New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is Read More …

Hong Kong researchers invent antiviral “coating”

A team of researchers from a Hong Kong university claim to have developed an antiviral coating they say can provide 90 days of “significant” protection against bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Read more… Source: Reuters  

UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic

Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian. The detailed document warned Read More …

UK police use drones and roadblocks to enforce lockdown

A police force has defended using a drone camera to shame people into not driving into a national park during the lockdown, while another force said it was introducing roadblocks to stop drivers heading to tourist hotspots. A new law Read More …

COVID-19: Cambridge-based Moderna sends possible coronavirus vaccine for testing

A Cambridge company has submitted a potential coronavirus vaccine for federal testing just two months after an outbreak of the infectious virus that started in China, killing 2,500 people while spreading rapidly through Asia into Europe and the United States. Read More …

New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise

There are some indications that the incubation period for the coronavirus could be longer than 14 days, with patients testing positive after much longer quarantine periods, researchers said. The rush to understand the virus came as infections rose in South Read More …

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 30

No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO is working with an international network of statisticians and mathematical modelers to estimate key epidemiologic parameters of COVID19, such as the incubation period (the time between infection Read More …

WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 23

No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO has published key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to COVID-19. More information can be found here. The UN activated a Crisis Management Team Read More …