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Coronavirus UPDATE: Thai cases up to 19, US declares coronavirus a public health emergency

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Total confirmed worldwide cases: 11,374

Total confirmed cases in China: 11,221

Total conformed cases in Thailand: 19

Total deaths: 259

And, as the weeks wear on, it is clear that most people are recovering from their symptoms and getting on with their lives. No one, outside of China, has died from the coronavirus infection.

Many countries have now issued strict travel restrictions for foreign nationals travelling to China, including the US, as the number of cases of Wuhan Coronavirus continues to rise.

Chinese authorities overnight reported 45 new deaths, all of them in the Hubei province in central China, where Wuhan is the capital. The numbers of new cases yesterday leapt another 2,000, surpassing the 2003 SARS outbreak. The SARS outbreak started in southern China in late 2002 and infected 8,098 people worldwide, killing 774.

Here’s some more key updates from around the world…

• More than 20 countries and territories outside of mainland China have confirmed cases of the virus across Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and the Middle East. The UK also reported its first two cases yesterday, in north-west England.

• The US government has also declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency. US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals who have travelled in China in the last two weeks. But foreign nationals, who are the immediate family of US citizens or permanent residents, will be exempt.

• Much of China will bead back to work on Monday, following the extended Chinese New Year celebrations. As was the fear two weeks ago – that the annual exodus of Chinese from the cities to their upcountry homes for the CNY holiday could help the spread of the virus – now tens of millions of people will be heading back to the cities over the weekend.

• Some Chinese provinces have announced that many schools and universities will remain closed for much of next week.

• The first group of Thais stranded in Chongqing, China, arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 6.35pm last night. None of them showed any symptoms of the virus but authorities say they will be monitored in quarantine for 14 days.

• China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying maintains the country has “full confidence and capability in winning the fight against the virus. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese government has been taking the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures with a high sense of responsibility for people’s health. Many of these measures go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations. We have full confidence and capability to win this fight against the epidemic.”

• Singapore has confirmed three additional cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the city to 13. Singaporean health officials say all 13 cases are in a stable condition and “most are improving.”

• The Singapore government will distribute four masks each to 1.3 million households today.

• 130 infections of the virus, but no deaths, have been reported outside mainland China.

• Two of China’s neighbouring countries are ramping up emergency measures to try and stop the virus spreading there. Russia is closing its far eastern borders and limiting rail services from all Chinese cities from yesterday. North Korea has declared a state of emergency and announced a “hygienic and anti-epidemic” response.

• Wuhan remains completely locked down, with residents mostly staying in their homes with the streets of the city of 10 million largely abandoned.

• Foreigners who are being airlifted out of Wuhan face up to two weeks of mandatory or voluntary quarantine once they land in their home countries.

• In Australia the plan is to house evacuees in a former detention centre for refugees and migrants on Christmas Island. Some of the stranded Australians in Wuhan have said they “would rather remain in the city” than face two weeks on the controversial offshore island that has been described in Australia as a “leper camp,” according to national broadcaster ABC. Canberra is defending its decision to move evacuees to the island “as the only place capable of quarantining hundreds of people”.

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All but one of 138 Thai evacuees from Wuhan return home as quarantine ends

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PHOTO: The 137 Thai evacuees from Wuhan, who have been under observation since February 4th, were allowed to return home today after final medical check-ups. - Thai Residents

137 Thai nationals evacuated from China’s city of Wuhan city, epicentre of the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak were allowed to return to their homes today after two weeks of quarantine. The 137 were certified by the Public Health Ministry yesterday to be free from the virus. One patient is still being monitored at a Chon Buri Hospital.

Some of the 137 were picked up by relatives, while another group was sent to bus terminals or airports by Royal Thai Navy.

Deputy Minister of Public Health Satit Pitutecha and Chonburi governor Pakarathon Tienchai gave souvenirs to the 137 today before their departure.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Korea reports 15 more coronavirus cases, total now 46

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PHOTO: People wearing face masks pass by a screen in Seoul - VOA

South Korea today confirmed 15 more cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus bringing its total number of infections to 46, amid growing concerns that the illness is spreading despite tighter quarantine measures. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), 13 new patients were found in Daegu, 300 kilometres southeast of Seoul. It’s presumed they contracted the illness from a 61 year old South Korean woman who was diagnosed with the virus infection yesterday.

The country’s thhirty-first patient, thought to be a coronavirus “super spreader,” also lives in Daegu. She complained of a fever on February 10 and was tested Monday at a local health centre, and was quickly sent to a hospital and placed in quarantine. The patient visited Seoul late last month, where she was was treated in hospital following an auto accident, then returned to her everyday life, in which she often used public transport.

All newly infected people have been placed in quarantine and are undergoing treatment.

The KCDC said yesterday that South Korea is entering a “new phase” with some confirmed cases not linked to existing spreads, meaning that those patients are judged to have contracted the COVID-19 virus without traveling abroad or coming into contact with other infected patients. The agency admitted it is not clear how some recent patients contracted the virus.

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PHOTO: Warnings in Seoul – Yonhap

“The seeming lull in new confirmed cases last week can be seen as a transition period leading to a ‘second peak’ stage.”

SOURCE: The Nation |Yonhap

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Chinatowns around the world fall quiet over coronavirus fears

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PHOTO: London’s Chinatown stands eerily deserted as revellers keep their distance - Mail Online

Chinatowns around the world, some centuries old, are quiet, as businesses to survive the effects of global concern over the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses in Australia’s oldest Chinatown enclave, dating back to the influx of fortune-seekers during an 1850s gold rush, report their earnings have dropped by more than half and they have been forced to cut staff hours dramatically, a situation echoed in Chinatowns across the world.

Although China’s Hupei province, the epicentre of the epidemic is more than a ten hour flight way and Australia has seen just a handful of cases, the stigma of a disease that has now claimed more than 2000 lives is pervasive. One restaurant owner in Melbourne’s historic Chinese district complains: “Scaremongering is rampant. Customers won’t come in if they can avoid it.”

At the popular Empire Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver’s Richmond suburb, getting a table is now easy.

“Usually we’d have a large line-up time of approximately five-ten tables, but today there is no line up at all. Some people have already cancelled their parties and banquets. Many restaurants are seeing the same thing. Hopefully, this gets back to normal really soon.”

A ban on travellers from China has hit many neighbourhoods hard. In Australia, the travel ban has been compounded by almost 100,000 Chinese students being prohibited from flying in to start the academic year.

Hoping to reassure, many businesses have put up notices informing customers that they disinfect their interiors regularly to prevent disease. Others have even installed hand sanitiser for guests and give staff face masks and rubber gloves. But such measures appear to have limited success.

Many believe xenophobia has worsened the situation, and many people of Asian descent, Chinese or otherwise, complain of racism and say they feel ostracised. One Thai man working in the United Kingdom was assaulted in what he claimed was a racist attack linked to the current virus outbreak.

Fred Lo owns a souvenir store in San Francisco that’s usually frequented by tourists from Europe and South America.

“But for the past two weeks, there’s been a lot less people, at least 50% less, even though nobody is sick or has even been to China.”

Said Eddie Lau, president of Melbourne’s Chinese Chamber of Commerce:

“It’s unfair that a lot of people are scared of Chinese people,” “We tell people, ‘we are fine, don’t be scared’.”

One Chinese man in London says he’s clearly noticed others avoiding him in recent weeks, but understands why people are afraid and tries to take it in his stride.

“I travel by train every morning. One day last week, all the people were standing, and I’ve got an empty seat next to me. I laughed about it.”

SOURCE: The Bangkok Post

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