Day: March 9, 2020

Canada’s SARS Experience Helps Rapid Testing Response to Coronavirus

TORONTO—About a day after Chinese researchers published genetic information on the new coronavirus in mid-January, a Toronto laboratory ran its first diagnostic test on a suspected case. The result was negative.

By early March, Canada, with a population the size of California, had completed close to 3,000 coronavirus tests. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, had run less than 500. Although U.S. testing expanded last week, local officials have complained that they still can’t keep up with surging demand….

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Democracy, Dictatorship, Disease: The West Takes Its Turn With Coronavirus

Western democracies confronting the spread of the novel coronavirus are facing a test with profound implications for their future: Will they fail where authoritarian China, which is touting itself as an alternative model for the world, is succeeding?

Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, has already become the most consequential public-health crisis in generations, forcing lockdowns of entire regions, disrupting international travel and damaging the global economy—all of this just weeks since the disease has…

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Italy’s Coronavirus Lockdown Met With Confusion, Questions About Enforcement

ROME—Italy’s effort to fight the worst coronavirus epidemic outside China by quarantining 17 million people began in confusion on Sunday, as transport services continued, enforcement wasn’t yet evident and Italians wondered how it was meant to work.

A government decree that took effect on Sunday bans people from entering or leaving large swaths of northern Italy, including the cities of Milan, Venice and Parma and much of Italy’s industrial heartland.

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Efforts to Battle Coronavirus Escalate Around the Globe

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally exceeded 105,000 on Sunday, as infections spread to new parts of the U.S. and Italy quarantined some 17 million people in an attempt to get a handle on the epidemic.

Connecticut, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and Vermont announced their first cases over the weekend. The virus is now in well over half of U.S. states, with nearly 540 confirmed cases and a total of 21 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Sunday afternoon.

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North Korea Fires Projectiles – WSJ

SEOUL—North Korea launched three short-range projectiles off its east coast on Monday, Seoul’s military said, in Pyongyang’s second weapons test in a week after a period of inactivity.

South Korea’s military said the projectiles were fired from the Sondok area of the North’s South Hamgyong province, a region where the Kim Jong Un regime has conducted many of its launches. They launched at 7:36 a.m. local time, soaring about 31 miles high, covering a distance of around 125 miles and landing in the waters between South Korea…

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