Chinese health officials confirmed the number of fatalities has reached 425, with over 20,400 people infected nationwide. Hong Kong has also reported a coronavirus death, bringing the total outside mainland China to two.
– China’s National Health Commission reported Tuesday that the nationwide total of coronavirus infections had reached 20,438, with 3,235 new cases confirmed. China’s nationwide death toll currently stands at 425.
– At least 180 cases of the virus have been identified outside of China.
– Hong Kong has also announced a coronavirus death, bringing the total fatalities outside of mainland China to two. The victim was a 39-year-old man who had visited Wuhan in January.
All updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)
9:43 Pakistan refuses to evacuate Pakistani students currently in Wuhan, despite their pleas to be brought home. DW looks into the government’s decision.
9:23 Medical personnel in Japan have nearly finished screening around 3,700 passengers of a cruise liner currently being held in quarantine at the Japanese port of Yokohamam.
A passenger from Hong Kong who was on the vessel last month has since tested positive for coronavirus.
Passengers were asked to stay in their rooms until they were screened. Most of the ship’s services were operating normally later in the day.
9:11 New restrictions on live animal transport in China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak began, have pushed some poultry farmers to slaughter many of their birds as feed supplies draw low.
Authorities have banned the transport of live poultry, believed to be a disease risk, in the province. Farmers are unable to get chickens and eggs to market.
8:48 Cambodia’s prime minister has said he will visit Cambodian students stuck in Wuhan to provide them moral support.
Prime Minister Hun Sen had been criticized for his decision to not evacuate the students from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The PM will fly to Wuhan on Wednesday “to show them warmth and to make sure they are not scared of the new type of infectious coronavirus.”
There is currently one confirmed case of coronavirus in Cambodia. Flights continue to fly between Cambodia and China.
8:29 In the wake of the first coronavirus death in Hong Kong, medical workers have gone on strike for a second day in a row today. What do they want? For Hong Kong to close all borders with mainland China.
While leader Carrie Lam has closed most checkpoints between the mainland and the city, three remain open today.
Non-essential medical personnel in Hong Kong walked off the job yesterday. Strike organizers have threatened that frontine employees like doctors and nurses could walk out today if their demands are not met.
8:14 The World Health Organization is taking efforts to stop the spread of misinformation about coronavirus online.
7:55 It should be noted that while coronavirus has now killed more people in mainland China than the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, the coronavirus mortality rate is still much lower than the SARS mortality rate of 9.6%
At the time, China recorded 5,327 SARS infections, of which 349 resulted in death.
7:45 Here are the numbers once again, as far as we know right now:
- Total confirmed cases of coronavirus globally — Over 20,600
- Confirmed cases inChina — 20,438
- Confirmed cases outsideof China — Around 180
- Total global deaths from coronavirus — 427
- Deaths inChina — 425
- Deaths outsideof China — 2 (one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong)
7:31 Japanese airline ANA will reduce the number of flights between Tokyo and Beijing by two thirds for at least seven weeks starting February 10 to slow the spread of the virus.
7:26 German Health Minister Jens Spahn will be in London today for talks about the coronavirus epidemic.
7:10 A Belgian person who was repatriated from Wuhan has tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
Nine Belgian citizens were evacuated from Wuhan back to Belgium. The infected person is doing well and does not show any symptoms of the illness, Belgium’s health agency said. The other eight tested negative for the virus.
7:08 Another Vietnamese national has fallen ill, Vietnam’s health ministry says, bringing the total number of infected in the country to 9.
Schools in 55 of Vietnam’s 64 provinces have been closed for seven days. Around 20 million of the country’s 24 million students did not go to school today.
6:57 Malaysia has confirmed its first citizen infected with the virus.
6:34 The government of the world’s largest gambling hub — Macau — has asked all casinos to suspend operations for two weeks in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
Gambling revenue accounts for around half of Macau’s economy.
6:31 At least 180 instances of the virus have been confirmed outside of China, two fatal cases among them.
Hong Kong reported yesterday that a 39-year-old man with underlying medical conditions had died after a recent trip to Hubei, the Chinese province where the virus first broke out. It was the second death outside of China.
Last week, a man in the Philippines died after making such a trip himself.
6:20 The coronavirus outbreak exposed “shortcomings and deficiencies” in China’s emergency response, a top ruling Chinese body has said.
China’s Politburo Standing Committee said the virus has been “a major test of China’s system and capacity for governance” and called for improvements to public health care.
The government has been criticized for failing to recognize the virus earlier. Doctors who initially tried to warn about the infection were threatened by the police.
6:05 Taiwan has spoken out against China, accusing Beijing of keeping the autonomously-governed island in the dark about the development of coronavirus.
China considers Taiwan to be a renegade province and has objected to it becoming a member of the World Health Organization (WHO).
While China says communications have been “smooth,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou says they have received limited information.
“Disease has no national boundaries,” she said. “Putting political considerations over people’s health and safety, this, basically, is extremely vile.”
6:03 If you woke up with a sore throat or a runny nose, be sure to check your symptoms before concluding you’ve caught coronavirus. It might be the common cold or flu.
6:02 As of this morning, China currently has over 20,438 confirmed cases of coronavirus within its borders. The death toll in China currently stands at 425. Additionally, health officials said 2,345 of the new infections were in Hubei, bringing the total in the hard-hit province to 13,522. Hubei’s death toll also rose to 414, with a further 64 fatalities reported in the province that has been in lockdown for weeks.
6:00 Good morning, this is DW’s Kristie Pladson welcoming you to a new day and a new round of coronavirus live updates.