Coronavirus Aside, this is what You Must Know about the New #Hantavirus

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Coronavirus, Hantavirus

An online publication China Global Times has reported that a man has died in Yunnan province of China after testing positive to Hantavirus. The man died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus.

Hantavirus immediately became a trend on social media following the report with people panicking that it was another COVID-19 ready to cause a new pandemic. However, unlike coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne.

Humans who contract the hantavirus usually come into contact with rodents that carry the virus. “Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus,” Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says in its website.

Although HPS can’t be passed on from person to person, it can be contracted if someone touches their eyes, nose or mouth after touching rodent droppings, urine, or nesting materials, states Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fact sheet.

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Coronavirus world fact sheet

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 196 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

The “New” columns for China display the previous day changes (as China reports after the day is over). For all other countries, the “New” columns display the changes for the current day while still in progress.
  • alert 4537 new cases and 385 new deaths in Spain [source]
  • 24 new cases in Ukraine [source]
  • 13 new cases in Bahrain [source]
  • 37 new cases in Lebanon [source]
  • 7 new cases in Isle of Man [source]
  • 33 new cases and 1 new death in Pakistan: a 57-year-old man [source]
  • 20 new cases and 1 new death in Hungary [source] [source]
  • 152 new cases in South Africa [source]
  • 17 new cases in Estonia [source]
  • 19 new cases and 1 new death in Albania: a 49-year-old man who had diabetes [source]
  • 4 new cases in Faeroe Islands [source]
  • 7 new cases in Senegal [source]
  • 53 new cases and 1 new death in Czechia: a 45-year-old man who had cancer and had suffered organ failure [source] [source]
  • 15 new cases in Burkina Faso [source]
  • 6 new cases in Russia [source]
  • 1 new case in Tunisia [source]
  • 82 new cases in Finland [source]
  • alert 1762 new cases and 122 new deaths in Iran [source]
  • 13 new cases in Brunei Darussalam [source]
  • 1 new case in the State of Palestine [source]
  • 3 new cases in Sri Lanka [source]
  • 6 new cases and 1 new death in Bangladesh: a 70-year-old person [source]
  • 1 new case in Chad [source]
  • 6 new cases in Georgia [source]
  • 14 new cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina [source]
  • 1 new death in Iceland: an elderly woman [source]
  • 3 new cases in French Guiana: all imported [source]
  • 4 new cases in Réunion [source]
  • 18 new cases in Slovakia [source]
  • 9 new cases in the DR Congo [source]
  • 2 new cases in Montenegro [source]
  • 2 new cases in New Caledonia [source]
  • 12 new cases in Mayotte [source]
  • 46 new cases in Croatia [source]
  • 2 new cases in Kuwait [source]
  • 214 new cases in Israel [source]
  • 10 new cases in Cameroon [source]
  • 8 new cases in Lithuania [source]
  • 17 new cases in Latvia [source]
  • 1 new case in Ethiopia [source]
  • 2 new cases in Jamaica [source]
  • 1 new death in Romania: a 70-year-old man, with previous health conditions that were treated with insulin, who had returned from Italy [source]
  • 26 new cases in Kyrgyzstan: including a 1-year-old child, a 6-year-old child, and a 14-year-old child with positive results [source]
  • 2 new deaths of former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 20 new recoveries have also been reported [source]
  • 12 new cases in Japan [source]
  • Guam: The Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office has released a statement retracting the 4 new cases previously reported at the U.S. Naval Hospital as “it was made in error” [source]
  • 1 new case in Bulgaria [source]
  • 6 new cases in Kazakhstan [source]
  • 18 new cases in Oman [source]
  • 20 new cases in Taiwan [source]
  • 1 new case in Bolivia: a 58-year-old woman who arrived on Friday from Switzerland [source]
  • 5 new cases in Madagascar: all from France and from the same Air France flight [source]
  • 12 new cases in India. Total cases surpass 500 [source]
  • 3 new cases in Uzbekistan [source]
  • 5 new cases in French Polynesia [source]
  • 1 new case in Suriname [source]
  • 3 new cases in Aruba [source]
  • 1 new case in Trinidad and Tobago. 1st case in Tobago: a resident of Trinidad who arrived in Tobago on an international flight on March 18th and was immediately placed under quarantine. 5 days later, he developed symptoms and was admitted to the hospital [source]
  • 5 new cases and 1 new death in Paraguay [source]
  • 2 new cases in Afghanistan [source]
  • 106 new cases and 3 new deaths in Thailand [source]
  • 1 new case in Fiji: a 28-year-old male who had returned from Australia on Saturday. Despite not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, he was advised by health officials at the airport to go straight home and self-quarantine for 14 days. On Sunday night he developed a sore throat and then a cough. After resulting positive to the test, he and his family members were transported to the hospital with separate ambulances. Fiji Airways was practicing safe distancing by spacing out the 26 other passengers, who are now in self-quarantine. The airline had already announced they were cutting their international flights by 95%. Now they announced that, from tomorrow, there will be no more scheduled passenger Fiji Airways travel into or out of Fiji until further notice [source]
  • 29 new cases in Colombia [source]
  • 53 new cases in New Zealand.   Probable cases are now counted and treated as confirmed cases. 3 new probable cases and 10 from the previous days have been added to the total today [source] [source]
  • 2 new cases in El Salvador [source]
  • 51 new cases and 1 new death in Mexico [source]
  • 78 new cases7 new deaths (all in Hubei), and 456 new discharges occurred in China on March 23, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. After 5 days with no new cases, 1 new case has been reported in Wuhan [source]

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