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Thailand has detected eight Coronavirus cases so far, China confirmed that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus virus can be transmitted between humans, Hospital workers wearing protective eyewear and masks examine an Indonesian student who returned from China in quarantine at a hospital in Banda Aceh, Ambulance staff dispose of an outfit at the hospital in Wuhan, A person checks the temperature of a passenger to help stop the spread of a deadly virus as he arrives at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International airport in Palembang, Nepali students, wearing face masks, attend a class at Matribhumi School in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Medical staff at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital, Two Buddhist monks wear face masks while walking along a street in Yangon, Staff disinfecting a residential area in Ruichang, part of Jiujiang in China's central Jiangxi province, Workers are seen at the construction site of a new hospital being built to treat patients from a deadly virus outbreak in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 27, 2020. (RELEASE) - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) confirmed the state’s first case of the “UK variant,” or B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, has been identified in a Teton County adult male. With 2020 coming to an end, our expectations of having a happy, social, and coronavirus-free 2021 were soaring. Hong Kong will turn two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced, Medical staff wearing protective suits at the Zhongnan hospital in Wuhan, A Malaysia Health official checks passengers going through a thermal scanner upon their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, China banned trains and planes from leaving the major city at the centre of a virus outbreak on January 23, seeking to seal off its 11 million people to contain the contagious disease that has claimed lives and spread to other countries, A passenger walks past a quarantine control station at Narita airport, Japan, Patients queue up to seek treatment in Wuhan Tongji Hospital Fever Clinic, in Wuhan, Quarantine workers spray disinfectant at Incheon International Airport, South Korea, A member of staff checks the temperature of a guest entering the casino of the New Orient Landmark hotel in Macau, after it reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus, Little is known about the new disease which, if confirmed, would be only the seventh coronavirus known to science that can infect humans, Members of the Three Gorges Medical Laboratory offering free masks to the public in Yichang, China, Gabriel Leung, right, chair professor of public health medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, speaks about the extent of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China, Members of staff of the Wuhan Hygiene Emergency Response Team conducting searches on the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, The virus causes symptoms of viral pneumonia, and has already led to several deaths, A screen shows cancelled flights at Tianhe airport in Wuhan, Health officials hand out information about the current coronavirus at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, A store owner argues with security guards as he attempts to enter the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, Workers producing facemasks at a factory in Handan, China's northern Hebei province, Medical staff and security personnel stop patients' family members from being too close to the Jinyintan hospital, maya-goodfellowAn airport staff member uses a temperature gun to check people leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, A rescue worker walks past a notice about new coronavirus that has broken out in China, Health officials wear face masks at an inspection site at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, A staff member checks body temperature of a child after a train from Wuhan arrived at Hangzhou Railway Station in Hangzhou, A quarantine station measures passenger body temperatures at Narita Airport, Passengers walk past a notice displayed near a quarantine control station at Narita airport, Passengers walk past a poster alerting on coronavirus screening ahead upon their arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, An employee sprays disinfectant on a train, as a precaution against coronavirus, at Suseo Station in Seoul, Kazakh sanitary-epidemiological service worker uses a thermal scanner to detect travellers from China who may have symptoms possibly connected with the previously unknown coronavirus, at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan, Pharmacist Liu Zhuzhen stands near a sign reading "face masks are sold out" at her pharmacy in Shanghai, A worker in a protective suit at the closed seafood market in Wuhan, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of a high speed train station in Hong Kong, A man wears a mask while riding on mobike past the closed Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, Coronavirus: Cases soar of deadly new flu-like virus, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, Twitter directs users searching for coronavirus to official websites, the anxiety and confusion created by the vast amount of misinformation being spread about the disease, Face masks sell out but experts say they don’t prevent coronavirus, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. An evacuation flight to bring British nationals back to the UK from the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak will leave on Thursday night, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said. A further 1,280 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded on Friday, Worldometer shows. The Coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca has been authorized for emergency use in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. He is regarded a whistleblower on the outbreak and died of the coronavirus which triggered wide-spread mourning on Chinese media, Officers in protective gear enter the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where people tested positive for coronavirus, after the ship arrived at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Firefighters and personnel from the health ministry participate in a drill to prepare for the potential arrival of passengers infected with the coronavirus at the Viru Viru International Airport, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Scientists are at work in the VirPath university laboratory as they try to find an effective treatment against the new Sars-like coronavirus, Medical workers in protective suits attend to patients at the Wuhan International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the virus, A girl wears a mask as a preventive measure against the coronavirus outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand, A man is transferred from the World Dream cruise ship to an ambulance at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong as health officials conduct inspections, Workers from a disinfection service company enter Lotte Department Store in central Seoul, South Korea, A man who arrived from Hubei province talks with police at a checkpoint at the Jiujiang Yangtze River Bridge, A doctor holds a handheld digital thermometer near health officials preparing a health check for arriving passengers from China at Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok, A resident walks across an empty track in Wuhan, A scientific staff member works in a secure laboratory, researching the coronavirus, at the Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Medical staff members preparing equipment to meet passengers of a military plane, which evacuated citizens of Russia and ex-Soviet countries from China's Wuhan province, Staff wearing protective suits as they prepare to disinfect a Vietnam Airlines plane at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, A South Korean person, who was evacuated from Wuhan, arrives at the National Medical Center after showing suspected symptoms of novel coronavirus, in Seoul, Officers in protective gear escort a person (under the blue sheet) who was on board cruise ship Diamond Princess and was tested positive for coronavirus, A doctor being disinfected by his colleague at a quarantine zone in Wuhan, Buses carrying British nationals from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan, arrive at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside, Indonesian health officials conduct an exercise drill in transporting a patient requiring isolation at the Belawan port in Medan, The Pasteur Institute in Dakar, designated by the African Union as one of the two reference centres in Africa for the detection of the new coronavirus that appeared in China, is hosting experts from 15 countries on the continent this weekend to prepare them to deal with the disease, A government worker disinfects a co-worker after visiting a quarantined woman's home in Qingdao, An aerial view of the deserted roads and bridges in Wuhan, Medical workers hold a strike outside the Hospital Authority as they demand for Hong Kong to close its border with China to reduce the coronavirus spreading, A person has their tempriture checked in Qingdao, China, Ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. People evacuated from the Chinese city at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, were transported to a quarantine zone on a remote island at the edge of the South China Sea, shortly after landing, A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a market in Beijing, Medical staff members hugging each other in an isolation ward at a hospital in Zouping in China's easter Shandong province, A portrait of Dr Li Wenliang is left at Li's hospital in Wuhan. Sniffing out Britain's best dog groomer. Two hospitals The Royal Free and Guys and St Thomas', have both been designated as "isolation" facilities, with both currently housing Britons who have returned from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, Medical staff transfer patients to the newly completed Huoshenshan temporary field Hospital in Wuhan. In a blog post, the social media giant said it was mandatory for staff in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work remotely. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the World Health Organization to fully investigate the possibility that the COVID-19 virus accidentally escaped from a … A … Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Twitter's head of human resources Jennifer Christie said: "Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus for us - and the world around us. Who is Amanda Gorman, Biden's inauguration poet? British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, greenlighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by … Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/AFP. Deaths with the virus - which are up by an average of … "This action is hugely important, and I want to see more social media companies follow their lead. But that dream was shattered when a new strain of Covid-19 was found in the UK. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Steve Martin announces on Twitter that he has received a vaccination for COVID-19: 'Thank you science' By Sam Joseph Semon For Dailymail.com. The UK government is banning all arrivals from South America over a new coronavirus variant that originated in Brazil. Countries began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by SARS, Millions spent their normally festive Lunar New Year holiday under lockdown, Children with face masks wash their hands before prayer at Erawan shrine in Bangkok. Video, The story of a historic day in strange times, Paralysed ambulance call handler walks for NHS. London, December 31 (RHC)-- Simon Stevens, the head of Britain's national health service, says that more people are inthe hospital with COVID-19 now than at the peak of the first wave earlier this year. 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