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Coronavirus: Forty infected Americans among cruise ship evacuees

Coronavirus: Forty infected Americans among cruise ship evacuees

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Forty Americans being taken off the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess are infected with new coronavirus, a US official says. They are among 400 people from the US leaving the vessel docked in Japan.Most are due to depart for the US on two government-chartered aircraft. But those carrying the virus will be admitted to Japanese hospitals. Meanwhile, China has tightened restrictions on movement in Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak.What is happening on the cruise ship? The Diamond Princess has been quarantined in Japan's port of Yokohama with some 3,700 passengers and crew on board since 3 February after a man left the ship in Hong Kong and was found to have the virus.It has the largest ...
Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

Health
Officials say the 201 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak are undergoing three days of testing monitoring at a Southern California military base to make sure they do not show signs of the virusBy AMY TAXIN and MARK THIESSEN Associated PressJanuary 29, 2020, 9:48 PM3 min readRIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The 201 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak are undergoing three days of testing and monitoring at a Southern California military base to make sure they do not show signs of the virus, officials said Wednesday. The people flown out of China on a plane chartered by the U.S. government are not quarantined, Dr. Chris Braden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters after the plane landed at March...
Nearly 10 million Americans have had the flu so far this winter

Nearly 10 million Americans have had the flu so far this winter

Health
Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Nearly 10 million Americans have been sickened by the flu virus so far this winter, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, noted that the bug has resulted in approximately 87,000 hospitalizations and led to 4,800 deaths. In all, 5.8 percent of all deaths nationwide during the week ending January 4 were caused by pneumonia- and flu-related illnesses. And, across the country, 32 children have died from the flu. "Urgent care and primary care offices in our area are packed with patients across the lifespan with flu-like symptoms," Libby Richards, an associate professor at the Purdue School of Nursing and a registered nurse, told UPI. The CDC estimates that 9.7 million people ha...
4.6M Americans sickened with flu so far this winter, CDC says

4.6M Americans sickened with flu so far this winter, CDC says

Health
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Need ideas for New Year's resolutions? Here's one: Get a flu shot, if you haven't done so already. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest FluView report, released Friday, estimates that 4.6 million Americans have been sickened with the flu so far this season, a significant number given that the peak period typically starts in January. Some 39,000 have been hospitalized with the virus, and 2,100 people have died from it. In all, during the week ending Dec. 21, 5.7 percent of all deaths across the country were caused by either pneumonia or influenza, up from 5.5 percent the previous week. In addition, 22 children have died from flu-related causes so far this season. Although the numbers have not yet met the agency's threshold for an epidemic, officials are...
Regulators want to make it easier for Americans to buy risky investments

Regulators want to make it easier for Americans to buy risky investments

Finance
Colin Anderson Productions pty ltdMore Americans may soon be able to buy into risky investments such as private equity funds, hedge funds and stock in start-up companies — and investors should be wary.The SEC this week proposed a rule that would loosen requirements around who can invest in so-called private securities, a move some experts fear exposes the savings of Main Street Americans to complex, opaque investments and more financial fraud.These investments are different than those with which many everyday Americans are well-versed, such as mutual funds or stock in companies like Apple that are bought and sold on a public stock exchange.Current rules require an investor to have at least $ 200,000 in annual income, a net worth exceeding $ 1 million (excluding the value of a home), or joi