Real number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is 25,000, says HK expert Jan 28, 2020 0 1498 12345 DPAHong Kong A senior public health expert in Hong Kong said Monday that the real number of people affected by the new coronavirus is likely close to 25,000 - significantly higher than the 2,744 cases confirmed by China’s National Health Commission.Speaking at a press conference, Gabriel Leung - head of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong - said that his team’s research indicated that there were likely around 44,000 cases in the incubation stage.Leung, who advises the Hong Kong government on preparedness in response to disease, said his team expects the case count to continue to “double every six days in the absence of any public health intervention.” He said research indicates the peak of the outbreak will hit major cities like Beijing and Shanghai hit their peak in April or May before dying down in June or July. Leung said though there have been no conclusive studies on how the virus spreads, its infectability appears to resemble Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), meaning that people can infect others while in the incubation period or just beginning to show symptoms.Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that residents of Hubei province and non-Hong Kong citizens found to have visited the province after January 12 would not be allowed entry to Hong Kong as of January 27. RELATED ARTICLES Global alarm grows as China’s capital Beijing reports first virus death, raising toll to 82 Jan 28, 2020 0 439 Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial Jan 28, 2020 0 297 Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe Jan 28, 2020 0 1279 WHO corrects China virus global risk level to ‘high’ Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday admitted an error in its assessment of the global risk of a deadly virus in China, saying it was “high” and not “moderate”. The Geneva-based UN health agency said in a .. Pakistan’s police arrest activist critical of military Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have arrested an activist whose fierce criticism of the military’s alleged connection with Islamist militants brought thousands out to public rallies, in a rare challenge to the army’s .. Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean seek safe ports In the central Mediterranean: Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel .. UK unveils new visa scheme for scientists after Brexit afp London Britain on Sunday announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union. Prime Minister Boris .. At least 44 dead in Brazil floods, risk of further landslides Buenos Aires: Devastating floods and landslides in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have killed at least 44 people, the country’s emergency services said on Sunday. Another 19 people were missing and others injured by the .. France asks US to keep up ‘critical’ military support in West Africa Washington: France on Monday asked the United States to keep supporting its operations against Islamist extremists in West Africa, after the New York Times reported that the US is considering pulling out of the region. .. US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down DPA Kabul/Washington The US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet. “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni ..