Germany confirms two new coronavirus cases, virus likely came from bats

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Total confirmed cases: More than 43,100
Total deaths: At least 1,018

The 195 Americans who were first evacuated from Wuhan last month were released from their 14-day quarantine on March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California earlier today. None of the evacuees tested positive for the new coronavirus, Riverside County public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said at a news briefing, warning against discrimination. “They don’t need additional tests, they don’t need to be shunned, they don’t have novel coronavirus,” he said. One of the evacuees, Jarred Evans, told CNBC after the news briefing that he was on a bus to the airport. — Feuer

The company announced publicly last year that it “expects to become a publicly-traded company during 2020.” The Wall Street Journal reported that Airbnb likely won’t go public until the third quarter of this year. That timing could be affected by the coronavirus outbreak that has swept across China, one person cited in the report said. China is a key growth area for Airbnb. The company’s co-founder, Nathan Blecharczyk, currently serves as chairman of Airbnb China. — Feuer

Germany confirmed two more cases of coronavirus in the southern state of Bavaria, raising the overall number of known cases in Europe’s most populous country to 16. The two new cases of coronavirus are related to infections among staff at a company in the Starnberg district west of Munich, the Bavarian health ministry said. Car supplier Webasto said last month a Chinese employee had tested positive for the virus upon returning to China following a visit to the headquarters near Munich. The employee apparently infected several German colleagues during the visit. — Reuters

The new coronavirus that has already killed more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic appears to be sparing one population group: kids. Of the more than 43,100 people it’s infected since Dec. 31, World Health Organization officials say the majority are over 40 years old and it’s hitting those with underlying health conditions and the elderly particularly hard. About 80% of people who died from the virus in China were over the age of 60, and 75% had pre-existing conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, according to a recent report from China’s National Health Commission. A small study published Jan 30 in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet found that the average age of coronavirus patients was roughly 55 years old. The study looked at 99 patients at Jinyintan Hospital in China from Jan. 1 to Jan. 20. — Lovelace

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/11/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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