Welcome to this slow blog. Here, the NU.nl editors update you a few times a day about the latest developments regarding the corona virus.
- Almost three thousand infections now
- 81 people died from the effects of the virus
- WHO speaks of "state of emergency for China"
- China extends New Year's holiday to prevent spread
- Cases also known in Europe since Friday
The vast majority of infections are in China. Outside China, 46 infections have been reported, with eight in Thailand, five in Australia and the United States, four in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea, three in France and Japan, two in Vietnam and Canada and one in Nepal and Sri Lanka.
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17 minutes ago
RTL News reports that RIVM advises scaling up the corona virus to an A disease. That would mean that there would be a direct reporting obligation for healthcare professionals if there are indications that someone is infected with the virus. If the cabinet follows the advice, infected people must be forced to be admitted or placed in isolation.
an hour ago
Germany wants to get ninety citizens back from Wuhan, writes Reuters news agency. Our eastern neighbors follow the example of France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
3 hours ago
Also in Sri Lanka, someone is infected with the corona virus, the health authorities in the country report Monday. It is a Chinese tourist in his forties.
3 hours ago
The first death has since been confirmed by the corona virus in the Chinese capital Beijing.
3 hours ago
According to RTL News , Dutch people evacuated from the Chinese province of Hubei must then remain in quarantine for two weeks. The costs would be for your own account. The Dutch were allegedly informed by e-mail, but a fellow countryman who is staying in Wuhan and is in contact with the embassy says he has not yet received any e-mail.
4 hours ago
The mayor of Wuhan, Zhou Xianwang, admits that he did not act correctly in the outbreak of the corona virus. According to Xianwang, the public was initially not informed quickly enough. Many residents of the city previously criticized the mayor's actions.
7 hours ago
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has contact with about 20 Dutch people in the province of Hubei and the capital Wuhan. It is being investigated whether it is possible to evacuate them from the province, where public transport is flat and the airport is closed. The ministry is in contact with other European countries about this, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson Willemien Veldman.
10 hours ago
The United Kingdom is going to help British citizens to leave the Chinese province of Hubei. The capital of Hubei is Wuhan, the city of millions where the corona virus outbreak began. In the province, public transport is largely flat. Wuhan airport is closed.
10 hours ago
Spain is going to get back about twenty Spanish citizens who are currently in Wuhan. At the same time, Malaysia is introducing a temporary travel ban for travelers from the Chinese province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan. Mongolia closed all border posts on the border with China on Monday due to the virus outbreak in the neighboring country. For that reason, all universities and educational institutions in Mongolia will remain closed until 2 March.
14 hours ago
Australian authorities confirmed the fifth coronavirus infection in the country on Monday morning. It is a 21-year-old woman who was on board the last flight from Wuhan to Sydney, before China announced a travel ban.
15 hours ago
The Japanese government is trying to arrange flights to Wuhan from Tuesday. These flights are intended for Japanese citizens who want to go home.
16 hours ago
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Wuhan on Monday, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The prime minister came to Wuhan to look at the work to limit the outbreak. He also spoke with patients and medical staff.
16 hours ago
Monday morning it was announced that the virus has now claimed eighty lives in China. In addition, the number of infections worldwide has risen to 2,750.
yesterday at 10:14 PM
France has announced on Sunday evening that hundreds of French people will be evacuated by plane in the Wuhan area mid-coming week. "French citizens will be repatriated by plane to France with the agreement of the Chinese authorities," said French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn. It concerns approximately 800 inhabitants, who must remain in quarantine for 14 days after arrival in France. According to Buzyn, flights from China to France will not be canceled, such a decision should be made by the European Union.
According to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are currently no plans to evacuate Dutch people from Wuhan.
yesterday at 8:25 PM
The US health authorities are reporting on Sunday that a fourth coronavirus-infected person has been found in Los Angeles. The person is said to have recently been to Wuhan. The Chinese government also announced on Sunday that they would extend the New Year's holiday from January 30 to February 2 in order to keep a better grip on the virus. The schools also remain closed for longer, how long exactly the Chinese Ministry of Education will announce later.
yesterday at 7:41 PM
An analysis by NU.nl shows that Dutch people went on a massive search on the internet for information about the corona virus when the first infections were discovered in France on Friday evening.
yesterday at 4:44 PM
Hong Kong is taking new measures against the corona virus. The government led by Carrie Lam has announced that it will ban all residents of the Chinese province of Hubei from Monday, which is considered the epicenter of the outbreak with the city of Wuhan. Even people who have been in the area for the past two weeks are not allowed to enter Hong Kong for the time being, the government said.
The ban applies until further notice. It is not clear how Hong Kong wants to control travelers.
yesterday at 3:17 PM
We have received many different questions about the corona virus in recent hours. We have submitted these to RIVM. Read them in this article.
yesterday at 3:15 PM
In Hong Kong there was a fire in a building that the authorities wanted to use to take in patients with the corona virus. A person has been arrested, reports Reuters news agency. Six people are treated with the virus in the country.
yesterday at 2:12 PM
Regarding the treatment of the corona virus within China: we have already talked to two China experts about this.
yesterday at 12:51 PM
In Japan, a fourth person has been diagnosed with the corona virus, reports Reuters on Sunday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he is talking to Chinese authorities to get Japanese who want to leave China back on a special charter flight.
yesterday at 12:43 PM
We receive a lot of questions from concerned Dutch people who are going on holiday soon and are wondering whether they should cancel their airline tickets or take precautions.
However, the average Dutch holiday maker does not have to worry at all. "There is an outbreak in China, but no outbreak in the rest of the world," said a spokesperson for the RIVM. "In other countries there is only talk of 'import cases': suppose an infected person flies from the Wuhan region to Canada, for example, that does not mean that the virus is also circulating in Canada immediately." Infected patients are kept in quarantine to prevent this, he emphasizes.
In short: So you can go on holiday perfectly. Only a trip to the Chinese province of Hubei is discouraged.
yesterday at 11:55 AM
A NU.nl reader mailed us the following question: "Is it safe to fly? We are going from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires in early February, there is a large Chinatown."
The answer is reassuring: the chance of being infected as a Dutch person is still incredibly small, certainly in this situation. Of course there are 'already' nearly two thousand reports of infections worldwide (out of a world population of 7.5 billion). However, the vast majority of them are in Hubei province, where the virus probably originated. The Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to prevent the virus from spreading further, including by keeping all the sick in quarantine and completely closing off at least 15 cities. Without air traffic, road traffic and public transport, residents (whether or not infected) will be very difficult to leave the city, let alone leave the country.
The virus has now also been detected in a number of other countries, but it is often only a handful of cases. In those countries too, authorities are on top of it and they are doing everything they can to keep patients in quarantine. In addition, zero infections were found in the Netherlands and in Argentina and there were no direct flights from Wuhan (the city where the virus originated) to Amsterdam. This makes the chance that the virus reaches Schiphol even smaller.
Despite all the closed cities, quarantines and other measures, it can of course happen that someone with the corona virus gets on the plane. That can never be 100% excluded. But if that happens, then it's good to realize that about 8 million people get on the plane every day. The chance that that person will come across you or your family and ignite you is therefore very small. The chance that you win the lottery is greater. You do not have to take special precautions.
Finally, with the vast majority of infections, the corona virus is only a kind of flu. Annoying, but you usually do fine again. Only for the elderly, the sick and children can the virus lead to greater problems.
yesterday at 11:28 am
The authorities in the Chinese province of Hubei, of which the coronavirus-affected Wuhan is the capital, have stopped all inter-city and inter-provincial bus traffic, reports the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Sunday.
yesterday at 10:28 am
US health authorities report Sunday that a third person has been diagnosed with coronavirus in the country, AP said . The virus outbreak would also have reached the United Arab Emirates. A tipster reports to NU.nl that the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi warns staff on Sunday about a patient who has contracted the virus. However, the authorities have not confirmed this.
yesterday at 8:43 AM
The Chinese minister at the head of the National Health Council, Ma Xiaowei, said on Sunday that the ability of new corona virus to spread seems to be increasing. "We do not yet have clarity about the risks of the virus mutating further," said Ma. However, it seems that the danger that the virus poses to people from different age groups is shifting.
The incubation time of the virus, doped 2019-nCoV, is 1 to 14 days. In that period, in which the patient does not yet show any signs of illness, he can already infect other people. In this, 2019-nCoV differs from the Sars virus.
According to Ma, there is also much unclear about the origin of the new corona virus. "We can determine that it is possible that the pathogen comes from a wild animal," he said.
yesterday at 4:13 AM
To prevent the virus from spreading further, the Disneyland and Ocean Park theme parks in Hong Kong will be closing for the time being. Authorities in Shanghai had previously announced that they would close their own Disneyland for the time being.
yesterday at 2:00 AM
The death toll in China has risen to 56, Chinese state media report Sunday. 1,975 people have since been infected. In the city of Shanghai, someone died for the first time on Saturday.
yesterday at 00:10
Just after midnight (Dutch time), Canada reports its first suspected coronavirus infection. A resident of the city of Toronto recently returned from Wuhan. "The patient is stable and is in the hospital," said local health authorities.
Saturday at 11:18 PM
It is now almost 6.30 in China. In the last few days, updates were given between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. about the new number of infections and fatalities. We therefore expect that we can bring more news about this next night, so that you can read it with us in the morning.
Saturday at 9:10 PM
The spread of the virus on January 25. (Infographic: Reuters)
Saturday at 8:13 PM
We get a lot of questions from you that are related to the virus. The day before yesterday we had a question hour with Jaap van Dissel, infectious disease expert at RIVM. is transmitted, how contagious it is, why it takes a long time for a vaccine, what symptoms the virus causes and how likely it is that the virus will spread in the Netherlands. In this article you can read all the answers.
Saturday at 6:45 PM
For the early risers: tomorrow morning at 8 am Dutch time (3 pm local time) the Chinese authorities are holding a press conference. We will, of course, report on this.
Saturday at 4:35 PM
The American newspaper The New York Times reports that China will suspend all group travel and the sale of overseas flight and hotel packages from Monday. More measures are also being taken in the country: for example, Beijing would cut down a large proportion of public transport in the region, in order to reduce the continuous flow of traffic to the city.
Saturday at 3:06 PM
Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a speech on Saturday afternoon that the spread of the virus is accelerating. The country is facing a "serious situation," according to Xi.
Saturday at 2:56 PM
In consultation with NU.nl, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that there are no plans to actively get Dutch people out of Wuhan.
Saturday at 2:33 PM
In addition to the United States, France is also planning to retrieve citizens from the closed off Wuhan - the epicenter of the virus. According to South China Morning Post , France wants to use buses that drive the French to a safe province.
Saturday at 2:25 PM
This is how it works when you enter the province where the corona virus has broken out.
Just passed a screening point in Henan close to the border with Hubei and had my temperature checked. #coronavirus #ChinaAvatar
Saturday at 2:09 PM
Fifteen Chinese cities have since been locked, CNN reports. In total, more than 57 million people live in these cities. All cities are in Hubei province, of which Wuhan - the city where the virus broke out - is the capital.
Saturday at 1:37 PM
In a meeting with NOS , Minister Bruins of Medical Care said that the Netherlands was alert to the development of the virus. "We have also instructed RIVM to see how the virus develops. We look at day by day what additional measures are needed."
Saturday at 1:20 PM
Also read: The symptoms and the risks: we know this about the new coronavirus
Saturday at 1:19 PM
The United States wants to evacuate citizens and diplomats from the Chinese city of Wuhan, reports The Wall Street Journal Saturday. On Sunday, a flight must depart from the US to pick up 230 people.
Saturday at 1:10 PM
Various media wrote on Saturday afternoon that the coronavirus would also have reached Belgium. This is a false alarm, reports the Belgian Minister of Health on Twitter.
There have been concerns today about possible #coronavirus infection in our country. Normal seasonal flu has been diagnosed in the person who was brought into Sint-Pieters Hospital last night. https://t.co/ye1M7rDzFb @be_ GezondheidAvatar
Saturday at 1:07 PM
Countries with infections
- South Korea
- United States
- Saudi Arabia (authorities deny)
- Hong Kong
Saturday at 1:04 PM
Wuhan, the Chinese city where the corona virus has broken out, has begun, according to Chinese state media, to build a second emergency hospital to treat victims of the virus. The hospital must have 1300 beds and is expected to be ready within two weeks.
Saturday at 12:59 PM
Due to the many developments, we hereby open a slow blog about the corona virus. Do you have unanswered questions? Ask them via NUjij or email@example.com.