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Coronavirus: Hong Kong hits grim milestone of 1,000 cases as authorities urge people to stay home over Easter holiday

Hong Kong reached the grim milestone of 1,000 coronavirus cases on Saturday as authorities urged the public to stay at home during the long Easter weekend after thousands flocked to beaches and the countryside the previous day.Underlining the severity of the situation, a leading microbiologist said containing the outbreak before July was almost impossible as not enough people had developed immunity to the virus.The warning came as the city recorded 11 new infections, the fewest since March 17,…

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Coronavirus: China is not safe while Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, experts say

China’s top epidemiologists have warned that the country may not yet be out of the woods with regards to the coronavirus pandemic and that the responses of the United States and Europe to the global health crisis will be pivotal to how it unfolds.Covid-19, the disease caused by the pathogen, is unlikely to be eradicated in the near future and achieving herd immunity is not a practical solution to the problem, they said.“Europe has become more serious about [social] distancing … which is crucial…

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How long will a coronavirus vaccine take? A Q&A with Jerome Kim, head of the International Vaccine Institute

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken thousands, universities and companies around the world are working on a vaccine for the Covid-19 disease.Given the gravity of the crisis, the mission comes with obvious challenges – not least the lack of information on Covid-19, including whether an infected person can build a natural immunity to a second infection.Dr Jerome Kim, the director general of the International Vaccine Institute and an expert on the evaluation and development of…

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What Immunity to COVID-19 Really Means

The presence of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus could provide some protection, but scientists need more data

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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