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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher, SF & fantasy novelist, nonfiction books too, accidental journalist since the 1970s.
Interests: History, writing, politics, public health, teaching & learning, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea steps up containment efforts as virus cases jump to 156. Excerpt: SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Friday the new coronavirus is spreading across the country, but it is in the initial... Continue reading
Posted 3 minutes ago at H5N1
Via STAT, Helen Branswell writes what a lot of people are thinking: Confusion over coronavirus case count in China muddies picture of spread. This is a long excerpt, but you'd better read the whole article: Infectious diseases experts are losing... Continue reading
Posted 29 minutes ago at H5N1
Via CBC News British Columbia: B.C.'s 6th presumptive case of COVID-19 virus a 'sentinel event,' says B.C.'s health officer. A sixth person in B.C. is believed to be infected with the novel coronavirus, health officials announced Thursday. The latest patient... Continue reading
Posted 47 minutes ago at H5N1
Thanks to Farnaz Fassihi for tweeting the link to this report from Radio Farda: "Corona transfer source in Iran not clear yet", identification of suspected case in Metro Susa. Excerpt from the Google translation, which shows Google needs to improve... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via Caixin Global: Cluster Cases at Beijing Hospitals Sparked Fear of Virus Spread. Excerpt and then a comment: Reports of a series of new infection cases in Beijing sparked fears over the capital’s exposure to mounting risks of the deadly... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via IRNA English: Iraq's health ministry denies any call for closure of borders with Iran. Baghdad, Feb 20, IRNA – Iraqi Health Ministry on Thursday strongly denied the rumors that the country has called for closure of borders with the... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via IRNA English: Coronavirus suspect in Tehran metro transported to hospital. Tehran, Feb 20, IRNA – A patient suspected to have coronavirus was transported from Shoush Metro Station in Tehran to hospital, Managing Director of Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Tehran Telegram, a Mehr report: Iran opens HQ to combat coronavirus outbreak. TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) – Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said the government has established a ‘Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters’ to counter the deadly virus,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
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Via the South China Morning Post: Coronavirus: 115 new deaths confirmed in Hubei as officials report 411 more infections. Excerpt and then a comment: There were 411 newly confirmed cases and 115 deaths from the novel coronavirus epidemic in Hubei... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Guardian: Ukraine: violent clashes as locals hurl stones at coronavirus evacuees' bus. Ukraine’s effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak was plunged into chaos on Thursday as local residents hurled... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via JAMA Network: COVID-19 in Singapore—Current Experience: Critical Global Issues That Require Attention and Action. Excerpt: On December 31, 2019, China informed the World Health Organization of a novel viral pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei Province. Singapore... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Thanks to Dr. Alexis Ferrell for sending the link to this report from NTDTV.com, which appears to be a news source hostile to Beijing: CCP's "Rehabilitation" Criteria Are Questioned After Discharge and Relapse in Hubei Patients. Excerpt from the Google... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via Eurosurveillance: Interim estimates of 2019/20 vaccine effectiveness during early-season co-circulation of influenza A and B viruses, Canada, February 2020. The abstract: Interim results from Canada's Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network show that during a season characterised by early co-circulation of... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
WHO AFRO has published More than 20 African countries can now test for coronavirus disease. Excerpt: Brazzaville, 20 February, 2020 – Twenty-four countries in the African region have confirmed to the World Health Organization (WHO) that they can test for... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Catering robots in hospitals, food-delivery robots for those in quarantine, and now a diagnostician that doesn't need a mask. Via Sixth Tone: Scan-Reading AI Systems Are Helping Doctors Diagnose COVID-19. Excerpt: Artificial intelligence is helping China’s medical workers read COVID-19... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Chosun Ilbo, yet another COVID-19 problem: Universities Overstretched as Chinese Students Return. Excerpt: Fears are mounting over the spread of coronavirus as many Chinese students are coming back to Korea after their winter break. There is a shortage... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at H5N1
Via Caixin Global: In Depth: The ‘People’s War’ Against the Epidemic in 16 Cities Across Hubei. Excerpt: More than two months after the deadly coronavirus outbreak erupted in Wuhan, thousands of additional people continue to be infected every day in... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
Via Channel NewsAsia: 1 new COVID-19 case in Singapore, 3 more patients discharged. Excerpt: SINGAPORE: Singapore reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case on Thursday (Feb 20), bringing the number of cases in the country to 85, said the Ministry of... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at H5N1
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Google Maps Via The Korea Herald: Coronavirus cases double in a day to surpass 100. South Korea’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak has entered a new phase of local transmission, with Daegu becoming a hot bed of COVID-19 infections with... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
Via Nature.com: Scientists question China’s decision not to report symptom-free coronavirus cases. Researchers are concerned that China’s official reports on the number of coronavirus infections have not been including people who have tested positive for the virus but who have... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
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Via The Lancet Infectious Diseases: An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time. The dashboard is already in the COVD-19 Links list. In December, 2019, a local outbreak of pneumonia of initially unknown cause was detected in Wuhan... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at H5N1
This begins to remind me of the MERS outbreak of 2015, imported by one South Korean business person. It killed 38 people. Via The Chosun Ilbo: Korea Reports Another Coronavirus Surge. Korea reported over 30 new cases of coronavirus overnight... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Thanks to my friend and colleague Azza Sedky for sending the link to this report in Al Ahram (where she's a political columnist): Egypt's only announced coronavirus case tests negative for the disease. Excerpt: A foreigner in Egypt who was... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: One in 10 teachers face violence in schools, some learn self-defence. Excerpt: One in 10 teachers in Finland experienced violence at work last year. There were 400 cases of violence reported in early childhood education and 650 in comprehensive schools. These figures come from the Trade Union... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Finnish Education Forum
Via The Guardian: Coronavirus: two passengers from Diamond Princess have died, reports say. Two elderly passengers on Diamond Princess die after contracting Covid-19 Some news just breaking that two elderly passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan, have... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1