A new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was recently detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness.
Finnish woman infected with coronavirus in Italy
A working-age Finnish woman brought to the care of doctors in the Helsinki and Uusimaa healthcare areas was diagnosed with coronavirus on Wednesday.
A woman is known to have become infected in Milan, northern Italy.
The patient is currently hospitalized, has fever, but the general condition is satisfactory - Poidu News.
The Chinese fled to Moscow for health checks
The Chinese Embassy in Moscow confirmed that a group of Chinese tourists had fled Moscow police to avoid coronavirus control.
The incident happened on February 20 near the Novoslobodskaya metro station. More than 20 Chinese, spotting law enforcement and medics on the street, hurried their bus and drove away. Later, however, the police intercepted the bus.
Doctors measured the body temperature of Chinese tourists and then quarantined the hotel for 14 days.
According to the Chinese Embassy in Russia, over 11,000 Chinese citizens are currently under medical surveillance in Russia due to the coronavirus.
Brazil confirmed a new coronavirus case in Latin America
The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday the diagnosis of a new coronavirus in a São Paulo resident, the first case of COVID-19 in Latin America.
A 61-year-old patient returned from the province of Lombardy, Italy, on February 21, which is at the heart of a virus outbreak, said Luiz Henrique Mandetta, Brazil's Minister of Health.
Passengers leaving the cruise ship showed symptoms
Dozens of passengers who have left the Diamond Princess quarantine ship quarantined have developed symptoms and are asked to undergo a new coronavirus test, the Japanese health minister said today.
The Japanese government has contacted 813 Diamond Princess ex-travelers, 45 of whom have experienced certain symptoms, said Katsunobu Kato in parliament.
"We asked them all (who have symptoms) to go to the doctor and take a test," the minister said.
About 970 people were allowed to leave the ship last week after they did not detect the virus during quarantine on board.
Those who were released from the ship after 14 days of quarantine were ordered to remain indoors, but were not restricted in their movement.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today that Japan should consider abandoning large crowded events. Many concerts and sporting events have already been postponed, canceled or held without an audience.
In passenger screening, half of the cases go unnoticed
Passenger monitoring designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus cannot detect more than 50 percent of coronavirus cases, a recent study shows.
Common measures at airports and other major hubs include measuring body temperature and completing questionnaires.
In a study published in eLife, British and American researchers used computer models to predict the usefulness of monitoring. To do this, the scientists relied on data on how the virus behaves and how long it hides.
Based on similar work done in 2015, researchers found that many cases of disease would inevitably be overlooked. Therefore, the researchers called for a reassessment of the current monitoring mechanisms.
"Unless someone is aware that they are carriers of the disease and have not yet developed symptoms, they are fundamentally undetectable," said Katelyn Gostic, a researcher at the University of Chicago who conducted the study. "We expect that on average, two-thirds of infected passengers will be missed during monitoring."
Gostic emphasized that this was not due to human error, but merely to the behavior of the virus.
According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period of the virus is 10 to 14 days, which means that measuring elevated body temperature is largely useless.