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Go inside the high-security lab where scientists search for a coronavirus vaccine

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A day at the office for virologist Darryl Falzarano includes donning two layers of rubber gloves, a sealed body suit and an astronaut-like helmet, then taking a shower every time he steps outside the lab. The strict safety protocols are necessary to handle potentially lethal pathogens, and to develop vaccines that could stop them.Falzarano is the lead…
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Coronavirus outbreak: Wuhan residents chant word of resilience

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Amid growing adversity and a lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak, residents in Wuhan of China are chanting ‘Jiayou’, which roughly translated means fuel or oil but is rarely ever used in that context. Rather it is a slogan of encouragement and resilience for Wuhan residents who are intoning ‘Jiayou’ from their rooftops, verandahs and windows,…
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Canada reports first 'presumptive' coronavirus case

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Canada's first "presumptive" case of a new coronavirus has been detected in a man who returned to Toronto from the Chinese city where the virus first appeared, health officials announced Saturday. "We have the first presumptive case confirmed of this novel coronavirus here" in Toronto, Eileen de Villa, head of the city's public health agency,…
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China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000

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The death toll from a virus in China has risen to 56 and the number of people infected across the country is nearing 2,000, authorities said Sunday. Fifteen more people have died and at least 688 new cases of the coronavirus have now been confirmed, according to the National Health Commission. Among the new deaths,…
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Wuhan coronavirus: How to protect yourself

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The deadly Wuhan coronavirus, officially called 2019-nCoV, has killed 56 people and infected at least 1300 others in China. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance on the symptoms of the virus. A person could be at risk if they have: • Fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness, such as coughing…