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Coronavirus UPDATE – 492 people now dead, spread to 25 countries

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The latest toll for the Coronavirus outbreak has now reached 25,552, of which just over 3,000 are reported to be in a critical condition. 492 people have died from the disease and 907 have recovered.

Outside of China there are now 25 countries with infected patients – Thailand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Germany with the most cases.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation says there is a “window of opportunity” to stop the new coronavirus becoming a broader global pandemic. The WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says “the steps China took to fight the virus at its epicentre were a good way of stopping its spread”. The praise followed a week of critical Chinese social media panning Chinese officials for their initial handling of the outbreak.

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• Health authorities in Hubei province says that 65 people died of the coronavirus in the province yesterday, raising the provincial death toll since the beginning of the outbreak to 479 people, the vast majority of the 492 people who have succumbed to the virus.

Authorities confirmed an additional 3,156 cases of the virus in Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. 50 million people live in the province, of which 16,678 are now confirmed with the virus. 12,627 patients are currently hospitalised, including 771 who are reported to be in critical condition.

• Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has confirmed six additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of Thai cases up to 25. The six cases include two Chinese tourists, two Thai taxi drivers )who had reportedly been in proximity of Chinese tourists) and a Thai couple that have recently returned from Japan. 373 patients are currently quarantined in hospitals around Thailand “monitoring signs of the virus. 43 were taken from the airport after screening checks.

• A 42 year old South Korean woman tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Thailand. She is the 16th patient to be infected in South Korea. The woman, identified as “Patient 16”, returned to South Korea on January 19 after a trip in Thailand. She was admitted on January 25 after developing “chills and other symptoms”, the information from the Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention .

• Following up on the cruise ship story from yesterday, the Diamond Princess moored in Yokohama Bay, ten people have been confirmed as having the coronavirus. The 10 cases were from tests of 31 people. More than 100 other samples are still awaiting test results. The passengers and crew remain on the ship, a total of around 3,700 people.

• In British Columbia, Canada, there is now a second confirmed case of coronavirus, which brings the total number of cases in Canada to five. The woman in her 50s had contact with family visitors from Wuhan. The patient, and the visitors, are in isolation at her home. Canadian health authorities say that this could be significant, as it appears to confirm a human-to-human transmission in Canada for the first time.

• The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection has confirmed one additional coronavirus case, bringing its total to 18. The latest case involves a 25 year old male, so far the youngest case in Hong Kong. The man is now in a “stable condition”. His wife currently shows no symptoms and has been sent to a quarantine centre.

• The UK and French governments are telling their citizens in China to leave the country if they can. The British Foreign Office says it will charter another special flight this Sunday.

• Taiwanese health officials say that, from this Friday, they will deny entry to all foreign nationals who had been to mainland China in the past 14 days.

• Macau, a special administrative region of China and a major Asian gambling hub, has announced that it would temporarily close down all its casinos.

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Korean virus cases skyrocket; Japanese passenger turns positive

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PHOTO: Medical workers in South Korea - File photo

The number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Korea has increased tenfold in just four days to 556, and a passenger on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess tested positive after arriving home in Japan, despite a negative result during the ship’s 14-day quarantine. Yesterday, China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak began, saw 96 deaths, another decrease, in line with the toll reported in recent days.

The US has raised its travel alerts for Japan and South Korea to Level 2, while China remains at Level 4, meaning “do not travel.” Britain “advise against all but essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo” in South Korea, and Italy, the country with the most infections in Europe, is banning passage to and from an affected area southeast of Milan.

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China has pledged fiscal and monetary steps to help global growth rebound, even as finance chiefs from the world’s biggest economies, gathering in Saudi Arabia for the annual G20 meeting fret over the risks. The IMF says its baseline scenario is now for China to expand 5.6% this year, 0.4 of a percentage point lower than a January estimate, knocking 0.1 of a point off global growth.

SOURCE: Bloomberg News

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China reports further reduction in new coronavirus cases, down to 397; Korea has a second death

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PHOTO: Staff at the workshop of Fusen Pharmaceutical China’s Henan Province. The company has resumed production to ensure the supply of medicines during the fight against the coronavirus - Xinhua

China’s National Health Commission announced today that the country had 397 new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus infections as of yesterday, down from 889 cases a day earlier. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 76,288. The death toll from the outbreak in mainland China had reached 2,345.

Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 106 new deaths, 90 in the capital, Wuhan. New infections in China have been falling for days, although changes in how it counts cases have caused doubts about the true trajectory of the epidemic.

China last week began recording new cases without waiting for laboratory results, causing a significant spike in the number of cases reported. But on Thursday it returned to its original method of counting, and removed some cases from the tally because test results were negative. The changes are sure to aggravate observers who say consistency is key to understanding COVID-19’s path.

South Korea reported 142 more cases this morning, bringing the nationwide total to 346. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional death, bringing the total to two.

Among the latest cases, 92 were connected to a hospital in Cheongdo, a southern city connected to a religious sect. More than 150 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus have now been infected, after a 61 year old woman developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services in the city of Daegu before being diagnosed. Cheongdo, around 27 kilometres south of Daegu, is the birthplace of Lee Man-hee, Shincheonji’s founder. County officials said yesterday that a three day funeral was held for his brother three weeks ago at a hall owned by the hospital, where the 92 new cases were confirmed today.

Iran announced three more infections Thursday, a day after it reported its first two deaths.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post | Thai PBS World

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No virus cover-up, PM tweets

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha went on Twitter yesterday, in an apparent bid to counter “fake news,” and announced there is no COVID-19 coronavirus cover-up happening in Thailand. He insisted the government is neither hiding nor distorting the number of infections in the country and said citizens should “gain confidence” in its remarkable success managing the disease. Earlier in the day, Prayut had urged the public to stay calm and not share “fake news or hate speech” about the virus threat, “because everyone, especially medical personnel, will be working on it until the crisis has passed.”

Although several countries have expressed admiration for Thailand’s ability to stem the spread of the virus, some foreign experts on disease control have doubted the small numbers of confirmed and suspected cases officially reported. Thailand has reported a total of 35 confirmed cases, seventeen of whom have made full recoveries, and has reported no fatalities

“The situation in Thailand today is still in a range we can cope with, and the government will take care of all affected sectors of society.”

The PM came out of an afternoon meeting at Government House on the virus issue, saying the Cabinet will soon announce measures to support entrepreneurs who have been affected by the outbreak.

“Measures already taken have been able to control the situation effectively, but we plan to introduce more to help society cope and more again if the outbreak evolves to the next level. Meanwhile it’s important to shore up the production and distribution of protective facemasks, which is still falling short.”

Businesspeople, especially in the tourism sector, who’ve been hurt by the virus can count on state assistance, Prayut told reporters

“The virus has had an impact on all businesses, so we must resolve the problem in a comprehensive way. I thank all government agencies for their cooperation in helping solve these problems.”

SOURCE: The Nation

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