Explosion of coronavirus cases worldwide: health official said virus began spreading undetected 6 weeks ago

12 Monkeys

The Cassandra Complex: In the science fiction film, 12 Monkeys, time-traveler James Cole warned a group of doctors that a outbreak of deadly virus would kill billions in the year 1997, but they thought he was crazy. Global deaths are now: 3,038

Europe: New coronavirus infections spiked dramatically across Europe on Sunday, with Italy reporting hundreds of new cases and five more deaths. The number of confirmed cases also jumped in France, Germany and the UK, and the Czech Republic reported its first case. As the disease continued its rapid spread and governments introduced emergency measures to halt the progress of the escalating epidemic, outbreaks worsened in Iran and South Korea. The US also reported two new infections, one in Chicago and another in Rhode Island, marking the eastern state’s first case.

Italy said confirmed infections had risen 40% in 24 hours to 1,576, with the death toll now at 34. In Germany the number of people infected had almost doubled to 129 on Sunday, while France’s total stood at 100 – up from 38 on Friday – nine of them in a serious condition. Iran meanwhile raised its death toll from 43 to 54 as its number of confirmed infections rose by more than half to 978, amid continuing concerns that official figures still do not reflect the full scale of the outbreak there. –The Guardian

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Iran: The outbreak of the new coronavirus is spreading across Iran with the number of infectious cases approaching 1,000. Iran’s health ministry announced on Sunday that the number of patients surged by 385 in one day to 978. Fatalities also increased by 11 to 54, the highest number outside China. Iran’s state-run news agency says coronavirus infections have been reported in 27 out of the country’s 31 provinces. It says 350 people have been infected in the hardest-hit province of Tehran, including the capital. That’s the largest number of cases in the country and more than one-third of its overall figure. The Iranian government has ordered the cancellation of large-scale Friday services at mosques across the country. Iran’s health minister Saeed Namaki on Sunday called on the people not to hold mass gatherings or go out unless absolutely necessary. –NHK

The tip of the iceberg: A “boom” of confirmed cases of the coronavirus that has killed almost 3,000 people around the world could already be racing across the U.S. despite ramped-up efforts to contain the outbreak, experts say. The spread of the virus by “community transmissions is an indication that we could indeed be looking at the tip of the iceberg,” Ogbonnaya Omenka, an assistant professor and public health specialist at Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, told USA TODAY on Sunday. Though fewer than 80 U.S. cases have been confirmed thus far, including a handful in Washington state, a researcher there estimates that “a few hundred” people in the state could actually be infected.

Bedford studied two cases that were confirmed weeks apart and determined they were linked through community transmission – from a source not directly connected to another known case. Bedford tweeted his belief that the virus has been spreading undetected, at least in Washington state, for six weeks. Omenka says that doesn’t bode well for efforts to contain the virus nationwide. One of the chief challenges with dealing with community transmission is contact tracing, which may prove difficult because of constant human movements and interactions, Omenka said.

“There are some enormous implications here,” Trevor Bedford, a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, posted on Twitter. “I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now. Nevertheless, the possibility of a wider spread of the COVID-19 in the U.S. is very likely now, based on recent developments,” he said. –USA Today

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4 Responses to Explosion of coronavirus cases worldwide: health official said virus began spreading undetected 6 weeks ago

  1. JGJ says:

    Sighhh, please quarantine the states in the US where it’s been found. i.e. no one leaves the state.

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  2. Judy Clarke says:

    I put to you all, that COVID-19 is infectious via droplet, aerosol and skin. The virus while symptom free, in some, is still capable of spread through these means. It will sit in the blood cells of the victim and the sweat of the patient dries and leaves the skin in clothes and swirling around them as they walk, thereby passing from person to person without touch. Once infected, this process of spread will continue, regardless of time. They will be infectious and capable of spread for the rest of their lives. I now put this to scientist’s to check+examine, I can nearly guarantee this is how this man made virus works. This is how it’s spreading so quickly. It has been a pandemic for weeks, not this “Encroaching” garbage. It is capable of spread from initial infection with NO temperature or sign they have it. This random temperature check at airports is a laughable way of checking spread capability. All flights must be cancelled. Regardless of loss, if this does not occur it will continue to spread and airlines should be made responsible for their accomodation and living money for the rest of their lives if they are locked out of their country, maybe this will make them more responsible. The almighty dollar MUST stop being the be all and end all of existence – HUMAN LIFE IS.

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  3. niebo says:

    How is it that (counting on fingers and toes, so I have 19 . . . 38 , , , 42) EXACTLY six weeks ago, I saved THIS story about Chinese citizens dying from pneumonia and their relatives being upset that they were not being tested for the coronavirus but having their cause of death listed simply as “pneumonia”.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/relatives-wonder-whether-pneumonia-deaths-were-tied-to-coronavirus-11579915630

    NOT initiating a test is de facto “undetected” AND a way to manipulate “body count”. And I don’t mean to be “legalistic” in my approach to the revelation by this Bedford guy, but I KNEW six weeks ago that it wasn’t being tested for, which means there was no consideration for NO CHAIN OF CONTACT, which means: NOT BEING DETECTED. Which means that infection was spreading WORLDWIDE undetected, not just in Washington State. So how is it that I KNEW this six weeks ago and “THEY” didn’t?

    INCOMPETENCE mixed with this virus will kill way more people than the virus alone. Unbelievable.

    I’m going to go play in traffic now.

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