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From Singapore To UK: How One Man Spread Coronavirus

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A British man managed to pass on the coronavirus to at least 11 other people without ever setting foot in the epicentre of the outbreak in China , in an infectious journey that shows how the deadly virus can spread rapidly around a globalised world .

The adult British citizen, who has not been named publicly, caught the virus while attending a conference in Singapore and then passed it on to several compatriots while on holiday in the French Alps, before finally being diagnosed back in the UK .
Of those infected by the man, five have been hospitalised in France , five in Britain and one other man on the Spanish island of Mallorca .

How did he pass on the new coronavirus so rapidly in so many different places ?
– Singapore –
The man attended a business conference in Singapore from 20 -22 January . More than 100 people took part in the conference , including at least one Chinese national from Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic that has now left more than 900 dead.

– Haute- Savoie , French Alps –
He then travelled on to France to spend some days from January 24 -28 at the ski resort of Contamines -Montjoie in the Alps with a group of other British citizens staying in two apartments in the same chalet.

– Brighton , England –
Stricken with fever after his return to the south of England, the man then went to a medical centre in the southeastern town of Brighton where he was diagnosed with the coronavirus .
On February 6 , he was transferred to the infectious diseases unit at the hospital of St Thomas in London .
Five other people who had contact with him at the French ski chalet were then confirmed by the British health authorities to be infected .

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Some of the staff from The Grenadier pub, which the man went to just before he was hospitalised , have also been placed in isolation. But the pub has stayed open .
A medical centre in Brighton said on Monday it had temporarily closed for “ an urgent operational health and safety reason ” .

The BBC and Sky News said one of the centre ’ s staff members had tested positive for the virus , although this was not officially confirmed .
– Paris –
Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on February 8 that five British nationals, including a child, who stayed at the chalet with the man had tested positive .
Six other Britons staying in the same chalet were also hospitalised for observation .

“ They show no serious signs” of those infected having any threat to their lives , added Buzyn .
Business owners in the Contamines -Montjoie resort have been keen to avoid any exaggerations of the threat as French families prepared to descend on the area for the half -term ski holidays .

Three schools attended by one of the British infected — the child aged nine — are closed and 100 have been people tested . All the results have been negative so far .
Similar efforts have been made to track down passengers who took a flight from Geneva — the closest large airport to Contamines -Montjoie — with the man when he went back to Britain on January 28.

– Mallorca , Spain –
One member of the group he stayed with in France then sought medical help after returning to his home in Mallorca . The contamination took place between January 25 and January 29, according to the Spanish authorities .
The man in Mallorca is “ currently in good health . He shows practically no symptom, ” said Fernando Simon , an official from Spain ’ s health ministry .

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The Mallorca man ’ s wife and two daughters aged 10 and 7 , who were also hospitalised for tests , have shown no sign of infection .
– Speed of spread spurs fears –
Experts said that the speed of the transmission showed the potential for the novel coronavirus to become a global pandemic .

“ The recent report of transmission to British nationals in France is worrying but perhaps not unexpected development , ” said Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine , University of East Anglia.

“ This reinforces the fact that transmission is no longer restricted to China . It is still too early to know when and if the epidemic will become pandemic and whether we will see start to see sustained person to person transmission in Europe. ”

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Breaking News-U.S. ambassador to Iraq hit by multiple rockets

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Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

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Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan, China Cry Out “Bring Us Home” (Photos)

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The Coronavirus cases have risen to over 17000 infections in total with 21,588 in mainland China. It should be noted too that over 361 persons have died.

Over 60 Nigerians are trapped in Wuhan the epicentre of the of the out break.

Nigerians in wuhan China needs help from Nigeria government as they carry their placards bearing ….Bring Us Home, Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan China.

Nigerians in wuhan China needs help from Nigeria government as they carry their placards bearing ….Bring Us Home, Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan China.

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Sanwo-Olu Opens 11 Road Network, Health Centre In Bariga (Photos)

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Residents of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in the eastern part of Lagos State have reaped what could be termed “bountiful dividends” of local government autonomy entrenched in the State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was in the area on Friday to inaugurate 11 road network recently completed by the council chairman, Hon. Alabi Kolade. Governor Sanwo-Olu’s intervention accelerated the completion of the 1.6-kilometre long road projects, two years after they started.

The Governor, accompanied by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State Executive Council, commissioned a state-of-the-art CMS Primary Health Centre and fully furnished three blocks of classrooms built by the council in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School.

Sanwo-Olu said he was thrilled by the quality of the projects delivered while paying glowing tributes to the council chairman, whom he described as a “true grassroots leader”. He said the projects were the core of social intervention programmes whose benefits to the people could not be quantified.

The Governor said: “This is the first local government that I have taken a full tour to commission projects. I am not only impressed by the quality of projects, but I am also totally encouraged by what we have seen. We have seen three strategic life-changing interventions in Bariga LCDA. The chairman has intervened in the health sector by providing a Grade-A Primary Health Facility.

“Hon. Kolade intervened in the education sector with the building of three modern classroom blocks in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School and donated buses to carry the pupils free of charge. He also intervened in infrastructure, given all the roads he has built for the people of Bariga. This is a real transformation of a local government and I will use this good example in Bariga LCDA as a point of encouragement to other local council chairmen.”

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As a reward for the quality of projects delivered, Sanwo-Olu promised to appoint additional Special Adviser from Bariga LCDA to support the State Government’s effort in driving more development at the grassroots. He charged other council chairmen to emulate the example set by the Bariga LCDA boss, saying their social programmes and capital projects must address the welfare of their residents.

Sanwo-Olu also said the State Government would be embarking on massive rehabilitation of key roads in the council, pointing out that the long-awaited re-construction work on St. Finbarr’s Road would be starting soon.

“As a Government, the quality of projects we have inaugurated today demonstrates our commitment to lifting people at the grassroots and show them that our labour is to improve their wellbeing. We will be starting massive rehabilitation of St. Finbarr’s Road, starting from the gate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG). We will be rehabilitating Jagunmolu Street, Diya Street and Shoniyi Street,” the Governor said.

Hon. Kolade said the projects were part of social intervention programmes being implemen

ted by the council, adding that more capital projects would be completed in various communities within the council in the coming weeks.

The council boss recalled how Sanwo-Olu facilitated the completion of the inaugurated roads, noting that the Governor, after listening to the council’s complaint, immediately re-mobilised contractors handling the projects back on the sites.

He said: “Bariga LCDA has been benefiting from the magnanimity of Governor Sanwo-Olu. I recall his efforts towards the completion of the roads being inaugurated today. I made a complaint to him about the neglect of the roads and he immediately approved that the contractor should return to the site to ensure the projects are delivered.”

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Kolade said the usefulness of the projects to the people demonstrated the capacity of the LCDA to transform development programmes in the grassroots. He said the council had embarked on the construction of additional 21 roads, out of which 18 would soon be delivered and opened for use.

The council boss said the development agenda of the Sanwo-Olu administration, known as Project T.H.E.M.E.S, inspired the council to carefully select programmes it would invest in, adding that the projects being commissioned were products of the current administration’s development efforts.

The CMS Primary Health Centre is built with Accident and Emergency section, laboratory, pharmacy, and maternity. There is also a fully kitted ambulance stationed in the health centre for emergency purpose.

Other projects inaugurated by the Governor in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School included a mini school hall, 24 modern lavatories, recreational arena and five buses that will take pupils on a free ride to and from the school.

Source:- Brandspung

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