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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (). CORONAVIRUS will become a worldwide pandemic if governments do not impose heavy global travel bans, experts have warned.  Scientists at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have issued a warning that the spread of the deadly SARS-like virus was accelerating.  Head of the team of experts Gabriel Leung said: “We have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic.  “Substantial, draconian measures limiting population mobility should be taken sooner, rather than later.  “We are expecting to see epicentres of self-sustaining epidemics in these other major city clusters on the mainland.”  The stark warning comes after a Chinese student who travelled from Wuhan to Ireland was put into isolation.  Medics are keeping the possible patient in quarantine in Waterford as a “precautionary measure”.  He arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan days ago before the city was shut off on Thursday.  Virgin Media News reported he is not unwell or showing any symptoms at the moment, but has been quarantined to be safe.  Some 52 people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have already been tested for the deadly flu-like virus and were found to be negative.  But there are fears the UK could have its first positive test “within days”.  NHS staff have been put on high alert over how to handle “infectious” bodies, as there are concerns the killer bug will hit the UK.  An 11-page guide has been prepared by Public Health England and has advised GPs to avoid examining suspected coronavirus victims and keep them in closed rooms.  More than 80 people have died worldwide after becoming infected with the killer virus, with more than 3,000 hit.  China’s president Xi Jinping yesterday warned of a “grave situation” as he said the killer coronavirus was “accelerating its speed”.  Thailand and Hong Kong each reported eight cases, the US, Taiwan, Australia and Macau have five each, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia declared four, France has three, Vietnam two, and Nepal one. Across China there have been 2,744 confirmed cases, with 1,423 cases being in Hubei.  The youngest confirmed case is a nine-year-old girl in Beijing.  There has been no reported deaths from coronavirus outside of China.  It comes as hundreds of Brits are stranded at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak after China blocked attempts to airlift them home.  Officials have told all countries its lockdown will not be lifted for repatriation flights, a Foreign Office source revealed.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars).  The virus attacks the respiratory system, causing pneumonia-like lung lesions.  Coronavirus

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