Wuhan virus: Malaysia arrests person for spreading fake news about coronavirus

Wuhan virus: Malaysia arrests person for spreading fake news about coronavirus

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – An individual has been detained in connection with spreading false or fake news regarding the novel coronavirus. The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said the 34-year-old was detained in Bangi around 4pm on Tuesday (Jan 28) with the assistance of police. “The suspect was detained for spreading false information on Jan 26 regarding the virus.” “The suspect’s mobile phone and sim card,…
Coronavirus outbreak could peak in 10 days, says Chinese government expert

Coronavirus outbreak could peak in 10 days, says Chinese government expert

BEIJING (AFP) – A viral outbreak that has killed 106 people in China could reach its peak in around 10 days, a top Chinese government expert said on Tuesday (Jan 28). The novel coronavirus that has infected thousands of people across China has genetic similarities to severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), a pathogen that left some 650 people dead on the mainland and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. The new virus…
Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing its total to 14

Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing its total to 14

BANGKOK (REUTERS) – Thailand on Tuesday (Jan 28) confirmed six more cases of coronavirus among visitors from China, bringing the country’s total to 14 cases, a health official said. Five of the new cases, aged 6 to 70 years, came from Hubei province and are part of the same family, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Dr Tanarak Plipat, told reporters. The other patient came from Chongqing,…
German expert for coronavirus brings virus inhibitors to China

German expert for coronavirus brings virus inhibitors to China

BEIJING (XINHUA) – Rolf Hilgenfeld, a German coronavirus research expert and professor at Lubeck University, brought two inhibitors developed for Sars-CoV to China to test their effects on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), according to China Media Group (CMG). Hilgenfeld and his team have been devoted to the research of Sars-CoV inhibitors for many years. The inhibitor uses protease acting on the virus to prevent the protein from cracking, thus…
Wuhan virus: China death toll leaps to 80, more than 2,300 cases confirmed

Wuhan virus: China death toll leaps to 80, more than 2,300 cases confirmed

WUHAN (AFP, REUTERS) – The tally of confirmed deaths from China’s viral outbreak has risen to 80, with authorities in central Hubei province on Monday (Jan 27) reporting 24 new fatalities and 371 new cases. The latest figures from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at more than 2,300, based on figures previously released by the central government. Earlier on Monday, China’s…
Wuhan virus: Uneasy calm as Japan, South Korea report new cases

Wuhan virus: Uneasy calm as Japan, South Korea report new cases

TOKYO – An uneasy calm has settled in Japan and South Korea, which each confirmed one new Wuhan coronavirus case on Sunday (Jan 26) with many members of the public not taking any chances by wearing surgical masks outdoors. As it is also the height of the flu season, both governments are now urging their citizens to wash hands thoroughly and wear surgical masks. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said…