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Coronavirus infections on Diamond Princess cruise ship swell to 174 Coronavirus infections on Diamond Princess cruise ship swell to 174
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As deaths from the coronavirus topped 1,000 — nearly all of them in China — Beijing on Tuesday urged countries that have enacted travel restrictions aimed at curbing the outbreak to restore normal ties for the sake of the global economy. The appeal from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs underscored the economic dangers posed by the unprecedented shutdown of much of the world's second-largest economy, as well as the ruling Communist Party's concerns about the outbreak's capacity to fuel domestic instability.As deaths from the coronavirus topped 1,000 — nearly all of them in China — Beijing on Tuesday urged countries that have enacted travel restrictions aimed at curbing the outbreak to restore normal ties for the sake of the global economy. The appeal from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs underscored the economic dangers posed by the unprecedented shutdown of much of the world's second-largest economy, as well as the ruling Communist Party's concerns about the outbreak's capacity to fuel domestic instability.
Coronavirus live updates: Rate of new coronavirus infections slows, but China remains largely shut downCoronavirus live updates: Rate of new coronavirus infections slows, but China remains largely shut down
Authorities in the virus-hit city of Wuhan have announced fresh restrictions on residents, making millions of people virtual prisoners in their own homes. Two provincial health bosses have been fired as the Communist Party struggles to contain widespread anger over the spread of the virus. Here’s what we know:Authorities in the virus-hit city of Wuhan have announced fresh restrictions on residents, making millions of people virtual prisoners in their own homes. Two provincial health bosses have been fired as the Communist Party struggles to contain widespread anger over the spread of the virus. Here’s what we know:
● The death toll from the coronavirus surged again, with 97 deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed infections continues to rise, but the rate of growth is slowing.● The death toll from the coronavirus surged again, with 97 deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed infections continues to rise, but the rate of growth is slowing.
● American Airlines announced that it will suspend flights to China and Hong Kong through the end of April, a month longer than the carrier had previously planned. The State Department is allowing non-emergency U.S. personnel to leave Hong Kong of their own accord.● American Airlines announced that it will suspend flights to China and Hong Kong through the end of April, a month longer than the carrier had previously planned. The State Department is allowing non-emergency U.S. personnel to leave Hong Kong of their own accord.
● Authorities in Wuhan tightened restrictions on citizens, allowing just one member of a household to make one shopping trip every three days and placing entire buildings under quarantine.● Authorities in Wuhan tightened restrictions on citizens, allowing just one member of a household to make one shopping trip every three days and placing entire buildings under quarantine.
●Thirty-nine more people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total number of infections to 174. Around 3,600 people are being held in quarantine on the ship off the coast of Japan, and crew members say they aren’t being adequately protected as more workers fall ill.●Thirty-nine more people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total number of infections to 174. Around 3,600 people are being held in quarantine on the ship off the coast of Japan, and crew members say they aren’t being adequately protected as more workers fall ill.
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● China is bracing for the return of some 160 million migrant workers to their cities of employment as the country’s economy sputters back to life after an extended holiday following the outbreak.● China is bracing for the return of some 160 million migrant workers to their cities of employment as the country’s economy sputters back to life after an extended holiday following the outbreak.
SEOUL – A group of South Koreans and their Chinese family members were evacuated from Wuhan to South Korea on Wednesday aboard a government-chartered flight.SEOUL – A group of South Koreans and their Chinese family members were evacuated from Wuhan to South Korea on Wednesday aboard a government-chartered flight.
Seoul had previously sent two charter planes to Wuhan to fly 701 citizens home, but this is the first time Chinese family members of South Korean nationals were evacuated together from the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis.Seoul had previously sent two charter planes to Wuhan to fly 701 citizens home, but this is the first time Chinese family members of South Korean nationals were evacuated together from the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis.
The third charter flight carrying 147 evacucees landed in Incheon Airport early Wednesday. Five passengers onboard the flight who displayed symptoms related to the virus and two children have been sent to a hospital, according to South Korea’s Health Ministry.The third charter flight carrying 147 evacucees landed in Incheon Airport early Wednesday. Five passengers onboard the flight who displayed symptoms related to the virus and two children have been sent to a hospital, according to South Korea’s Health Ministry.
The rest of the passengers have been sent to a facility in Icheon city where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.The rest of the passengers have been sent to a facility in Icheon city where they will spend 14 days in quarantine.
South Korea’s Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said on Sunday that Beijing had initially disallowed Chinese family members of South Koreans from joining the evacuation flight, but later allowed it.South Korea’s Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said on Sunday that Beijing had initially disallowed Chinese family members of South Koreans from joining the evacuation flight, but later allowed it.
“It is the basic national duty to take care of our people isolated in a far foreign land while facing fears of disease,” Park said at a briefing in Seoul. “The Chinese family members transported together are wives, husbands, sons and daughters of our citizens, after all,” Park said.“It is the basic national duty to take care of our people isolated in a far foreign land while facing fears of disease,” Park said at a briefing in Seoul. “The Chinese family members transported together are wives, husbands, sons and daughters of our citizens, after all,” Park said.
An online petition asking President Moon Jae-in to ban Chinese nationals from entering South Korea has drawn more nearly 700,000 signatures since the coronavirus outbreak.An online petition asking President Moon Jae-in to ban Chinese nationals from entering South Korea has drawn more nearly 700,000 signatures since the coronavirus outbreak.
South Korea currently restricts entry of foreigners who recently traveled to China’s Hubei Province. Special health screenings are required for arrivals in South Korea from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.South Korea currently restricts entry of foreigners who recently traveled to China’s Hubei Province. Special health screenings are required for arrivals in South Korea from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Two out of 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in South Korea were evacuees who flew from Wuhan on government charter flights.Two out of 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in South Korea were evacuees who flew from Wuhan on government charter flights.
The coronavirus claimed 97 more lives in mainland China on Tuesday, bringing the country’s death toll to 1,113, according to Chinese officials.The coronavirus claimed 97 more lives in mainland China on Tuesday, bringing the country’s death toll to 1,113, according to Chinese officials.
Officials also said they identified more than 2,000 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 44,653.Officials also said they identified more than 2,000 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 44,653.
There were 49 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, 10 in Macau and 18 in Taiwan. More than 185,000 people were under medical observation in the mainland.There were 49 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, 10 in Macau and 18 in Taiwan. More than 185,000 people were under medical observation in the mainland.
The vast majority of the new deaths and infections remained concentrated in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, where 94 people were reported dead Tuesday.The vast majority of the new deaths and infections remained concentrated in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, where 94 people were reported dead Tuesday.
More than 4,700 people recovered from the disease, according to Chinese officials.More than 4,700 people recovered from the disease, according to Chinese officials.
The number of deaths recorded Tuesday was slightly lower than the previous day, when Chinese officials said 108 people perished from the disease, the most in a single day.The number of deaths recorded Tuesday was slightly lower than the previous day, when Chinese officials said 108 people perished from the disease, the most in a single day.
TOKYO – Japan announced on Wednesday it is expanding travel restrictions to ban foreigners who have recently been to the Chinese province of Zhejiang, in a bid to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.TOKYO – Japan announced on Wednesday it is expanding travel restrictions to ban foreigners who have recently been to the Chinese province of Zhejiang, in a bid to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Zhejiang province would be added to restrictions already imposed on travelers from Hubei province, according to a statement.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Zhejiang province would be added to restrictions already imposed on travelers from Hubei province, according to a statement.
Those restrictions also bar foreigners who have been in Hubei for the previous two weeks, as well as anyone with a passport issued by provincial government of Hubei, from entering Japan.Those restrictions also bar foreigners who have been in Hubei for the previous two weeks, as well as anyone with a passport issued by provincial government of Hubei, from entering Japan.
Of more than 45,000 cases of coronavirus recorded since the epidemic began, more than 33,000 have come from Hubei, the central province whose capital Wuhan is the epicenter of the infection. There have been more than 1,100 cases in the coastal province of Zhejiang, but a slightly higher number of infections in Henan and more than 1,200 in the southern province of Guangdong. But the Japanese public broadcaster said around 500 Japanese companies or affiliates have operations in Zhejiang.Of more than 45,000 cases of coronavirus recorded since the epidemic began, more than 33,000 have come from Hubei, the central province whose capital Wuhan is the epicenter of the infection. There have been more than 1,100 cases in the coastal province of Zhejiang, but a slightly higher number of infections in Henan and more than 1,200 in the southern province of Guangdong. But the Japanese public broadcaster said around 500 Japanese companies or affiliates have operations in Zhejiang.
The number of coronavirus infections on the Diamond Princess cruise ship continued to climb Tuesday, with 39 more people testing positive for the disease, according to the cruise line.The number of coronavirus infections on the Diamond Princess cruise ship continued to climb Tuesday, with 39 more people testing positive for the disease, according to the cruise line.
There are now at least 174 confirmed coronavirus cases on the ship, which has been docked for nearly a week in the port of Yokohama, Japan. The ship is the site of the largest number of infections outside mainland China.There are now at least 174 confirmed coronavirus cases on the ship, which has been docked for nearly a week in the port of Yokohama, Japan. The ship is the site of the largest number of infections outside mainland China.
“We are following guidance from the Japan Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to provide medical care for these new cases,” Princess Cruises said in an emailed statement Tuesday.“We are following guidance from the Japan Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to provide medical care for these new cases,” Princess Cruises said in an emailed statement Tuesday.
Japanese authorities have removed more than 100 sick people from the ship. About 3,600 passengers and crew remained quarantined on the vessel, and experts were debating whether they should be taken ashore or left onboard.Japanese authorities have removed more than 100 sick people from the ship. About 3,600 passengers and crew remained quarantined on the vessel, and experts were debating whether they should be taken ashore or left onboard.
On Monday, 65 people tested positive for the disease.On Monday, 65 people tested positive for the disease.
The United States Postal Service said it temporarily cannot guarantee Priority Mail Express letters and parcels sent to China and Hong Kong “due to widespread airline cancellations, capacity constraints and restrictions into this area,” the U.S. carrier said in a statement Tuesday.The United States Postal Service said it temporarily cannot guarantee Priority Mail Express letters and parcels sent to China and Hong Kong “due to widespread airline cancellations, capacity constraints and restrictions into this area,” the U.S. carrier said in a statement Tuesday.
USPS denied earlier reports Tuesday that it was entirely suspending deliveries to the region.USPS denied earlier reports Tuesday that it was entirely suspending deliveries to the region.
“Contrary to some media reports, the U.S. Postal Service continues to accept mail destined to China, Hong Kong and Macao,” USPS said in the statement.“Contrary to some media reports, the U.S. Postal Service continues to accept mail destined to China, Hong Kong and Macao,” USPS said in the statement.
USPS’s Priority Mail Express International service offers “fast, reliable, and affordable” shipping within 3-5 businesses days to more than 190 countries, according to its website.USPS’s Priority Mail Express International service offers “fast, reliable, and affordable” shipping within 3-5 businesses days to more than 190 countries, according to its website.
USPS said in the statement that it is additionally suspending “transit mail from other countries sending their mail through U.S. Postal Service offices of exchange (International Service Centers) destined to China, Hong Kong and Macao.”USPS said in the statement that it is additionally suspending “transit mail from other countries sending their mail through U.S. Postal Service offices of exchange (International Service Centers) destined to China, Hong Kong and Macao.”
Widespread quarantines, cancelations of planes, and other restrictions on movement to and within China have deeply disrupted the country’s economy.Widespread quarantines, cancelations of planes, and other restrictions on movement to and within China have deeply disrupted the country’s economy.
Coronavirus cannot be transmitted by mail, contrary to some misinformation circulating. China Post, the Chinese mail service, has been disinfecting postal offices and processing centers in an effort to protect staffers from possible exposure to the virus while on the job.Coronavirus cannot be transmitted by mail, contrary to some misinformation circulating. China Post, the Chinese mail service, has been disinfecting postal offices and processing centers in an effort to protect staffers from possible exposure to the virus while on the job.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Tuesday that the patient with the latest confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States initially tested negative for the disease and was briefly allowed to leave a San Diego hospital because of a laboratory error.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged Tuesday that the patient with the latest confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States initially tested negative for the disease and was briefly allowed to leave a San Diego hospital because of a laboratory error.
The patient was among three evacuees from China who were placed in isolation and underwent testing at the University of California San Diego Medical Center last week after showing signs of the novel coronavirus.The patient was among three evacuees from China who were placed in isolation and underwent testing at the University of California San Diego Medical Center last week after showing signs of the novel coronavirus.
An initial round of tests came back negative, and the people returned to a quarantine site at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Further testing revealed, however, that one of them was infected.An initial round of tests came back negative, and the people returned to a quarantine site at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Further testing revealed, however, that one of them was infected.
A CDC spokeswoman, Kristen Nordlund, said Tuesday that blood samples from the three patients were inadvertently omitted from a large test run because they were incorrectly labeled.A CDC spokeswoman, Kristen Nordlund, said Tuesday that blood samples from the three patients were inadvertently omitted from a large test run because they were incorrectly labeled.
“CDC conveyed an informal ‘all negative’ notification for the specimens that were tested. Once labeling issues were addressed, CDC subsequently tested the three specimens that had been omitted and found that one of those three tested positive,” Nordlund told The Washington Post.“CDC conveyed an informal ‘all negative’ notification for the specimens that were tested. Once labeling issues were addressed, CDC subsequently tested the three specimens that had been omitted and found that one of those three tested positive,” Nordlund told The Washington Post.
“This information was conveyed to local public health and CDC teams immediately,” she said. “At all times, appropriate infection control precautions were taken around all of the persons quarantined at Miramar, including these three patients.”“This information was conveyed to local public health and CDC teams immediately,” she said. “At all times, appropriate infection control precautions were taken around all of the persons quarantined at Miramar, including these three patients.”
On Monday, the patient returned to the hospital for treatment.On Monday, the patient returned to the hospital for treatment.
Going foward, a CDC laboratory staff member will join quarantine field teams to make sure that specimens are correctly labeled, Nordlund said.Going foward, a CDC laboratory staff member will join quarantine field teams to make sure that specimens are correctly labeled, Nordlund said.
UC San Diego Health spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said in an email earlier Tuesday that the patient left the hospital “the same way they arrived with all precautions taken.” The person wore a mask, escorted by federal officials who also had “protection.”UC San Diego Health spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said in an email earlier Tuesday that the patient left the hospital “the same way they arrived with all precautions taken.” The person wore a mask, escorted by federal officials who also had “protection.”
“The patient did not interact with the environment after leaving the hospital room,” Galindo said.“The patient did not interact with the environment after leaving the hospital room,” Galindo said.
The patient was one of hundreds flown back to the United States from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a now-global outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people. Americans return to 14 days of quarantine meant to prevent them from spreading coronavirus in the community. Health officials have cautioned that a negative test result from the CDC’s laboratory does not necessarily mean someone will not get the virus.The patient was one of hundreds flown back to the United States from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a now-global outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people. Americans return to 14 days of quarantine meant to prevent them from spreading coronavirus in the community. Health officials have cautioned that a negative test result from the CDC’s laboratory does not necessarily mean someone will not get the virus.
Singapore often receives praise for its health-care system, which has been singled out as a possible model for other countries, including the United States.Singapore often receives praise for its health-care system, which has been singled out as a possible model for other countries, including the United States.
As the coronavirus epidemic spreads, the city-state has emerged as one of the major centers of the outbreak outside China. The relatively high number of cases in the country may simply be bad luck — the result of close ties with China. But the county may have recorded a high number of infections because of, rather than in spite of, its advanced health-care system, experts say.As the coronavirus epidemic spreads, the city-state has emerged as one of the major centers of the outbreak outside China. The relatively high number of cases in the country may simply be bad luck — the result of close ties with China. But the county may have recorded a high number of infections because of, rather than in spite of, its advanced health-care system, experts say.
As of Tuesday, the country had 47 cases, meaning it was the place most heavily affected after China and Hong Kong, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.As of Tuesday, the country had 47 cases, meaning it was the place most heavily affected after China and Hong Kong, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan.
Local authorities said several events appear to have led to cluster transmissions of the coronavirus, including a business meeting held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, attended by a British businessman who went on to spread the virus in three other countries.Local authorities said several events appear to have led to cluster transmissions of the coronavirus, including a business meeting held at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, attended by a British businessman who went on to spread the virus in three other countries.
But the high figure may have an additional explanation: Singapore’s successful health-care system is swift and thorough in identifying cases.But the high figure may have an additional explanation: Singapore’s successful health-care system is swift and thorough in identifying cases.
Experts told the South China Morning Post that superior approaches to medical treatment may explain why Singapore had announced roughly the same amount of cases as Hong Kong, which borders mainland China.Experts told the South China Morning Post that superior approaches to medical treatment may explain why Singapore had announced roughly the same amount of cases as Hong Kong, which borders mainland China.
“It is not just because the culture of transparency is stronger and motivation for learning higher, but the resources that can be invested in tracking events,” Jeremy Lim, a partner at global consultancy firm Oliver Wyman’s health and life sciences practice, told the Hong Kong-based newspaper.“It is not just because the culture of transparency is stronger and motivation for learning higher, but the resources that can be invested in tracking events,” Jeremy Lim, a partner at global consultancy firm Oliver Wyman’s health and life sciences practice, told the Hong Kong-based newspaper.
In neighboring Indonesia, by contrast, no coronavirus cases have been confirmed. In a study released last week, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote that Indonesia’s lack of known instances “may suggest the potential for undetected cases.”In neighboring Indonesia, by contrast, no coronavirus cases have been confirmed. In a study released last week, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health wrote that Indonesia’s lack of known instances “may suggest the potential for undetected cases.”
Indonesia’s health minister rejected that proposition Tuesday.Indonesia’s health minister rejected that proposition Tuesday.
Singapore’s willingness to face the coronavirus outbreak head-on has earned it some praise.Singapore’s willingness to face the coronavirus outbreak head-on has earned it some praise.
“Well done Singapore!” Gabriel Leung, an infectious disease epidemiologist and dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, wrote on Twitter. “If only all health protection agencies could emulate your professional competence and transparency from the first imported cases, until there becomes too many cases to count.”“Well done Singapore!” Gabriel Leung, an infectious disease epidemiologist and dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, wrote on Twitter. “If only all health protection agencies could emulate your professional competence and transparency from the first imported cases, until there becomes too many cases to count.”
But some experts said that the number of cases in Singapore was reason to worry.But some experts said that the number of cases in Singapore was reason to worry.
“Singapore has sustained community transmission despite most capable government on planet, best healthcare system on planet, and warm weather,” Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, tweeted Tuesday.“Singapore has sustained community transmission despite most capable government on planet, best healthcare system on planet, and warm weather,” Richard Ebright, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University, tweeted Tuesday.
Health officials reassured communities across the United States that nearly 200 Wuhan evacuees released from quarantine Tuesday pose no threat to anyone’s health.Health officials reassured communities across the United States that nearly 200 Wuhan evacuees released from quarantine Tuesday pose no threat to anyone’s health.
At a briefing Tuesday afternoon, a county health official and a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 195 people housed at March Air Reserve Base since Jan. 29 have been closely monitored. None developed any symptoms of the respiratory disease, now known as “covid-19.”At a briefing Tuesday afternoon, a county health official and a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 195 people housed at March Air Reserve Base since Jan. 29 have been closely monitored. None developed any symptoms of the respiratory disease, now known as “covid-19.”
Base personnel have not been in contact with the evacuees, they said. Anyone working with the evacuees was trained and wore protective equipment, they said.Base personnel have not been in contact with the evacuees, they said. Anyone working with the evacuees was trained and wore protective equipment, they said.
There have been reports of discrimination against people employed on the base, said Nancy Knight, director of CDC’s division of global health protection, who headed the agency’s effort there. That includes a worker who was denied housing and another whose daughter faced discrimination at school, she said.There have been reports of discrimination against people employed on the base, said Nancy Knight, director of CDC’s division of global health protection, who headed the agency’s effort there. That includes a worker who was denied housing and another whose daughter faced discrimination at school, she said.
“These individuals have completed their quarantine,” she said of the evacuees. “They pose no health risk to themselves, to their families, to the places where they work, to their schools, to their communities.”“These individuals have completed their quarantine,” she said of the evacuees. “They pose no health risk to themselves, to their families, to the places where they work, to their schools, to their communities.”
She emphasized that they were kept “completely separate from all of the staff at March Air Reserve Base.”She emphasized that they were kept “completely separate from all of the staff at March Air Reserve Base.”
The evacuees at the base were the first of five groups flown from Wuhan by the State Department. Many were staff from the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened more than 42,000, the vast majority of them in central China.The evacuees at the base were the first of five groups flown from Wuhan by the State Department. Many were staff from the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter of the outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened more than 42,000, the vast majority of them in central China.
The United States has confirmed 13 infections but no deaths.The United States has confirmed 13 infections but no deaths.
The quarantine was the first imposed by the federal government since 1963, Knight said.The quarantine was the first imposed by the federal government since 1963, Knight said.
American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will suspend flights to China and Hong Kong through the end of April, a month longer than the carrier had previously planned.American Airlines announced Tuesday that it will suspend flights to China and Hong Kong through the end of April, a month longer than the carrier had previously planned.
The airline cited waning demand for the decision. American offers direct service between Shanghai’s Pudong and Beijing’s Capital international airports from Los Angeles International and Dallas-Fort Worth International. It also flies directly between Hong Kong and Dallas and Los Angeles.The airline cited waning demand for the decision. American offers direct service between Shanghai’s Pudong and Beijing’s Capital international airports from Los Angeles International and Dallas-Fort Worth International. It also flies directly between Hong Kong and Dallas and Los Angeles.
Flights between Los Angeles and Dallas to Shanghai and Beijing will be suspended through April 24. In addition, service between Dallas and Hong Kong will be suspended through April 23 and flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong will be suspended until April 24. The airline had previously canceled flights through the end of March.Flights between Los Angeles and Dallas to Shanghai and Beijing will be suspended through April 24. In addition, service between Dallas and Hong Kong will be suspended through April 23 and flights between Los Angeles and Hong Kong will be suspended until April 24. The airline had previously canceled flights through the end of March.
American, along with two other U.S. carriers, began canceling service between the United States and mainland China at the end January after the U.S. Department of State raised its China travel advisory to Level 4, its highest level of caution. Delta then announced the cancellation of flights to China through the end of April. United Airlines said flights would be canceled through the end of March, but officials said they continue to evaluate the situation.American, along with two other U.S. carriers, began canceling service between the United States and mainland China at the end January after the U.S. Department of State raised its China travel advisory to Level 4, its highest level of caution. Delta then announced the cancellation of flights to China through the end of April. United Airlines said flights would be canceled through the end of March, but officials said they continue to evaluate the situation.
The World Bank is offering Beijing technical assistance, but no new health-related loans, to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported.The World Bank is offering Beijing technical assistance, but no new health-related loans, to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported.
“My thought is that we all wish them a speedy way to address the coronavirus in China,” World Bank President David Malpass said in an interview with Reuters. “We’ve offered technical assistance in the area of health, sanitation and disease policies.”“My thought is that we all wish them a speedy way to address the coronavirus in China,” World Bank President David Malpass said in an interview with Reuters. “We’ve offered technical assistance in the area of health, sanitation and disease policies.”
Malpass told Reuters that “China has its own large international reserves” needed to fight the economic impact of the virus, negating the need for World Bank loans.Malpass told Reuters that “China has its own large international reserves” needed to fight the economic impact of the virus, negating the need for World Bank loans.
Banking sources told Reuters that more than 300 Chinese companies, ranging from food delivery businesses to smartphone producers, have expressed need for more than $8.2 billion in loans to offset the coronavirus’s economic impact.Banking sources told Reuters that more than 300 Chinese companies, ranging from food delivery businesses to smartphone producers, have expressed need for more than $8.2 billion in loans to offset the coronavirus’s economic impact.
The country’s economy has been in low gear since January.The country’s economy has been in low gear since January.
BERLIN — German authorities confirmed two new coronavirus cases linked to a cluster of infections at a Bavarian automotive supplier Tuesday night, hours before the company was set to reopen its headquarters Wednesday morning.BERLIN — German authorities confirmed two new coronavirus cases linked to a cluster of infections at a Bavarian automotive supplier Tuesday night, hours before the company was set to reopen its headquarters Wednesday morning.
The two new cases bring the total of confirmed coronavirus patients in Germany to 16.The two new cases bring the total of confirmed coronavirus patients in Germany to 16.
Fourteen of the cases are linked to automotive supplier Webasto. The company closed its headquarters near Munich two weeks ago, after a 33-year-old employee became Germany’s first confirmed coronavirus patient. He had been infected by a female business visitor from Shanghai. The two had met at a workshop in the offices of the German automotive supplier.Fourteen of the cases are linked to automotive supplier Webasto. The company closed its headquarters near Munich two weeks ago, after a 33-year-old employee became Germany’s first confirmed coronavirus patient. He had been infected by a female business visitor from Shanghai. The two had met at a workshop in the offices of the German automotive supplier.
Authorities said that at least 40 individuals had come into close contact with the 33-year-old employee and the Chinese visitor.Authorities said that at least 40 individuals had come into close contact with the 33-year-old employee and the Chinese visitor.
The two weeks are up: On Tuesday, 195 U.S. evacuees from Wuhan, China, will conclude their 14-day quarantine at a military base in southern California and return to their previous lives, said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The two weeks are up: On Tuesday, 195 U.S. evacuees from Wuhan, China, will conclude their 14-day quarantine at a military base in southern California and return to their previous lives, said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The group has been stuck at March Air Reserve Base since Jan. 29, when they were part of the first group of people evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak via a U.S. chartered plane.The group has been stuck at March Air Reserve Base since Jan. 29, when they were part of the first group of people evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak via a U.S. chartered plane.
None of the passengers have been diagnosed with the virus, said Schuchat. However, one evacuee from another flight who was quarantined at a different U.S. base has tested positive and is in isolation at a hospital, the Associated Press reported. There have been a total of 13 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.None of the passengers have been diagnosed with the virus, said Schuchat. However, one evacuee from another flight who was quarantined at a different U.S. base has tested positive and is in isolation at a hospital, the Associated Press reported. There have been a total of 13 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States.
The March Air Reserve Base group includes State Department workers and their families, as well as other U.S. citizens and their families who had been in virus-stricken Hubei province as the outbreak worsened. As part of the quarantine, the group hasn’t been allowed to leave their fenced-in part at the base or to interact with any base personnel.The March Air Reserve Base group includes State Department workers and their families, as well as other U.S. citizens and their families who had been in virus-stricken Hubei province as the outbreak worsened. As part of the quarantine, the group hasn’t been allowed to leave their fenced-in part at the base or to interact with any base personnel.
Part of the group will be traveling home Tuesday, while others will remain on the base for another day awaiting flights Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.Part of the group will be traveling home Tuesday, while others will remain on the base for another day awaiting flights Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
Some U.S. citizens on subsequent flights out of Wuhan have criticized Washington’s lack of preparedness and organization.Some U.S. citizens on subsequent flights out of Wuhan have criticized Washington’s lack of preparedness and organization.
Videos released by Chinese state media capture a surreal kind of dance party happening in some quarantine centers set up across China as part of Beijing’s efforts to contain the new coronavirus outbreak.Videos released by Chinese state media capture a surreal kind of dance party happening in some quarantine centers set up across China as part of Beijing’s efforts to contain the new coronavirus outbreak.
In one video shared by China News Service from Wuhan, the virus epicenter, white hazmat suit-clad medical staff gracefully flex their arms and hands as they encourage patients in face masks to sway their bodies in unison to a song playing from a loudspeaker. The enthusiasm level among patients appears to be low.In one video shared by China News Service from Wuhan, the virus epicenter, white hazmat suit-clad medical staff gracefully flex their arms and hands as they encourage patients in face masks to sway their bodies in unison to a song playing from a loudspeaker. The enthusiasm level among patients appears to be low.
It is not clear from the video how sick the patients are, as the severity of an infection with the disease now known as covid-19 varies widely. The majority of cases are not high-risk, though Wuhan has borne the brunt of the over 1,000 deaths from the virus so far.It is not clear from the video how sick the patients are, as the severity of an infection with the disease now known as covid-19 varies widely. The majority of cases are not high-risk, though Wuhan has borne the brunt of the over 1,000 deaths from the virus so far.
Light movements like dancing can be helpful for those confined to a bed by invigorating the body’s blood flow. Chinese authorities have encouraged people to exercise to improve their health.Light movements like dancing can be helpful for those confined to a bed by invigorating the body’s blood flow. Chinese authorities have encouraged people to exercise to improve their health.
Chinese state media Xinhua News released another video on Tuesday of quarantined and face-mask clad patients dancing in an unnamed city. The makeshift hospital depicted had been converted to house patients with minor symptoms, the English text in the video reports. The video includes a song that appears to be dubbed over the original music score.Chinese state media Xinhua News released another video on Tuesday of quarantined and face-mask clad patients dancing in an unnamed city. The makeshift hospital depicted had been converted to house patients with minor symptoms, the English text in the video reports. The video includes a song that appears to be dubbed over the original music score.
China has been forcefully quarantining anyone suspected of having the virus.China has been forcefully quarantining anyone suspected of having the virus.
The decision to evacuate part of high-rise apartment building in Hong Kong has led to fears that the coronavirus could have spread through the building’s pipes.The decision to evacuate part of high-rise apartment building in Hong Kong has led to fears that the coronavirus could have spread through the building’s pipes.
Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection announced early Tuesday that it would be evacuating some residents of an apartment building, the Hong Mei House, in the Cheung Hong Estate in Tsing Yi, public broadcaster RTHK reported.Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection announced early Tuesday that it would be evacuating some residents of an apartment building, the Hong Mei House, in the Cheung Hong Estate in Tsing Yi, public broadcaster RTHK reported.
The decision to evacuate more than 100 people in 34 apartments came after there were coronavirus cases in two separate apartments reported to be 10 stories apart.The decision to evacuate more than 100 people in 34 apartments came after there were coronavirus cases in two separate apartments reported to be 10 stories apart.
Officials said that engineers from Hong Kong’s housing department would investigate the sewage system in the building to see whether it could have been the source of the virus’s spread.Officials said that engineers from Hong Kong’s housing department would investigate the sewage system in the building to see whether it could have been the source of the virus’s spread.
To many in the megacity, the decision to evacuate part of Hong Mei House recalls 2003, when the SARS outbreak swept through an apartment building named Amoy Gardens in Kowloon.To many in the megacity, the decision to evacuate part of Hong Mei House recalls 2003, when the SARS outbreak swept through an apartment building named Amoy Gardens in Kowloon.
In that instance, more than 300 people were infected — and 42 people died — when a defective bathroom pipe helped spread the virus through the building. A block of the building was sealed off and placed under 24-hour medical surveillance.In that instance, more than 300 people were infected — and 42 people died — when a defective bathroom pipe helped spread the virus through the building. A block of the building was sealed off and placed under 24-hour medical surveillance.
The apartments evacuated in Hong Mei House were all the same number — 7 — meaning that they were directly above or below each other and shared a bathroom pipe.The apartments evacuated in Hong Mei House were all the same number — 7 — meaning that they were directly above or below each other and shared a bathroom pipe.
Some public health experts have pushed back on the comparison between the two cases. Yuen Kwok-yung, a Hong Kong microbiologist, told reporters in a briefing Tuesday that he did not think it was “another Amoy Gardens,” the Standard newspaper reported.Some public health experts have pushed back on the comparison between the two cases. Yuen Kwok-yung, a Hong Kong microbiologist, told reporters in a briefing Tuesday that he did not think it was “another Amoy Gardens,” the Standard newspaper reported.
Though public health experts have said that it is possible that the coronavirus can spread through fecal matter, it was a specific failure in a U-shaped water trap in some bathrooms in Amoy Gardens that allowed SARs to spread.Though public health experts have said that it is possible that the coronavirus can spread through fecal matter, it was a specific failure in a U-shaped water trap in some bathrooms in Amoy Gardens that allowed SARs to spread.
Officials said that the pipes in the Hong Mei House were in a good condition. Yeun instead pointed to another possibility — that a modified drainage pipe in one apartment could have caused a problem.Officials said that the pipes in the Hong Mei House were in a good condition. Yeun instead pointed to another possibility — that a modified drainage pipe in one apartment could have caused a problem.
High-rise buildings are common across Hong Kong, and much of the city lives in the soaring towers. The outbreak had a major effect on the residents of Amoy Gardens — though major hygiene improvements were made after SARs, some reported health problems caused by the treatments given to them.High-rise buildings are common across Hong Kong, and much of the city lives in the soaring towers. The outbreak had a major effect on the residents of Amoy Gardens — though major hygiene improvements were made after SARs, some reported health problems caused by the treatments given to them.
There are two new names associated with the epidemic unfolding in China and in two dozen countries around the world.There are two new names associated with the epidemic unfolding in China and in two dozen countries around the world.
The “novel coronavirus” will be designated “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2,” or more simply “SARS-CoV-2.”The “novel coronavirus” will be designated “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2,” or more simply “SARS-CoV-2.”
The disease it causes is “covid-19.”The disease it causes is “covid-19.”
The name of the disease was announced by the director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday at a news conference. The naming of the virus came from a committee of experts who published a paper on a biology preprint site that described their research and rationale for giving the new virus a derivative name.The name of the disease was announced by the director general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday at a news conference. The naming of the virus came from a committee of experts who published a paper on a biology preprint site that described their research and rationale for giving the new virus a derivative name.
“It will be like HIV and AIDS — different names for virus and disease,” said Benjamin Neuman, a virologist at Texas A&M University at Texarkana and a co-author of the paper.“It will be like HIV and AIDS — different names for virus and disease,” said Benjamin Neuman, a virologist at Texas A&M University at Texarkana and a co-author of the paper.
The naming of the virus came after close study of its genetic makeup by a dozen scientists, including Neuman, who form the Coronavirus Study Group, part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.The naming of the virus came after close study of its genetic makeup by a dozen scientists, including Neuman, who form the Coronavirus Study Group, part of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
Neuman said the new virus is the same species as the virus that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China in 2002-2003.Neuman said the new virus is the same species as the virus that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in China in 2002-2003.
“Same species, but different member of the species,” Neuman said.“Same species, but different member of the species,” Neuman said.
TORONTO — Canada’s second and final chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan landed at an air force base in Trenton, Ontario, on Tuesday, according to Canadian authorities.TORONTO — Canada’s second and final chartered plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan landed at an air force base in Trenton, Ontario, on Tuesday, according to Canadian authorities.
The plane ferried 130 Canadian citizens and 58 permanent residents or Chinese nationals accompanying Canadian minors from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.The plane ferried 130 Canadian citizens and 58 permanent residents or Chinese nationals accompanying Canadian minors from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Canada evacuated another 176 citizens and permanent residents last week. Thirty-nine other Canadians left Wuhan on a U.S.-chartered plane.Canada evacuated another 176 citizens and permanent residents last week. Thirty-nine other Canadians left Wuhan on a U.S.-chartered plane.
Canadian consular services have been in touch with Canadian citizens in China who would like to leave, but Ottawa said Tuesday’s flight would be the last chartered plane, Reuters reported.Canadian consular services have been in touch with Canadian citizens in China who would like to leave, but Ottawa said Tuesday’s flight would be the last chartered plane, Reuters reported.
Evacuees must spend 14 days of quarantine on the air base.Evacuees must spend 14 days of quarantine on the air base.
The Canadian government has advised all Canadians in China whose presence is “not essential” to leave when possible by commercial means.The Canadian government has advised all Canadians in China whose presence is “not essential” to leave when possible by commercial means.
Canada has seven confirmed coronavirus cases.Canada has seven confirmed coronavirus cases.
Mixed-nationality families have faced the specter of separation as Chinese and Canadian authorities negotiated over who could leave the quarantined region.Mixed-nationality families have faced the specter of separation as Chinese and Canadian authorities negotiated over who could leave the quarantined region.
Edward Yuan, 28, a Canadian citizen, told Reuters that Canadian authorities initially said his wife, Eve Xiao, 27, a Canadian permanent resident, would not be able to board the plane. But before liftoff, she was allowed on.Edward Yuan, 28, a Canadian citizen, told Reuters that Canadian authorities initially said his wife, Eve Xiao, 27, a Canadian permanent resident, would not be able to board the plane. But before liftoff, she was allowed on.
“I was at first depressed, and my wife was crying when we were told she can’t leave,” Yuan said. “But a few hours later, the tears turned into surprise, happiness and doubt.”“I was at first depressed, and my wife was crying when we were told she can’t leave,” Yuan said. “But a few hours later, the tears turned into surprise, happiness and doubt.”
Patty Hajdu, Canada’s health minister, told reporters Tuesday that a plateauing in the number of coronavirus cases is a “positive indicator,” but added that there is still a lot that is not known about the virus. Canada donated $2 million to the WHO to help “vulnerable communities” prepare and respond to the coronavirus, the foreign ministry said in a statement.Patty Hajdu, Canada’s health minister, told reporters Tuesday that a plateauing in the number of coronavirus cases is a “positive indicator,” but added that there is still a lot that is not known about the virus. Canada donated $2 million to the WHO to help “vulnerable communities” prepare and respond to the coronavirus, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Coronavirus has already closed countless factories in China and grounded flights to and from the country. Now it’s hitting the global conference circuit, too.Coronavirus has already closed countless factories in China and grounded flights to and from the country. Now it’s hitting the global conference circuit, too.
Several big tech companies are pulling out of the telecom industry’s largest annual meeting in Barcelona later this month, citing worries about a virus that has killed more than 1,000 people worldwide. Many Chinese researchers are unable to attend a major artificial-intelligence gathering in New York this week, and a number of conferences in Asia have been canceled or postponed.Several big tech companies are pulling out of the telecom industry’s largest annual meeting in Barcelona later this month, citing worries about a virus that has killed more than 1,000 people worldwide. Many Chinese researchers are unable to attend a major artificial-intelligence gathering in New York this week, and a number of conferences in Asia have been canceled or postponed.
Conferences and industry events are big business, generating more than $1 trillion in spending each year on meeting venues, catering, hotels and travel, according to the Events Industry Council.Conferences and industry events are big business, generating more than $1 trillion in spending each year on meeting venues, catering, hotels and travel, according to the Events Industry Council.
The vast majority of coronavirus cases so far have been inside China, where there have been more than 41,000 infections compared with 319 across the rest of the world. But uncertainty about how the virus will spread has business travelers on high alert. The story of a British businessman who appears to have passed the virus to people in at least three countries has fueled concerns.The vast majority of coronavirus cases so far have been inside China, where there have been more than 41,000 infections compared with 319 across the rest of the world. But uncertainty about how the virus will spread has business travelers on high alert. The story of a British businessman who appears to have passed the virus to people in at least three countries has fueled concerns.
“It is absolutely a situation that is making the meetings and conference industry stand up, react and prepare,” said Mark Cooper, chief executive of IACC, an industry association representing conference venues.“It is absolutely a situation that is making the meetings and conference industry stand up, react and prepare,” said Mark Cooper, chief executive of IACC, an industry association representing conference venues.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell told Congress on Tuesday that he does not see any signs of a recession on the horizon and that he expects growth to remain solid, although he said the coronavirus is a major unknown for the economy.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell told Congress on Tuesday that he does not see any signs of a recession on the horizon and that he expects growth to remain solid, although he said the coronavirus is a major unknown for the economy.
“Some of the uncertainties around trade have diminished recently, but risks to the outlook remain. In particular, we are closely monitoring the emergence of the coronavirus, which could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy,” Powell said.“Some of the uncertainties around trade have diminished recently, but risks to the outlook remain. In particular, we are closely monitoring the emergence of the coronavirus, which could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy,” Powell said.
In a speech Monday in Ireland, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly was also careful to lower concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy.In a speech Monday in Ireland, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly was also careful to lower concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S. economy.
“For now I’m watching the coronavirus carefully to see if it has any longer-term effects on the economy or deeper effects than we’ve penciled in right now,” Daly said. “But to date, none of those have materialized.”“For now I’m watching the coronavirus carefully to see if it has any longer-term effects on the economy or deeper effects than we’ve penciled in right now,” Daly said. “But to date, none of those have materialized.”
Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said Monday that the negative impacts on China were “something to watch.”Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker said Monday that the negative impacts on China were “something to watch.”
The U.S. economy is heavily driven by consumer spending, which remains healthy. Other economies are more dependent on trade, which is starting to be impacted by the shutdown of many factories in China.The U.S. economy is heavily driven by consumer spending, which remains healthy. Other economies are more dependent on trade, which is starting to be impacted by the shutdown of many factories in China.
The coronavirus has been circulating for about two months. But now, the disease has an official name: covid-19.The coronavirus has been circulating for about two months. But now, the disease has an official name: covid-19.
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the name Tuesday during a daily news briefing in Geneva.World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the name Tuesday during a daily news briefing in Geneva.
“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” Tedros said. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing,” Tedros said. “It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”
Tedros explained some of the process behind the naming.Tedros explained some of the process behind the naming.
“We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,” he said, citing WHO guidelines adopted in 2015.“We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,” he said, citing WHO guidelines adopted in 2015.
The new name is a combination of coronavirus, disease and the year the pathogen was first identified, the WHO explained. The name also allows for future coronavirus diseases to be named following this formula, with the year of any new outbreak replacing 19.The new name is a combination of coronavirus, disease and the year the pathogen was first identified, the WHO explained. The name also allows for future coronavirus diseases to be named following this formula, with the year of any new outbreak replacing 19.
The virus that causes the disease, however, could still be given a different name. Some scientists have hoped that the virus will be named as a variant of the virus that caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which killed 774 people in 37 countries before it was contained in 2003, as the two are genetically very similar.The virus that causes the disease, however, could still be given a different name. Some scientists have hoped that the virus will be named as a variant of the virus that caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which killed 774 people in 37 countries before it was contained in 2003, as the two are genetically very similar.
Tedros warned Tuesday that viruses “can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action.”Tedros warned Tuesday that viruses “can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action.”
“It’s public enemy number one,” he said. “It’s the worst enemy you can imagine.”“It’s public enemy number one,” he said. “It’s the worst enemy you can imagine.”
Tedros said his worst fear is that when the coronavirus epidemic “reaches a weaker health system, it will create havoc.”Tedros said his worst fear is that when the coronavirus epidemic “reaches a weaker health system, it will create havoc.”
He emphasized that the international response needs to be coordinated to help countries with less developed health-care networks protect against the outbreak.He emphasized that the international response needs to be coordinated to help countries with less developed health-care networks protect against the outbreak.
The State Department triggered authorized departure of non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families from Hong Kong, as concerns grow over the coronavirus outbreak.The State Department triggered authorized departure of non-emergency U.S. personnel and their families from Hong Kong, as concerns grow over the coronavirus outbreak.
The policy provides employees and their families “the option to depart if they wish,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. “Departure is not required.”The policy provides employees and their families “the option to depart if they wish,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. “Departure is not required.”
The spokesperson said that the change in the departure authorization was made out of “an abundance of caution related to uncertainties associated with the [coronavirus] outbreak and to ensure the safety and security of U.S. Government personnel and family members.”The spokesperson said that the change in the departure authorization was made out of “an abundance of caution related to uncertainties associated with the [coronavirus] outbreak and to ensure the safety and security of U.S. Government personnel and family members.”
The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong will remain open and operational, the statement said.The U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong will remain open and operational, the statement said.
Karey and Roger Maniscalco rarely splurge on long vacations. So when they booked a cruise through Asia that would take them away from their home in St. George, Utah, for 17 days, the couple planned the dates carefully to make sure Karey Maniscalco, a real estate agent, would be back in time for her busy season.Karey and Roger Maniscalco rarely splurge on long vacations. So when they booked a cruise through Asia that would take them away from their home in St. George, Utah, for 17 days, the couple planned the dates carefully to make sure Karey Maniscalco, a real estate agent, would be back in time for her busy season.
Then the coronavirus epidemic got in the way.Then the coronavirus epidemic got in the way.
The length of their trip has nearly doubled as they find themselves trapped in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess, docked off the coast of Japan. Neither has shown any symptoms of the virus, but they are growing increasingly concerned over the toll the mandatory lockdown will have on their bank accounts.The length of their trip has nearly doubled as they find themselves trapped in quarantine aboard the Diamond Princess, docked off the coast of Japan. Neither has shown any symptoms of the virus, but they are growing increasingly concerned over the toll the mandatory lockdown will have on their bank accounts.
“I’m losing tens of thousands of dollars being quarantined,” Karey Maniscalco said in a text message to The Washington Post. “This is a devastating blow to my business and finances.”“I’m losing tens of thousands of dollars being quarantined,” Karey Maniscalco said in a text message to The Washington Post. “This is a devastating blow to my business and finances.”
Roger Maniscalco, a Canadian citizen, owns a manufacturing business in Utah and is worried that being away for so long will have “a large impact on his business as he’s not able to take care of his clients properly, also resulting in lost sales,” his wife said.Roger Maniscalco, a Canadian citizen, owns a manufacturing business in Utah and is worried that being away for so long will have “a large impact on his business as he’s not able to take care of his clients properly, also resulting in lost sales,” his wife said.
The pair has tried to keep their spirits up, posting funny Instagram videos and chatting with media about the strange experience of being locked aboard a cruise ship thousands of miles from home. But their situation took a turn for the worse this week when Karey Maniscalco developed symptoms of a kidney stone.The pair has tried to keep their spirits up, posting funny Instagram videos and chatting with media about the strange experience of being locked aboard a cruise ship thousands of miles from home. But their situation took a turn for the worse this week when Karey Maniscalco developed symptoms of a kidney stone.
“I don’t want to leave my husband alone on the ship so I’m not seeking medical [care] because they will remove me to take me to the hospital,” she said, even as her pain gets worse. She also worries that her quarantine period would have to restart if she were hospitalized, even though she is not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.“I don’t want to leave my husband alone on the ship so I’m not seeking medical [care] because they will remove me to take me to the hospital,” she said, even as her pain gets worse. She also worries that her quarantine period would have to restart if she were hospitalized, even though she is not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.
Her “greatest fear” is that the quarantine will be extended, she said.Her “greatest fear” is that the quarantine will be extended, she said.
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Crew members aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess say they are terrified of catching the deadly coronavirus, yet are not being afforded the same protections as the passengers they serve.YOKOHAMA, Japan — Crew members aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess say they are terrified of catching the deadly coronavirus, yet are not being afforded the same protections as the passengers they serve.
Ten have already been confirmed as having caught the virus, and others feel sick — but unlike the passengers, no effort is being made to keep them apart from each other, they said.Ten have already been confirmed as having caught the virus, and others feel sick — but unlike the passengers, no effort is being made to keep them apart from each other, they said.
“Why are they not segregating us? Are we not part of the ship?” said one man, a cook from India, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job. “If passengers have been isolated, why haven’t we yet?”“Why are they not segregating us? Are we not part of the ship?” said one man, a cook from India, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job. “If passengers have been isolated, why haven’t we yet?”
The cook, one of 1,035 crew members aboard the ship, said his day starts at 6:15 a.m. and that he works all day cooking meals for passengers, who are largely confined to their cabins, with limited opportunities for exercise.The cook, one of 1,035 crew members aboard the ship, said his day starts at 6:15 a.m. and that he works all day cooking meals for passengers, who are largely confined to their cabins, with limited opportunities for exercise.
By contrast, the crew members eat in the same dining area, use the same plates and share the same toilets. “Five dining waiters have already tested positive,” he said. “How will we not get affected?”By contrast, the crew members eat in the same dining area, use the same plates and share the same toilets. “Five dining waiters have already tested positive,” he said. “How will we not get affected?”
Japan’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that 10 crew members were among the 135 people who have tested positive for the virus, including two from Ukraine and up to eight from the Philippines. Ukraine’s government said both of its nationals, a 37-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, worked in the kitchen and have been taken to a hospital in Japan.Japan’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that 10 crew members were among the 135 people who have tested positive for the virus, including two from Ukraine and up to eight from the Philippines. Ukraine’s government said both of its nationals, a 37-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, worked in the kitchen and have been taken to a hospital in Japan.
The cook said two or three Indians were also sick but that he did not know whether they had the virus. He said he has worked for the company for three years and traveled to Alaska and Canada.The cook said two or three Indians were also sick but that he did not know whether they had the virus. He said he has worked for the company for three years and traveled to Alaska and Canada.
“It was my dream job, but now it has turned into a nightmare,” he said.“It was my dream job, but now it has turned into a nightmare,” he said.
Everyone onboard, he said in an interview, is “scared who will be next.” He said he wants to see all crew members tested as soon as possible and the sick removed to hospitals.Everyone onboard, he said in an interview, is “scared who will be next.” He said he wants to see all crew members tested as soon as possible and the sick removed to hospitals.
Princess Cruises did not respond to a request for comment on the conditions of the crew members, but the Japanese government said it was working to improve their situation.Princess Cruises did not respond to a request for comment on the conditions of the crew members, but the Japanese government said it was working to improve their situation.
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An evacuee from China who had been evaluated for coronavirus was briefly released from a San Diego hospital before further testing alerted authorities that the person was in fact infected, health officials say.An evacuee from China who had been evaluated for coronavirus was briefly released from a San Diego hospital before further testing alerted authorities that the person was in fact infected, health officials say.
The individual was among four cleared Sunday for discharge from UC San Diego Health after testing negative for the virus, the health system said in a statement. They went back to quarantine at a nearby air station. But on Monday morning, more testing that came back positive led one evacuee to return to the hospital for “observation and isolation,” the statement said.The individual was among four cleared Sunday for discharge from UC San Diego Health after testing negative for the virus, the health system said in a statement. They went back to quarantine at a nearby air station. But on Monday morning, more testing that came back positive led one evacuee to return to the hospital for “observation and isolation,” the statement said.
The patient was one of hundreds flown back to the United States from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a now-global outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people. Americans return to 14 days of quarantine meant to prevent them from spreading coronavirus in the community. But health authorities have also cautioned that a negative test result from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory does not necessarily mean someone will not get the virus.The patient was one of hundreds flown back to the United States from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of a now-global outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people. Americans return to 14 days of quarantine meant to prevent them from spreading coronavirus in the community. But health authorities have also cautioned that a negative test result from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory does not necessarily mean someone will not get the virus.
“This is an accurate test,” said Nancy Messonnier, who heads the coronavirus response at the CDC, in a briefing last week. “A negative test most likely means a person is not infected. However, it may mean that an infection has not developed enough to be detected by the test.”“This is an accurate test,” said Nancy Messonnier, who heads the coronavirus response at the CDC, in a briefing last week. “A negative test most likely means a person is not infected. However, it may mean that an infection has not developed enough to be detected by the test.”
UC San Diego Health spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said in an email that the patient left the hospital “the same way they arrived with all precautions taken.” The person wore a mask, escorted by federal officials who also had “protection.”UC San Diego Health spokeswoman Yadira Galindo said in an email that the patient left the hospital “the same way they arrived with all precautions taken.” The person wore a mask, escorted by federal officials who also had “protection.”
“The patient did not interact with the environment after leaving the hospital room,” Galindo said.“The patient did not interact with the environment after leaving the hospital room,” Galindo said.
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Global oil demand growth this year could be a quarter lower than previously estimated, due to the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak, a major Norwegian energy consultancy predicted Tuesday.Global oil demand growth this year could be a quarter lower than previously estimated, due to the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus outbreak, a major Norwegian energy consultancy predicted Tuesday.
Oslo-based Rystad Energy revised its earlier estimate that global oil demand growth would rise to 1.1 million barrels per day in 2020. The consultancy now expects demand growth closer to 820,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters. In the worst case scenario — such as prolonged travel restrictions — demand growth could even drop to 650,000 barrels per day, Rystad projected.Oslo-based Rystad Energy revised its earlier estimate that global oil demand growth would rise to 1.1 million barrels per day in 2020. The consultancy now expects demand growth closer to 820,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters. In the worst case scenario — such as prolonged travel restrictions — demand growth could even drop to 650,000 barrels per day, Rystad projected.
“Our current assessment implies that the impact of coronavirus will persist throughout all of February and March and will then gradually subside towards June,” the company concluded.“Our current assessment implies that the impact of coronavirus will persist throughout all of February and March and will then gradually subside towards June,” the company concluded.
Stocks in Europe and China climbed on Tuesday, hours after the coronavirus death toll topped 1,000.Stocks in Europe and China climbed on Tuesday, hours after the coronavirus death toll topped 1,000.
The rises came despite contradictory takes on the economic fallout of the outbreak, with some still fearing a significant impact and others predicting a less serious outcome.The rises came despite contradictory takes on the economic fallout of the outbreak, with some still fearing a significant impact and others predicting a less serious outcome.
The Moody’s rating agency said Tuesday that its “baseline assumption is that the economic effects of the outbreak will continue for a number of weeks, after which they will tail off and normal economic activity will resume.”The Moody’s rating agency said Tuesday that its “baseline assumption is that the economic effects of the outbreak will continue for a number of weeks, after which they will tail off and normal economic activity will resume.”
Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency quoted a senior Chinese medical adviser, Zhong Nanshan, as saying that the coronavirus outbreak may peak in February.Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency quoted a senior Chinese medical adviser, Zhong Nanshan, as saying that the coronavirus outbreak may peak in February.
“I hope this outbreak or this event may be over in something like April,” Zhong told Reuters.“I hope this outbreak or this event may be over in something like April,” Zhong told Reuters.
The predictions came as others urged caution with what they viewed as over-optimistic predictions.The predictions came as others urged caution with what they viewed as over-optimistic predictions.
A senior official with the Chinese National Institute for Finance and Development government think tank drew a comparison to the 2003 SARS outbreak.A senior official with the Chinese National Institute for Finance and Development government think tank drew a comparison to the 2003 SARS outbreak.
“The impact of this epidemic on the economy in the first quarter is expected to be comparable,” wrote Zeng Gang, the organization’s vice chair, according to Reuters.“The impact of this epidemic on the economy in the first quarter is expected to be comparable,” wrote Zeng Gang, the organization’s vice chair, according to Reuters.
“At present, according to different scenario assumptions, researchers expect the negative impact of the epidemic on full-year GDP growth to be in the range of 0.2 percent to 1 percent,” Zeng wrote.“At present, according to different scenario assumptions, researchers expect the negative impact of the epidemic on full-year GDP growth to be in the range of 0.2 percent to 1 percent,” Zeng wrote.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that the Communist Party would work to prevent mass layoffs triggered by the spread of the virus.Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that the Communist Party would work to prevent mass layoffs triggered by the spread of the virus.
BERLIN — German automotive supplier Webasto said Tuesday that it would reopen its headquarters near Munich on Wednesday, allowing 1,000 staffers to return after the company closed its offices over coronavirus concerns two weeks ago.BERLIN — German automotive supplier Webasto said Tuesday that it would reopen its headquarters near Munich on Wednesday, allowing 1,000 staffers to return after the company closed its offices over coronavirus concerns two weeks ago.
The Webasto headquarters were at the center of one of the biggest clusters of cases in Europe.The Webasto headquarters were at the center of one of the biggest clusters of cases in Europe.
A 33-year-old man became Germany’s first confirmed coronavirus patient there more than two weeks ago, after being infected by a female business visitor from Shanghai.A 33-year-old man became Germany’s first confirmed coronavirus patient there more than two weeks ago, after being infected by a female business visitor from Shanghai.
She and the 33 year-old met at a workshop in the offices of the German automotive supplier.She and the 33 year-old met at a workshop in the offices of the German automotive supplier.
Authorities said that at least 40 individuals had come into close contact with him and the Chinese visitor.Authorities said that at least 40 individuals had come into close contact with him and the Chinese visitor.
In total, authorities in the region have since confirmed 12 cases of the virus — all of them employees or relatives of staffers at Webasto.In total, authorities in the region have since confirmed 12 cases of the virus — all of them employees or relatives of staffers at Webasto.
SEOUL — North Korea has launched a society-wide effort to contain the new coronavirus, including production of herbal disinfectant from burdock roots.SEOUL — North Korea has launched a society-wide effort to contain the new coronavirus, including production of herbal disinfectant from burdock roots.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday that the new virus cannot be contained by health officials alone. It called for “workers at all levels and fields” to join in the nation’s battle against the virus.North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday that the new virus cannot be contained by health officials alone. It called for “workers at all levels and fields” to join in the nation’s battle against the virus.
One such effort is a “production battle” to make herbal medicine out of burdock roots as an “emergency prevention measure against the novel coronavirus,” North Korea’s state-run outlet Sogwang said Tuesday.One such effort is a “production battle” to make herbal medicine out of burdock roots as an “emergency prevention measure against the novel coronavirus,” North Korea’s state-run outlet Sogwang said Tuesday.
Sogwang said the “burdock antiviral solution” developed in North Korea in 2016 has proved to contain “a variety of virus” in an “highly effective manner” with “little or no side effects.”Sogwang said the “burdock antiviral solution” developed in North Korea in 2016 has proved to contain “a variety of virus” in an “highly effective manner” with “little or no side effects.”
Sogwang also carried a photo of the solution, on which its name is written in English and German. The propaganda outlet did not mention if the burdock solution is intended for export to foreign countries.Sogwang also carried a photo of the solution, on which its name is written in English and German. The propaganda outlet did not mention if the burdock solution is intended for export to foreign countries.
North Korea has taken extreme measures to seal itself from the outside world following the virus outbreak in neighboring China. It was one of the first countries to completely ban foreign tourists and cut cross-border air and train routes last month.North Korea has taken extreme measures to seal itself from the outside world following the virus outbreak in neighboring China. It was one of the first countries to completely ban foreign tourists and cut cross-border air and train routes last month.
Over the past few weeks, North Korea’s propaganda machine has been trumpeting the Kim regime’s battle against the virus.Over the past few weeks, North Korea’s propaganda machine has been trumpeting the Kim regime’s battle against the virus.
North Korea has not reported a single case of coronavirus infection, although nearly 200 virus cases have been confirmed in the Chinese provinces of Liaoning and Jilin that border the isolated nation.North Korea has not reported a single case of coronavirus infection, although nearly 200 virus cases have been confirmed in the Chinese provinces of Liaoning and Jilin that border the isolated nation.
Daily NK, a Seoul-based news service with informants in North Korea, reported Tuesday that a dozen coronavirus patients have been in quarantine at a hospital in Pyongyang, citing unnamed sources inside the country.Daily NK, a Seoul-based news service with informants in North Korea, reported Tuesday that a dozen coronavirus patients have been in quarantine at a hospital in Pyongyang, citing unnamed sources inside the country.
A top Thai official indicated that the country has barred travelers onboard the MS Westerdam, a Holland America cruise ship, from disembarking later this week.A top Thai official indicated that the country has barred travelers onboard the MS Westerdam, a Holland America cruise ship, from disembarking later this week.
The decision came after Guam, the Philippines and Japan all turned the cruise ship away over coronavirus concerns in recent days, according to the Reuters news agency.The decision came after Guam, the Philippines and Japan all turned the cruise ship away over coronavirus concerns in recent days, according to the Reuters news agency.
The cruise ship has no confirmed cases.The cruise ship has no confirmed cases.
“I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused,” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul wrote in a Facebook post, in which he did not explicitly name the ship.“I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused,” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul wrote in a Facebook post, in which he did not explicitly name the ship.
Officials added that they were willing to provide medicine, food and other supplies.Officials added that they were willing to provide medicine, food and other supplies.
The ship made a scheduled stop in Hong Kong nearly two weeks ago, taking on hundreds of new passengers, despite the fact that the territory was already on red alert for coronavirus, according to Australian passenger David Holst, who has been posting regular updates on his Facebook page.The ship made a scheduled stop in Hong Kong nearly two weeks ago, taking on hundreds of new passengers, despite the fact that the territory was already on red alert for coronavirus, according to Australian passenger David Holst, who has been posting regular updates on his Facebook page.
Since then, the ship was denied entry to the Philippines, to the port of Hualien in Taiwan, and to Japan. A scheduled stop in South Korea disappeared from the itinerary.Since then, the ship was denied entry to the Philippines, to the port of Hualien in Taiwan, and to Japan. A scheduled stop in South Korea disappeared from the itinerary.
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday called the coronavirus a “very grave threat” to the rest of the world.World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday called the coronavirus a “very grave threat” to the rest of the world.
His comments at a conference on speeding up the development and testing of vaccines for the coronavirus suggested that he is taking the outbreak much more seriously, after initially counseling against overestimating the danger posed by the epidemic.His comments at a conference on speeding up the development and testing of vaccines for the coronavirus suggested that he is taking the outbreak much more seriously, after initially counseling against overestimating the danger posed by the epidemic.
On Feb. 5, Tedros told a WHO executive committee meeting that the biggest threat of the coronavirus outbreak was “panic and fear,” since there were only 146 confirmed cases outside of China at that point.On Feb. 5, Tedros told a WHO executive committee meeting that the biggest threat of the coronavirus outbreak was “panic and fear,” since there were only 146 confirmed cases outside of China at that point.
“The 146 means that it is very small, there is nothing to be scared of,” he said at the time. Since then, the number of deaths from the virus inside China has ballooned to over 1,000 while the number of cases outside the country have more than doubled.“The 146 means that it is very small, there is nothing to be scared of,” he said at the time. Since then, the number of deaths from the virus inside China has ballooned to over 1,000 while the number of cases outside the country have more than doubled.
On Sunday, the WHO delegation departed for Beijing to help contain the outbreak, he tweeted that there could be many more cases outside China than previously known.On Sunday, the WHO delegation departed for Beijing to help contain the outbreak, he tweeted that there could be many more cases outside China than previously known.
“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he said.“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
Tedros raised eyebrows with his firm praise from the beginning of how China has been handling the outbreak, even as evidence emerged that it had initially ignored the spread of the virus and silenced whistleblowers.Tedros raised eyebrows with his firm praise from the beginning of how China has been handling the outbreak, even as evidence emerged that it had initially ignored the spread of the virus and silenced whistleblowers.
The WHO’s advice against any restrictions on international travel due to the outbreak — even as dozens of countries and airlines restrict ties with China — has been repeatedly cited by Beijing.The WHO’s advice against any restrictions on international travel due to the outbreak — even as dozens of countries and airlines restrict ties with China — has been repeatedly cited by Beijing.
LONDON — The British businessman who is believed to have been a “superspreader” of the coronavirus, passing it to at least 11 people in three countries, has been identified as Steve Walsh.LONDON — The British businessman who is believed to have been a “superspreader” of the coronavirus, passing it to at least 11 people in three countries, has been identified as Steve Walsh.
Walsh, who is said to be in his 50s, is believed to have caught the virus during a business trip to Singapore in late January. He works as a project management lead for Servomex, a gas analytics company.Walsh, who is said to be in his 50s, is believed to have caught the virus during a business trip to Singapore in late January. He works as a project management lead for Servomex, a gas analytics company.
From Singapore, Walsh spent a few days at a French ski resort before returning home to Hove, a seaside town on England’s south coast. He is being treated at St Thomas’ hospital in London.From Singapore, Walsh spent a few days at a French ski resort before returning home to Hove, a seaside town on England’s south coast. He is being treated at St Thomas’ hospital in London.
British coronavirus ‘superspreader’ may have infected at least 11 people in three countriesBritish coronavirus ‘superspreader’ may have infected at least 11 people in three countries
In a statement sent to The Washington Post on behalf of his employer, Servomex, Walsh said: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care — whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.”In a statement sent to The Washington Post on behalf of his employer, Servomex, Walsh said: “I would like to thank the NHS for their help and care — whilst I have fully recovered, my thoughts are with others who have contracted coronavirus.”
He said that as soon as he discovered he had been exposed to a confirmed case he contacted health authorities. “I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed. When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves,” he said.He said that as soon as he discovered he had been exposed to a confirmed case he contacted health authorities. “I was advised to attend an isolated room at hospital, despite showing no symptoms, and subsequently self-isolated at home as instructed. When the diagnosis was confirmed I was sent to an isolation unit in hospital, where I remain, and, as a precaution, my family was also asked to isolate themselves,” he said.
In a separate statement, Servomex said: “We are very pleased that Steve Walsh has made a full recovery. We continue to provide support to him and his family.”In a separate statement, Servomex said: “We are very pleased that Steve Walsh has made a full recovery. We continue to provide support to him and his family.”
“We are working with Public Health authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff and communities and wish anyone with the virus a quick and full recovery,” the statement read.“We are working with Public Health authorities to ensure the welfare of our staff and communities and wish anyone with the virus a quick and full recovery,” the statement read.
Hospitals in the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan are facing big shortages of protective equipment for front line medical staff, provincial health authorities said Tuesday.Hospitals in the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan are facing big shortages of protective equipment for front line medical staff, provincial health authorities said Tuesday.
Many hospitals in Wuhan are calling for donations of masks, goggles, gowns and other protective medical gear, Hubei’s health commission said, while also appealing to other provinces to send more medical staff to cope with shortages.Many hospitals in Wuhan are calling for donations of masks, goggles, gowns and other protective medical gear, Hubei’s health commission said, while also appealing to other provinces to send more medical staff to cope with shortages.
The user, “Shitoudemama 2020,” said she is a nurse who has just been hospitalized with the virus. She said around 150 of her colleagues have been tested and either confirmed or suspected as having contracted the virus.The user, “Shitoudemama 2020,” said she is a nurse who has just been hospitalized with the virus. She said around 150 of her colleagues have been tested and either confirmed or suspected as having contracted the virus.
“Medical material here at Wuhan Central Hospital are running out, we need supplies,” she wrote. “We need aid.”“Medical material here at Wuhan Central Hospital are running out, we need supplies,” she wrote. “We need aid.”
Wuhan Central Hospital was the workplace of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, whose death has sparked an outpouring of anger at the Communist Party for suppressing his attempt to warn people about the threat of the new disease.Wuhan Central Hospital was the workplace of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, whose death has sparked an outpouring of anger at the Communist Party for suppressing his attempt to warn people about the threat of the new disease.
Her post could not be independently confirmed, but reflects widespread reports of shortages and of medical staff falling sick.Her post could not be independently confirmed, but reflects widespread reports of shortages and of medical staff falling sick.
Of the 1,016 deaths of coronavirus in mainland China, 974 or nearly 96 percent, have occurred in the province of Hubei, while 748 or nearly 74 percent were reported in Wuhan alone, suggesting the shortage of medical supplies, beds and capacity to treat the disease has may have pushed up the death toll.Of the 1,016 deaths of coronavirus in mainland China, 974 or nearly 96 percent, have occurred in the province of Hubei, while 748 or nearly 74 percent were reported in Wuhan alone, suggesting the shortage of medical supplies, beds and capacity to treat the disease has may have pushed up the death toll.
Wuhan has rushed to build two new hospitals on the outskirts of the city to treat infected people, but although both opened last week, they are not yet fully up and running.Wuhan has rushed to build two new hospitals on the outskirts of the city to treat infected people, but although both opened last week, they are not yet fully up and running.
According to the city’s health commission, the Huoshenshan hospital, supposed to cater for 1,000 people, now has 803 beds, while the Leishenshan hospital, with a target capacity of 1,500 beds, only has 88 beds at the moment. Neither have any vacant beds.According to the city’s health commission, the Huoshenshan hospital, supposed to cater for 1,000 people, now has 803 beds, while the Leishenshan hospital, with a target capacity of 1,500 beds, only has 88 beds at the moment. Neither have any vacant beds.
The National Health Commission says there is also a shortage of medical protective supplies in rural China. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs warned people on Tuesday to avoid mass gatherings in villages during spring farm work.The National Health Commission says there is also a shortage of medical protective supplies in rural China. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs warned people on Tuesday to avoid mass gatherings in villages during spring farm work.
SEOUL — South Korea advised its citizens on Tuesday against travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and three other Asian countries as the number of coronavirus cases outside China continues to rise.SEOUL — South Korea advised its citizens on Tuesday against travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and three other Asian countries as the number of coronavirus cases outside China continues to rise.
Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip rolled out the new advisory to “minimize” travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. The goal of new measure is to “prevent the inflow of the new coronavirus through a third country outside China,” according to Kim.Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip rolled out the new advisory to “minimize” travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. The goal of new measure is to “prevent the inflow of the new coronavirus through a third country outside China,” according to Kim.
South Korea announced its 28th confirmed case of the new coronavirus on Tuesday. Japan also added two to its tally on Tuesday to reach 28, after the virus was found in two men who had been evacuated from the virus-hit city of Wuhan.South Korea announced its 28th confirmed case of the new coronavirus on Tuesday. Japan also added two to its tally on Tuesday to reach 28, after the virus was found in two men who had been evacuated from the virus-hit city of Wuhan.
Kim said the World Health Organization has confirmed the occurrence of community transmission in the six countries and regions. The WHO could not be immediately reached for comment.Kim said the World Health Organization has confirmed the occurrence of community transmission in the six countries and regions. The WHO could not be immediately reached for comment.
Singapore has the highest number of coronavirus cases outside China with 45, followed by Thailand with 32. Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have fewer than 20 cases.Singapore has the highest number of coronavirus cases outside China with 45, followed by Thailand with 32. Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam have fewer than 20 cases.
Out of 28 cases of coronavirus infection in South Korea, four patients have contracted the virus after returning from countries outside China: Japan, Thailand and Singapore.Out of 28 cases of coronavirus infection in South Korea, four patients have contracted the virus after returning from countries outside China: Japan, Thailand and Singapore.
South Korea applies “special” medical screening for arrivals from mainland China, which requires passengers to submit health forms and get their temperature checked.South Korea applies “special” medical screening for arrivals from mainland China, which requires passengers to submit health forms and get their temperature checked.
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Tuesday that the subject of the “special” screening will be widened to arrivals from Hong Kong and Macao starting Wednesday.Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Tuesday that the subject of the “special” screening will be widened to arrivals from Hong Kong and Macao starting Wednesday.
KCDC director Jung Eun-Kyeong said Hong Kong and Macao will be newly designated as “contaminated areas” in addition to mainland China, and subject to strengthened quarantine measures.KCDC director Jung Eun-Kyeong said Hong Kong and Macao will be newly designated as “contaminated areas” in addition to mainland China, and subject to strengthened quarantine measures.
BEIJING — China’s more than 100 million strong army of migrant workers are gradually returning to cities as the country slowly gets back to work.BEIJING — China’s more than 100 million strong army of migrant workers are gradually returning to cities as the country slowly gets back to work.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Xu Yahua, a senior official in the Ministry of Transport, said around 160 million people are expected to return to their workplace and resume work from now until Feb. 18 when the Lunar Festival travel rush ends.In a news conference on Tuesday, Xu Yahua, a senior official in the Ministry of Transport, said around 160 million people are expected to return to their workplace and resume work from now until Feb. 18 when the Lunar Festival travel rush ends.
Xu said that in provinces exporting large numbers of migrant workers, chartered buses will be organized to help them return to work.Xu said that in provinces exporting large numbers of migrant workers, chartered buses will be organized to help them return to work.
Cong Liang, secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the state’s economic planning agency, says people who return to work should report to local authorities, and those suspected of carrying the virus will be quarantined on the spot and sent for further checks.Cong Liang, secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the state’s economic planning agency, says people who return to work should report to local authorities, and those suspected of carrying the virus will be quarantined on the spot and sent for further checks.
Much of China’s economy had ground to a halt because of the virus, with widespread restrictions imposed by local governments around the country and many people simply choosing to stay home.Much of China’s economy had ground to a halt because of the virus, with widespread restrictions imposed by local governments around the country and many people simply choosing to stay home.
But essential services have resumed, and other enterprises are gradually starting back up.But essential services have resumed, and other enterprises are gradually starting back up.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the state’s economic planning agency, said on Tuesday that around 75 percent of companies making face masks and protective suits had now returned to work, nearly 95 percent of grain production and processing companies and 58 percent of coal mines had resumed operations.China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the state’s economic planning agency, said on Tuesday that around 75 percent of companies making face masks and protective suits had now returned to work, nearly 95 percent of grain production and processing companies and 58 percent of coal mines had resumed operations.
Beijing’s subways and streets are busier this week than they have been since before the Lunar New Year holiday, but life is still far from returning to normal. Most restaurants in the capital remained closed, Beijing News reported on Monday.Beijing’s subways and streets are busier this week than they have been since before the Lunar New Year holiday, but life is still far from returning to normal. Most restaurants in the capital remained closed, Beijing News reported on Monday.
Chinese media reported that most Internet companies have postponed their employees’ return to work until next Monday, although many employees have been working from home.Chinese media reported that most Internet companies have postponed their employees’ return to work until next Monday, although many employees have been working from home.
The daily death toll from the virus continues to set consecutive record highs, and the number of confirmed new infections also continues to rise. But the rate of increase of new infections has slowed. Experts fear the return of tens of millions of migrant workers could lead to a new surge in cases unless adequate precautions are taken.The daily death toll from the virus continues to set consecutive record highs, and the number of confirmed new infections also continues to rise. But the rate of increase of new infections has slowed. Experts fear the return of tens of millions of migrant workers could lead to a new surge in cases unless adequate precautions are taken.
A 3-month-old baby became Vietnam’s 15th confirmed case of coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday.A 3-month-old baby became Vietnam’s 15th confirmed case of coronavirus, according to the Health Ministry on Tuesday.
A number of cases of newborns from infected mothers in China testing positive for the virus has raised fears about mother-to-infant transmission, but in this case, the baby appeared to have caught it from her grandmother.A number of cases of newborns from infected mothers in China testing positive for the virus has raised fears about mother-to-infant transmission, but in this case, the baby appeared to have caught it from her grandmother.
On Jan. 28, the baby girl was taken to visit her grandmother in a nearby town and stayed for four days, according to the English language Vietnam News. After the grandmother was diagnosed with the coronavirus, her daughter and granddaughter were tested. On Feb. 6, the baby began to cough. The child is in quarantine with her mother.On Jan. 28, the baby girl was taken to visit her grandmother in a nearby town and stayed for four days, according to the English language Vietnam News. After the grandmother was diagnosed with the coronavirus, her daughter and granddaughter were tested. On Feb. 6, the baby began to cough. The child is in quarantine with her mother.
The grandmother contracted the virus from a neighbor who had attended a training course in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the virus.The grandmother contracted the virus from a neighbor who had attended a training course in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the epicenter of the virus.
Ten of Vietnam’s 15 cases, including the newborn and grandmother, all come from the northern province of Vinh Phuc.Ten of Vietnam’s 15 cases, including the newborn and grandmother, all come from the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
China urged countries around the world on Tuesday to resume normal ties as soon as possible to avoid damage to the global economy from the new coronavirus.China urged countries around the world on Tuesday to resume normal ties as soon as possible to avoid damage to the global economy from the new coronavirus.
“We believe our economic fundamentals that support China’s long-term growth will remain unchanged, and we are capable of minimizing the epidemic’s impact on our economy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters, but said the economic impact of the virus depended on controlling the epidemic.“We believe our economic fundamentals that support China’s long-term growth will remain unchanged, and we are capable of minimizing the epidemic’s impact on our economy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters, but said the economic impact of the virus depended on controlling the epidemic.
China, Geng said, accounts for around 16 percent of global economic output, and around 30 percent of global economic growth.China, Geng said, accounts for around 16 percent of global economic output, and around 30 percent of global economic growth.
“If our economy is impacted, there will inevitably be spillover effects on other countries and even the world economy,” he said. “Therefore, by fighting against NCP, China is safeguarding both its own country and the world.”“If our economy is impacted, there will inevitably be spillover effects on other countries and even the world economy,” he said. “Therefore, by fighting against NCP, China is safeguarding both its own country and the world.”
China has named the virus Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, or NCP.China has named the virus Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, or NCP.
“Faced with a public health crisis, one cannot protect oneself by taking a ‘beggar-thy-neighbor’ approach or overreactions,” he said. “The urgent task for everyone is to defeat the virus together and restore normal state-to-state exchange and cooperation as soon as possible. Only by doing so can we support steady world economic growth and anchor expectations around the world.”“Faced with a public health crisis, one cannot protect oneself by taking a ‘beggar-thy-neighbor’ approach or overreactions,” he said. “The urgent task for everyone is to defeat the virus together and restore normal state-to-state exchange and cooperation as soon as possible. Only by doing so can we support steady world economic growth and anchor expectations around the world.”
China’s Foreign Ministry has been especially critical of the United States for drastically cutting travel links between the two countries, including barring foreigners who have recently visited China.China’s Foreign Ministry has been especially critical of the United States for drastically cutting travel links between the two countries, including barring foreigners who have recently visited China.
DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates announced its eighth case of the coronavirus late Sunday, an Indian national who contracted it after coming in contact with another infected person.DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates announced its eighth case of the coronavirus late Sunday, an Indian national who contracted it after coming in contact with another infected person.
The UAE remains the only Middle Eastern country reporting coronavirus cases. Its Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest travel hubs in the world.The UAE remains the only Middle Eastern country reporting coronavirus cases. Its Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest travel hubs in the world.
The first five cases were all Chinese citizens who had traveled to the UAE, including a family of four from Wuhan, the epidemic’s epicenter. One of those, Liu Yujia, a grandmother, has made a full recovery, the Ministry of Health announced Sunday.The first five cases were all Chinese citizens who had traveled to the UAE, including a family of four from Wuhan, the epidemic’s epicenter. One of those, Liu Yujia, a grandmother, has made a full recovery, the Ministry of Health announced Sunday.
On Saturday, two other cases were announced, a Chinese and a Filipino citizen.On Saturday, two other cases were announced, a Chinese and a Filipino citizen.
One of the cases is in intensive care with the six others in stable condition, according to the ministry, which did not specify the nationality of the individual under close observation.One of the cases is in intensive care with the six others in stable condition, according to the ministry, which did not specify the nationality of the individual under close observation.
“In cooperation with key partners, we follow a very effective epidemiological monitoring mechanism — in accordance with the highest global practices and based on World Health Organization’s standards — to respond to any health emergencies,” said a Health Ministry statement.“In cooperation with key partners, we follow a very effective epidemiological monitoring mechanism — in accordance with the highest global practices and based on World Health Organization’s standards — to respond to any health emergencies,” said a Health Ministry statement.
China’s consul to Dubai on Monday said that all Chinese people returning to the city who have had contact with coronavirus cases or been in affected regions should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.China’s consul to Dubai on Monday said that all Chinese people returning to the city who have had contact with coronavirus cases or been in affected regions should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days.
BEIJING — China’s Internet supervisor called on Tuesday for stricter controls on personal information, after the widespread leaking of the personal details of people from Wuhan, those who had visited the city and anyone else infected with coronavirus.BEIJING — China’s Internet supervisor called on Tuesday for stricter controls on personal information, after the widespread leaking of the personal details of people from Wuhan, those who had visited the city and anyone else infected with coronavirus.
People returning from Wuhan are asked to register with local authorities, but many of them found forms with their personal information — name, home address, ID, phone number, and even college entrance exam scores — being passed around in WeChat groups, sometimes marked as “suspected cases.”People returning from Wuhan are asked to register with local authorities, but many of them found forms with their personal information — name, home address, ID, phone number, and even college entrance exam scores — being passed around in WeChat groups, sometimes marked as “suspected cases.”
Many people have complained about getting threatening messages or harassment calls as a result, and the hashtag #WuhanReturneesInfoLeak has been a trending topic on the Weibo social media platform since late January.Many people have complained about getting threatening messages or harassment calls as a result, and the hashtag #WuhanReturneesInfoLeak has been a trending topic on the Weibo social media platform since late January.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said on Tuesday that no organization or individual other than authorized health departments should collect personal information “for disease treatment and prevention” without permission, let alone share them on social media.The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said on Tuesday that no organization or individual other than authorized health departments should collect personal information “for disease treatment and prevention” without permission, let alone share them on social media.
Hong Yanqing, a Peking University researcher and senior CAC official said “big data” analysis of epidemic control involves collecting large amounts of personal information, but said not everyone had the right or capacity to do so.Hong Yanqing, a Peking University researcher and senior CAC official said “big data” analysis of epidemic control involves collecting large amounts of personal information, but said not everyone had the right or capacity to do so.
One student studying at a college in Wuhan returned to his home in Hebei on Jan. 11 for the winter holiday, and voluntarily isolated himself for over 20 days at home, without showing any symptoms.One student studying at a college in Wuhan returned to his home in Hebei on Jan. 11 for the winter holiday, and voluntarily isolated himself for over 20 days at home, without showing any symptoms.
But in late January his details appeared on a list widely circulated on social media of nearly 1,000 people who had either studied, worked in, or been to Wuhan.But in late January his details appeared on a list widely circulated on social media of nearly 1,000 people who had either studied, worked in, or been to Wuhan.
“I cooperated with the government and answered their questions because I understood it was standard practice. But how on earth did my detailed personal information get leaked online?” he asked in a social media post.“I cooperated with the government and answered their questions because I understood it was standard practice. But how on earth did my detailed personal information get leaked online?” he asked in a social media post.
“I already knew that there were people illegally collecting personal information and trading them for one yuan [14 U.S. cents] per 10 names. Imagine how many more people’s information is going to get leaked if such documents continue to be shared online, and imagine these getting into the hands of criminals.”“I already knew that there were people illegally collecting personal information and trading them for one yuan [14 U.S. cents] per 10 names. Imagine how many more people’s information is going to get leaked if such documents continue to be shared online, and imagine these getting into the hands of criminals.”
Another Wuhan university student from Hunan province said he had stopped going out or meeting anyone since his personal information was leaked.Another Wuhan university student from Hunan province said he had stopped going out or meeting anyone since his personal information was leaked.
TOKYO — More than a dozen ambulances were waiting near the Diamond Princess in the Japanese port of Yokohama on Tuesday, as medical staff continue to evacuate passengers from the quarantined cruise ship confirmed as being infected with the virus.TOKYO — More than a dozen ambulances were waiting near the Diamond Princess in the Japanese port of Yokohama on Tuesday, as medical staff continue to evacuate passengers from the quarantined cruise ship confirmed as being infected with the virus.
Japan’s health ministry said on Monday that 65 more people on board the ship have tested positive for the virus, bringing to 135 the total number infected. Many of the passengers are elderly, posing additional health risks as the virus has proved much deadlier among elderly people and those with existing health problems.Japan’s health ministry said on Monday that 65 more people on board the ship have tested positive for the virus, bringing to 135 the total number infected. Many of the passengers are elderly, posing additional health risks as the virus has proved much deadlier among elderly people and those with existing health problems.
The sharp rise in infected people appeared to take Japanese authorities by surprise, and they were unable to organize evacuations for most of the new cases on Monday.The sharp rise in infected people appeared to take Japanese authorities by surprise, and they were unable to organize evacuations for most of the new cases on Monday.
The Health Ministry had been busy talking to hospitals as far away as the city of Nagano northwest of Tokyo to find beds for people, according to a local paper in the city.The Health Ministry had been busy talking to hospitals as far away as the city of Nagano northwest of Tokyo to find beds for people, according to a local paper in the city.
Japanese media reported that further tests will be carried out Tuesday on passengers over the age of 80. But given that nearly 1 in 3 people who have been tested have been found to be carrying the virus, pressure is mounting on Japan to test everyone.Japanese media reported that further tests will be carried out Tuesday on passengers over the age of 80. But given that nearly 1 in 3 people who have been tested have been found to be carrying the virus, pressure is mounting on Japan to test everyone.
However, if those tests showed more infected people, it would place a significant burden on Japan’s health system. The ministry says 410 hospitals across the country have the facility to deal with infectious diseases, with a total of 1,871 beds.However, if those tests showed more infected people, it would place a significant burden on Japan’s health system. The ministry says 410 hospitals across the country have the facility to deal with infectious diseases, with a total of 1,871 beds.
There are also fears that the virus could still be transmitted on board the ship, especially among the crew — who have not been quarantined from each other, continue to work and are starting to fall sick in greater numbers.There are also fears that the virus could still be transmitted on board the ship, especially among the crew — who have not been quarantined from each other, continue to work and are starting to fall sick in greater numbers.
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A Chinese doctor and leading expert in kidney transplants has died of coronavirus at the age of 62, Chinese media reported Tuesday.A Chinese doctor and leading expert in kidney transplants has died of coronavirus at the age of 62, Chinese media reported Tuesday.
Lin Zhengbin, a professor at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, had practiced kidney transplants for 30 years before dying of the virus Monday morning.Lin Zhengbin, a professor at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, had practiced kidney transplants for 30 years before dying of the virus Monday morning.
Co-workers and friends describe him as gentle, slow-tempered and low-profile.Co-workers and friends describe him as gentle, slow-tempered and low-profile.
“We had been close friends for years,” his colleague Song Jianxin told the Health Times, a twice-weekly newspaper owned by People's Daily. “He had been in good health and had no existing illnesses, so no one expected his condition to worsen so fast and to get so severe.”“We had been close friends for years,” his colleague Song Jianxin told the Health Times, a twice-weekly newspaper owned by People's Daily. “He had been in good health and had no existing illnesses, so no one expected his condition to worsen so fast and to get so severe.”
Song, director of the infectious diseases department at Tongji, said he received a message from Lin asking for help after he was admitted to intensive care, but by then he was already on oxygen and too weak to speak.Song, director of the infectious diseases department at Tongji, said he received a message from Lin asking for help after he was admitted to intensive care, but by then he was already on oxygen and too weak to speak.
“It took less than a month for Lin from getting confirmed [as having the virus] to passing away,” Song said.“It took less than a month for Lin from getting confirmed [as having the virus] to passing away,” Song said.
Health Times quoted an anonymous doctor as saying that Lin might have become infected during a health checkup at the crowded outpatient department.Health Times quoted an anonymous doctor as saying that Lin might have become infected during a health checkup at the crowded outpatient department.
“It was the time when staff from our outpatient department were having a group checkup,” the doctor was quoted as saying. “The checkup center is on the third floor, sharing the same floor with the super-crowded pediatrics department. Many people were coming and going, and there weren’t the quarantine measures that are in place now.”“It was the time when staff from our outpatient department were having a group checkup,” the doctor was quoted as saying. “The checkup center is on the third floor, sharing the same floor with the super-crowded pediatrics department. Many people were coming and going, and there weren’t the quarantine measures that are in place now.”
Chinese authorities have not disclosed how many medical staff have come down with the virus, but many are believed to have fallen sick.Chinese authorities have not disclosed how many medical staff have come down with the virus, but many are believed to have fallen sick.
Authorities in Wuhan have announced fresh restrictions on residents, effectively making millions of people virtual prisoners in their own homes, as they struggle to control the spread of the epidemic.Authorities in Wuhan have announced fresh restrictions on residents, effectively making millions of people virtual prisoners in their own homes, as they struggle to control the spread of the epidemic.
Many districts in the city only allow one member of each household to go shopping every three days. Previously one person had been allowed out every two days.Many districts in the city only allow one member of each household to go shopping every three days. Previously one person had been allowed out every two days.
In a notice issued Monday, the city also said all residential areas will be put under “closed management” and all buildings with suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus will be placed entirely under quarantine.In a notice issued Monday, the city also said all residential areas will be put under “closed management” and all buildings with suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus will be placed entirely under quarantine.
The closed management system entails tight controls such as strict controls on entry and exit, including registration and temperature checks, and the banning of outside vehicles.The closed management system entails tight controls such as strict controls on entry and exit, including registration and temperature checks, and the banning of outside vehicles.
Wuhan’s epidemic control command center also urged residents to seek medical treatment in hospitals near their residence and banned fever patients from going to hospitals in other districts.Wuhan’s epidemic control command center also urged residents to seek medical treatment in hospitals near their residence and banned fever patients from going to hospitals in other districts.
On Sunday alone, 103 people died in the province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital, China’s National Health Commission said. Of the total 1,016 deaths in China, more than 95 percent have occurred in Hubei.On Sunday alone, 103 people died in the province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital, China’s National Health Commission said. Of the total 1,016 deaths in China, more than 95 percent have occurred in Hubei.
More than 17,000 health workers from around the country have come to Hubei to help in treatment of infected patients, according to Chinese media reports.More than 17,000 health workers from around the country have come to Hubei to help in treatment of infected patients, according to Chinese media reports.
MANILA — The Philippines widened travel restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak to include a ban on arrivals from Taiwan, the self-ruled island over which China asserts sovereignty, leaving hundreds of Taiwanese reportedly stranded.MANILA — The Philippines widened travel restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak to include a ban on arrivals from Taiwan, the self-ruled island over which China asserts sovereignty, leaving hundreds of Taiwanese reportedly stranded.
Philippine immigration officials late Monday clarified that a ban on arrivals from China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao, also applied to Taiwan. A memo from the Civil Aeronautics Board said this was in line with Manila’s adherence to the “one China” policy.Philippine immigration officials late Monday clarified that a ban on arrivals from China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao, also applied to Taiwan. A memo from the Civil Aeronautics Board said this was in line with Manila’s adherence to the “one China” policy.
“While not explicitly stated, we have confirmed with the Secretary of Justice that Taiwan is indeed part of the ban, and this expansion shall be implemented immediately,” said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.“While not explicitly stated, we have confirmed with the Secretary of Justice that Taiwan is indeed part of the ban, and this expansion shall be implemented immediately,” said Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente.
A Philippine health official said the policy was clarified last week, but airlines including Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines only canceled flights between Manila and Taipei on Monday night.A Philippine health official said the policy was clarified last week, but airlines including Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines only canceled flights between Manila and Taipei on Monday night.
Taiwan News reported that around 500 Taiwanese were consequently stranded in the Philippines.Taiwan News reported that around 500 Taiwanese were consequently stranded in the Philippines.
Philippine officials stressed that the ban is temporary and does not apply to Filipino citizens and permanent residents.Philippine officials stressed that the ban is temporary and does not apply to Filipino citizens and permanent residents.
Taiwan has recorded 18 cases of the coronavirus. Some critics see its inclusion in the Philippines’ ban as playing into China’s hands, even as Taiwan has fewer reported cases than Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. China, meanwhile, has recorded more than 1,000 deaths and 40,000 cases.Taiwan has recorded 18 cases of the coronavirus. Some critics see its inclusion in the Philippines’ ban as playing into China’s hands, even as Taiwan has fewer reported cases than Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. China, meanwhile, has recorded more than 1,000 deaths and 40,000 cases.
The dispute over Taiwan’s status dates from the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, when the defeated Kuomintang fled to the island and Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on the mainland.The dispute over Taiwan’s status dates from the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, when the defeated Kuomintang fled to the island and Communist leader Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on the mainland.
China considers Taiwan a rogue province to be captured by force if necessary, while Taiwan says it has never been part of the People’s Republic. But the “one China” policy widely observed internationally means the democratic island is often unable to participate fully in global bodies such as the World Health Organization.China considers Taiwan a rogue province to be captured by force if necessary, while Taiwan says it has never been part of the People’s Republic. But the “one China” policy widely observed internationally means the democratic island is often unable to participate fully in global bodies such as the World Health Organization.
China’s Communist Party has dismissed the two most senior officials in the provincial health commission in the virus-hit province of Hubei, as anger continues to reverberate around the country over the authorities’ handling of the epidemic.China’s Communist Party has dismissed the two most senior officials in the provincial health commission in the virus-hit province of Hubei, as anger continues to reverberate around the country over the authorities’ handling of the epidemic.
Hubei’s provincial government announced that Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary of the provincial Hubei’s health commission, along director Liu Yingzi, were both fired on Monday, for unspecified reasons. Their roles will be filled by Wang Hesheng, a member of the provincial committee of the Communist Party and former deputy director of the National Health Commission.Hubei’s provincial government announced that Zhang Jin, the Communist Party secretary of the provincial Hubei’s health commission, along director Liu Yingzi, were both fired on Monday, for unspecified reasons. Their roles will be filled by Wang Hesheng, a member of the provincial committee of the Communist Party and former deputy director of the National Health Commission.
They are among the most senior officials to be fired over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with dozens of lower level officials also losing their jobs.They are among the most senior officials to be fired over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with dozens of lower level officials also losing their jobs.
The central government in Beijing also urged members of the public to report any examples of dereliction of duty among local governments.The central government in Beijing also urged members of the public to report any examples of dereliction of duty among local governments.
Experts say the central and provincial governments share responsibility for initially covering up the epidemic, in ways that made the outbreak far tougher to control. But the central government has tried to shift the blame onto local governments.Experts say the central and provincial governments share responsibility for initially covering up the epidemic, in ways that made the outbreak far tougher to control. But the central government has tried to shift the blame onto local governments.
The death of doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn people about the virus but was silenced by Communist Party authorities and then died of the disease himself, has sparked an outpouring of anger among Chinese citizens. The death of doctor Li Wenliang, who tried to warn people about the virus but was silenced by Communist Party authorities and then died of the disease himself, has sparked an outpouring of anger among Chinese citizens. 
The death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 1,016, with a new daily record rise of 108 deaths on Monday, China’s National Health Commission announced Tuesday.The death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 1,016, with a new daily record rise of 108 deaths on Monday, China’s National Health Commission announced Tuesday.
More than 700 people were discharged from hospital, bringing to 3,996 the number of people officially classified as cured.More than 700 people were discharged from hospital, bringing to 3,996 the number of people officially classified as cured.
But while the daily death toll continues to accelerate, the rate of growth of new infections has begun to slow slightly. The number of new cases recorded on Monday fell slightly, to 2,478, with the majority in the virus-hit province of Hubei and only 381 in other parts of mainland China.But while the daily death toll continues to accelerate, the rate of growth of new infections has begun to slow slightly. The number of new cases recorded on Monday fell slightly, to 2,478, with the majority in the virus-hit province of Hubei and only 381 in other parts of mainland China.
The number of new cases per day had peaked at 3,887 on Feb. 4, while the number of new infections outside Hubei reached a daily high of 890 on Feb. 3.The number of new cases per day had peaked at 3,887 on Feb. 4, while the number of new infections outside Hubei reached a daily high of 890 on Feb. 3.
But experts say it is too early to say the virus has peaked, especially with many people around China going back to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday.But experts say it is too early to say the virus has peaked, especially with many people around China going back to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday.
Excluding those who have been cured or died, mainland China has a total 37,626 people confirmed as infected with the virus, including 7,333 in serious condition, and 21,675 suspected cases.Excluding those who have been cured or died, mainland China has a total 37,626 people confirmed as infected with the virus, including 7,333 in serious condition, and 21,675 suspected cases.
Some 428,000 people have been classified as having come into close contact with infected people, and 188,000 are under medical observation.Some 428,000 people have been classified as having come into close contact with infected people, and 188,000 are under medical observation.