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CPPCC advisor hopes for unified early warning signals

Source:China Meteorological News Press

Yang Xiaohua, member of National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from Hong Kong hopes to see unified early warning signals of natural disasters among mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

Yang has worked in Beijing in 1980s and traveled a lot between mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In face of extreme weather, he always felt troublesome because of different warning signals of same weather in these regions.

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Australia + 33 others
Asia-Pacific Region: Estimated Risk Index for Multiple Hazards (as of May 2009)

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Australia + 21 others
New Zealand, Australia warn Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 will stretch health system

MANILA, 15 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Health authorities in New Zealand and Australia warned of an increased strain on intensive care units over the next few weeks as cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 continued to grow significantly.

New Zealand Health Minister, Tony Ryall, said the visits to health clinics would put more pressure on the health system as flu season peaked. "The public can expect to see full intensive care units and some surgery being cancelled at various public hospitals around the country over the next few weeks," Mr Ryall said.

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Australia + 20 others
New analysis points to risk of severe disease from Pandemic (H1N1) 2009

MANILA, 14 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Almost 100 Australians are currently in hospital with Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, health authorities said, as a new analysis of hospitalized cases in the state of Victoria found that young and healthy people had been severely sickened by the virus.

Australia is one of a number of countries in the Western Pacific Region to have shifted to a mitigation phase in its response to the disease and is no longer testing all suspected cases. Also, some countries are not reporting new cases on a daily basis. As a

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Australia + 8 others
Singapore ends temperature screening at borders for Pandemic H1N1

MANILA, 13 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Singapore health authorities announced an end to thermal screening of travellers entering the country, as it continued its shift from containment to mitigation of the virus. Screening had become less useful since there was now localized community spread in Singapore, the authorities stated.

Singapore's decision comes as some countries in the Western Pacific Region refocus their response efforts to provide better medical care to patients with severe illness rather than try to keep track of individual cases. Ongoing surveillance of suspected and confirmed

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Australia + 20 others
Early summer break called for Hong Kong (China) schools to cut flu risk

MANILA, 10 July 2009, 1600 hrs - The summer holidays have been brought forward for 43 secondary schools in Hong Kong (China) in an effort to curtail the spread of Pandemic H1N1 2009, health authorities said, as 57 new infections were detected in the territory. The Department of Health called on parents to pay attention to the health of their children, and to ensure they practiced good personal hygiene.

On 9 July, New Zealand announced its sixth death linked to Pandemic H1N1, that of a woman with underlying health conditions. The number of reported cases in New Zealand now exceed 1 500.

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Australia announces new research into Pandemic H1N1

MANILA, 9 July 2009, 1600 hrs - As its case numbers approached the 7000 mark, Australia announced AU$7 million (US$5.45 million) in funding for research projects to learn more about Pandemic H1N1 2009 and to help produce better responses to future outbreaks.

Health authorities in Australia, which has the highest number of cases in the Western Pacific Region, said the funding would be provided for 41 projects to help national authorities tailor their responses to the virus. The research to be supported will examine, among other topics, why some people develop more severe symptoms

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WHO advises countries with large H1N1 caseloads to curtail lab testing

MANILA, 8 July 2009, 1600 hrs-The World Health Organization said it would ask countries hardest hit by Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 to move away from laboratory testing of individual cases and towards collecting broader data about the disease. Meanwhile, new infections in most parts of the Western Pacific Region lifted the caseload to beyond 15 000, as Australia reported another death linked to the virus.

Keiji Fukuda, interim assistant director-general of WHO, said updated surveillance advice would be issued to countries within

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Mongolia + 28 others
Asia-Pacific Region: Historical Monthly Data on Average Precipitation and Tropical Storms (1956 - 2006)

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Australia + 20 others
New Zealand announces three fatalities linked to Pandemic H1N1 2009

MANILA, 6 July 2009, 1600 hrs - The number of deaths in the Western Pacific Region associated with Pandemic H1N1 2009 increased to 16 in the reporting period to 6 July, after New Zealand reported that three people with the virus had died.

The first fatality, a 19-year old man in Hamilton, died on 28 June. It is not yet known whether he had underlying health conditions. On 2 July, a 42-year old man with underlying medical conditions died in Christchurch, and on 4 July a young girl with underlying medical problems died in Wellington. All had tested positive to Pandemic H1N1 2009.

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Philippine leader chooses quarantine over Pandemic H1N1 2009

MANILA, 2 July 2009, 1600 hrs-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went into voluntary quarantine in a Manila hospital after returning from a two-week tour that took her to Japan, Brazil, Colombia and Hong Kong. Aides said the move was designed to set an example to other Filipinos returning from locations that had outbreaks of Pandemic H1N1 2009. The President was reported to be in good health. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of H1N1 in the Philippines more than doubled, up by 848 to 1709, since the previous official report a week earlier.
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Flying doctors help Australia's influenza effort

MANILA, 1 July 2009, 1600 hrs-Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service has stepped in to help evacuate indigenous Australians from remote northern communities as health officials warn that the indigenous population is more vulnerable than others to Pandemic H1N1 2009. With Aboriginal settlements often hundreds of kilometers along dirt roads from the nearest medical center, people with influenza symptoms and underlying medical conditions are being flown out for treatment.

Indigenous people are considered more at risk from the H1N1 influenza strain as many have health problems such

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The Philippines moves from containment to mitigation

MANILA, 30 June 2009, 1600 hrs-The Philippines has become one of the latest countries to move from containment to mitigation in its response to the Pandemic H1N1 2009 virus. Under new measures announced by the Manila government, testing of all suspected cases is being discontinued. Instead, "selective testing" will be done on high-risk individuals, those arriving from abroad with flu-like symptoms and the first suspected cases in a community. Mandatory hospital confinement for confirmed and suspected cases is being lifted and voluntary home confinement