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Coronavirus, a big and thrilling "if" about reduction of infections: the Sars-scientist misgiving

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Davide Locano
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It is definitely coronavirus-psychosis. Mainland China has reported another rise in cases of the new virus after a sharp decline the previous day, while the number of deaths grew by 97 to 908. But the counter, as far as now, says 910 deaths. Chinàs health ministry said another 3,062 cases had been reported over the previous 24 hours, raising the Chinese mainland's total to 40.171. Monday's rise was a turnaround from a significant reduction in new cases reported Sunday that briefly prompted optimism prevention methods such as a strict quarantines may be working. An infection specialist who worked on the earlier outbreak of Sars says "dramatic reductions" in the pace of the diseasès spread should begin this month if containment works. Exactly: "if" containment works. A big and thrilling "if".  Leggi anche: Coronavirus, the Princess Diamond nightmare  Coronavirus-tension is sky high, with serious repercussions also in international politics. Two facts, above all. The first one: a group of experts in the United States claims that soon the Chinese regime will try to blame the Trump administration for the contagion; a kind of winding global-war. And then the situation involving Italy: the Chinese government has in fact ordered Rome to "be rational and follow science". The containment policies adopted by the Italian government, from the closure of the airspace to the debate that is developing about the participation of pupils returning from China in school classes, are targeted by the regime.

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