January 24, 2020
Over the past few days, newspaper headlines have been dominated by one thing – coronavirus.
Coronavirus: What Are UK Authorities Doing To Prevent A Possible Outbreak?
Originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan – which is home to 11 million people – the virus is believed to have infected hundreds of people in the country. 
On Thursday, authorities in China effectively put Wuhan on lockdown in an attempt to stop the virus spreading, with flights suspended, train stations closed and check points put in place. 
While the vast majority of cases have been reported in China, incidents of the virus have also been detected in at least eight other countries. 
But what about the UK – what are authorities doing to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus? And what happens if cases are discovered here? What is coronavirus? First things first: What is coronavirus? Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses – the strain that has caused this outbreak is known clinically as 2019-nCoV.
According to World Health Organisation, these viruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. However, experts believe there could also have been human-to-human transmission in the case of 2019-nCoV. 
Symptoms of the new coronavirus include a fever, coughing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. 
Current data suggests that 26 people have died during an outbreak of this virus in China – where it began – while more than 800 people have been infected. 
The virus has also been detected in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US. Has coronavirus reached the UK? So far, the 14 people in the UK tested for the virus have all received the all-clear. However there are checks ongoing on other people, according to the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty.
However, while health secretary Matt Hancock insisted on Friday that the risk to the public remains low, Professor Paul Cosford – emeritus medical director at Public Health England (PHE) – said it was “highly likely” that cases would be seen in the UK. What are authorities doing to prevent an outbreak? Flights in and out of Wuhan – the city in China where the outbreak originated – have been suspended while Chinese authorities attempt to quarantine the area. 
However, PHE has said that if the flights resume, a number of procedures will be put in place to stop potentially-infected passengers from spreading the illness in the UK. 
These include playing a message on the plane to encourage travellers to report if they don’t feel well and creating an isolated area at Heathrow airport for any planes where its suspected passengers have been infected with the virus. 
Meanwhile, medics have been given advice about how to detect cases of coronavirus and how to control the infection. 
GPs, for example, have been told to isolate anyone who has recently travelled from Wuhan who shows symptoms of the virus. According to the guidance, patients with suspected coronavirus should not be physically examined by staff or allowed to use communal toilet facilities. 
Private schools have also been told to plan for the possibility that some of their overseas students may not be return home over the holidays due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. What will happen if there are coronavirus cases in the UK? According to authorities, the UK is one of the countries outside of China that has “assured testing capability” for the 2019-nCoV, which means medics should be able to work out if people have been infected or not. (Coronaviruses can be difficult to differentiate from one another.) 
If someone is diagnosed with the virus, they will be sent to one of the country’s specialist treatment centres – otherwise known as ‘High Consequence Infectious Disease’ (HCID) treatment centres. 
These centres have the facilities and specialist staff to implement “robust infection control measures”, PHE said. 
There are four airborne HCID treatment centres in the England, with services provided by six NHS trusts:Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, with a paediatric service provided by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRoyal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, with a paediatric service provided by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation TrustNewcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Meanwhile, there are two principal contact HCID treatment centres – the Royal Free London High Level Isolation Unit and the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary. Related... Coronavirus: 8 Photos Showing What It's Like Inside China's Quarantined City Wuhan Coronavirus: Andrea Leadsom Says UK Is Checking All Flights From Wuhan – Except There Aren't Any
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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