Coronavirus quarantines go global as ScoMo goes to Hawaii

We know that China has some 60m people in lockdown. The always pragmatic British have now joined the push, via The Telegraph:

Britain will put people airlifted from China into quarantine amid concerns that around 1,500 people who arrived in the UK since the new year have not undergone checks.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, ordered a “belt and braces” approach to the coronavirus amid concerns that the virus is far more contagious than was thought.

Scientists in China believe that it could be transmitted for up to two weeks before the carrier has any symptoms, such as a fever or cough.

Under the new plans, all 1,500 people who have flown in from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, since mid-January will be asked to remain in isolation for at least a fortnight.

A good idea. Expect it to catch on quickly.

At the more extreme end of things, North Korea has closed its border with China and The Phillippines is sending tourists from Wuhan home.

Meanwhile, Downunder, ScoMo has booked his latest figurative trip to Hawaii as we run out of facemasks, at Domain:

The head of the Royal Australian College of GPs is calling on the federal government to urgently open the nation’s emergency medical mask stockpile as GP clinics around the country prepare for a possible surge of coronavirus infections.

The masks are needed to stop patients with the virus spreading the disease.

China’s new coronavirus claims more lives in China, as global efforts continue to contain the outbreak. Schools in China and Hong Kong have been delayed to try to contain the virus, while China’s ‘exclusion zone’ of cities on lockdown continues to wi

But Australia’s summer of bushfires means they are sold out across the country.

That shortage has sparked a warning from a leading biosecurity expert that Australia is not prepared for the coming threat.

And the education minister wants everyone to catch it:

Mr Tehan has chastised private schools who are telling Chinese students and other pupils who have visited China to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

Elite schools in Sydney and Melbourne are isolating pupils who have recently visited China or telling them to stay away for at least a fortnight, while other schools are demanding medical certificates as the school year begins this week.

But the Minister said schools should be following federal health department advice that all students should be going to school unless they have coronavirus symptoms or had contact with someone with signs of the virus.

Chinese-Australians have a better idea, at the ABC:

Concerned members of Sydney’s Chinese community are begging the NSW Government to bar students who may have been infected with coronavirus from returning to classes.

Two online petitions asking the Government to quarantine pupils who visited China during the school holidays have gathered thousands of signatures and are being circulated on social media platform WeChat.

Some Chinese-Australian parents have labelled the Federal and NSW Government’s response to the outbreak as inadequate and called for airline passengers arriving from China to be isolated for two weeks.

And more:

The Morrison government is under mounting pressure to evacuate Australians stranded in China by the coronavirus outbreak as the number of citizens seeking consular help in the locked-down province of Hubei hit 400.

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick criticised the government for a “she’ll be right” response to the unfolding crisis, calling on Foreign Minister Marise Payne to lean on Beijing to assist with the repatriation of Australians.

“The Royal Australian Air Force should be involved,” he said. “The government does need to do better on this … They are in contact with people in Beijing who are in charge and should be indicating to China that we want to get our citizens out. We need to be looking at all options.”

Bring ’em home and quarantine ’em.

Meh, pass the Mai Tai.

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  1. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    I cannot believe we’re letting plane loads of em arrive

    dumbest western country on the planet now?? ya gotta agree with me now

    how many will claim asylum too?

  2. “China’s largest steelmaking city of Tangshan – about 200km east of Beijing – has announced it is suspending all public transit in an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The city has a population of around 7.5 million people.

    The statement was posted on the city government’s official Weibo account, the Reuters news agency reported.”

    Right in the detritals!

  3. Meanwhile NSW education authority says

    “Staff or students who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and are not close contacts of a confirmed case, are able attend work or school as normal. Close contact is defined as living in the same household, 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting, or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than 2 hours”

    How does being on a plane for 14hrs with a few hundred other possibly infected people fit in with their neat formula?

    And last night on TV their spokesperson flat out said, the Chinese health experts are full of shit coronavirus is only contagious for 3 days when symptoms show. (OK those weren’t her exact words brunt that is what she said.

  4. HadronCollision

    just went and grabbed a 20 pack of p2 masks. taking some to syd for work trip.
    i think the official response is myopic – evidently there’s no real understanding of infectious and incubation period

  5. Not mine
    PM Scott Morrison has announced there’s no need for Australia to take action against the corona virus. He said “We make up only 0.3% of the world’s population. Even if we’re all wiped out by the virus it will make no appreciable impact on the world’s population”

    Then he shot off on holidays.

  6. There are a few caveats to the N95 (P95) masks
    1. They are 95% effective – they filter out 95% of virus particles under ideal test conditions, and are better than the standard paper surgical mask.
    2. This 95% efficacy is only if correctly worn – tight fitting so no air is breathed in around the mask. Most people don’t fit them correctly.
    3. They are moderately hard to breath through when fitted properly as all the air has to be pulled through the mask.
    The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death.

    In addition, many resp infections are caught through your eyes. The virus particles stick to your eyes, you blink, and the particles go down to your nose.

  7. Forrest GumpMEMBER

    #ScottyFromMarketing is a idiot.
    He stops the boats, but allows the planes in full throttle.
    The idiot gives birth to a cow over the Medivac Bill that will allow refugees on their death bed to have access into our hospitals and opens Christmas Island at at cost of $180million as a knee jerk reaction claiming millions will now seek asylum because of Medivac.
    The entire Christmas Island detention centre is now homeprison to 2 Australian born girls and their mum & dad costing the taxpayer $43M PA to hold them prisoner. While the family of 4 are allocated 1 x bed only for all of them. (The entire centre is empty otherwise)

    Now; Ironically, he allows unlimited Chinese into the county with no testing and no plan to deal with the Corona Virus?

    His rationale is simple:
    Scotty from Marketing is a Pentecostal. He believes all these events (Bush-fires, pestilence, disease etc) are God’s actions. These actions are in God’s control and to meddle in God’s work makes him a non-believer and not worthy of salvation.
    He believes these actions are the predecessor to the last days before God wipes out all non believers and those believers like himself will be granted salvation via a rapture…( to Heaven or Hawaii..take your choice)

    Hence is reluctance to take action to PREVENT bush-fires etc. His actions were only post the destruction-NOT preventative.

    Mark my words. These people are fruit-loops. Our PM is one of them. With him at the helm, we are in for an extremely difficult time

    • Please dont put idiot words into Scomo’s mouth. The way he is travelling he will get the job done by himself, we just have to wait.

      • Scotty from marketing

        I’ve got the whole world in my hands sing along my wide eyed sheep He’s got the world in his hands whole world in his hands the lord is by his side

  8. I can’t believe govt response. For something as infectious as flu, delayed symptoms, 2 week quarantine is obvious and should be done. Elite schools have it right. Govt does not have a quarantine station any more … hence the “please self-quarantine”.

  9. Profits and property prices are worth permitting a deadly virus that will kill Australians.
    If you needed further proof that this government is inhuman there it is.

    • Morrison already stated this when south eastern Australia was burning, lives and homes were being destroyed and regional economies decimated. Essentially Morrison said he will protect the economy and jobs over doing anything meaningful on climate change which is code for protection of the coal industry at all costs. We’re seeing the same play act out with the coronavirus.

  10. Folks, this is serious. The deaths in PRC have been underreported: the certificates issued to the victim families state “untreatable viral pneumonia” (technically correct), only a fraction of those have been attributed to the Corona Virus. Similarly, the number of infections seem to have been underreported by an order of magnitude. SG authorities yesterday suddenly upgraded all the measures to contain the spreading… Just saying.

    • “Notably, the new coronavirus provides a new lineage for almost half of its genome, with no close genetic relationships to other viruses within the subgenus of sarbecovirus.”

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      And SARS was created by the CIA because it doesn’t kill white people? These kind of rumour is always around..

      • Can you show me a Harvard/John’s Hopkins epidemiologist saying that the CIA created SARS? Not saying this is certainty but it certainly is a possibility.
        Considering the guy’s credentials it certainly warrants further research which should come to light over time. It certainly wouldn’t shock me if there was an accidental release.

    • It’s almost hard to believe China would be so evil and mindless as to create a virus like this. How could it ever be confident that it wouldn’t spread back to its own population if it released it in, e.g., the USA? Do they have a vaccine?

  11. Apparently those p2 masks are about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike when it comes to viruses. You need to upgrade to N95 masks that are designed for big nosed whiteys.

  12. blindjusticeMEMBER

    How is it treated?
    Scientists are working hard to understand the virus, and Chinese health authorities have posted its full genome in international databases. Currently, there are no approved antivirals for this particular coronavirus, so treatment is supportive. For the sickest patients with this illness, specialized, aggressive care in an intensive care unit (ICU) can be lifesaving.

    shut borders…no entry from anywhere without 2 weeks quarantine……….the amount in critical condition is about 1 in 5. When it hits tens of thousands infected with this then they wont have the manpower to care for critical cases and the death rate will rocket. ‘aggressive care’ i.e trying to actively stop people from drowning/choking/suffocating from pnuemonia.

    i wonder can it do permanent lung damage. If the amount cured doesnt go up tomorrow by a decent amount then get prepping.
    again from the harvard link:
    What are the symptoms of this coronavirus?
    The symptoms can include a cough, possibly with a fever and shortness of breath. There are some early reports of non-respiratory symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many people recover within a few days. However, some people — especially the very young, elderly, or people who have a weakened immune system — may develop a more serious infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

    This sounds like a very nasty way to go. Essential Viewing: Have a watch of the guy in charge of public health in Hong Kong