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The coronavirus outbreak is changing the way China's restaurants handle takeout.

Customers are being met with temperature checks and even takeout only at popular eateries around China due to the outbreak.

For deliveries, orders are coming with little cards that include the name and temperature of the persons who made the food and delivered it.
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Iran’s Vice President of Women and Family Affairs, Masoumeh Ebtekar has been diagnosed with coronavirus, her media relations officer told IRNA, Iran's state-owned news agency on Thursday.

Fariba Ebtehaj said "She is currently at home recovering from the illness.“

Ebtekar attended a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday and was seen in official photos sitting just a few yards from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“Given the likelihood of contamination of the team members, all the people involved have been tested and the results will be announced on Saturday," Ebtehaj added.

Two members of parliament, including the chair of the parliamentary committee for national security, have also been infected by the virus.
One of the country’s top clerics, Hadi Khosroshahi, died on Thursday after he contracted the sickness.
Deputy Health Minister Iran Haririchi announced on social media Wednesday that he tested positive for COVID-19 — just 24 hours after he tried to downplay the threat of the virus in a press briefing.


Jeff's note: Seemingly, Iran has not been taking this as seriously as other places. Not wise, if true.
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rest of the world — not China — is now "our greatest concern" when it comes to coronavirus.

For the second day in a row, the number of new coronavirus cases reported outside of China today was larger than those reported inside China.

Tedros said China had reported 48,630 cases with 2,747 deaths. Outside China, there are 3,474 cases in 44 countries with 54 deaths.

In the last 24 hours, seven new countries have reported cases for the first time, Tedros said. This is now the time for each country to act to contain this virus. “If you act now, you can prevent this virus, you can prevent people from getting sick, you can save lives,” he said.
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Italy’s Deputy Finance Minister Antonio Misiani said the four regions most affected by the coronavirus outbreak make up 50% of the country’s GDP.

Misiani told CNN that so far, the outbreak has affected the sectors most connected to trade with China — manufacturing, luxury, and tourism.

He added that it’s too soon to say whether the situation will push Italy into recession.
He continued: “Currently the most affected sectors are tourism and fairs, “ he said. “The cancellations of reservations of the past few days are dictated by emotion. We are working to help these sectors with fiscal measures and social safety nets and to explain to the world that Italy is absolutely safe and has a public health system perfectly capable of managing this emergency.

Jeff's note: Look, I'm no blushing violet when it comes to traveling to places others might avoid, but this is a matter of growing finite risk. The outbreak in Italy has spread to a number of other European cities, carried by businessmen and tourists. I would not be in a hurry to go there. While I feel the pain of the tourist industry, until case numbers drop instead of increase, Asia and a large swath of Europe is off the list for now. If this spreads to the US, the question of where to travel to will be biased by how good the medical system is at the destination.
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The city of Qianjiang, in China's Hubei province, is awarding residents who proactively report symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus.

Any resident who reports symptoms and is confirmed to have the novel coronavirus will be awarded 10,000 yuan — or about $1,426 — according to a Qianjiang government press release.

Meanwhile, patients who come forward and are classified as "suspected cases" will be rewarded 2,000 yuan (or $285). Those that are not immediately confirmed to have the illness upon first diagnosis will be rewarded 1,000 yuan ($142).

The new incentives came into force Thursday.
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Jeff
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