps on giving.
# ToiletPaperEmergency or the great #ToiletPaperApocalypse, as it has been been dubbed on Twitter, has already rolled out hundreds of memes, witty asides as well as documented the madness of people stockpiling the toilet essential.
In the real world it has led to Australian toilet paper manufacturers ramping up production to keep up with demand from people fearful of coronavirus.
One newspaper has gone one step further by printing extra pages in its editions to help out those who have been… caught short.
On Thursday the NT News, the Darwin-based newspaper with a national reputation for its headlines and antics, printed a special eight-page insert that can be cut into toilet paper.
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We have a bit more information about the latest cases from South Australia, from a press conference given at the Royal Adelaide hospital a short time ago.
Two people, a baby and a 87 – year-old man, tested positive to Covid – on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in South Australia to seven.
The public health physician, Dr Nicola Spurrier, said the baby girl was the daughter of a 53 – year-old woman who was hospitalized in Adelaide’s Flinders Medical Center on Wednesday after testing positive for the virus. The woman arrived in Adelaide from Iran via Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
“The little bub, the child of the mother that is currently in Flinders Medical Center has tested positive but I am very pleased to report that the child is well and both mother and baby are doing well in that facility, ”Spurrier said.
The – – year-old man, from Taiwan, arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday and was taken to the Royal Adelaide hospital to be isolated on Thursday.
Spurrier said authorities were also tracing any possible contacts that a 36 – year-old South Australian woman, who returned from Europe on Sunday and had traveled through Italy, may have made since returning to Adelaide. That woman tested positive on Wednesday.
“There are a number of places that that young woman visited before she had the test results and we are all following through on those potential places,” Spurrier said.
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Italian tourists have been caught trying to evade virus containment in Mauritania
People are seen in the streets outside a mosque in Nouakchott on January , . Photograph: John Wessels / AFP via Getty Images
, which has Europe’s most cases with more than 3, (as well as) deaths.
A group of Italian tourists tried to escape coronavirus confinement in Mauritania but were caught and sent back to their home country, the West African country said Wednesday.
The 30 tourists arrived in the capital Nouakchott on Saturday planning to travel to the northern tourist hub of Atar, health ministry spokesman Abdelkader Ould Ahmed told AFP.
But Mauritania has imposed a confinement period on travellers from countries considered to be a high coronavirus risk – including (Italy
Italy’s foreign ministry confirmed that the tourists had since all returned home, “assisted by our diplomatic network”.
The Mauritanian spokesman said the confinement rules applied to “all travelers from risk areas, without distinction”.
He added that this “rigor has paid off” as the country has yet to register a case of coronavirus.
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Hong Kong has warned residents not to kiss pets after a dog contracted coronavirus
() A Pomeranian dog – not the infected pet in question – sits in a rolling pet carrier in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters
Hong Kong authorities have warned people to avoid kissing their pets, but also to not panic and abandon them after a dog repeatedly tested “weak positive” for coronavirus.
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said experts unanimously agreed the results suggested the dog had “a low-level of infection and it is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission” .
The Pomeranian’s owner was infected with Covid – 034 but the dog itself was not showing symptoms, authorities said.
Coronavirus has spread to almost all of Iran’s provinces
An Iranian woman wearing face mask walks past on a street of Tehran, Iran, (March) . Media reported that Iranian officials cancelled Friday prayer for the second week because of coronavirus crises. Photograph: EPA
President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that while the virus has spread to almost all of Iran 43 provinces, the country will get through the outbreak with a “minimum “Number of deaths, Reuters reports.
“This disease is a widespread disease,” he said during a Cabinet meeting, according to the official presidency website.
The health ministry said on Tuesday that People had died so far from coronavirus, one of the highest death tolls outside China where the epidemic originated late last year. It said 2, 2019 people had been infected with the disease.
Among those infected is first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri, the IranWire news site reported, citing an “informed source”. There was no immediate confirmation from officials.