COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.
world

Virus cases top 100,000 worldwide as economic impact snowballs

40 Comments
By ANGELA CHARLTON and MATT SEDENSKY

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.


40 Comments
Login to comment

It is more than 100,000, to be honest. There are a lot of people out there who are not tested.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

The virus has been loose globally for well over a month, but the infection rate is only 1 per 77,000.

An outbreak is typically defined as 15 per 100,000 (or 1 per 7,000).

We’re still not even at 10% of outbreak levels.

I’m not panicking in the slightest, if you are, do the math.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Burning Bush, give me a number and I will do a better math. As I said, you have to test all people to know exactly how many people are infected. Right now, no one knows that number, and your math makes no sense.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Akie, if there’s a mistake in my calculation, please point it out.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Wrong: "We're all in this together. We all have a role to play," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the World Health Organization, urging more global cooperation from the business world and solidarity with the poorest.

The main player and cause which for whatever hidden reasons continues to refuse the blame against the 1 country who started all of this and now causing other nations to utilize emergency funding they simply do not have or at the cost of other internal vital key social funded programs. The 1 nation should solely burden the cost by taking responsibility and pay the world damages it has cost. The other issue is via globalism pushed on the public world wide and placed their eggs in one basket. Well this is the fallout. Greed by dirty politicians who for years have been getting fat vs their economies at home are to blame as well and all at the cost once around world, hard working, tax paying and cash starved people yet again.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

WHO officials warned against having "false hopes" that the virus could fade away when warmer summer temperatures come to northern countries.

Good advice. Remain vigilant, follow basic health procedures. But don't panic. That Russian propagandists are pooh-poohing this must be because people are driving less and flying less, resulting in oil prices going down. At least Russia's partner Iran is being realistic, which they have to be given the problems they're facing.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Pt,

So now your claiming that Russia is behind some massive pooh pooh campaign.

Yet they took the whole world by surprise and fed the panic by banning all flights from China.

How does that fit into Putin’s master plan to get people to fly more?

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

How does that fit into Putin’s master plan to get people to fly more?

I don't understand what you are referring to. But getting people to fly more means more fuel used. The more fuel used, the more revenue for Putin and his oil/gas corporations.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

But getting people to fly more means more fuel used. The more fuel used, the more revenue for Putin and his oil/gas corporations.

Russia cancelled all flights from China to Russia.

How does that fight into Putin's master plan to use more fuel?

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

China says only 143 new cases, if that is true, there is hope.

But like everything that comes out of China, it probably is fake.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

How does that fight into Putin's master plan to use more fuel?

I don't have a clue. I'm a private individual with zero ties to any government. You'll have to ask one of Putin's Internet Research Agency employees, perhaps someone from one of the other Russian cyberwafare organizations, maybe someone form one of the consulates or embassies here in Japan.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I don't have a clue.

Maybe the answer lies in the fact that people actually have different viewpoints and opinions.

For instance, I believe in scientific data and mathematical analysis, and I applying those in critically assessing whether I need to go into sky is falling panic mode about this virus.

But you have to perform extreme mental gymnastics to someone try and link my viewpoints to some massive Putin controlled misinformation conspiracy.

It's frankly ridiculous.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Russia cancelled all flights from China to Russia.

Putin is scared witless, ROFL.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide

has killed more than 3,400 people

The figures posted in the article match the WHO case fatality rate of 3.4% exactly.

The numbers are spot on, get a calculator if you need one to do the relatively simple math above.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Thanks - I just did that calc before reading the comments. Now if we look at a worst case scenario, where everybody gets infected and becomes a known infection, there will be over 4 million deaths in Japan alone. Of course this won’t happen because everybody will be careful - diligently wash hands, use sanitizers, avoid contacts, self quarantine, etc. ... and in a year or two, we will have a vaccine.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Coronavirus vaccine testing underway now

https://www.livescience.com/us-coronavirus-vaccine-trial-recruiting.html?utm_source=notification

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Omachi, you are correct. We still don't know how many dead people were due to the virus, because test was never done to them. There is a prediction that if this is not controlled urgently and correctly, there could be million death worldwide. In that sense, Japan, Koreas, and China all do excellent jobs to save the world.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

In Switzlerand, officials reported 210 new virus cases on Friday, up from 90 a day earlier, and the military was being readied to provide support services at hospitals.

210 new cases, what does it tell us, what we already know that ramping up test results results in a spike of found cases.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

drlucifer, excellent know. Large scale tests are needed urgently, and identify the source of virus is very important.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Crisis brings out the true face of leaderships.

Xi disappeared

Donny lied

Abe seemed overwhelmed

Putin running scared

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Great...14 months for the test alone.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

WHO officials warned against having "false hopes" that the virus could fade away when warmer summer temperatures come to northern countries.

I’ve been reading around on this and there seems to be varying degrees of belief among experts in the idea that the heat will knock it out.

Let’s hope it does.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I’ve been reading around on this and there seems to be varying degrees of belief among experts in the idea that the heat will knock it out.

As of yet, SubSahara Africa has only a handful of cases, almost all of them are tourists from outside of Africa.

This suggests that the virus doesn't spread at all in the summer son, or that some phenotypes are less susceptible to the virus than others.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The news wasn't all bad: more than half of those who contracted the virus have now recovered.

wait, are the half that recovered part of the 100,000 total infected? Or are the half that recovered separate from the 100,000 cases?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

By the way, that part at least really is good news. The fact that it’s on a retreat in China which was the epicenter of all this, as well as South Korea as well, at least we have a couple silver linings in these dark clouds of infections stories.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The virus is still much less widespread than annual flu epidemics, which result in up to 5 million annual severe cases around the world and from 290,000 to 650,000 deaths annually, according to WHO.

This is a very important point to keep in mind.

But the epidemic's economic impact snowballed, with world stocks and the price of oil dropping sharply again Friday.

Perhaps some grablers are intentionally causing this panic to then buy up the cheap stocks...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Virus cases top 100,000 worldwide

Obviously many more, as many people are infected without symptoms. Afaik, this thing is out in the open now and will run its course, very much like the Spanish Flue in 1918. Of course vaccines will be developed, but by that time the virus will have run its course and disappaeared by itself, again like the Spanish Flue.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

ulyses:

Xi disappeared

Donny lied

Abe seemed overwhelmed

Putin running scared

Err,,, what? Where did Xi disappear, Donny lie, and Putin run scared? Are we living in an alternatiive unverse? I agree on Abe though.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Here they say South Korea on Saturday reported 483 new cases:

https://m.koreatimes.co.kr/pages/article.asp?newsIdx=285748

I don't see this virus slowing. It's spreading everywhere. Here in Italy we are considering to keep the schools closed for one or two months. They say they the peak of the virus could be at the first days of April. I feel like I'm living in a movie. Seriously, I would like know how this virus was really developed. Was it supposed to be a biological weapon? I am starting to think something is really off.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Well let's hope seriously that the CoronaVirus is nothing like the 1918 Spanish Flu. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/influenza/

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Well let's hope seriously that the CoronaVirus is nothing like the 1918 Spanish Flu.

Mortality rate for both seems to be at about 2%, which is the same.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Mortality rate for Spanish Flu 2%. So if 100 million died, then 500 million people were infected.

Jennifer Leigh, a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said that based on what’s known so far, the Spanish flu was almost certainly worse. She called the “greater than 2.5%” estimate “the lowest number that can be supported with available data.”

There was also a second Spanish Flu stronger than the first.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

No worries. Japan has tested about 5000 people. They are really up on things. I love Abe and his excellent team.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@tom

Closer to 7000 but I hear you on that.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

When is a Pandemic not a Pandemic ?

When the WHO answers to China.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Err,,, what? Where did Xi disappear, Donny lie, and Putin run scared? 

ROFL, all of the above happened in this world.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Are we living in an alternatiive unverse? 

Xi, Donny and Putin sure are....

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I agree on Abe though.

Selective amnesia, the best kind of amnesia !!!!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The numbers are greater than 100,000!

With countries like Japan not doing anything to test people, the worse is yet to come Japan. The other countries like China and the US are just lying that there is a problem.

Have notice all the countries being hit the hardest have similar leadership at the moment. Italy, China, North Korea, Japan, Iran, and US......except Russia. And those leaders are all serial liars. Hmmmm!

*As the death toll and number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to climb, an expert tells Yahoo News there’s one big lesson that leaders should heed from a pandemic that killed at least 50 million people from 1918 to 1920: *“Tell the truth.”

No ordinary flu: Coronavirus and the lessons of the 1918 pandemic for a world on edge

https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-ordinary-flu-coronavirus-and-the-lessons-of-the-1918-pandemic-for-a-world-on-edge-110055200.html

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites