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Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands: Climate Change?
It looks like the Dutch weather has decided to give us storms instead of snow this winter, something we are not happy about. Storm Ciara Battered The Netherlands: Gale Force 11 Recorded At The Coast February 9, 2020 Jump quickly to subject by clicking on: Storm Dennis, 15, 16 February 2020 Forecast Ciara, 10-02-2020 Ciara Effects On 09-02-2020 Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands   Forecast Ciara 10-02-2020 The aftermath of storm Ciara caused problems for morning commuters on Monday as strong winds continued to buffet the Netherlands. The KNMI weather bureau issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country as the strong winds continued. Some flights using Rotterdam and Eindhoven airport have also been cancelled While rail services have largely returned to normal, there are still some problems and high speed train services remain disrupted because the track has been closed until after the winds have subsided The NS says travellers should check the website for details. The KNMI says the strong winds will continue throughout Monday and there will some heavy showers at times. Some 220 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport have been cancelled,. On Sunday some 200 flights did not go ahead because of the storm   Recommended: Storm Dennis, 15, 16 February 2020 Morning, 10-02-2020 Sun, showers and strong gusts of wind The aftermath of storm Ciara causes problems for morning commuters today as strong winds continued to buffet the Netherlands. Storm Ciara is over, but it is very turbulent today. At the sea there is a chance of gusts of wind up to 100 km / hour and there is a strong wind. Heavy gusts also occur inland. There is a mix of sun, clouds and showers. It will be 8-9 degrees. Tonight, heavy showers are on the program with heavy gusts of wind and a chance of winter precipitation. It is still turbulent tomorrow Rainfall is moving rapidly from west to east across the country. However, the showers this morning gradually decrease in number. The interior has to do with a lot of cloud fields. The sun can shine in the west. It is turbulent with a strong western wind in the interior and a strong to stormy wind in the coastal areas (7-8 Bft.). Inland there is a chance of heavy gusts of 75-90 km / hour, in the coastal areas of 85-100 km / hour. Afternoon, 10-02-2020 It is dry in many places. It is cloudy with more sunshine in the western provinces than in the interior. It will be 8-9 degrees. In the course of the afternoon it gets more cloudy from the southwest and showers enter the country. With these showers there is a chance of hail and thunder he west to southwest wind remains emphatically present and is often stormy at the sea (8 Bft.). In the interior, the wind is usually (fairly) strong, 5-6 Bft. The gusts of wind are temporarily less bright than in the morning, but can already increase to 90 km / hour in the southwest in the afternoon Tonight there are heavy showers over the country with thunderstorms, hail and later tonight inland also possibly wet snow. There is also a chance of heavy gusts of wind up to around 90 km / hour. Gusts of up to 100 km / h are possible on the west coast and in the Limburg hills Tonight, 10-02-2020 The number of showers is gradually decreasing and there are more clearings. Hail, thunderstorms and wet snow are still possible at the last showers in the interior. The minimum temperature is around 3 degrees. The westerly wind is mostly (fairly) powerful inland, 5-6 Bft. and stormy by the sea, 8 Bft. On the Wadden it can sometimes storm for a while (9 Bft.).   Ciara Effects On The 9th Of February 2020 The pier at IJmuiden was closed to walkers The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers as winds reach up to 110kph Some 252 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled because of the strong winds The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers as winds reach up to 110kph Winds gusting at up to gale force 11 hit parts of the Dutch coast on Sunday afternoon as storm Ciara moved in from the Atlantic The KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the entire country and the ANWB motoring organisation warned drivers not to use the roads unless necessary ‘We are getting a lot of reports about trees or branches that have been blown down,’ a spokesman said. The storm is due to reached its height between 6pm and midnight (09-02-2020) as it moves over the country from the coast Dozens of flights have been cancelled at Schiphol airport because of the strong winds. Dozens of people have gone to the airfield to watch the planes coming in to land, and local television station NH Nieuws has set up a webcam to record the landings KLM has also cancelled 178 flights scheduled for Monday There have also been problems on the railways. A train travelling from Eindhoven and Helmond ploughed into a tree which had fallen onto the track. No-one was injured and the passengers were all safely evacuated Fallen trees have caused problems on other tracks and the NS is urging passengers to check online for details. High speed services to Rotterdam and Breda have also been cancelled. The NS has also set up a live blog following incidents as they come in.   Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands According to the weather forecast, on Sunday, February 9, the first storm since August 2019 will plough its way through the Netherlands, with the gusts of wind especially leaving destruction in their path. When and where to expect the storm in the Netherlands Waddeneilandand – between 16:00 and 22:00 Groningen – between 20:00 and 23:00 Friesland – between 16:00 and 22:00 Drendthe – between 20:00 and 23:00 Noord-Holland – between 16:00 and 22:00 Flevoland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Overijssel – between 20:00 and 23:00 Gelderland – between 20:00 and 23:00 Utrecht – between 19:00 and 22:00 Zuid-Holland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Zeeland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Noord-Brabant – between 20:00 and 23:00 Limburg – between 21:00 and 01:00 Storm Hits The Netherlands: Prepare The British and German media are called it a ‘monster storm’ and people are advised to secure their garden ornaments, lawn chairs etc., shut their windows and stay indoors if possible. The storm, at wind force 9, will bluster in from the northwest of the country, bringing with it gusts of wind reaching 120 km/h on the coast. The storm is expected to hit around midday. How are hurricane names chosen? The system works differently depending on where the storm in question occurs. Hurricanes occurring in the Atlantic basin are named based upon six, alphabetized, 21-name lists (Q, U, X, Y and Z are all skipped). The lists cycle on a six-year rotation, so every seventh year, the process reverts back to the first list Ciara could even become a severe storm, meaning the average wind speed over 10 minutes is at least 90km/h, wind force 10. There is also a chance of extremely violent gusts of wind reaching around 130km/h. After hitting the coast, Ciara will travel inland. In the south, middle and east of the country, gusts of wind at speeds of 75km - 100km/h are expected. On the Wadden Islands, large parts of North-Holland and Friesland, in the west of Zeeland and South Holland and the northwestern part of Groningen, extremely strong gusts of wind at 100km to 120km/h are possible. {youtube}                                                                         Storm Ciara Forecast Monster Storm: Extreme Winds The gusts of wind are especially worrying, as these can lead to dangerous situations on the roads. It is quite possible that the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) will issue a code orange, indicating dangerous or extreme weather. They’ll only do this 24 hours in advance, at the earliest. At the moment, the trees don’t have any leaves, which is lucky, as this will likely lessen the damage done by the storm. It is still possible, however, that trees may topple, branches may break and planes may have trouble taking off or landing. If trees break and fall onto the train tracks, we can expect delays or train cancellations – so be ready for the aftermath of Ciara. Why do storms get given names? Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications. Hurricane Ike (2008), the third costliest storm in United States history. Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Recommended:  Coronavirus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection? The forecast doesn’t look much better for Sunday night, as although average wind speeds will decrease slightly, heavy rain showers, thunderstorms and extreme gusts of wind are expected. These gusts could reach 100km/h inland and possibly 120km - 130km/h locally. Are all storms named after females? Although the World Meteorological Organization now names hurricanes after men and women, storm names weren't always so equally divided by gender. From roughly 1953 to 1979, U.S. hurricanes and tropical storms were actually only named after women. Strong Winds Next Week: It Doesn’t Look Good Monday and Tuesday next week (February 10 & 11) don’t look good. The weather continues to be turbulent on Monday, with showers and heavy gusts of wind around 85km/h. Tuesday doesn’t look any better than Monday - in fact, it could even be worse. Recommended:  Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse The weather will continue to be turbulent with gusts reaching 80km/h, but the main difference with Monday is that significantly colder air will flow over the country. You can expect heavy winter showers during which the temperature drops to freezing point - brrr! MonsterStorms And Climate Change What is the largest hurricane ever recorded on Earth? With measured winds of 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded anywhere on Earth. Extreme weather gets a boost from climate change. Scientists are detecting a stronger link between the planet's warming and its changing weather patterns. Though it can be hard to pinpoint whether climate change intensified a particular weather event, the trajectory is clear — hotter heat waves, drier droughts, bigger storm surges and greater snowfall. Recommended:  Climate Strangest Weather: Solar, Wind, Water Extremes Climate Change: Heat And Drought The dangerous effects of heat waves, including death, occur as a result of both temperature and humidity — especially if those conditions persist for more than two days. With temperature records being smashed month after month, year after year, it's likely that human-caused global warming is making extreme heat events more frequent. Higher temperatures also boost evaporation, which dries out the soil in summer — intensifying drought over many areas. Storms And Floods As more evaporation leads to more moisture in the atmosphere, rainfall intensifies. For example, we now know that the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey was 15 percent more intense and three times as likely to occur due to human-induced climate change. We expect to see a higher frequency of Category 4 and 5 storms, also, as temperatures continue to rise. Recommended:  Climate Change And Flooding In Vietnam’s UNESCO Town Hoi An While scientists aren't certain about whether climate change has led to more hurricanes, they are confident that rising sea levels are leading to higher storm surges and more floods. Around half of sea-level rise since 1900 comes from the expansion of warming oceans, triggered by human-caused global warming. (Like all liquids, water generally expands as it heats up.) The rest of the rise comes from melting glaciers and ice sheets. Snow And Frigid Weather There is more moisture in a warmer atmosphere, which can lead to record snowfall. It may seem counterintuitive, but the increase in snowfall during winter storms may be linked to climate change. Remember, there is more moisture in the warmer atmosphere. So when the temperatures are below freezing, snowfall can break records. Recommended:  CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters And scientists are studying a possible connection between a warming Arctic and cold spells in the eastern United States. The idea is that a rapidly warming Arctic can weaken the jet stream, allowing frigid polar air to travel farther south. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the weather? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
It looks like the Dutch weather has decided to give us storms instead of snow this winter, something we are not happy about. Storm Ciara Battered The Netherlands: Gale Force 11 Recorded At The Coast February 9, 2020 Jump quickly to subject by clicking on: Storm Dennis, 15, 16 February 2020 Forecast Ciara, 10-02-2020 Ciara Effects On 09-02-2020 Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands   Forecast Ciara 10-02-2020 The aftermath of storm Ciara caused problems for morning commuters on Monday as strong winds continued to buffet the Netherlands. The KNMI weather bureau issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country as the strong winds continued. Some flights using Rotterdam and Eindhoven airport have also been cancelled While rail services have largely returned to normal, there are still some problems and high speed train services remain disrupted because the track has been closed until after the winds have subsided The NS says travellers should check the website for details. The KNMI says the strong winds will continue throughout Monday and there will some heavy showers at times. Some 220 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport have been cancelled,. On Sunday some 200 flights did not go ahead because of the storm   Recommended: Storm Dennis, 15, 16 February 2020 Morning, 10-02-2020 Sun, showers and strong gusts of wind The aftermath of storm Ciara causes problems for morning commuters today as strong winds continued to buffet the Netherlands. Storm Ciara is over, but it is very turbulent today. At the sea there is a chance of gusts of wind up to 100 km / hour and there is a strong wind. Heavy gusts also occur inland. There is a mix of sun, clouds and showers. It will be 8-9 degrees. Tonight, heavy showers are on the program with heavy gusts of wind and a chance of winter precipitation. It is still turbulent tomorrow Rainfall is moving rapidly from west to east across the country. However, the showers this morning gradually decrease in number. The interior has to do with a lot of cloud fields. The sun can shine in the west. It is turbulent with a strong western wind in the interior and a strong to stormy wind in the coastal areas (7-8 Bft.). Inland there is a chance of heavy gusts of 75-90 km / hour, in the coastal areas of 85-100 km / hour. Afternoon, 10-02-2020 It is dry in many places. It is cloudy with more sunshine in the western provinces than in the interior. It will be 8-9 degrees. In the course of the afternoon it gets more cloudy from the southwest and showers enter the country. With these showers there is a chance of hail and thunder he west to southwest wind remains emphatically present and is often stormy at the sea (8 Bft.). In the interior, the wind is usually (fairly) strong, 5-6 Bft. The gusts of wind are temporarily less bright than in the morning, but can already increase to 90 km / hour in the southwest in the afternoon Tonight there are heavy showers over the country with thunderstorms, hail and later tonight inland also possibly wet snow. There is also a chance of heavy gusts of wind up to around 90 km / hour. Gusts of up to 100 km / h are possible on the west coast and in the Limburg hills Tonight, 10-02-2020 The number of showers is gradually decreasing and there are more clearings. Hail, thunderstorms and wet snow are still possible at the last showers in the interior. The minimum temperature is around 3 degrees. The westerly wind is mostly (fairly) powerful inland, 5-6 Bft. and stormy by the sea, 8 Bft. On the Wadden it can sometimes storm for a while (9 Bft.).   Ciara Effects On The 9th Of February 2020 The pier at IJmuiden was closed to walkers The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers as winds reach up to 110kph Some 252 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport were cancelled because of the strong winds The Netherlands closes all five storm surge barriers as winds reach up to 110kph Winds gusting at up to gale force 11 hit parts of the Dutch coast on Sunday afternoon as storm Ciara moved in from the Atlantic The KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the entire country and the ANWB motoring organisation warned drivers not to use the roads unless necessary ‘We are getting a lot of reports about trees or branches that have been blown down,’ a spokesman said. The storm is due to reached its height between 6pm and midnight (09-02-2020) as it moves over the country from the coast Dozens of flights have been cancelled at Schiphol airport because of the strong winds. Dozens of people have gone to the airfield to watch the planes coming in to land, and local television station NH Nieuws has set up a webcam to record the landings KLM has also cancelled 178 flights scheduled for Monday There have also been problems on the railways. A train travelling from Eindhoven and Helmond ploughed into a tree which had fallen onto the track. No-one was injured and the passengers were all safely evacuated Fallen trees have caused problems on other tracks and the NS is urging passengers to check online for details. High speed services to Rotterdam and Breda have also been cancelled. The NS has also set up a live blog following incidents as they come in.   Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands According to the weather forecast, on Sunday, February 9, the first storm since August 2019 will plough its way through the Netherlands, with the gusts of wind especially leaving destruction in their path. When and where to expect the storm in the Netherlands Waddeneilandand – between 16:00 and 22:00 Groningen – between 20:00 and 23:00 Friesland – between 16:00 and 22:00 Drendthe – between 20:00 and 23:00 Noord-Holland – between 16:00 and 22:00 Flevoland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Overijssel – between 20:00 and 23:00 Gelderland – between 20:00 and 23:00 Utrecht – between 19:00 and 22:00 Zuid-Holland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Zeeland – between 19:00 and 22:00 Noord-Brabant – between 20:00 and 23:00 Limburg – between 21:00 and 01:00 Storm Hits The Netherlands: Prepare The British and German media are called it a ‘monster storm’ and people are advised to secure their garden ornaments, lawn chairs etc., shut their windows and stay indoors if possible. The storm, at wind force 9, will bluster in from the northwest of the country, bringing with it gusts of wind reaching 120 km/h on the coast. The storm is expected to hit around midday. How are hurricane names chosen? The system works differently depending on where the storm in question occurs. Hurricanes occurring in the Atlantic basin are named based upon six, alphabetized, 21-name lists (Q, U, X, Y and Z are all skipped). The lists cycle on a six-year rotation, so every seventh year, the process reverts back to the first list Ciara could even become a severe storm, meaning the average wind speed over 10 minutes is at least 90km/h, wind force 10. There is also a chance of extremely violent gusts of wind reaching around 130km/h. After hitting the coast, Ciara will travel inland. In the south, middle and east of the country, gusts of wind at speeds of 75km - 100km/h are expected. On the Wadden Islands, large parts of North-Holland and Friesland, in the west of Zeeland and South Holland and the northwestern part of Groningen, extremely strong gusts of wind at 100km to 120km/h are possible. {youtube}                                                                         Storm Ciara Forecast Monster Storm: Extreme Winds The gusts of wind are especially worrying, as these can lead to dangerous situations on the roads. It is quite possible that the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) will issue a code orange, indicating dangerous or extreme weather. They’ll only do this 24 hours in advance, at the earliest. At the moment, the trees don’t have any leaves, which is lucky, as this will likely lessen the damage done by the storm. It is still possible, however, that trees may topple, branches may break and planes may have trouble taking off or landing. If trees break and fall onto the train tracks, we can expect delays or train cancellations – so be ready for the aftermath of Ciara. Why do storms get given names? Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications. Hurricane Ike (2008), the third costliest storm in United States history. Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year. Recommended:  Coronavirus, Flu And Climate Change: Is There A Connection? The forecast doesn’t look much better for Sunday night, as although average wind speeds will decrease slightly, heavy rain showers, thunderstorms and extreme gusts of wind are expected. These gusts could reach 100km/h inland and possibly 120km - 130km/h locally. Are all storms named after females? Although the World Meteorological Organization now names hurricanes after men and women, storm names weren't always so equally divided by gender. From roughly 1953 to 1979, U.S. hurricanes and tropical storms were actually only named after women. Strong Winds Next Week: It Doesn’t Look Good Monday and Tuesday next week (February 10 & 11) don’t look good. The weather continues to be turbulent on Monday, with showers and heavy gusts of wind around 85km/h. Tuesday doesn’t look any better than Monday - in fact, it could even be worse. Recommended:  Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse The weather will continue to be turbulent with gusts reaching 80km/h, but the main difference with Monday is that significantly colder air will flow over the country. You can expect heavy winter showers during which the temperature drops to freezing point - brrr! MonsterStorms And Climate Change What is the largest hurricane ever recorded on Earth? With measured winds of 200 MPH, Hurricane Patricia became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded anywhere on Earth. Extreme weather gets a boost from climate change. Scientists are detecting a stronger link between the planet's warming and its changing weather patterns. Though it can be hard to pinpoint whether climate change intensified a particular weather event, the trajectory is clear — hotter heat waves, drier droughts, bigger storm surges and greater snowfall. Recommended:  Climate Strangest Weather: Solar, Wind, Water Extremes Climate Change: Heat And Drought The dangerous effects of heat waves, including death, occur as a result of both temperature and humidity — especially if those conditions persist for more than two days. With temperature records being smashed month after month, year after year, it's likely that human-caused global warming is making extreme heat events more frequent. Higher temperatures also boost evaporation, which dries out the soil in summer — intensifying drought over many areas. Storms And Floods As more evaporation leads to more moisture in the atmosphere, rainfall intensifies. For example, we now know that the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey was 15 percent more intense and three times as likely to occur due to human-induced climate change. We expect to see a higher frequency of Category 4 and 5 storms, also, as temperatures continue to rise. Recommended:  Climate Change And Flooding In Vietnam’s UNESCO Town Hoi An While scientists aren't certain about whether climate change has led to more hurricanes, they are confident that rising sea levels are leading to higher storm surges and more floods. Around half of sea-level rise since 1900 comes from the expansion of warming oceans, triggered by human-caused global warming. (Like all liquids, water generally expands as it heats up.) The rest of the rise comes from melting glaciers and ice sheets. Snow And Frigid Weather There is more moisture in a warmer atmosphere, which can lead to record snowfall. It may seem counterintuitive, but the increase in snowfall during winter storms may be linked to climate change. Remember, there is more moisture in the warmer atmosphere. So when the temperatures are below freezing, snowfall can break records. Recommended:  CO2 At Current Levels Will Cause A High Sea Rise: 16 Meters And scientists are studying a possible connection between a warming Arctic and cold spells in the eastern United States. The idea is that a rapidly warming Arctic can weaken the jet stream, allowing frigid polar air to travel farther south. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the weather? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Ciara Monster Storm Hits The Netherlands: Climate Change?
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'Daily Updates About The Coronavirus, COVID-19 Updates, 24-02-2020: 21:45 WHO plays down pandemic fears as some experts say global spread 'a matter of time' Austria to close border to suspected carriers Italy death toll revised down to six 18:12 Dow plunges by more than 900 points on fears of coronavirus Two more doctors die of coronavirus in China More than 800 confirmed cases, 8 dead in South Korea China postpones key political meeting because of virus China bans illegal wild animal trading amid coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus deaths spike to 12 in Iran; 47 cases confirmed Fourth person dies from coronavirus in Italy 2 new cases in Taiwan 60 new cases in Italy  168 cases in Lombardy (as of 9:10 local time with "the number still increasing" said Lombardy governor Fontana including 3 deaths: 51 new cases today. Total includes 3 tourists from Lombardy whose cases was confirmed in Trentino Alto Adige but have now returned to Lombardy. "In the coming days the number of new cases should decrease, according to experts" said Lombardy governor Fontana 27 in Veneto (including 1 death): 2 new cases today: 1 in Venice and 1 in the Padua area.  16 in Emilia Romagna: 7 new cases today: 2 in Parma and 5 in Piacenza (of which 4 from the Lodi area) 3 in Piedmont. 3 in Rome (including 1 person who had been repatriated) 4 new deaths and 4 new cases in Iran. Iranian officials said that people who illegally entered Iran from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China were the source of the outbreak Canada, Lebanon, and now Kuwait have all confirmed cases of travelers from Iran 1 new death in Italy: a 84-year-old man in Bergamo (Lombardy) with pre-existing medical conditions.  1st case in Afghanistan: state of emergency announced in the Western province of Herat, which borders Iran. 3 new cases in Kuwait (1st cases), all returning from the Iranian city of Mashhad. 53-year-old Kuwaiti citizen (asymptomatic). 61-year-old Saudi Arabian citizen (asymptomatic). 21-year-old of undisclosed nationality (with symptoms). 1st case in Bahrain: a Bahraini citizen arriving from Iran.  409 new cases (of which 398 in Hubei) and 150 new deaths (of which 149 in Hubei) occurred in China (of which 366 new cases and 106 new deaths in Hubei province) on February 23, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.  161 new cases and 1 death in South Korea Tipping point seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours 409 new cases (of which 398 in Hubei) and 150 new deaths (of which 149 in Hubei) occurred in China (of which 366 new cases and 106 new deaths in Hubei province) on February 23, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.  161 new cases and 1 death in South Korea  Updates, 23-02-2020: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern at the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases. Turkey and Pakistan close borders with Iran after eight deaths, while in northern Italy towns are on lockdown after jump in cases Prof Chris Whitty said: “Four further patients in England have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 13 Italians across the country’s north prepared for weeks of quarantine on Sunday as lockdown measures hit tens of thousands. Over 50,000 residents in 11 towns – 10 in Lombardy and one in the neighbouring region of Veneto – now face what the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said on Saturday could be weeks of lockdown Iran has confirmed eight deaths from the the new coronavirus, with the number infected rising to 43 An alarming number of coronavirus cases originating from mainland China and spread around the world may have remained undetected The French health minister, Olivier Véran, said new cases of coronavirus were 'very likely' in France and health authorities were ready in case of an epidemic 1 new case in Australia from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan 18 new cases and 1 new death occurred outside of Hubei province in China on February 22, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China 630 new cases and 96 new deaths were reported by Hubei province in China 2 new deaths and 120 new cases in South Korea. {youtube}                                                        The latest news on the Coronavirus (23-02-2020) Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19: From Pangolin, Snake Or Bat. 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Amazon informed third-party sellers it’s removing listings for products that include false claims about the coronavirus Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town have attacked buses carrying evacuees from coronavirus-hit China 500 Chinese prisoners infected with Covid-19 The director of Wuhan Women’s Prison has been removed from her position, according to the Hubei Daily, where it’s believed 230 inmates have tested positive for Covid-19 Another 41 prisoners in Shayang Hanjin prison, also tested positive China car sales fall sharply in February Another doctor in Wuhan has died from the virus. According to health authorities, 29 year old Peng Yinhua, working in respiratory and critical care at Wuhan’s Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital, died at 9:50pm on Thursday Third group of Diamond Princess passengers disembark 80% of new South Korean virus cases are in city of Daegu 'Special care zones' have been designated in Daegu and Cheongdo. The latter recorded the country’s first death from the virus on Thursday, according to Yonhap news agency Seventy cases have been reported in Daegu (population 2.4 million) this week, many linked to a controversial 'cult' church. The city’s mayor said residents faced an 'unprecedented crisis' from the virus outbreak As of Friday more than 400 members of the church were showing symptoms of the disease, Reuters reports, though tests were still ongoing, Daegu mayor, Kwon Young-jin, said at a briefing After several military members tested positive for the virus on Thursday, South Korea’s defence minister banned all soldiers from taking leave, leaving their barracks, and receiving guests On Thursday Australia extended its travel ban for people coming from China into a fourth week. It will stay in place until 29 February, despite please from the tertiary education sector, who want their international students to be able to return for the start of the academic year Updates, 20-02-2020: Two Japanese passengers from Diamond Princess have died The mayor of a South Korean city of Daegu has told residents to stay inside, as a surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to a local church raised the prospect of wider transmission. Reuters reports that malls in Daegu, the country’s fourth largest city (population of 2.5 million), were largely empty. “We are in an unprecedented crisis,” the city’s mayor Kwon Young-jin said Beijing has postponed exams due in March, including some college entrance tests and high school recruitments, because of the #COVID19 outbreak, Beijing Education Examinations Authority announced Thursday China’s state-run media says small- and medium-sized enterprises may lay off 30% of staff because of the coronavirus Indonesia has announced it will evacuate 74 of its nationals from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner Passengers are continuing to disembark from the ship docked at Yokohama, south of Tokyo As of Wednesday, a total of 621 passengers and crew had tested positive Indonesia currently has no reported cases of coronavirus, but the idyllic holiday island of Bali has been hit by the ripple effect of the crisis, with tourism plummeting. Updates, 19-02-2020: The death rate from the novel coronavirus has risen to 2.67%, based on today’s official figures from China. That’s based on 2,010 deaths worldwide Passengers have begun leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been anchored in Yokohama for two weeks Questions remain about how Covid-19 has spread to infect 540 passengers and crew. One Japanese health expert says the quarantining was inadequate A second person has died from the virus in Hong Kong China’s authorities are stepping up their control on people’s movement – but could be risking a backlash A senior nurse in a Wuhan hospital has become the latest health worker to die from the virus South Korea has recorded 15 new cases, 10 of them centred around a church in Daegu Casual staff at Australian universities fear for their livelihoods amid a slump in enrolments caused by the travel ban on Chinese students Stock markets have bounced back across Asia Pacific, shrugging off increasing evidence of a widespread shutdown in the Chinese economy. Updates, 18-02-2020: Vietnam locks down village of over 10,600 people to control coronavirus outbreak. The Vietnam northern province of Vinh Phuc has locked down Son Loi Commune in Binh Xuyen District, where seven people have contracted the new coronavirus. The lockdown, to last 14 days is the latest effort by authorities in the northern province to contain the disease after a three-month-old girl tested positive for the coronavirus (nCoV). VNExpress, a local media reports. A senior hospital doctor in Wuhan has died from the virus A 'dragnet-style' operation has been launched in Wuhan to roundup all people infected with the virus The UK government is evacuating its citizens from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. South Korea, Canada and Australia gave more details of similar operations Japan, which has 454 cases of the virus, is to trial HIV retroviral drugs on infected people Hong Kong is to boost its Covid-19 emergency fund from HK$28bn (US$3.60bn) from HK$25bn Singapore Airlines is cutting flights to major cities such as London, Frankfurt and Los Angeles as the virus continues to impact international travel Asian stock markets have suffered losses after Apple said the factory shutdowns in China was causing a shortage of iPhones Updates, 17-02-2020: County in Henan extends quarantine period to 21 days for travellers from Wuhan Australia announces plans to evacuate its citizens on Diamond Princess cruise ship New Zealand warns virus impact may curtain GDP 0.3% Japan's GDP shrinks as country reportedly asks Chinese runners not to take part in marathon Hubei's second worst hit city bans residents from leaving home Japan's 5th flight evacuating passengers from Wuhan lands in Tokyo Singapore cuts growth and exports forecasts, flags possible recession Woman let off cruise ship in Cambodia tests positive for coronavirus Updates, 16-02-2020: Coronavirus COVID-19: Probably Originated From A Lab In Wuhan Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 meters from Wuhan wet fish market Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concludes that 'the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan' It points to research on bats and respiratory diseases carried by the animals at  the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. WCDC is just 300 yards from the seafood market and is adjacent to the hospital 'The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,' penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats. It also mentions that bats - which are linked to coronavirus - once attacked a researcher and 'blood of bat was on his skin.' The report says: 'Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).'  It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal. 'The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.' The report says. And he also mentions discovering a live tick from a bat - parasites known for their ability to pass infections through a host animal's blood. Coronavirus COVID-19: Second Infection Even Worse Taipei (Taiwan News) It’s possible to get infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a second time, according to doctors on the frontline in China’s city of Wuhan, leading to death from heart failure in some cases. The claim is made by doctors working in the Hubei Province capital. One of the doctors reached out to a relative living in the United Kingdom, who then informed Taiwan News. Both the relative and doctors asked to remain anonymous, out of consideration they might face retribution from the Chinese authorities. The doctor, Li Wenliang who first raised warnings about the Wuhan virus, was rebuked by the authorities before succumbing to the devastating disease himself earlier this month. According to the message forwarded to Taiwan News, “It’s highly possible to get infected a second time. A few people recovered from the first time by their own immune system, but the meds they use are damaging their heart tissue, and when they get it the second time, the antibody doesn’t help but makes it worse, and they die a sudden death from heart failure.” The source also said the virus has ‘outsmarted all of us’, as it can hide symptoms for up to 24 days. This assertion has been made independently elsewhere, with Chinese pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan saying the average incubation period is three days, but it can take as little as one day and up to 24 days to develop symptoms. Also, the source said that false negative tests for the virus are fairly common.“It can fool the test kit – there were cases that they found, the CT scan shows both lungs are fully infected but the test came back negative four times. The fifth test came back positive.” According to the BBC and other media outlets, some laboratory tests are incorrectly telling people they are virus-free. There is also anecdotal evidence of people having up to six negative results before being diagnosed correctly. Dr. Li Wenliang first raised concerns about this. His own test results had come back negative multiple times before he was finally diagnosed. False negative tests raise question marks over how many people have the Wuhan coronavirus, with many believing the Chinese authorities have massively underreported the number of cases and deaths. Meanwhile, the official methodology for diagnosing the virus in China was changed this week, leading to a sudden leap in the number of recorded cases and deaths. Updates, 15-02-2020: Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease, it has emerged Channel 4 worker taken to hospital for coronavirus test Love in the time of coronavirus: Valentine’s Day on quarantined ship London fashion week opens as coronavirus hits attendance The 2019-nCoV coronavirus has claimed a first victim in Europe. In France, an eighty-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the effects of the COVID-19 disease on Friday, French health minister Agnès Buzyn reported Saturday. Updates, 14-02-2020: 06:03 The total death toll in mainland China rose to 1,380 – after 121 new deaths were recorded on Thursday, but also after 108 deaths were removed due to supposed double-counting The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China rose to 63,851, a rise of 5,090 new cases A cruise ship, docked in Sydney, has been given the all clear after a person tested negative for the virus. Earlier, media reports erroneously claimed the ship was in lockdown In Cambodia, the more than 2000 passengers and crew of the Westerdam cruise ship finally disembarked, after 20 of its passengers were tested and cleared of the virus. The ship had been refused entry to five different countries A 78-year old man and an 18-month old toddler are still among the Australian citizens still stranded in Wuhan Japan recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, which is the third coronavirus fatality outside mainland China It was confirmed that yesterday’s large spike in recorded deaths and cases was due to China changing the methodology of confirming cases, and broadening the definition. 05:37 US-based immunology company Vir Biotechnology has identified two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can bind to the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2. According to the company, antibodies can be both therapeutic and prophylactic, while vaccines provide only protection. An antibody delivers an immune response that becomes effective within hours of injection, while vaccine involves making of an immune response by an individual and takes weeks. Last month, Vir announced that the company is using different platforms to determine if its previously identified mAbs against coronavirus can bind and neutralise the virus. The company is using its antibody technology platform to isolate new antibodies specific for SARS-CoV-2. Updates, 13-02-2020: Hubei’s health commission says there were 14,840 new cases of the virus diagnosed on Wednesday and 242 new deaths. The big jump in numbers is due to a change in the way cases are measured Unusually, the National Health Commission has not reported a country-wide update of deaths and infections on Thursday The MV Westerdam cruise ship has arrived in Cambodia after spending two weeks at sea because no other country would allow the liner to dock because of fears about coronavirus 44 more passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were diagnosed with Covid-19, taking the total infections on the ship 218 Australia has extended its 14-day ban on tourists travelling from China to Australia (due to expire on Saturday) will be extended for another week City in central Hubei implements wartime control measures Vietnam Airlines losing $10m a week Wuhan communist party chief fired North Korea increases quarantine period to 30-days – reports The South China Morning Post’s correspondent in Beijing, Jun Mai, says the changes to key leaders in personnel don’t just bring in new leaders who are protege’s of President Xi, but people with strong backgrounds in security More than 28 hours after China released its last nationwide coronavirus stats, the nationwide number has not been updated. So far, the total confirmed case stands at 59.881, with 16.067 suspected cases. 1.368 has died from the infection and 5950 were discharged Scott Morrison acknowledges the impact on Australia from the curb on tourism from China because of the virus. “In tourism (in Australia) it’s a double blow because of the bushfires,” Morrison says. 06:37 American Airlines - extends suspension of China and Hong Kong flights through 24 April, from 27 March earlier Air France - Said on 6 February it would suspend flights to and from mainland China for much of March Air Seoul - The South Korean budget carrier suspended China flights from 28 January until further notice Air Tanzania - Tanzania’s state-owned carrier, which had planned to begin charter flights to China in February, postponed its maiden flights Austrian Airlines - until end-February British Airways - 29 January-31 March Delta Airlines - 2 February- 2 April Egyptair - 1 February until further notice El Al Israel Airlines - Said on 12 February it would suspend its Hong Kong flights until 20 March and reduce its daily flights to Bangkok. It suspended flights to Beijing from 30 January to 25 March following a health ministry directive Finnair - Suspended all flights to China between Feb. 6-29, to Guangzhou between Feb. 5-March 29 Iberia Airlines - The Spanish carrier extended its suspension of flights from Madrid to Shanghai, its only route, from 29 February until the end of April JejuAir Co Ltd - Korean airline to suspend all China routes starting 1 March Kenya Airways - 31 January until further notice KLM - Will extend its ban up to 15 March Lion Air - All of February Oman and Saudia, Saudi Arabia’s state airline, both suspended flights on 2 February until further notice Qatar Airways - 1 February until further notice Rwandair - 31 January until further notice Nordic airline SAS - 4-29 February Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier - 8 February until further notice United Airlines - 4 February-23 April 23. Service to Hong Kong suspended Feb. 8-23 April Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines - Suspended flights to the mainland as well as Hong Kong and Macau 1 February-April 30, in line with its aviation authority’s directive Air Canada- Cancelled direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai 30 January-29 February Air China - Said on 12 Februray it will cancel flights to Athens, Greece, from 17 February to 18 March Air China - State carrier said on 9 February it will “adjust” flights between China and the United States Air New Zealand - Suspended Auckland-Shanghai service 9 February-29 March ANA Holdings - Suspended routes including Shanghai and Hong Kong from 10 February until further notice Cathay Pacific Airways - Plans to cut a third of its capacity over the next two months, including 90% of flights to mainland China. It has encouraged its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave in a bid to preserve cash Emirates and Etihad - The United Arab Emirates, a major international transit hub, suspended flights to and from China, except for Beijing Hainan Airlines - Suspended flights between Budapest, Hungary, and Chongqing 7 February- 27 March Philippine Airlines - Cut the number of flights between Manila and China by over half Qantas Airways - Suspended direct flights to China from 1 February. The Australian national carrier halted flights from Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai between 9 February-29 March Royal Air Maroc - The Moroccan airline suspended direct flights to China 31 January-29 February. On 16 January, it had launched a direct air route with three flights weekly between its Casablanca hub and Beijing Russia - All Russian airlines, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot, stopped flying to China from 31 January. Small airline Ikar will also continue flights between Moscow and China. All planes arriving from China will be sent to a separate terminal in the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport Singapore Airlines - Suspended or cut capacity on flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen and Chongqing, some of which are flown by regional arm SilkAir UPS - Cancelled 22 flights to China because of the virus and normal manufacturing closures due to the Lunar New Year holiday Virgin Atlantic - Extended its suspension of daily operations to Shanghai until 28 March Virgin Australia - Said it will withdraw from the Sydney-Hong Kong route from 2 March because it was “no longer a viable commercial route” due to growing concerns over the virus and civil unrest in Hong Kong 06:14 Vietnamese media is reporting that a community near Hanoi has been quarantined after 8th virus case is confirmed there. I’ll bring you more on this when I have the details. 05:42 Vietnam Airlines has given an early indication of the financial impact on the industry as it announced it is losing 250bn dong ($10.8m) a week in revenue due to travel curbs resulting from the coronavirus. 05:40 Here’s some more confusing news on the numbers of infections. This morning the Hubei province health commission said as of midnight on 12 February, there were 14,840 new cases of coronavirus of Covid-19 (much higher than the previous day due to changes in how cases are counted) I mentioned a couple of posts back that the National Health Commission is several hours late announcing the national figures today Now the state-run tabloid Global Times has tweeted that as of 5pm on 12 February, there were actually 16,568 confirmed coronavirus patients in Wuhan. This figure doesn’t seem to tally with anything else, which is very strange, considering it is state-run media 05:25 The Australian stock market has closed flat on Thursday afternoon. The ASX200 opened strongly in the morning but animal spirits were curbed by the terrible virus infection figures out of China They weren’t considered bad enough to send the index into the red for the day and it closed again just shy of the record high 7,090 points In Tokyo the Nikkei is also flat as is the Kospi in Seoul. The Hang Seng is down 0.23% in Hong Kong and the Shanghai Composite is off 0.7% Brent crude was up 15c to $55.94 a barrel and gold was also up. 04:34 Eight people were denied entry into Samoa over the weekend as they returned home from India, travelling through Singapore Members of China’s Uighur minority living in exile are sounding the alarm over the risk of the coronavirus spreading in camps inside the country, where it is believed up to a million people are being detained. 5 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking of The New Coronavirus Spread Several use WHO and Centres for Disease Control data to track outbreaks and recoveries, while others are aimed only at a Chinese audience, and focused on controlling the infection be helping people track who they might have come into contact with. Using these tools, along with preventative measures like handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people, could slow the spread of the coronavirus. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and is now in at least 26 countries. Experts are now calling it a 'mild pandemic', and theorizing that it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu. Here are five tools to follow the coronavirus: Johns Hopkins CSSE map This online dashboard from Johns Hopkins uses CDC and WHO data to track the outbreak in real time. Click here for Johns Hopkins CSSE map Health Map This map also tracks outbreaks of the virus, but it uses AI to scrape posts on news sites and social media to create a heat map of the virus, which can be useful to health officials. Click here for the Health Map which tracks outbreaks of the coronavirus worldwide Coronavirus app This app from two French expats in Taiwan has a useful breakdown of infections, deaths, and recoveries by region. Click here for the Coronavirus Map     Baidu map Chinese search engine Baidu has created an epidemic map alongside its normal map, which shows real-time locations of confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases. Click here for the Baidu map Chinese flight and train checker A Chinese cybersecurity firm created a tool available in China that lets people input flight or train numbers to see if they have travelled with anyone infected with the coronavirus. Click here for the Chinese flight and train tracker Updates, 12-02-2020: Coronavirus 2019 nCoV has now named: Covid-19 China death rate appears to slow as 39 new cases found on cruise ship New figures report 97 deaths up to midnight on Tuesday WHO chief warns threat is greater than terrorism. 06:48 Indonesia has rejected claims that it is allowing Covid-19 to go undetected. Scientists have expressed widespread disbelief at how the country has managed to go without not recording a single case despite its huge 260 million population and close ties to China. 06:26 Doctors and other medical staff are reaching exhaustion point as they work to treat huge numbers of infected people in difficult conditions without proper protection, according to a shocking story One doctor at a community clinic in Wuhan said he and at least 16 other colleagues were showing symptoms of Covid-19, including lung infections and coughing The MS Westerdam, carrying 2,257 passengers and crew, was turned away by Thailand yesterday because of concerns that some passengers may have coronavirus even though none have tested positive. 05:53 The Australian stock market has closed within a whisker of an all-time high, the ASX200 climbing 0.47% to 7,088.2 points, just shy of the record close of 7,090.5 set last month. his is all despite predictions of a recession in Australia in the first quarter thanks to Covid-19. UBS reckons GDP will slump 0.1% as Chinese tourists are unable to visit Australia. And they say it could be even worse, possibly as low as -0.5% In Tokyo the Nikkei has gained 0.57%, Seoul is up 0.54% and in China the Shanghai Composite has lifted 0.59% and the Hang Seng is 0.99% to the good Elsewhere the US dollar slipped, reflecting more confidence around the markets, and Brent crude rose 1.74% to $54.95 per barrel. 05:09 General Motors will suspend production at its factory in South Korea because of supply problems due to the coronavirus outbreak in China Hyundai said last week that it had suspended operations at its huge manufacturing complex in the coastal city of Ulsan while in Japan Nissan said it was suspending operations at its Kyushu plant from 14-17 February 14-17 because of supply shortages from China. 04:32 A Chinese marathon runner has completed a 50km run around his living room in order to relieve the boredom of coronavirus lockdown, writes Naaman Zhou. 04:06 A popular posting on Twitter is these pics of health workers bearing the imprint of face masks after a day’s work. Updates, 10-02-2020: A team of experts headed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) flew into Beijing on Monday to help assess the latest outbreak. While China has borne the brunt of the disease with the vast majority of confirmed cases and all but two of the deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been “some concerning instances” of transmission from people who had not been to China. “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 on Twitter. Share your experiences We want to know about any additional measures you have encountered in airports in different countries following the coronavirus outbreak. Which airport were you travelling through and were people screened or asked to enter a different way? Do you feel that the measures were adequate? Please write or reply to this article at: WhatsOrb 12:52 The deadly coronavirus is airborne, a Shanghai official has confirmed. The virus can now spread via aerosol transmission, meaning it can drift through the air for an extended period of time and cause infection if breathed in.  12:28 The Department for Health and Social Care said: China’s death toll has jumped to 908, with 40,000 confirmed infections Another 60 passengers on the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of infections on the ship to 130 Tens of millions of Chinese have gone back to work today after the extended lunar new year break The World Health Organization has sent a team of international experts to Beijing to help combat the epidemic A memorial has been held in New York for the whistleblower doctor, Li Wenliang, who died last week from coronavirus. China’s food prices spiked by 20.6% in January. A citizen journalist in Wuhan, Chen Qiushi, who has been reporting on the coronavirus epidemic, has been missing since Thursday. 06:26 A citizen journalist who had been reporting from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has gone missing, prom  pting claims that the Chinese authorities are silencing another whistleblower When Qiushi, a human rights advocate, has been missing since Thursday – the same day Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist who was punished by authorities for trying to warn colleagues and friends about a new Sars-like virus, was first reported to have died from the coronavirus Coronavirus: journalist missing in Wuhan as anger towards Chinese authorities grows The Mobile World Congress – the largest exhibition for the mobile phone industry – being held in Barcelona this month, has announced travellers from Hubei province will not be admitted. In addition, organisers announced that: All travellers from the Hubei province will not be permitted access to the event All travellers who have been in China will need to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China 14 days prior to the event (passport stamp, health certificate) Temperature screening will be implemented Attendees will need to self-certify they have not been in contact with anyone infected Amazon has announced it will not attend the conference, because of coronavirus-related concerns China food prices spike 20.6% in January China’s consumer prices rose at the highest rate in more than eight years, official data on Monday showed, with inflation more than expected on the back of lunar new year demand and a deadly virus outbreak. Updates, 07-02-2020: 07:12 China's economic growth forecast downgraded as infections pass 30,000 Dr #LiWenliang, 33, died in a hospital in #Wuhan. He was one of eight people who tried to warn about #coronavirus when it first emerged in Wuhan, but was reprimanded by local police Australia publishes first epidemiological report on coronavirus cases in the country US evacuation flights due to arrive home on Friday North Korea reports first case of virus S&P slashes forecast for China's economic growth Xi says China has taken 'most comprehensive containment measures' Impact on Chinese economy is temporary – officials Scott Morrison has urged all Australians to leave China as soon as possible Infected people on the cruise ship Dimond Princess: 61 06:09 China’s National Supervisory Commission, which some on twitter are calling the country’s 'much-feared disciplinary watchdog', says it is sending a team to Wuhan to conduct a 'full investigation' into the handling of the death of Dr Li Wenliang, the whistleblower who first raised concerns about the coronavirus in December. Chinese state media reported his death, retracted it adn then confirmed it. 05:12 latest figures for cases and deaths reported by health authorities around the world so far. China: 636 deaths and 31,161 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had one death, and 22 cases. Macao has had 10 cases. Japan: 86 cases Singapore: 30 Thailand: 25 South Korea: 24 Australia: 14 Germany: 13 United States: 12 Taiwan: 16 Malaysia: 14 Vietnam: 12 France: 6 United Arab Emirates: 5 Canada: 6 India: 3 Philippines: 3 cases, including 1 death Russia: 2 Italy: 2 Britain: 3 Belgium: 1 Nepal: 1 Sri Lanka: 1 Sweden: 1 Spain: 1 Cambodia: 1 Finland: 1 Updates, 6-02-2020: 12:20 An outbreak of a particularly contagious bird flu virus has been reported in Saudi Arabia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) warns, as the world struggles to contain the spread of a deadly China coronavirus The outbreak took place in the central Sudair region, located some 150 kilometers north of the nation’s capital of Riyadh. The disease already killed more than 22,000 birds, the OIE said, citing the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. More than 385,000 birds were also slaughtered out of precaution The H5N8 strain of the bird flu, which was detected in Saudi Arabia, was previously considered not particularly contagious for humans. Yet, it has been recently declared to have become increasingly more pathogenic Earlier on Tuesday, a similar alarming report about a bird flu outbreak came from Vietnam, where another highly pathogenic virus strain — H5N6 — led to the deaths of 2,200 birds in a village in the country’s north On February 1, China, which has already been gripped with a novel coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan, reported that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in its central Hunan province While it hasn’t occupied the news spotlight lately, H5N1 is said to be an even deadlier virus to those who contract it. Nearly 60 percent of H5N1 patients die after contracting the sickness, compared to two percent of Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) patients thus far. 07:30 10 test positive on cruise ship in Japan China deaths pass 490 A third case has been confirmed in the Philippines. The WHO says a 60-year-old Chinese woman has coronavirus And in another development, Uzbekistan is evacuating 84 people from Wuhan, according to Uzbekistan Airways 06:20 Reuters has reported some fascinating detail about an international business meeting held in Singapore in January that reveals something about the way in which the virus has spread around the world. The coronavirus was engineered by human scientists. The proof is in the virus itself: The tools for genetic insertion are still present as remnants in the genetic code. Since these unique gene sequences don’t occur by random chance, they’re proof that this virus was engineered by scientists in a lab. Officials in Malaysia said on Tuesday that its first citizen to be infected with the virus - a 41-year-old man - had attended the meeting that had also included several international delegations, some from China On Wednesday officials in South Korea said a 38-year-old Korean who came into contact with the Malaysian when he travelled to Singapore for a conference has also been infected Critics have said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been guilty of doing China’s bidding by not declaring the virus a world health emergency quickly enough. 06:03 A new documentary Netflix series called Pandemic has been released with horribly appropriate timing It explores what can be done to tackle the spread of diseases such as Sars and swine flu. Our feature writer, Brigid Delaney, says it “moved her to tears” Pandemic: Netflix's new series about global outbreaks is eerily timed, and moved me to tears 05:49 Hong Kong health officials say 90% of passengers on the ship are Hong Kongers and that none have had contact with three mainland Chinese who developed symptoms of the virus while on board between 19 and 24 January Three passengers developed the virus after leaving Guangzhou on the ship on 19 January, Genting Cruise Lines, which owns the operator Dream Cruises, said. They disembarked in Vietnam for treatment and the ship returned to Guangzhou on 24 January The South China Morning Post and the Chinese website TenCent reports that authorities in Zhaoqing, a city in northern Guangdong, said a person who was on that cruise was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday Health officials in Zhaoqing said another 41 people on the cruise should quarantine themselves at home or get in touch with doctors if they develop a fever They added that there were 108 people from Hubei on the cruise, including 28 from Wuhan. 05:29 30 crew on Hong Kong cruise ship have coronavirus symptoms Hong Kong’s health department says 30 crew on the World Dream cruise ship docked in Hong Kong have symptoms of the coronavirus. 05:00 Medical workers in Hong Kong have begun a third day of strike action over concerns that the city’s government is not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus Hong Kong recorded its first death from the outbreak on Tuesday and has 18 confirmed cases, bringing more calls for the authorities to seal the last remaining routes in and out to the mainland 04:53 The UK’s Press Association agency has spoken to a British man in Wuhan who fears he contracted the virus at the end of November but is not sure how he will get out of the city Japan to send fourth plane to Wuhan. Japan has already sent three planes to Wuhan to evacuate hundreds of its citizens. 04:34 A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto to Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested Britain to send final evacuation plane to Wuhan 04:11 Passengers on another cruise ship are being tested for the virus World Dream, which is run by Dream Cruises, was denied entry to the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung aon Tuesday and docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday. 03:56 The Chinese government continues to try to put a positive spin on the crisis that has seen millions of people forced to stay in their homes The state news agency Xinhua tweeted some suggestions today about how families can amuse themselves in the confines of their homes. 03:31 Confirmed cases passes 24,000 The number of cases of novel coronavirus around the world has reached 24,505, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker site. The vast majority – 24,292 – are in mainland China with 213 around the world. (Those figures from the university don’t include the 10 on the Diamond Princess in Japan.) 02:42 In Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, the authorities are converting an additional eight buildings, including gymnasiums, exhibition centres and sports centres, into hospitals, the official Xinhua news agency has reported That’s on top of three conversions already announced. Together the process will add an extra 10,000 beds to the city’s hospital capacity. There have been 8,351 confirmed cases in the city, according to the Chinese news website TenCent Updates, 04-02-2020: UK urges people to leave China  Thirty-nine-year-old man in Hong Kong believed to have had underlying condition 12.35  Belgian woman on a repatriation flight tests positive Macau to shut down casinos for two weeks Chinese women's football team trains in 'corridors', quarantined in Brisbane hotel Taiwan calls China 'vile' over restricted access to WHO President Xi warns virus 'directly affects' economic and social stability of China Economic impact on China will be 'marked' Share your experiences We want to know about any additional measures you have encountered in airports in different countries following the coronavirus outbreak. Which airport were you travelling through and were people screened or asked to enter a different way? Do you feel that the measures were adequate? Please write or reply to this article at: WhatsOrb 12:28 There is no evidence so far that the virus is mutating "It is a quite a stable virus," said World Health Organization's director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department Sylvie Briand. 12:24 The World Health Organization has said the outbreak does not yet constitute a ‘pandemic’ Briand said that while there is rapid spread of transmission in Hubei, the cases outside the province are mainly ‘spill over cases’ with sporadic clusters of transmission Thousands of African students in Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus epidemic, face dwindling food supplies, limited information and lockdowns restricting them to their campuses or hostels There have been no verified infections in Africa to date, but porous borders, a continuing flow of travellers and poorly resourced healthcare systems have raised fears that the virus could spread rapidly if the precautions of local authorities prove inadequate “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director general, said last week. 11:40 Another British university has been hit by a coronavirus scare as a student returning from China was “self-isolated” amid fears they may have contracted the deadly illness. The University of Southampton 11:33 One of the infected Thai drivers, a 70-year-old, also had tuberculosis and was transferred into government care from a private hospital on Monday in a worse condition than the others The other driver was tracked down by Thai authorities after being identified as one of the people in contact with an infected Chinese tourist China’s national health commission announced on Tuesday that the national mortality rate of coronavirus is running at 2.1% In Hubei province, which accounts for 97% of all fatalities, the rate is 3% The commission said 80% of deaths were of people over the age of 60 and 75% had underlying conditions For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1% and is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. Sars had a death rate of more than 10% The authorities in Shanghai have confirmed that a seven-month-old baby girl has contracted the virus. She is the youngest person in the city to catch it, according to the Shanghai Daily Officials from the world’s largest oil producers are meeting in Vienna, the headquarters of the Opec oil cartel, today and tomorrow to discuss the sharp slide in the crude oil price following the coronavirus outbreak Brent crude fell to its lowest level in more than a year yesterday, at $54.17 a barrel, while US crude dropped below $50 a barrel. Prices have bounced back a little this morning on hopes of further production cuts Technical experts from Opec and its allies, including Russia – a group known as Opec+ – are expected to debate a cut of about 500,000 a barrels a day in Vienna, and whether to hold an emergency meeting of energy ministers in mid-February A London-based woman is in Wuhan with a suspected case of coronavirus after her father was tested positive for the virus on Monday A Belgian woman who was on a repatriated flight from Wuhan on Sunday has tested positive for the coronavirus, Belgium’s health agency has announced. Updates, 03-02-2020: 361 people have died in China, one in the Philippines Confirmed infections in China are 17,238 (official Chinese figures include Taiwan, Hong Kong Macao) Outside of China, infections stand at more than 150 (for simplicity of comparison between the numbers, I have removed Taiwan (10), Hong Kong (15) and Macao (8) from this global figure) China’s markets plunged on opening, on the first day of trading since the extended lunar new year. Shanghai fell 8.7% A Qantas charter flight carrying Australian citizens has departed Wuhan New Zealand has banned foreign travellers from China from entering The new hospital in Wuhan, built to accommodate coronavirus patients, is due to open on Monday the third of Fevruary 2020. Updates, 02-02-2020: Another source of the Coronavirus: diarrhea: While doctors have focused on respiratory samples from pneumonia cases to identify coronavirus patients, they might have ignored a less apparent source of the spread: diarrhea The novel coronavirus was detected in the loose stool of the first U.S. case — a finding that hasn’t featured among case reports from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak. However, that doesn’t surprise scientists who have studied coronaviruses, nor doctors familiar with the bug that caused SARS Diarrhea occurred in about 10 to 20 percent of patients afflicted with severe acute respiratory syndrome about 17 years ago and was the source of an explosive SARS outbreak in the Amoy Gardens residential complex in Hong Kong SARS and Wuhan viruses bind to the same distinctly shaped protein receptors in the body that are expressed in the lungs and intestines, making these organs the primary targets for both viruses, said Fang Li, an associate professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at the University of Minnesota The discovery of the Wuhan virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, in the fecal material of the 35-year-old man treated at the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Washington is “interesting,” said Scott Lindquist, the state epidemiologist for infectious disease at Washington’s Department of Health. 10:30 Coronavirus: first death outside China recorded as total fatalities pass 300 Man from Wuhan has died in a Philippines hospital, says WHO, as Xi Jinping orders 1,400 more medical workers into Wuhan The outbreak of the respiratory illness has killed 304 people in China since it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan late last year. Across China, there were 2,590 new confirmed infections on Saturday, bringing the total to 14,380, China’s National Health Commission said on Sunday. A study published on Saturday by scientists from the University of Hong Kong found that the virus may have infected as many as 75,815 people in Wuhan Japan on Saturday confirmed an additional three cases among evacuees from Wuhan, including one, a man in his 40s, who initially tested negative, the health ministry said The fatality in the Philippines is a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan who died in a hospital in Manila. He appears to have been infected before his arrival in the Philippines Paranoia and frustration as China places itself under house arrest On Sunday, Indonesia also said it will temporarily stop flights to and from mainland China from Wednesday and bar visitors who have been in China for 14 days from entering or transiting Stricter border controls, along with the suspension of flights and business operations have sparked fears of a slowdown in China, the world’s second-biggest economy The US, Australia, Singapore and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China over the previous 14 days, and advised their own citizens not to travel there Mongolia, Russia, and Nepal closed their land borders, while Papua New Guinea has banned anyone arriving from ports or airports across Asia. Other countries have imposed restrictions on people who have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on Saturday and said it would halt all flights to and from China. The government said it would also stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who had been in China in the past two weeks On Sunday, New Zealand said it would bar entry to all foreign nationals arriving from mainland China. The ministry of foreign affairs and trade also raised its travel advice to New Zealanders for all of mainland China to “Do not travel”, the highest level More than 3,000 public hospital staff, including doctors and nurses, agreed to a week of phased strike action starting on Monday if the government failed to meet their demands. Staff representatives will meet officials from the city’s hospital authority on Sunday for talks China’s military said it would send 1,400 medical personnel to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. The personnel will staff one of two new hospitals built in the past two weeks, scheduled to open on Monday The Russian military will start evacuating Russian citizens on Monday, domestic media reports said In China itself, cities and villages are becoming ghost towns, with about 50 million people in Hubei province alone under lockdown and many more living under self-imposed quarantine In Hubei, roads have been sealed off and public transport shut down, and the province extended its Lunar New Year holiday break to 13 February. However, people are leaving Hubei on foot over a bridge spanning the Yangtze river Coronavirus fears fuel racism and hostility, say British-Chinese Travel bans plunge China into deepening isolation over coronavirus We’re a bit unsettled’: York students on alert after coronavirus case Updates, 01-02-2020: 21:15 China reports outbreak of deadly bird flu among chickens in Hunan province, close to coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan Bird flu outbreak in Hunan province, which lies on the southern border of Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. Bird flu is much deadlier than either Sars or the coronavirus, but as of yet no human cases have been reported in this outbreakChina has reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province, which lies on the southern border of Hubei province, the epicentre of the rapidly spreading coronavirus. “The outbreak occurred in a farm in the Shuangqing district of Shaoyang city. The farm has 7,850 chickens, and 4,500 of the chickens have died from the contagion. Local authorities have culled 17,828 poultry after the outbreak,” a statement by China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday The H5N1 avian flu virus, often called bird flu, causes severe respiratory disease in birds. and is contagious to humans. It is possible, but difficult, to transmit the infection from person to person, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) However, bird flu is deadly to humans who contract it, with a mortality rate of close 60 per cent in cases of the last 15 years. Bird flu is much deadlier to humans than either Sars (a 10 per cent mortality rate) or coronavirus (a 2 per cent mortality rate in the outbreak so far). No human victim of the Hunan H5N1 outbreak has been reported. 17:45 The Department of Health said 203 people had been tested in the UK as of 2pm on Saturday, with 201 results coming back negative and two positive One of the two people who has tested positive for coronavirus is a student at the University of York. The student infected is not thought to have come into contact with anyone on campus while showing symptoms The Foreign Office said it is withdrawing staff from China after it flew dozens of UK nationals home from coronavirus-hit Wuhan. Essential staff will remain to continue “critical work” but the FCO has warned its ability to provide help to Britons in the country may be limited More than 100 Germans and family members landed in Frankfurt today after being evacuated from Wuhan. None of the people on the aircraft had shown any symptoms of the virus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said The Russian military will evacuate Russian citizens from China on Monday and Tuesday Vietnam has suspended all China flights, its civil aviation authority said Qatar Airways has suspended flights to mainland China from 3 February due to “significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by several countries” Delta Airlines says its last China-bound flight will leave today and the last return flight will be on Sunday. 16:46 Three Philippines airlines have cancelled flights to China after health officials confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus. A 38-year-old Chinese woman who arrived from Wuhan, China, tested positive for the virus on Thursday. 16:30 More than 100 Germans and family members landed in Frankfurt today after being evacuated from Wuhan. None of the people on the aircraft had shown any  symptoms of the virus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn told reporters. Germany confirmed a seventh case of the coronavirus on Friday. 16:27 The IndiGo carrier has said it will suspend flights on the Kolkata-Guangzhou route from February 6 to February 25. 16:08 Authorities have detected the first suspected case of coronavirus in Tunisia, according to local reports. The passenger is male and was returning to Tunis Airport via Qatar from China. 16:02 A summary of what other countries are doing to address the outbreak: The Russian military will evacuate Russian citizens from China on Monday and Tuesday Qatar Airways has suspended flights to mainland China from 3 February due to “significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by several countries” Iraq’s Basra International A airport said it was denying entry to passengers of any nationality travelling to Iraq from China Turkmenistan Airlines has suspended flights to and from Beijing The government of Uzbekistan has instructed the state airline to suspend flights to and from China The evacuation of Thai nationals from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China could take place 'in a matter of days', Thailand’s government said. 15:37 Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the evacuation would take place in regions that had been most affected by the outbreak. Peskov initially said that evacuation will start on Saturday but later corrected himself, saying it will be carried out on Monday and Tuesday. The Russian defence ministry plans to use five aeroplanes to evacuate people from China. 15:01 China’s Hubei provincial government has extended the lunar new year holiday break to 13 February as it seeks to curb the coronavirus outbreak that emerged from its capital, Wuhan, the Hubei Daily reported. 08:02 Coronavirus deaths hit 259 as China voices anger at US travel ban 07:41 Thailand to evacuate its nationals from China. The evacuation of Thai nationals from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China could take place “in a matter of days”, Thailand’s government said on Saturday Three officials from the Thai embassy in Beijing were expected to reach Wuhan, the capital of the central province of Hubei where the outbreak began, on Sunday to help with the evacuation, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said “We have an increase from 161 to now 182 Thais in the area who have registered with us and we are verifying their documents,” she told Reuters. “The evacuation will be in a matter of days, likely after Feb. 2,” she said. 07:23 Apple will close its stores in China “due to recent public health and prevention concerns” until 9 February, a statement on the company’s Chinese website says. 07:12 Agence France-Presse has details on China’s operation to fly its citizens back home to Hubei from overseas. A Xiamen Airlines charter flight from Bangkok touched down late on Friday in Wuhan, where the infection is believed to have originated in a market that sold wild animals Health authorities in white, full-body protective gear stood by the cabin door as the plane’s 73 passengers disembarked, smiling through face masks and waving to news photographers A second Xiamen flight landed soon afterwards carrying Hubei residents from Kota Kinabalu, a popular coastal tourist destination in Malaysia China’s foreign ministry said earlier on Friday that the country would bring Wuhan residents back from overseas “as soon as possible” due to “the practical difficulties that Chinese citizens from Hubei, especially Wuhan, have faced overseas”. 06:43 The number of confirmed deaths from China’s coronavirus outbreak has risen to 259, as authorities in hardest-hit Hubei province reported 45 new fatalities Cases of infection in China now stand at more than 11,790 Both the US and Australia have announced travel bans for anyone coming from mainland China, except for citizens and residents. Citizens travelling from China will be subject to a two week quarantine The Trump administration has declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak Multiple airlines have also suspended flights to mainland China until 29 March, including Australian airline Qantas which has cancelled flights to Shanghai and Beijing and Air New Zealand which has suspended flights to Shanghai Australia now has ten reported cases of coronavirus The UK government is withdrawing staff from embassies across China Two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. They are being treated in Newcastle India has reported its first case of coronavirus, a student in Kerala who had studied at Wuhan University, while Russia has also reported its first two cases The plane carrying 83 Britons to the UK from Wuhan in China landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and the evacuees were driven to a facility on the Wirral where they will stay in quarantine for the next 14 days. The UK government has promised to send another plane to evacuate any “frustrated” Britons who could not get on the first flight 06:25 Britain withdraws some embassy staff from China Britain is withdrawing some staff from its embassy and consulates in China due to the coronavirus, the UK government said in a statement on Saturday “As of 31 January, some staff and dependants from the British Embassy and Consulates are being withdrawn from China. Essential staff needed to continue critical work will remain. In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the British Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to British nationals from within China may be limited.” 06:20 Australian citizens coming from China will have to be quarantined for two weeks, said Morrison. Half a million masks will also be provided for those coming off flights from China, while thermometers and special screening arrangements will also be set up at airports. 06:12 Morrison also announced that the Australian government had raised the travel advice warning to level 4, recommending that no Australian travel to anywhere in mainland China, following the spread of coronavrius beyond Hubei province 06:09 Australia issues China travel ban Speaking at a press conference, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announced that no-one travelling from mainland China would be allowed into Australia unless they are Australian citizens or residents. Entry will be denied to anyone who has left or transited through mainland China from 1 February 05:59 In India, 324 Indians evacuated from Wuhan arrived in Delhi this morning and have been taken to two quarantine centres. Six people were held back from taking the flight after they reported high fevers. India has so far reported one cases of coronavirus in the country, from a student in Kerala who had studied at Wuhan university. 05:01 Beijing has criticised the US government’s decision to raise their travel warning advisory on China to the highest level of risk The Chinese foreign ministry said that the US travel alert levels were not a “gesture of goodwill,” as they came despite the World Health Organisation opposing travel restrictions to China being put in place Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday in an online statement: “Just as the WHO recommended against travel restrictions, the United States rushed to go in the opposite way. Certainly it’s not a gesture of goodwill.” 04:52 Air NZ suspends daily flights to Shanghai Air New Zealand has now suspended all daily flights to Shanghai amid coronavirus outbreak “Our teams are currently putting in place alternative travel options for customers impacted by the suspension and they will be contacted directly over the coming week,” said Air New Zealand’s chief David Morgan. 04:48 According to a Reuters report, coronavirus has led to a damaging drop in tourism for beach resorts in Thailand which are hugely popular with Chinese tourists. Reduced travel from China alone could result in 50 billion baht ($1.52 billion) of lost tourism revenue, the Thai Tourism Ministry estimated In Phuket, which is usually thriving with Chinese tourists who travel over for the new year holiday, the streets were empty. “The impact is tremendous,” said shop owner 45-year old Ausana Akaradachakul. “Only a few days after the news broke about the virus, the Chinese tourists were visibly few. I think about 70% of them are gone.” 03:43 Qantas to suspend flights to China.   The airline has announced the suspension of mainland China services from 9 February. Here’s the statement: Qantas will suspend its two direct services to mainland China (Sydney-Beijing and Sydney-Shanghai) from 9 February until 29 March 2020 This follows entry restrictions imposed by countries including Singapore and the United States, which impact the movement of crew who work across the Qantas International network These entry restrictions pose significant logistical challenges for rostering crew to operate mainland China services, leading to the need to temporarily suspend these flights. 03:41 Images of the first group of Chinese residents to arrive back in Wuhan have emerged. Updates, 31-01-2020: 16:03 The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Sweden, according to a report in the digital news publisher The Local. A patient at the Ryhov County Hospital in Jönköping, central-southern Sweden, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) confirmed to the website. The patient is a woman who landed in Sweden on 24 January after visiting the Wuhan area in China. At that point she had no symptoms, said the agency. But she later developed a cough and contacted the health services in Jönköping. She is currently being kept in isolation at the clinic for infectious diseases and is not seriously ill. 15:56 Nearly 10,000 Chinese flights have now been suspended since the coronavirus outbreak, according to global travel and data analytics expert Cirium. The thousands of cancellations in the last week, come as authorities in China, and around the world, grapple with the spread of the virus A growing number of international carriers are suspending scheduled flights to mainland China, including UK airlines. Flagship carrier British Airways has cancelled all of its 129 flights that were scheduled to fly to Beijing and Shanghai from London Heathrow, from January 29 until February 29, affecting up to 24,000 passengers Similarly, Virgin Atlantic has today announced it will be suspending its flights to and from China, as of February 2, until further notice. According to Cirium data, the decision could affect 56 of the British carrier’s scheduled flights and as many as 11,500 passengers to the end of February This is despite the World Health Organisation specifically asking countries not to impose travel and trade restrictions with China. The health organisation said it would question border closures, quarantining of airplane passengers who aren’t ill, and similar steps. 15:47 The hospital in Newcastle which is treating Britain’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus has urged other patients to attend their appointments as normal. Two Chinese nationals were taken to the hospital from a hotel in York after displaying symptoms of the virus In a statement this afternoon, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said there was “no risk” to other patients and visitors while the pair are undergoing treatment It said: “Our hospital is one of five highly specialised infectious diseases units capable of dealing with this illness. “You should not be concerned - there is no risk to other patients and visitors. “All of our services are operating as usual. If you have a hospital appointment, please attend this as planned.” The two patients taken unwell are being treated in the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) unit, which has specialist areas where patients can be isolated to ensure infectious diseases are not spread further There are specific areas where staff can change in and out of protective clothing and equipment, while patient isolation rooms have tightly controlled air flow and filtering In severe cases of infection for patients, treatment can include life support such as the use of a ventilator, dialysis to support the kidneys and artificial hydration or nutrition. 15:31 The eighty-three British passengers who landed at at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire earlier today are now being transferred by coach to an accommodation block at Arrowe Park hospital in Wirral, where they will be quarantined for 14 days, monitored and treated if any symptoms develop.The remaining 27 passengers, all non-UK nationals, will then be flown on to Spain. 15:20 A plan to evacuate Australians stranded in China is likely to go ahead over the weekend, the AAP news agency is reporting. Evacuees will be flown out of China on a Qantas passenger plane and could leave 15:09 “Thank you staff wamosair for getting us home – they also have to go into a period of quarantine for bringing us home.” He shared a screenshot of the news the UK has confirmed two cases of the deadly virus and wrote: “Please don’t blame us … we have only just landed.” 14:25 The Unite union has released a statement saying the welfare of staff at Arrowe Park hospital, where those travelling from China are being quarantined, needs to be a top priority. 13:59 Two people in Siberia have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the first confirmed cases of the disease in Russia since the outbreak began in neighbouring China last month, Andrew Roth, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent reports Two Chinese citizens who had fallen ill in Russia tested positive for the disease, the deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova said on Friday. The cases were discovered in opposite ends of Siberia, in the Transbaikal and Tyumen regions. Officials said the two people had been isolated and there was “no chance” of the disease spreading in Russia. 13:35 The new coronavirus has been confirmed in a child in Germany, the southern state of Bavaria said on Friday, bringing the total number of known cases in Germany to six The new case is a child of an employee at the same firm where four more individuals in the Munich area were infected, the state health ministry said in a statement. All affected people are in stable condition, the ministry said. 13:20 The Global Times, the English-language mouthpiece of China’s Communist party, has published a propaganda video depicting drones equipped with speakers urging people to wear masks and stay inside It is not clear the extent to which these drones have actually been rolled out across the country. 12:59 China has won international plaudits for a huge mobilisation against the virus, writes Emma Graham-Harrison, including the near-impossible feat of building two new hospitals in as many weeks As information about the early days of the outbreak has slowly filtered out of China, it has become increasingly clear that the same political system that allowed Beijing to order such a dramatic response also initially allowed the virus to fester. 12:54 Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, has resisted pressure to completely shut down the border with mainland China, saying it was not the answer to stem the spread of a virus, AP reports Medical workers have threatened to strike if the government refuses to do so, and some restaurant owners have also echoed calls to bar all mainland visitors Lam said the number of mainland arrivals has shrunk since Hong Kong this week suspended ferry and high-speed trains to the mainland, as well as shut six smaller border checkpoints. 12:51 Russia reports first cases Russia has reported its first two cases of coronavirus. Russia’s deputy prime minister Tatiana Golikova told reporters the infected people were Chinese citizens who had been isolated Golikova also said all direct flights to China from Russia would be halted from 9pm GMT on Friday, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot. 12:03 More than 9,800 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed as of Friday evening in Beijing, according to a report by the Associated Press. 12:03 More than 9,800 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed as of Friday evening in Beijing, according to a report by the Associated Press. China: 9,692 cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has 12 cases and Macao has five. Most of the 213 deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December. Thailand: 19 Japan: 14 Singapore: 13 Taiwan: 9 Malaysia: 8 Australia: 7 South Korea: 11 France: 6 Vietnam: 5 United States: 6 Germany: 5 Canada: 3 United Arab Emirates: 4 Italy: 2 England: 2 India: 1 Philippines: 1 Finland: 1 Nepal: 1 Cambodia: 1 Sri Lanka: 1 11:49 India’s first coronavirus patient has been moved to hospital, where her condition is said to be improving, according to a report in the Indian news site NDTV. More than 1,000 people in various parts of Kerala, on the south-west tip of India, are under observation for suspected cases of coronavirus, with 15 in isolation wards in various hospitals, according to the broadcaster. Authorities were attempting to contact all the passengers who travelled on a flight from Kolkata to Cochin on 23 January the infected patient had been on, a day after she travelled from Beijing. 05:48 The Red Cross Society of Hubei has come under fire from Chinese netizens who say the charity is sending high quality medical grade N95 filtration masks to hospitals that are not at the epicentre of the outbreak nor fever clinics in the greatest need of masks, writes Michael Standaert According to the first statistics released by the Hubei Red Cross on Thursday, the group released only 3,000 of the N95 masks to Wuhan Union Hospital, one of the hospitals most impacted by the outbreak and surge of patients Those stats showed out of 36,000 of the medical-grade masks, 16,000 went to Wuhan Ren’ai Hospital and 16,000 to Wuhan Tianyou Hospital, both private hospitals, with the rest to the other that people are saying is in the most need Cover News has now reported that the Hubei Red Cross is investigating why the masks were distributed to those two hospitals. 05:34 State TV in China reported yesterday that the country’s aviation authority had approved chartered flights to bring Wuhan residents home. Today the foreign ministry confirmed that saying, charter planes would be sent to bring citizens from virus-hit Hubei province who are overseas back “as soon as possible”. This is in view of “practical difficulties that Hubei citizens, especially those from Wuhan, have faced overseas”, said ministry of foreign affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying China has advised its citizens to postpone trips abroad and cancelled overseas group tours, while several countries including Germany, Britain and Canada have urged their citizens to avoid travel to China. The US upgraded its travel warning today to say “do not travel” to China. 05:03 Earlier I reported on a picture published of a man lying dead in the street in Wuhan.  05:01 South Korea plans up to four evacuation flights from Wuhan On South Korea’s evacuation of its citizens, 368 people were on the plane that arrived back at Gimpo airport near Seoul on Friday morning. It is planning up to three more flights Reuters reports that the government says none of the evacuees had any symptoms before departure, but one person could not board the plane due to fever after a final check at Wuhan airport, while 18 were sent to hospitals immediately upon arrival “There were different screening standards between China and us, and we conducted another check aboard the plane and put those who were showing symptoms in separate space on the second floor of the plane,” vice health minister Kim Gang-lip said. 04:54 Japan changes China travel advice The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, told parliament on Friday the government has decided to raise its infectious disease advisory level for China, excluding Hubei province, to 2, urging citizens to avoid non-urgent trips to the country The government is already telling its citizens not to take any trips to China’s central province of Hubei. Wuhan, the epicentre of the newly-identified coronavirus outbreak, is located in Hubei. 04:48 Fake news and conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus have swiftly followed the outbreak around the world. From fake alerts over no-go suburbs to pro-Trump conspiracy theories, crackpot stories and dangerous advice have gone viral, reports the Guardian’s Josh Taylor. 04:23 Trinidad has imposed a 14-day restrictions on travellers from China because of the coronavirus, according to the country’s health minister. 04:20 Tonga asks Australia and New Zealand to quarantine evacuated Tongan citizens Tonga’s prime minister has asked for assistance from Australia and New Zealand in evacuating and quarantining Tongan citizens from China More than 50 Tongans, many of whom are teenagers, became trapped in China while travelling to the country as part of a China Aid sports program, reported Matangi Tonga The members and officials of four Tongan sports teams – swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and boxing – were due to return to Tonga this week or next, but had flights cancelled. There are also Tongan students studying at universities in Wuhan. Matangi Tonga reports that Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa asked that the citizens be temporarily quarantined in Australia or New Zealand and that if they are found to have the virus, kept in Australia or New Zealand until they are well New Zealand has said it will launch an independent rescue mission to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, chartering an Air New Zealand plane The foreign minister, Winston Peters, said the plane would carry 300 people to New Zealand and that any additional seats on the Air New Zealand flight would be allocated to Pacific Islanders and Australians “as a matter of priority” There are currently 82 New Zealanders registered on Safetravel as being in Wuhan, and 57 of those have sought consular assistance “The Government of Tonga are making all efforts to protect Tonga and its people from the virus, which has not been confirmed in Tonga.” 04:18 Pakistani students stranded in Hubei from the Guardian’s Ben Doherty. Pakistani students from Hubei Polytechnic University in Huangshi, In Hubei province, have pleaded with the Pakistan government to evacuate them. They say other international students, from India, Indonesia, and Tajikistan, are set to leave in coming days. Updates, 30-01-2020: WHO declare public health emergency The WHO have declared a public health emergency because of the spread of the virus outside of China, describing it as an 'unprecedented outbreak'. The total number of cases outside of China has reached 98 across 18 countries, Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO, has just told a press conference. Eight cases outside China have spread via human to human contact, in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the US. There are currently no deaths outside of China Despite the growing numbers, the WHO are not advocating travel or trade restrictions Praise for China, but concern for weaker health systems The organisation congratulated China, saying the declaration was not a vote of no confidence in the country, on the contrary, 'the WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak' The organised praised the 'extraordinary measures taken' despite the social and economic impact on Chinese people. 'We would have seen many more cases outside China, and probably deaths', Adhanom said, if not for the work However, Adhanom expressed concern for countries with weaker health systems, saying that we “must all act together now to limit further spread”. He said the WHO were willing to support those countries in any possible way. 19:42 Sixth case confirmed in France. A new case has been reported in France, taking their total up to six. The latest victim is a doctor, the Guardian’s Paris correspondent Kim Willsher has said. French citizens repatriated from Wuhan are being held in isolation near Marseille. Air France has followed British Airways’ lead and is suspending flights into and out of China until 9 February. There will be special flights into and out of Shanghai and Beijing staffed with volunteer crew from tomorrow to bring back passengers and staff in China. 19:32 The Guardian’s Josh Halliday has just confirmed the 150 Britons being flown out of Wuhan tonight will be quarantined at Arrowe Park hospital accommodation in Wirral, Merseyside They will be staying in the accommodation block usually designated to NHS staff and are expected to remain there for 14 days Margaret Greenwood, the Labour MP for Wirral West, said she had been told by health secretary Matt Hancock that experts believed it was unlikely that those quarantined had the virus. 19:16 Here are the latest figures on the virus: Globally, there are 7,818 confirmed cases Of these, 7,736 are in China. In the country, 1,370 cases have been classed as severe, and there are a further 12,167 suspected cases. The number of official deaths, 170, hasn’t changed since last night Outside of China, there are 82 confirmed cases spanning 18 countries. 18:45 The WHO have pushed back the announcement on their decision over whether the virus constitutes a public health emergency, we’re now expecting it around 7.30pm. No reason has been given yet for the delay. Here’s a reminder of the WHO’s definition of a public health emergency: 'An extraordinary event which constitutes a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease, and potentially requires a coordinated international response' This comes when the situation is: serious, sudden, unusual or unexpected carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national border may require immediate international action 18:25 The World Health Organization (WHO) are set to announce their decision imminently over whether or not to declare a global health emergency. I’ll keep you updated with all the developments as and when they break. 18:16 Health officials in Chicago have reported the US’s first person-to-person transmission of coronavirus, after the spouse of a woman who became ill after visiting Wuhan tested positive for the virus The head of health services in a city near the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has been sacked after she could not answer questions on state television about how many people were being treated. “Don’t ask me how many people are being treated,” Tang Zhihong told a reporter Hundreds of Britons stranded in the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak will be flown home early on Friday morning. A plane was due to leave locked-down Wuhan on Friday morning local time The British Wuhan evacuees are expected to be quarantined for two weeks in former NHS accommodation in north-west England. As a precaution all those who come into contact with them will wear protective clothing The number of people tested for the virus in the UK has now reached 161, with all coming back negative. The figure came in the latest daily 2pm update from the Department of Health and Social Care The World Health Organization is meeting once again on whether to declare coronavirus a global emergency. New cases have been reported in Tibet, India and the Philippines China has reported its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths. The death toll rose to 170 on Thursday – up from 132 the previous day, a rise of 29%. The number of confirmed cases in China now stands at 7,711, up from 5,974 a day earlier Almost two-thirds of airport screening tests fail to detect people with coronavirus, according to new research. A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that the current techniques are ineffective because of the incubation period and the poor sensitivity of thermal scanners. 17:53 US reports first human-to-human transmission! Health officials in the US have reported their country’s first case of person-to-person transmission of the Chinese coronavirus, the Associated Press is reporting. The patient is the spouse of a Chicago woman diagnosed with the virus after returning from Wuhan, and is the sixth reported in the US. The other five were all travellers who developed the illness after coming into the US from China. 17:00 The Boston Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its coming tour of Asia amid concerns about the deadly virus in China, the Associated Press reports. Andris Nelsons, the orchestra’s music director, said on Thursday that the decision was made out of concern for the health and well-being of its musicians. The orchestra had been scheduled to go on a four-city tour that included Seoul in South Korea, Taipei in Taiwan and Shanghai and Hong Kong in China from 6 to 16 February. “Please know that we are all passionately committed to a future visit to East Asia soon,” Nelsons said in a statement. “Most importantly, our hearts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by the coronavirus.” 16:46 The International Monetary Fund is monitoring developments on the coronavirus outbreak in 'real time', a spokesman said Thursday, adding that the economic hit depends on the duration of the epidemic, AFP reports “We at the IMF are monitoring this very closely, we’re looking at the economic indicators on a real-time basis,” said IMF spokesman Gerry Rice “If global supply chains were systematically affected or global financial markets were significantly impacted by increasing uncertainty, then obviously the impact would be greater,” Rice said, adding that the effects would be more severe if the ailment spreads to other parts of Asia from China “We’re not at this point in a position to put any hard numbers around this,” Rice said. “That’s something that we would do in due course, but it’s just too early to do that.” 16:42 Russia’s first McDonald’s restaurant has scrapped a plan to sell Big Mac burgers for virtually nothing to mark its 30th anniversary over fears it would attract huge crowds, which authorities have advised against due to coronavirus fears, Reuters reports. The restaurant on Moscow’ central Pushkin Square, was due on Friday to sell the Big Mac for just three roubles ($0.0474) instead of its usual price of 135 roubles, and expected to draw tens of thousands of people. But on Thursday it ditched the plan after Moscow authorities issued a city-wide warning against mass public events “Yesterday the Moscow government announced precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” McDonald’s said in a statement. There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Russia. 16:36 Singapore has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected patients in the city state to 13. All patients so far are Chinese nationals from Wuhan, Singapore’s health ministry is reported as saying by the Straits Times. The latest patients are all in stable condition and warded in isolation rooms at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, the paper said. 16:28 Twitter is rerouting #coronavirus searches in the UK to automatically direct users to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Twitter profile page and the gov.uk website, in a move touted as an attempt to tackle disinformation about the outbreak A DHSC spokesman said the UK is the first country in the EU to have such an arrangement with Twitter “directing users to credible, authoritative information to help tackle misinformation and ensure the public is well informed.” Announcing the arrangement, Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said: Public safety is our top priority and as this is a rapidly evolving situation, it’s absolutely crucial everyone is able to access reliable, accurate information on Coronavirus I welcome that Twitter is taking action to direct users to official Government health advice, helping to tackle misinformation and ensure the public is well informed. This action is hugely important, and I want to see more social media companies follow their lead I want to stress there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK and we have world-leading clinicians and expert teams working to protect UK patients and staff to the highest standards possible. 16:06 According to Chinese officials, 170 people have so far died from coronavirus infections. Not included in those statistics will be 17-year-old Yan Cheng, although his death is most certainly a result of the outbreak According to a report by freelance journalist Michael Standaert for the Guardian, Yan, who suffered from cerebral palsy, died alone at his home in a rural village in China’s Hubei province, six days after his father and brother were taken into quarantine at a facility 15 miles away Unable to get out to care for his son, Yan’s father posted messages asking for help on the social media platform Weibo. Village officials reportedly visited Yan but fed him only twice over the six-day period. He was found dead in his bed on Wednesday. Disabled teenager in China dies at home alone after relatives quarantined 15:54 The Philippines announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Wednesday morning, after one of 29 people being monitored by the country’s department of health tested positive. The patient is a 38-year-old Chines woman who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 21, health secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference, according to a report in the Rappler, an English language Filipino news website. 15:43 Health chief in city close to Wuhan sacked The head of health services in a city near the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has been sacked after she could not answer questions on state television about how many people were being treated Tang Zhihong, who ran the health department in Huanggang city, which has reported almost 500 confirmed cases and 12 deaths, appeared on state television earlier on Thursday, Reuters reported On being questioned by a central government inspection team and a reporter on issues like how many people a certain hospital under her remit could handle, she could not immediately answer “I don’t know, I’m unclear,” she said, when being asked how many sick people there were. “I only know how many beds there are. Don’t ask me how many people are being treated.” Hours later the city’s health department said Tang had been removed. It gave no other details. It was not possible to reach her for comment, Reuters said The government has said it will investigate and punish officials involved in fighting the virus who slack off on their jobs The number of cases in Huanggang is second only to that of nearby Wuhan, where the virus was first reported in December. Huanggang has also been largely shut off from the outside world by the government as it seeks to control the virus’ spread. 11:47 Shares in Carnival, the international cruise operator, have slumped by 7% this morning following that report that a couple from Hong Kong are in solitary confinement on one of its ships docked off the Italian coast. ANSA, the Italian news service, reports that one of the pair has a fever and is being tested by the authorities for coronavirus. The 6,000 passengers on board the Costa Smeralda (one of the world’s biggest cruise ships) are currently unable to get off. 11:45 More on BA’s decision to ground China flights for a month. PA Media Reports: BA normally operates daily flights from Heathrow to the two cities but these have been suspended since the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its advice on Tuesday to warn against “all but essential travel” to mainland China. Flights to and from Hong Kong are unaffected Virgin Atlantic is operating its flights between Heathrow and Shanghai as normal, saying it will “continue to monitor the situation” Several Chinese carriers are also running their usual schedule of UK flights An airline industry source told the PA news agency that the FCO’s travel advice is a recommendation rather than a ban, and carriers are making individual assessments on whether to continue flights. 11:38 A number of countries’ flights have been unable to take off as planned including the British repatriation from Wuhan. 10:29 Russia closes its border with China Russia is closing its border with China to prevent the spread of coronavirus and will stop issuing electronic visas to Chinese nationals, AFP reports Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told a government meeting that the order had been signed “to take measures to close the border (with China) in the Far East” “We have to do everything to protect our people,” he said The Russian foreign ministry said that as of Thursday it would stop issuing Chinese citizens with electronic visas, which can be used to cross into parts of the Far East and western Russia The foreign ministry also advised Russians to refrain from travelling to China and for those in China to get in touch with the Russian embassy Russia does not have any confirmed cases of the new virus but the Russian government has set up a task force to prevent its possible spread. 10:04 Human rights campaigners are concerned that Chinese authorities are trying to stifle criticism of their approach to the virus under the pretext of countering false rumours Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticised the overzealous way Beijing is trying to control the flow of information about coronavirus In a statement it said: “rather than rebutting false information and disseminating reliable facts, the authorities in some instances have appeared more concerned with silencing criticism.” It cited the case of a Wuhan doctor who in December alerted friends on WeChat group to what was then an unknown illness. He was initially warned by hospital officials not “spread rumours” and is now being treated for the condition HRW also pointed out that the authorities have censored social media posts by families of people seeking help China has reported its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus deaths as countries struggled to evacuate citizens still trapped in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the outbreak began The death toll rose to 170 on Thursday – up from 132 the previous day, a rise of 29%. The number of confirmed cases in China now stands at 7,711, up from 5,974 a day earlier It is understood that 162 of the deaths – or 95% – are in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located. Of the new deaths, 37 were in Hubei province and one in the south-western province of Sichuan The World Health Organization, which initially downplayed the severity of the virus, has warned all governments to be “on alert”, and its emergency committee is to meet later on Thursday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency The WHO’s emergencies chief, Dr Michael Ryan, said the few cases of human-to-human spread of the virus outside China – in Japan, Germany, Canada and Vietnam – were of “great concern” The US and Japan have started evacuating citizens, and other countries are poised to send chartered flights to Wuhan, amid reports that some evacuations had been held up by delays in obtaining permission from the Chinese authorities A British flight to bring about 200 nationals back to the UK was unable to take off as planned on Thursday. The Foreign Office said it was “working urgently” to organise a flight to the UK. 07:34 A British-Chinese couple who are trying to flee Wuhan with their baby son face being split up because the Chinese government are refusing to give their citizens permission to leave. Adam Bridgeman, 33, from London has been told he can board an evacuation flight to the UK, but if he did he would have to leave his Chinese wife, and possibly their month-old-son, Austin, behind. It is very tough decision because if I could take my son I would consider going to take him to safety. But if I can’t take my son or my wife I’ll definitely stay here. 07:06 It’s been another very busy day of news on the coronavirus outbreak. Here are the main points: The death toll in China stands at 170, with 7,711 confirmed cases of infections The US and Japan have already flown out some of their citizens out of Wuhan, but UK citizens were told they would not be airlifted on Thursday The UK evacuation flight has been delayed the planned evacuation flight because it has not got permission from the Chinese authorities to leave Japan confirmed another three cases, taking its infection toll to 11 More airlines, including Air Canada, have suspended flights to Shanghai and Beijing China’s football association cancelled all domestic games at all levels Ikea temporarily closed its stores in China State-run Chinese media said officials who mishandled the crisis would be punished 06:59 An interesting chart tweeted out here about economies most vulnerable to the issue: Thailand & Taiwan are most vulnerable economies in emerging Asia as coronavirus fears roar back to roil markets across the region. Moderately vulnerable: South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore. Least vulnerable: Philippines, Indonesia, and India. China remains virus epicenter 06:56 UK flight delayed. UK nationals in Wuhan were hoping to be evacuated on Thursday, but their flight was delayed because permission had not been granted by the Chinese authorities. “We continue working urgently to organise a flight to the UK as soon as possible.” Those who are brought home to the UK are expected to be quarantined at a secure NHS facility. You can read our full story on it here Coronavirus: returning Britons could be kept in quarantine for 14 days 06:40 The state-run tabloid Global Times has also picked up the story about officials being punished if they mishandle rescue funds or falsify materials during the the virus outbreak. 06:21 Wuhan residents offered help to get home. With flights into and out of Wuhan suspended, many residents of the city who left over the lunar new year have been unable to return home. China’s aviation authority has now approved chartered flights to do just that, state television said on Thursday. Domestic and international airlines have cancelled flights between Wuhan and overseas cities since 23 January. The aviation authority has also asked the airlines not to stop healthy Wuhan residents from boarding flights. 06:19 Taiwan’s stock market has closed down 5.75% on its first of trading after reopening following the lunar new year holiday There are also reports that the government is planning to intervene to prop up the market. That begs the question of what will happen to China’s mainland stocks when trading recommences next week Taiwan said it’s planning to call a meeting of its National Stabilization Fund to intervene in the stock market. 06:15 The Reuters news agency is reporting that China’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday it will severely punish officials who slack off on the job in fighting a new virus that is spreading across the country. 06:09 The state-run People’s Daily says China is expected to resume the production of face masks on 3 February, and produce 180m masks per day by the end of February. The first working day after the lunar new year holiday is 3 February. 06:05 Supplies of many things in Hong Kong are running out in the face of the escalating coronavirus The impact of the outbreak on the financial markets is a rapidly developing part of the story. Today has seen another broad selloff on Asian stock markets with the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down 1.7% in the second successive day of losses. The Nikkei in Tokyo has fallen nearly 2% and the Kospi in Seoul is down 1.8%. The ASX200 in Sydney has closed down 0.3%. Chinese mainland markets arestill closed for the new year holiday Although these falls come from high values – in Australia’s case record highs – there is mounting alarm about how the continuing shutdown of economic activity in China might crimp growth around the world The world’s most important policymaker, US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, said on Wednesday that he was watching the situation in China closely “There is likely to be some disruption to activity in China and globally,” he said. “It’s very uncertain how far it will spread and what the (economic) effects will be in China, for its trading partners, and around the world. We are very carefully monitoring the situation.” The concerns were betrayed in the bond markets where the three-month-10-year US treasury yield curve inverted, a classic indicator of recession For the uninitiated, that means that the interest rate (or yield) payable on 10-year American government debt has fallen below the yield on the three-month equivalent. Normally you’d expect longer-term investments like the 10-year bond to yield more. So an upside down correlation means that investors are worried about future grwoth prospects. This inversion is typically followed by a recession. But having said that, it happened back in August and the US economy has powered on since then. So mit might just prove that the world of monetary policy itself has been turned upside down. 05:20 A short update from Queensland in Australia, where their first person has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Another 41 people are currently being tested for the virus “These are people who have been in China within the last 14 days and have developed symptoms and they’re now being tested,” Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said. 05:10 The state run Chinese tabloid, the Global Times, is reporting that Beijing’s Xiaotangshan hospital that was built for the Sars crisis is being renovated and will be reopened “when needed” to help with the coronavirus. 05:04 'Severe shortage' of medical supplies in Hubei, says governor Hubei province’s governor, Wang Xiaodong, has said that the whole province has a “severe shortage” of medical supplies, not just Wuhan, according to the broadcaster CGTN. It also reports some medical staff are wearing raincoats and using disposable garbage bags as shoe covers to protect themselves in the city of Huanggang, 75km east of Wuhan Wang stressed at the press conference the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Huanggang City, and vowed to prevent it from becoming the second Wuhan, CGTN reported Updates, 29-01-2020: 16:06 Sudan suspects that two of its citizens who returned to the country from China are infected with the new coronavirus, the information minister told Reuters. One of the pair, a man and a woman, had been in the region of the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, said Faisal Saleh. Both are under medical checks. 15:57 Finland announces first case of coronavirus. Finland has announced its first confirmed case of coronavirus, in a tourist from Wuhan who was visiting Lapland, the Helsinki-based Swedish language  paper Hufvudstadsbladet reports. The patient has been quarantined at Lapland’s central hospital in Rovaniemi after developing symptoms and seeking medical help. About 15 people may have been exposed to the infection. 15:46 A fourth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in France, Le Parisien reports. The patient is a Chinese tourist from Hubei province of about 80 years old, according to details released at a press conference on Tuesday. The man was in intensive care at a Paris hospital. 15:25 More British scientists have been giving their reactions to the news that Britons evacuated from Wuhan will be placed in a 14-day quarantine. The rapidity of this outbreak is startling and certainly much more rapid than Sars. The reasons for this are unclear, but clearly the larger the outbreak grows the more difficult it becomes to contain it using usual infection control measures – identifying then isolating infected people and tracing and monitoring their contacts. 15:13 If you have come across coronavirus news you think we need to look at, please write to: info@whatsorb.com 14:59 The UK has asked the European Union for help to repatriate its citizens from Wuhan – two days before the country leaves the bloc. Janez Lenarčič, the European commissioner for crisis management, listed the countries that have requested help from the EU at a press conference this afternoon. The list includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and the UK. 14:13 A 21-year-old British student in Beijing has been told she cannot leave her dorm room for 12 days after returning from a trip to Wuhan. Georgia, who is at Tsinghua University, arrived in Wuhan on 12 January and returned to Beijing on 23 January after spending a few days in Dalian. She is showing no symptoms of the coronavirus but is quarantined to her room until 3 February. 13:59 A pandemic is typically called by the World Health Organization after there has been sustained transmission across many countries. Though there have been cases reported in several countries now, we’re not quite at that stage of sustained transmission yet. 13:31 Japan and the US have airlifted hundreds of their citizens from Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, as officials in China said the death toll from the disease had risen sharply overnight to 132, with nearly 1,500 new cases in the country. A government-chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals arrived in Tokyo from Wuhan on Wednesday morning. Officials said four of the passengers – a woman and three men – had coughs and fevers and had been taken to a hospital in separate ambulances for treatment and further tests. Two of the four showed symptoms of pneumonia following scans, but a coronavirus diagnosis has not been confirmed, hospital representatives said. Officials in the US said a chartered plane had landed in Anchorage, Alaska, with about 240 US citizens onboard, including staff from the US consulate in Wuhan. An aircraft chartered by the US State Department to evacuate government employees from the novel coronavirus threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan, arrives at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport 13:28 More details have come through about the German plans for evacuation and quarantine. The health minister, Jens Spahn, said he expected the federal government to reach an agreement with authorities in the state of Hesse in the next few hours to get an evacuation of German citizens from China under way. 12:55 The French drugmaker Sanofi has said it is postponing all its events in China and has asked employees to stop all travel to and from Wuhan and Hubei province in China. The company said it had no plans to repatriate French employees from China over the spread of the new coronavirus. 12:45 Germany’s health ministry has said quarantine plans will be put in place for people returning from China on evacuation flights, according to Reuters. Germany’s health minister says he expects agreement on evacuation within hours. At least four cases have been confirmed in Germany, making it the second European country to report cases after France. 12:39 Britain’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, is facing questions on social media after maintaining a relatively low profile in the media over the past week. His tweet about people returning from China being isolated for 14 days prompted a query from Clare Wenham, an assistant professor in global health policy at the London School of Economics, about the legal implications of the government’s policy. 07:24 British Airways has suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China, following travel advice from the Foreign Office that warned against all but essential travel to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. BA.com, the airline’s website, shows no direct flights to China are available in January and February, Reuters reports. “We apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” BA said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “Customers due to travel to or from China in the coming days can find more information on BA.com.” 07:12 Indonesia has no cases of coronavirus. But, according to its foreign ministry, 243 Indonesian nationals are in Hubei, about 100 of those in Wuhan. Indonesian students in the city have said they want to get out, but can’t. “The Indonesian government has to take quick and appropriate measures to ensure the evacuation of Indonesian citizens who are currently in Wuhan,” Golkar party parliamentarian Christina Aryani told the Jakarta Post in a statement. “Leaving our citizens there is just the same as letting them wait their turn to get infected.” 07:07 As the UK prepares to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, some of the logistical and bureaucratic challenges of extracting people from a city under lockdown are emerging. One Briton in Wuhan, who did not want to be quoted, said: We have no way to get through roadblocks to the airport. That has to be applied for through London then getting word back for the OK from local government here. 07:04 British Airways suspends bookings of London flights to Beijing and Shanghai British Airways has suspended bookings on its website for direct flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai until March, after warnings over travel to China due to the coronavirus outbreak BA.com, the airline’s website, shows no direct flights to China are available in January and February A spokeswoman for the airline said on Wednesday it was “assessing the situation” Britain on Tuesday advised against “all but essential” travel to mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak. 06:43 The sixth coronavirus case in Australia has been confirmed by Victoria’s chief officer, Dr Brett Sutton. The man in his 60s became unwell on 23 January, having recently travelled to Wuhan. He presented to a doctor and was referred to the Monash Medical Centre, where he was tested for the virus. Sutton said the man had since returned home, where he was in isolation. The man’s family is being monitored. Some have exhibited symptoms, but none has returned a positive test Australian health officials have stressed that they have not seen any evidence of human-to-human transmission of the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus in Australia. “The man was mostly at home and had isolated himself when unwell but he had gone out to a restaurant called The House of Delight for a short period of time,” Sutton said. “That restaurant has been followed up with and those who were there at the same time, whose contact details we have, we are following up with. “But obviously that restaurant is OK to go to now. People don’t need to avoid that area or indeed anywhere else people have been, even if infectious at the time.” 06:37 After a sell-off on Monday and Tuesday, markets in Asia Pacific have bounced back today. The ASX200 benchmark index in Sydney closed 0.5% higher and the Nikkei in Tokyo wound up 0.71% to the good. South Korea, which was battered on Tuesday, was also higher Global stocks continue mid-virus rally w/exception of Hong Kong which tanks 2.5% on return from Lunar New Yr holiday. S&P 500 recovered from worst sell-off in 4mths. Pos sentiment driven by Apple holiday sales which topped forecasts. Bonds unch w/US 10y ylds at 1.65%. Gold $1567 “Stock markets across the Asian region have reclaimed a portion of yesterday’s losses,” Kyle Rodda, at IG Markets in Melbourne, said, “as volatility subsides slightly, on the back of diminishing angst among market participants regarding the coronavirus outbreak.” “The psychology is simple enough … markets react most aggressively to brand new information. Of course, this isn’t to say this issue will go away any time soon. “But the initial shock of needing to price in this new coronavirus risk into markets has certainly subsided, with additional information about the matter now having a diminishing impact.” 06:34 The flight carrying 240 American citizens from Wuhan has just landed in Anchorage, Alaska, after a journey of nine-and-a-half hours. Those passengers will now fly on to March Air Force Base in California. 06:23 First suspected coronavirus case in Tibet. Tibet, the last place on China’s mainland that had not recorded a case of coronavirus, has now reported its first suspected case. A 34-year-old man who travelled to Tibet by train from Wuhan has been placed in quarantine. 06:21 Sixth coronavirus case confirmed in Australia. A sixth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Australia. A man in his 60s tested positive Wednesday morning in Melbourne. He had recently travelled to Wuhan. Health officials are monitoring his close contacts. The man’s case is the second in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city. The others are in hospitals in Sydney. 06:05 There is news for Britons stuck in Hubei and their families. The UK is finalising plans to bring back Britons from Hubei province after advising Britons there to ring dedicated 24-hour helplines before 3am UK time on Wednesday to register their desire to be evacuated Officials estimate up to 200 citizens currently there will want to return to the UK Flights taking Britons back home could begin as early as Thursday, according to a British teacher in Wuhan city who said UK citizens were being given details of forthcoming flights On Tuesday evening the Foreign Office updated its advice to warn against all but essential travel to mainland China following the coronavirus outbreak. “If you’re in this area and able to leave, you should do so,” it said The UK’s move to evacuate its citizens follows flights chartered by the Japanese government and the US The flight to Tokyo landed Wednesday morning, with four on board taken to hospital, while the US-government flight is set to land in Alaska in about 20 minutes from now (a little before 6.30am GMT) Australia and New Zealand have announced plans for an evacuation mission, quarantining their citizens on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island Other countries, such as France and Indonesia, have also announced their intentions to evacuate their citizens from Hubei Germany now has four confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second European country to report cases after France. 05:59 First coronavirus case reported in United Arab Emirates. The first case of coronavirus in the United Arab Emirates – and thus the Middle East region – has been confirmed by state media, according to Reuters. The state-run news agency WAM announced the case earlier today, citing the UAE health ministry. According to the report, the person had been in Wuhan, but did not provide any further information. 05:54 Education minister Dan Tehan said some schools and states had “gone further” than the official government advice when deciding how to treat children who have returned from China or from overseas. He said that the official advice, as determined by experts, was still enough and what was recommended. “We think schools should follow the medical advice. Some schools have decided togo further than that. That is their individual right to be able to do that. Some states have taken a more cautious approach. But our view is we should follow the medical advice provided by our experts here in Australia and internationally. “We’ve said that we will constantly monitor that advice and provide updates on it on a regular basis. That’s what we’re here doing this afternoon.” Updates, 28-01-2020: The World Health Organization, which has sometimes been criticised for its handling of past disease outbreaks, admitted an error on Monday in its risk assessment of China's deadly virus. The Geneva-based UN agency said in a situation report late Sunday that the risk was ' very high in China, high at the regional level and high at the global level ' . In a footnote, the WHO explained that it had stated "incorrectly" in its previous reports on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that the global risk was 'moderate'. The correction of the global risk assessment does not mean that an international health emergency has been declared. More than half a million South Koreans have signed a petition calling for a ban on people from China entering the country. A petition filed with the presidential Blue House on Thursday had gathered more than 530,000 signatures by Tuesday, highlighting a growing fear in South Korea that the coronavirus could spread widely. The first confirmed case detected in South Korea was a Chinese national, but the other three so far are South Koreans who travelled from Wuhan, where the outbreak appears to have started. That has not stopped the calls for Chinese visitors to be banned. “Coronavirus is spreading from China. Even North Korea is banning Chinese people from entering the country,” wrote the anonymous author of the petition, adding that even a temporary ban would help stop the virus from spreading too widely. The Blue House has not directly responded to the petition. When asked about other countries’ bans on Chinese entries, its spokesman on Tuesday said only that the issue should be handled in close consultation with the World Health Organisation. 08:27 Countries around the world are planning to evacuate diplomatic staff and private citizens from Chinese areas hit by the new coronavirus. Evacuation plans, and how they are planning to manage the health risk from those who are returning. France’s first plane to repatriate nationals from Wuhan will leave Paris on Wednesday and return the next day. The flight will carry people with no symptoms, junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebarri told television channel CNews. “These people will be put under quarantine. And then there will be a second flight, at a yet undefined date, with people showing symptoms ... who will be cared for in Paris,” he said. South Korea plans to send charter flights this week to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Tuesday. The planes will arrive in the city as early as Thursday, he told a ministerial meeting aimed at discussing efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Japan will send a charter flight to Wuhan on Tuesday night. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the flight can carry around 200 passengers, but added about 650 citizens hope to return to Japan. Motegi said Tokyo is making arrangements for extra flights to Wuhan as early as Wednesday. Those with symptoms such as fever will be sent to hospital on landing at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, while those with no signs of virus can go home and then to work or school, but will be advised to avoid crowds and take their temperatures twice a day. Kazakhstan has asked Beijing to allow 98 Kazakh students to leave the city of Wuhan, deputy foreign minister Shukhrat Nuryshev said. Germany will evacuate 90 citizens living in China’s Wuhan region. Morocco will evacuate 100 citizens, mostly students, from the Wuhan area. Spain’s government is working with China and the European Union to repatriate Spanish nationals from the Wuhan area, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said. The U.S. State Department said it will evacuate personnel from its Wuhan consulate to the United States and offer a limited number of seats to private U.S. citizens on a flight. Some private citizens will be able to board the “single flight” leaving Wuhan on Jan. 28 for San Francisco, it said. Canada has about 167 nationals in the Wuhan area, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said on Monday, and eight people have sought consular assistance, which is being provided. While the minister did not rule out possible evacuations, he did not indicate there were any planned at the moment, adding that each consular request would be evaluated on a “case by case basis”. Russia has been in talks with China about evacuating its nationals from Wuhan and Hubei province, Russia’s embassy in China said. The Dutch government is assessing ways to evacuate 20 Dutch citizens from Wuhan, press agency ANP reported. Authorities in Myanmar said they had cancelled a planned evacuation of 60 students from Mandalay who were studying in Wuhan. Kyaw Yin Myint, a spokesman for the Mandalay municipal government, told Reuters that a “final decision” had been made to send them back after 14 days, once the virus’ incubation period had passed. Britain is talking to international partners to find solutions to help British and other foreign nationals leave Wuhan, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. 08:23 Doctors and nurses in Hong Kong are planning to strike tomorrow out of anger at the way authorities have dealt with the coronavirus crisis, sources within the territory’s protest movement have confirmed to the Guardian. People in Hong Kong are furious that the border with the mainland has remained open, that authorities have failed to hand out enough face masks to prevent the spread of infection, and that they are allowing people from the mainland to come over for free medical checks. Hong Kong is going on a general strike tomorrow, as the government is not willing to put suitable measures like closing the borders between Hong Kong and China, or supplying enough face masks, allowing mainland Chinese to come and have a FREE medical service.  07:45 DW News’s east Asia correspondent, William Yang, has tweeted a translation of the latest advice from China’s national health commission, which says that patients with less severe cases of coronavirus are still contagious  but perhaps less so. However, the expert also said that since patients with milder symptoms won’t cough as much, that makes them less “contagious” than patients with the coughing symptom. The expert advised the public to wear masks and constantly wash their hands and avoid close-range contacts. 06:57 Here’s a summary of what we now about the coronavirus outbreak so far on Tuesday: 106 people have died from coronavirus in China China has more than 4,500 confirmed cases, with nearly 1,000 in a critical condition China’s Health Commission says that the main transmission is through “respiratory droplets” (coughing) and then touch Incubation is generally 3-7 days, maximum 14 days, the commission says The US has updated its travel advice to the highest level which means avoid all non-essential travel to China Asian markets have fallen on concerns about the virus spreading Germany has recorded its first case of the virus as has Sri Lanka Australian state of NSW advises school children returning from summer break not to go back if they have been in China in past two weeks Several countries are sending charter flights to evacuate their citizens 06:41 Thailand confirms six more cases of virus Thailand on Tuesday confirmed six more cases of coronavirus among visitors from China, bringing the country’s total to 14 cases, a health official said. Five of the new cases, aged 6 to 70 years, came from Hubei province and are part of the same family, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Tanarak Plipat, told reporters. The other patient came from Chongqing, 06:39 For foreign citizens trapped in Wuhan, attention will turn in the next few days to airlifts. Japan said it would send a chartered flight to Wuhan on Tuesday night to evacuate its citizens, while the US government is also preparing an airlift. France and South Korea are also preparing an evacuation but there’s been criticism of the slow response by the British authorities. Wuhan evacuation: US and Japan to fly out citizens as coronavirus death toll rises 06:25 South Korea to evacuate citizens from Wuhan South Korea plans to send charter flights this week to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of a virus outbreak in China, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Tuesday, according to the Reuters news agency. The planes will arrive in the city as early as Thursday, he told a ministerial meeting aimed at discussing efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus South Korea’s Yonhap news agency says six people are being tested for coronavirus. There are four confirmed cases. 06:17 The Global Times is reporting that the Chinese city of Tianjin, in northern China, is to launch a “wartime mechanism”, putting one of its general hospitals and 500 medical teams in the city under military management. It’s the first Chinese city to take the step, according to the Global Times Tianjin is about 120km south-east of Beijing. Its population is around 15 million people Tianjin in North China is to launch #wartime mechanism to confront the novel #coronavirus, the first city in China to do so. A general hospital and 500 medical teams in the city are to be put under military management.  06:03 There are a few interesting sites tracking the increase in coronavirus cases. This one from John’s Hopkins university in the US is one of the best. It clearly shows the steep rise in confirmed infections each day in the past week, from around 280 on 20 January, to over 4,500 today. 05:39 One of the curious thing to come out of the Australian news conference about school advice with regards to coronavirus, is that speakers reiterated that there hasn’t been person-to-person transmission of the virus in Australia. “There is no evidence,” said the NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant. Yesterday the federal health minister also said there was no human-to-human transmission in Australia. It does seem difficult to see why the virus would behave differently in Australia, given the Chinese health authorities have said that transmission is through “respiratory droplets” (coughing) and touch. I’m assuming the ministers mean there has been no evidence so far of human-to-human transmission in Australia. 05:25 The NSW education minister Sarah Mitchell was also at the press conference regarding change of advice for children returning after the long summer break. She said it is the right decision: “We know that many in the community have been wanting to see this. I think it is important we are taking this precautionary measure in line with community sentiment but also knowing we are doing everything we can even though the risk is low, to ensure the safety in that school environment,” she said Whether to allow children to return to school has been the subject of considerable controversy in Australia over the past few days. On Monday, a number of Sydney private schools issued much stricter restrictions on children who had been in China returning to school. As of yesterday afternoon, one asked that any children who had travelled to China in the holidays remain at home for 14 days after they returned, and do not return to school without a medical certificate The decision is particularly controversial in Australia as only this morning the federal education minister, Dan Tehan, chastising schools for telling students to stay away. 05:19 The exclusion period announced in Australia for school children is for 14 days since returning to the country. So if NSW school students arrived back in Australia in mid-January, they would be able to start school this week if the 14-day period had passed One wing of the specialist hospital in Wuhan has been constructed in just 16 hours, according to China’s People’s Daily. It will be handed over to the military next week #Update: After 16 hours of construction, the 1st building of Huoshenshan Hospital in #Wuhan has completed on Monday. The hospital is expected to be handed over to the military on Feb 2 upon completion and put into use for #coronavirus patients. Updates, 27-01-2020: The number of deaths from coronavirus has risen to 82, with the number of confirmed infections climbing above 2,827 in China alone The southern province of Hainan has reported its first fatality. Some 95% of deaths and more than 50% of infections are in Hubei province China’s second most powerful man, Premier Li Keqiang, has become the most senior figure to visit Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak. He met medical staff, visited a supermarket, and the construction site of a new hospital Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, has admitted the authorities were too slow in how they released information about the virus. Appearing on state TV he said: “We were not sufficiently in time, and we did not make good use of many helpful information.” Some 73 people have been tested negative for the virus in the UK, according to the Department for Health and Social Care. Health experts says they would be surprised if the virus does not spread to the UK. The UK government is under pressure to evacuate Britons stranded in the city of Wuhan and the province of Hubei. The Foreign Office said it was “working to make available an option” for British nationals to leave Hubei. Britons stranded in the Wuhan says the UK response has been 'pathetic'. The lunar new year holiday in China has been extended until 2 February across China and to 9 February in Shanghai. Chongqing municipality – one of China’s biggest – has banned inter-province bus travel for its nearly 30 million residents. Hong Kong has banned Hubei residents from entering. New coronavirus cases have been reported in Australia, South Korea and Canada. Cambodia has reported its first case. World Heath Organization chiefs has held meetings in Beijing on Monday. The WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week urged China to ensure lockdown measures are kept “short in duration”. Updates, 26-01-2020: The Disease Always Gets A Head Start: How To Handle An Epidemic The mayor Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, has acknowledged criticism over his handling of the crisis, admitting that information was not released quickly enough. Zhou Xianwang wore a mask for protection as he told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV: “We haven’t disclosed information in a timely manner and also did not use effective information to improve our work.” He said he would resign if it helped with public opinion but pointed out the local government was obliged to seek permission before fully disclosing information about the virus, and that their response had since become “tougher than others”. 18:35 The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said on Monday 27 th of January 2020, that ‘the immediate health risk from (coronavirus) in the U.S. is currently considered low’. “There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available,” a statement said. The CDC added that reported illnesses in infected people had ranged from little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 18:12 Turkey has urged its citizens not to travel to China unless necessary to avoid infection with the coronavirus. “It is highly recommended that our citizens do not travel to China unless it is necessary and if they travel there, they should stay away from the regions where the cases are seen, especially in Hubei province,” the Turkish ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement on Monday. Suspected coronavirus patient forced a lockdown at an Istanbul hospital's emergency room  18:04 The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has announced that it is working on a coronavirus vaccine, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and several other partners CEPI said it will ‘begin three programmes’ aimed at creating an effective vaccine against the virus that has so far killed 82 reported cases. We are working in collaboration with @WHO—who is leading the development of a coordinated international response—and many other partners to promote the development of new vaccines against nCoV- 17:55 Health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs that “all possible means” were being used to get in contact with the 1,460 people who have travelled to the UK from Wuhan before the city went on lockdown. “We’re collaborating with (...) Border Force, with the airlines and with others including universities, schools and cultural organisations to try to make contact,” Hancock said. Britons back from Wuhan within the last 14 days should "self-isolate", Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 17:47 China has announced that 60.33bn yuan (6.6bn GBP) will be allocated for the sole purpose of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. China’s Ministry of Finance and National Health Commission said funds would be used to prop up public health services and epidemic prevention. 17:32 France expects to repatriate up to a few hundred of its 800 citizens living in the Wuhan area, though evacuees will have to spend 14 days in quarantine to avoid spreading the virus in France Japanese citizens who wish to return home from Wuhan are expected to be flown out via charter flights as early as Tuesday, Reuters reports. Japan’s foreign minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, said about 430 Japanese nationals had been confirmed to be in Hubei province. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi discussed the outbreak of coronavirus 17:24 The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, has questioned whether there are enough specialist beds available in the NHS to deal with any potential coronavirus outbreak in the UK Ashworth said specialist extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) beds might be needed for the treatment of the virus, and they were already in high demand in the UK, PA reported He asked the health secretary, Matt Hancock, to “update the House on how many ECMO beds are currently open and what preparations the NHS is making on that front?” Hancock responded: “There are four centres that are stood up and ready should there be a need. The centres are in Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital (London), Liverpool, Newcastle and the Royal Free (London) and there is a further escalation if more beds are So we are ready, but of course we keep all these things under review.” 17:20 The total number of confirmed people infected with the coronavirus now stands at 2,887, with 2,827 of these in China. Australia had 4 confirmed cases, Cambodia 1, France 3, Hong Kong 5, Japan 3, Macao 2, Malaysia 3, Nepal 1, Singapore 4, Taipei 3, Thailand 5, Vietnam 2, South Korea 2, Sri Lanka 1 and the US 5. 17:09 The health secretary, Matt Hancock, has told MPs that the risk to the UK population is low and the country is “well prepared and well equipped” to respond if required. However, he added that the Foreign Office was “rapidly advancing measures to bring UK nationals back from Hubei province”. “Coronaviruses do not usually spread if people don’t have symptoms – but we cannot be 100% certain “If you are in Northern Ireland, you should phone your GP. “If you develop respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travel to the area, and are now in the UK, call your GP or ring 111 informing them of your symptoms and your recent travel to the city “Do not leave your home until you have been given advice by a clinician.” Hancock added that efforts were continuing to trace people who have arrived in the UK from Wuhan: “Having eliminated those who we know have since left the country, there are 1,460 people we are seeking to locate “The Foreign Office is rapidly advancing measures to bring UK nationals back from Hubei province. “I have asked my officials to ensure there are appropriate measures in place upon arrival to look after them and protect the public.” The health secretary asked Britons in Hubei province to get in contact with the Foreign Office. 16:59 People’s Daily, China’s largest newspaper, has claimed on Twitter that an “antiviral spray” that can be applied to the throat and shield from infection with the coronavirus has been developed in a clinical centre in Shanghai The tweet seemed to imply that the spray is already being used by hospital staff in China on the frontline of the virus outbreak, as it emphasised that “mass-production for public use is not available for now”People's Daily, China(@PDChina) An antiviral spray against novel #coronavirus has developed in Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, which can be put into throat as shield from virus. The spray can greatly help protect front-line medical staff, yet mass-production for public use is not available for now.  16:51 The US president, Donald Trump, has commented on the coronavirus on Twitter, stating that his administration has offered help to China’s president, Xi Jinping:We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary! 16:22 Dubai’s Emirates airline has advised its flight crews to stay in their hotels when on a layover in China to avoid infection risk with the coronavirus. According to Reuters, the airline also recommends that crew avoid areas with a potential for large gatherings of people. 15:57 The expert added that it was probably difficult for someone infected with coronavirus to transmit it to others without coughing or sneezing, but that more research was needed Van Kerkhove said that so far there was no evidence that the virus was mutating. 15:52 Van Kerkhove said a lot of people were asking whether receiving mail from Wuhan posed an infection risk, and said that this was not a concern, as the virus would not survive for that long a journey She added that not many children had been infected so far, and that about three to six feet (1-2 metres) of distance should be kept from those carrying the virus in order to avoid infection. 15:41 The World Health Organization (WHO) has invited people to participate in a live Q&A with the epidemiologist Dr Maria Van Kerkhove on Twitter. Van Kerkhove, who specialises in respiratory diseases, said that while it was confirmed that this was a “new” coronavirus, it was still being investigated whether it was transmitted from an animal. She added that currently there were 37 confirmed cases in 12 countries other than China. 15:27 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a short while ago that three new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the US – one in Arizona and two in California – apparently all travellers returning from Wuhan CDC confirms 3 new US cases of novel #coronavirus (#2019nCoV) infection in the U.S., 1 in Arizona & 2 in California. Everyone can do their part to help CDC respond to this emerging public health threat. China coronavirus: mayor of Wuhan admits mistakes The number of people tested for the virus in the UK has now reached 73, with all coming back been negative. The latest figures come in a 2pm update from the Department of Health and Social Care. 13:44 Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has put out some very rigorous hand-washing guidance, that includes using a paper towel to turn the tap off. 13:24 Wuhan mayor says city's governance 'not good enough' as coronavirus spreads 13:23 A second case of the virus has been confirmed in Canada. Officials in Ontario said it had been diagnosed in the wife of a man who was already being treated in Toronto, CBS reports. The couple travelled back from Wuhan last week 2nd presumptive case of coronavirus diagnosed in Ontario. Wife of man who is in isolation in Toronto hospital travelled with him from Wuhan, China last week.  13:11 Cambodia has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, its health minister, Mam Bunheng, said on Monday, Reuters reports. The patient is a Chinese national in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, he said. More than a dozen countries have reported cases, although most are in China. AP has more on the Cambodia case. Mam told a press conference that the 60-year-old Chinese man had flown directly from Wuhan to Sihanoukville on 23 January. He displayed symptoms of the illness on Saturday The Pasteur Institute in the capital, Phnom Penh, confirmed the infection from a blood sample. The man is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Sihanoukville Sihanoukville is a popular destination for Chinese visitors. The man’s three travelling companions from Wuhan were found not to have the virus. 13:10 British citizens trapped in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, say the UK government’s response has been slow and unclear, and its travel advice pathetic. Up to 300 British citizens are thought to be stuck in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located and where most of the 81 deaths associated with the disease have occurred. It is not clear whether the British government will conduct an evacuation, though the US and Japan are preparing airlifts. The French carmaker PSA Group has also said it will evacuate its employees Kharn Lambert, 31, from Lancaster, who works as a PE teacher in Wuhan, described the city as a ghost town. All planes and trains have been cancelled and most private vehicles banned from the roads, as officials try to stop the spread of the virus. Britons in Wuhan decry ‘pathetic’ UK government coronavirus advice 13:06 Here’s a summary of the latest developments: The number of deaths from coronavirus has risen to 81, with the number of confirmed infections climbing above 2,700 in China alone The southern province of Hainan has reported its first fatality. Some 95% of deaths and more than 50% of infections are in Hubei province China’s second most powerful man, Premier Li Keqiang, has become the most senior figure to visit Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak. He met medical staff, visited a supermarket, and the construction site of a new hospital Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, has admitted the authorities were too slow in how they released information about the virus. Appearing on state TV he said: “We were not sufficiently in time, and we did not make good use of many helpful information.” The UK government is under pressure to evacuate Britons stranded in the city of Wuhan and the province of Hubei. The Foreign Office said it was “working to make available an option” for British nationals to leave Hubei. Britons stranded in the Wuhan says the UK response has been “pathetic Hong Kong has banned Hubei residents from entering. New coronavirus cases have been reported in Australia and South Korea World Heath Organization chiefs will hold meetings in Beijing on Monday. The WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week urged China to ensure lockdown measures are kept “short in duration”. The number of deaths from coronavirus in has risen to 80, with infections climbing above 2,700 Hainan province confirmed its first death 95% of deaths and more than 50% of infections are in Hubei province China’s second most powerful man, Premier Li Keqiang, has met medical staff and visited a supermarket in Wuhan The lunar new year holiday in China has been extended until 2 February Chongqing municipality – one of China’s biggest – has banned inter-province bus travel for its nearly 30m residents New coronavirus cases have been in Australia and South Korea World Heath Organisation chief will hold meetings in Beijing on Monday Hong Kong has banned Hubei residents from entering First baby infected in Being 06:48 The Associated Press has just published a useful list of the latest figures on coronavirus infections. It says these are up-to-date as of midday on Monday in Beijing: China: 2,744, with 769 of those newly confirmed in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday. Five are in Hong Kong and two in Macao. Nearly all of the 80 deaths have been in Hubei province, with four elsewhere in China United States: 5, 2 in southern California and 1 each in Washington state, Chicago, and Arizona Thailand: 8 Australia: 5 South Korea: 4 Japan: 4 Singapore: 4 Malaysia: 4 France: 3 Taiwan: 3 Vietnam: 2 Canada: 1 Nepal: 1 The semi-autonomous region of Macau has imposed new restrictions on vistitors from mainland China, AFP’s Hong Kong correspondent reports. 25th of January 2020 11:30 BREAKING Hubei residents and visitors who have been to Hubei in the past 14days WON'T be allowed in Macau UNLESS they can present a legitimate doctor's letter proving they don't have #nCov2019, effective from Jan 27 Moreover, no one who has been to Hubei in the past 14 days will be allowed in any casino from Jan 27, Macau announced The government will investigate 1,113 Hubei residents in the city from 9am on Jan 27 and advise those in fine health to leave. Otherwise they'll be quarantined. 10:56 AM - Jan 26, 2020 Macau promised to announce number of Hubei visitors newly admitted in the city every day. It calls on its residents in mainland China to return home and self-quarantine for 2wks. All civil servants must fill out health declaration form when they arrive at work everyday. 10:10 Hubei province has suspended inter-province and inter-city buses intensifying the lockdown designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Chinese state media is reporting Shandong province and the cities of Beijing, Tianjin an Xi’an had earlier suspended inter-city and chartered buses from crossing their borders. 09:53 In Hong Kong, residents are protesting about the construction of a quarantine camp for people infected with the coronavirus. The reference in the first tweet to yellow and blue, alludes to the colours adopted by supporters of the city’s protest movement against Chinese interference and those who suppport the police, respectively Coronavirus outbreak: virus’s ability to spread 'getting stronger', says minister – updates. As the death toll reaches 56, the Chinese government promises tougher crackdown to stop the spread. 08:55 'Virus’s ability to spread seems to be getting stronger' – minister. China bans wildlife trade.  7h agoRevised death toll now at 56 07:44 'Virus’s ability to spread seems to be getting stronger' – minister At a press conference by the State Council Information Office of China, they confirmed that there have been 2,057 cases of coronavirus globally. China’s national health minister Ma Xiaowei said that it is possible the pathogen causing the virus came from a wild animal, and that 1,600 medical professionals were being dispatched to Wuhan to help handle the rising number of cases Ma admitted that the virus’s ability to spread seemed to be getting stronger and that they were not clear about the risks of the virus mutating. The incubation period is between 1 and 14 days, he said, and said it was likely the number of cases would continue to rise. 07:28 China bans wildlife trade The markets watchdog, agricultural ministry, and forestry bureau said in a joint statement that China has banned wildlife trade nationwide in markets, supermarkets, restaurants, and e-commerce platforms due to the coronavirus outbreak. Any places that breed wildlife should be isolated, and the transportation of wildlife should be banned, said the statement. The ban will take effect from Sunday. 07:23 The US Embassy in China has confirmed it is making arrangements to relocate people working at the US Consulate General in Wuhan. There is a flight due to fly from Wuhan to San Francisco on Tuesday but the embassy warned that not all US citizens would be able to board. “If there is insufficient ability to transport everyone who expresses interest, priority will be given to individuals at greater risk from coronavirus,” the embassy said in a statement on their website. 07:13 Hong Kong now has a sixth confirmed case of coronavirus. According to reports, the patient, who was admitted to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, had recently travelled to Wuhan on a high speed train before returning to Hong Kong 06:55 Local state media is now reporting that the city of Shantou will now not be banning cars, ships and people from entering the city tomorrow but will instead strengthen disease controls such as disinfection efforts. This contradicts earlier statements by the local government, which have now been removed from Shantou city’s website 06:49 In a bid to contain the spread of the virus, China has banned long distance buses between several major cities, including Beijing The eastern Shandong province, with a population of 100 million people, will suspend long-distance buses entering the province, state broadcaster CCTV reported, following the announcement of similar measures in the cities of Tianjin, Beijing and the historic Xi’an Coronavirus: China bans inter-city buses from Beijing as lockdown intensifies 05:56 Authorities have confirmed that China’s coastal city of Shantou in Guangdong province, over 500 miles away from Wuhan, will be the next city to be put on lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus People, cars and ships will all be banned from entering Shantou from first thing Monday, and this afternoon all buses, taxis and ferries were suspended in the city. There are now 15 partially or fully locked down cities but Shantou is the first outside Hubei province to be placed under restrictions. 05:47 This footage from AFP captures how Wuhan, a city of 11 million, has become a ghost town as the new restrictions on vehicles are imposed and people have confined themselves to their homes UPDATE China expands drastic travel restrictions to contain a viral contagion that has killed 56 and infected nearly 2,000, as US and France prepare to evacuate citizens from quarantined city at the outbreak's epicentre  Updates, 24-01-2020: Number infected hits 1,400 worldwide. China has confirmed that it is dealing with a total of 1,372 cases of coronavirus nationally. So far, 39 have been discharged. The number of those affected internationally has surpassed 1,400, but the death toll remains at 41. 15:06 Starbucks has announced that it will close all outlets in Hubei province for the duration of the week-long lunar new year holiday. It follows a similar announcement by McDonald’s, which will close branches in five cities in Hubei. 14:49 31 people tested in Britain so far. Over 30 people have now been tested for coronavirus in the UK, the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have said. As of Saturday afternoon, some 31 tests have now concluded, all of which were confirmed as negative for the virus There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad, and the risk to the public is low. The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community,” it added. It promised to announce any cases in the UK 'if and when' it is confirmed. What to do if you think you are at risk If you have visited Wuhan and develop a fever, cough or have difficulty breathing within 14 days of returning, government guidelines recommend people seek medical attention. 'In the UK, please stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible, call your GP or ring 111 informing them of your symptoms and your recent travel to the city.' 14:38 The majority of deaths from the virus so far have been those aged between 60 and 89, according to William Yang, the east Asia correspondent for the German news outlet DW. According to the figures, no one under 30 has died from the virus yet. 14:04 Health alerts raised to highest level in 30 Chinese provinces. In China, 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have now raised their public health alert to level 1, the highest level, according to Global Times. This enables measures such as quarantining Sichuan province has announced a ban on group gatherings. Individuals are not allowed to organise gatherings and restaurants are being prevented from hosting them. Anyone who had prior reservations has been told to cancel In Hubei province, where the virus originated, all 72 train stations have been closed down Workers in protective suits are checking the temperature of those entering Beijing’s central railway, and some railway services have been suspended in the eastern Yangtze River Delta region. 13:58 Chinese tourism continues to be affected by the spread of the virus. All domestic and foreign tour group operations are to be suspended from Monday. The move follows the closure of Shanghai’s Disneyland, and all tourist sites in the popular Sanya city. 13:24 Chinese president warns of 'grave situation'. The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has held a special government meeting to address the spread of the virus. The president warned of a 'grave situation' at a meeting with the politburo on the lunar new year public holiday, state television reported. He also said the virus was “accelerating its speed”. According to the TV report, resources and experts will be channelled to designated hospitals to tackle the virus. Supplies to Hubei province will be guaranteed and cost won’t be a hindrance. 13:12 Here's an overview of the developments so far: Forty-one people in China have died from coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, a city in Hubei province. This is up from 26 a day earlier. At least 17 cities in Hubei have been locked down, and around 28 provinces have issued the highest emergency response ranking possible, which enables measures including quarantines. There is virtually no travel being allowed into or out of Wuhan, and Beijing has suspended inter-province travel. More than 1,280 cases have been confirmed worldwide, the vast majority in China, and others predominantly across Asia. However, the virus reached Europe yesterday, with three confirmed cases in France, and has also been reported in Australia and the US. In total, 14 countries have been affected. In the UK, 14 people were tested and the results were negative. The government is trying to track down 2,000 people who arrived from Wuban in recent weeks. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control says more cases in the EU are likely. Hong Kong announced this morning that it would raise its response from ‘serious’ to ‘emergency’, the highest ranking. School holidays will be extended for another two weeks, and a marathon has been cancelled. The World Health Organization has not declared a crisis, but is monitoring the situation. China is building two new hospitals to tackle the crisis, the first in 10 days and another in two weeks. 13:01 Beijing now has five confirmed cases of coronavirus, but two of those had no connection with the province of Hubei. This appears to be the first time the virus has spread without having a direct link to Hubei, indicating that the virus is now being transmitted person-to-person within the capital. 12:57 Footage from the BBC’s China correspondent, Stephen McDonell, shows the deserted streets of Hubei, the province where the virus originated The streets are empty in the small towns of Hubei Province where the #coronavirus outbreak started. #China 12:54 The lockdown has now been expanded to another 16 cities, according to Associated Press. This brings the total to 17 cities, including Wuhan, affecting 50 million people – more than the population of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined. The cities of Yichang, Suizhou and Jingzhou were the latest added to the list on Friday evening and Saturday. There are several different figures circulating, so I’ll update you as and when I can. 12:26 Beijing has suspended all inter-province buses to try to limit the spread of the virus. It is not yet known when the services will resume. China cut off trains, planes and other links to Wuhan on Wednesday, and transport within the city has also been suspended. 11:48 US chartering flight to evacuate citizens from Wuhan. The US is beginning an operation to evacuate uts citizens and diplomats from Wuhan, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has said There are around 1,000 US citizens in the city and the embassy is in the process of contacting them to arrange seats on a plane back to the US. Plans are in place for the consulate to close temporarily, the newspaper said There are only 230 seats on the plane, according to the WSJ report, and those on board will have to pay the costs entailed. US medical personnel will be on board to treat suspected cases of the coronavirus, and any unfilled seats may be offered to non-US citizens Washington was given approval for the operation from China’s foreign ministry and other government agencies following negotiations in recent days, the WSJ said It is not yet known where the plane will land. 11:39 The central politburo of the Communist party has set up a working group to tackle the spread of the virus, according to Global Times, China’s national English language newspaper. 09:02  Two more potential cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota. In an alert issued by the Minnesota Department of Health to doctors as well as other health care providers, the state government requested that any patients with upper respiratory symptoms who may have recently traveled Wuhan be reported to appropriate authorities.  07:41 The race is on to build a new hospital in Wuhan to treat patients infected with the virus.  07:31 There are reports on the Global Times that a second doctor has died. It says Jiang Jijun died from exhaustion from treating patients. Another doctor lost in the fight against the Coronavirus. A 51yo veteran infectious disease doctor, died of sudden heart arrest on his way to the fever clinic on Jan 23. His colleague said he was exhausted by a two to three-fold surge in service demand due to the epidemic 07:18 China orders nationwide measures to identify and isolate cases! This from Agence France-Presse: China has ordered nationwide measures to identify and immediately isolate suspected cases of a deadly virus on trains, aeroplanes and buses, as the death toll and number of patients has skyrocketed. Inspection stations will be set up and passengers with suspected pneumonia must be “immediately transported” to a medical centre, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The isolation of suspected cases must be followed by disinfection of the train, plane or bus. The statement said 'all departments of transportation' must 'strictly' introduce prevention and control measures including screening measures in airports, railway stations, bus stations and ports. 07:11 A statement from Japan’s health ministry said the new patient was a woman in her 30s who arrived in the country on 18 January with no symptoms. She developed a cough and fever on the 21st. The statement said she had not visited the seafood market in Wuhan. 07:06 To bring our numbers up to date - 56 million people are now subject to restrictions on their movement as authorities expanded travel bans in central Hubei province, now affecting 18 cities. 07:04 Japan has reportedly confirmed its third case of the coronavirus. 06:57 Security personnel wearing hazardous material suits measure body temperatures of passenger at the entrance of a subway station in Beijing. Flight crew wearing masks arrive on a direct flight from China at Vancouver International Airport 06:55 One doctor is reportedly infected in Beijing. 06:40 More signs that new year’s celebrations are off and many people are staying away from public places: Chinese New Year Day is a time to wear your new clothes, go out, dine, shop, see and be seen. This is what it looks like in Tianjin’s shopping district today, in front of Tianjin’s best mall. Empty streets! 06:34 Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison has released an update on the virus: 06:31 Chinese news website Caixin has a snapshot of what reporting on the outbreak in Wuhan during Lunar new year is like. In the piece Gao Yu describes rumours flying around the hospitals, including that patients were attacking doctors. None of these things were true Overall, the city still operates in an orderly fashion. But shortages of medical devices and the fact that most local medical staff are incredibly overloaded are indeed severe problems. And most worryingly of all is the continuous spread of the virus... Updates, 23-01-2020: The number of people infected by coronavirus in China has risen to 1248 with 47 having died. Wuhan, the Chinese centre of the outbreak, has begun building a 1,000-bed hospital scheduled to be completed in just six days to treat victims of the epidemic amid concerns about shortages of beds and equipment Wuhan has been eerily quiet despite the impending lunar new year after the city was effectively placed in quarantine Tests on 14 people in the UK have come back negative but checks are being carried out on others. After the Cobra emergency committee met to discuss the threat to the UK, the chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, stressed that the risk to the public is low. Public Health England echoed the assessment while saying it was likely cases would emerge in the UK. The second confirmed case has been identified in the US, in the city of Chicago. The patient, a woman in her 60s had returned from Wuhan on 13 January and was tested after exhibiting symptoms. She is said to be in a stable condition. She has had limited contact with others since returning to the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but people she has had contact with are being monitored There have been calls for a worldwide ban on wild animal markets by experts who says the sale of sometimes endangered species for human consumption is the cause both of the new coronavirus outbreak and other past epidemics. The Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which has been closed down as the source of the infection, had a wild animal section, where live and slaughtered species were on sale. 16:46 The Scottish government confirmed on Friday afternoon that results for two of the five patients in Scotland tested for coronavirus had come back negative. Emphasising that the risk to the public remained low, Scotland’s chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, said:"Scotland is well prepared for these types of outbreaks – we have a proven track record of dealing with challenging health issues and the UK was one of the first countries in the world to develop a test for the new virus. I am being kept fully informed about the precautionary steps being taken, including timely updates on the patients who are currently being tested." 16:44 Three more cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong, according to AFP’s correspondent there. 16:25 Here are some details of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying about the second case of coronavirus identified in the United States The patient returned to the US from Wuhan on 13 January 2020, and called a healthcare provider after experiencing symptoms a few days later. The patient was admitted to a hospital, where infection control measures were taken to reduce the risk of transmission to other individuals. The patient remains hospitalised in an isolation room in stable condition and is doing well Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, healthcare professionals suspected 2019-nCoV. A clinical specimen was collected and sent to CDC, where laboratory testing confirmed the infection. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating locations where this patient went after returning to Illinois and are identifying any close contacts who were possibly exposed The patient has limited close contacts, all of whom are currently well and who will be monitored for symptoms. Since returning from China, the patient has had very limited movement outside the home. The CDC added that while it considered coronavirus 'a serious public health threat' the immediate health risk to the US public was considered low. 16:09 The BMJ (British Medical Journal) has an article about the psychological effects of quarantining a city, in response to the lockdown affecting more than 20 million people in China. It says: While history reminds us that outright panic is unlikely, fear seems more certain as a consequence of mass quarantine. Anxiety within Wuhan is to be expected even without quarantine. During disease outbreaks, community anxiety can rise following the first death, increased media reporting and an escalating number of new cases. Mass quarantine is likely to raise that substantially, for multiple reasons It says elevated anxiety may lead to a surge in patients referred to as the “worried well” and that stigma may affect those on the inside of the cordon Previous incidents have seen residents of affected areas socially shunned, discriminated against in the workplace and their property attacked. Unless active steps are taken to prevent this, the official imposition of a cordon may aggravate such effects. Vigilante-imposed isolation can follow or even run ahead of official quarantine. 15:56 A crucial question for how the outbreak will unfold is how contagious the virus is. Scientists around the world are trying to establish how many people, on average, each infected person will pass the virus on to, a number known as R0 in epidemiology. If this number is more than one, an epidemic will grow and if less than one it will fizzle out. A false-colored scanning electron micrograph of cells infected with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (shown in green), or MERS. An analysis posted online on Friday by scientists from Lancaster University puts R0 for the new coronavirus at 3.8 and estimates that should the epidemic continue unabated, there could be 191,529 infections by 4 February The paper also suggests that travel restrictions from and to Wuhan city are unlikely to be effective in halting transmission across China. The analysis assumes that only 5% of infections in Wuhan have been identified, which would imply a far larger pool of people whose symptoms have been mild and who have not attended hospital. So while more people may have been infected than initially thought, on the positive side, it would imply that the majority of infections do not cause severe symptoms. 15:54 Chinese state television’s traditional lunar new year extravaganza on Friday paid tribute to the people of Wuhan and to medical staff fighting the coronavirus crisis, urging them on to victory in the battle to defeat the outbreak. CCTV Spring Festival Gala Traditionally, hundreds of millions of people gather around their televisions to watch the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, a more-than-four-hour showcase of skits, music and dance that has been a TV staple since the first edition was broadcast in 1983 This year an extra segment was added at the last minute to what is normally a carefully planned show, slotted in early in the broadcast. The hosts offered their best wishes to medical staff on the frontlines and to the people of Wuhan. “We will definitely be victorious!” the hosts announced in unison After a montage showing doctors and nurses in their hospitals donning protective gear and hard at work looking after their patients, the hosts read out further exhortations Bai Yansong, one of state television’s best-known anchors, told the gala the virus segment had been prepared very shortly before the actual show “Remember that we love you, not just today but every day in the future,” Bai said as the camera cut to an audience member with tears streaming down her face Bai’s colleague Kang Hui, who often reads the main evening news, said the whole nation was involved in the virus fight. “There is no predicament we cannot get over,” Kang said, to stirring music against a backdrop of more scenes of medical workers in protective body suits. 15:46 Here is the full statement by the chief medical officer for England, Prof Chris Whitty, in which he said the risk to the UK public remained low: COBR (Cobra) met today to discuss the situation in Wuhan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. I updated on the current situation, the preparedness of the NHS, and possible next steps I am working closely with the other UK chief medical officers. We all agree that the risk to the UK public remains low, but there may well be cases in the UK at some stage. We have tried and tested measures in place to respond. The UK is well prepared for these types of incidents, with excellent readiness against infectious diseases We have global experts monitoring the situation around the clock and have a strong track record of managing new forms of infectious disease. The UK has access to some of the best infectious disease and public health experts in the world There are no confirmed cases in the UK to date. We have been carefully monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China, since the beginning of the outbreak and are now implementing our planned response. A public health hub will be set up in Heathrow from today. This consists of clinicians and other public health officials, in addition to existing port health measures. The World Health Organization has rightly responded quickly and China has introduced strong public health measures. 15:27 The person who tested positive in the US, the second person there to do so, is a woman in her 60s. She returned from Wuhan, China, on 13 January. 15:22 14 people in UK test negative In the UK, tests for coronavirus on 14 people in the UK have come back negative but there are checks ongoing on other people, the chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has said. He was speaking after a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall, chaired by the health secretary, Matt Hancock. 14:15 Britain’s Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has emerged after chairing a meeting of the British government’s ‘Cobra’ emergency committee, which brings together senior figures for various agencies to undertake crises planning. “The clinical advice is that the risk to the public remains low,” he said, adding that the UK’s chief medical officer will be making a full statement later today. 14:12 Health officials have been preparing for an outbreak that could last for months, a senior World Health Organisation official in Beijing has told the New York Times. Thousands of people were eventually likely to be infected, said Dr. Gauden Galea, representative of the WHO in the Chinese capital. “My own office is gearing up for a number of months. We do not expect it to disappear in a number of days.” 13:51 Calls for stricter outlawing of the trafficking and consumption of wild game - which has been linked to the emergence of Coronavirus in Chinese cities - have been reverberating on Chinese social media. An interesting piece from Jessica Colwell on What’s on Weibo, which reports on social media trends in China, reports that the Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market which has been linked to the outbreak has been closed down but criticism of such markets has been fierce. She writes: The hashtag “Support the banning of wild game markets” (#支持禁绝野味市场#) was topping the list of trending topics for much of Thursday and was viewed 270 million times. Another hashtag, “The source of the new coronavirus is wild animals” (#新型冠状病毒来源是野生动物#), topped the list on Wednesday and has been viewed 990 million times. Online commenters are lambasting the practice of eating illegal wild game such as civet cats, the cause of the 2003 SARS virus, and bats, the suspected cause of the Wuhan coronavirus (snakes have also been suggested as a possible source of the coronavirus outbreak). 13:37 Britain’s public health authorities have put out these slides as part of an information campaign about the coronavirus outbreak Public Health England(@PHE_uk) No confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been detected in the UK and the risk to the UK population is low. If you have travelled to the affected area, make sure you know what to do if you experience symptoms. 13:34 January 24, 2020 A British man who felt unwell after returning from Wuhan but struggled to get doctor’s appointment until revealing he had been in China. Michael Hope, 45, ended up in quarantine for 28 hours, kept in a sealed room and being tested by medics in what he described as 'spaceman suits'. “I felt like ET, to be honest,” he said. “It was totally, totally surreal.” On Tuesday, with his symptoms having worsened after four days to “a really bad chest – coughing to the point of vomiting”, he had no greater concerns than his GP being busy: after he explained his condition, he was told there were no appointments available and to call back in the morning. The following day, when he managed to get a telephone consultation, he told his GP he had been unable to leave his home since he had got back from China – and events suddenly speeded up. “I told them I had flu-like symptoms and that I had travelled back from Wuhan,” he said. “At first the GP told me to come to the surgery and said we could both wear masks and I could stand outside the door – but then things quickly changed and I was told to stay at home, not to leave, and I would be visited instead.” Read on.. 13:22 We also hear from epidemiologist Dr Rosalind Eggo about how scientists model the spread of novel viruses, often with very little information. China coronavirus: UK Cobra committee meets as death toll rises to 26 – live news 13:02 More airports are beginning to screen passengers arriving from China, AP reports. Qatar, home to the long-haul carrier Qatar Airways, said it had installed thermal scanners at its main hub, Hamad international airport. Kuwait announced similar measures late the night before at Kuwait international airport, joining the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which on Thursday announced screenings for all passengers arriving on direct flights from China, including at Dubai international airport, the world’s busiest. Kuwait’s state-run news agency said isolation rooms had also been opened at Kuwait international airport for passengers suspected to have the virus. Elsewhere in the region, Bahrain said it was taking unspecified steps over the virus. China has shut down Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, which is the centre of the outbreak of the newly identified coronavirus. A scattered number of cases have been confirmed in other countries, but there are fears that during the travel and festivities accompanying lunar new year starting this weekend the virus could spread more widely In Pakistan the Civil Aviation Authority said all passengers coming from neighbouring China would be screened for the virus, and any suspected of being infected would be kept in isolation at designated hospitals As many as 41 flights from China land at Pakistani airports every week. 12:49 Nepal has a case of coronavirus, Asian News International reports. Nepal Health Ministry: A student who had returned from Wuhan, China has been found infected with #coronavirus Holding a press conference on Friday, Ministry for Health and Population confirmed it. 12:30 Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, is planning to build a hospital to help treat victims of the epidemic. The template is a hospital constructed hastily in Beijing in 2003 during the Sars outbreak. Chinese city plans to build coronavirus hospital in six days. Drone footage shows dozens of diggers working to build a new hospital in Wuhan to limit the spread of coronavirus. Authorities hope the structure will be built by February 3 12:06 The UK government’s Cobra emergency committee is holding its meeting now about the outbreak. Ministers from the Home Office, the Foreign Office, and the departments for transport, education and communities and local government will also attend. “There remain no confirmed cases, and we’re well prepared for any new diseases. All UK airports have medical experts on hand and information has been provided to all passengers returning from China,” said a spokesman for the prime minister. He added that the Department for Education was checking universities’ preparedness, given the likelihood that Chinese students may be travelling to or returning from home, to coincide with the new year holiday. Asked whether China had provided the UK with all the information it needed on the outbreak, he said: “We remain in close contact with the World Health Organization and international partners, including China.” The prime minister, Boris Johnson, won’t be attending the Cobra meeting but is expected to host a reception at Downing Street in the next hour for the lunar new year. Meanwhile, we’re told by Public Health England that it is unlikely that there will be any updated figures on those being tested for the virus in the UK until at least 3pm local time. We had been led to believe that updated figures would be available at noon. 11:52 China will take stricter and more targeted measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Chinese state television has reported, citing a state council meeting on virus control on Friday. “The spread of the virus has not been cut off … Local authorities should take more responsibility and have a stronger sense of urgency,” according to state media, Reuters reported. 11:29 The Chinese military has released a handbook on Pneumonia Prevention and Control of New Coronavirus Infection, which Chinese media are encouraging people to forward to their circle of friends on social media. The 16-page document comes with cartoon figures of heroic Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) figures and includes guidance on hygiene and disease prevention. 10:29 The second confirmed case in Japan of the new Coronavirus transited from Hong Kong to Japan by plane and Hong Kong’s health authority need to track the flight and passengers now, according to Wong Ka-hing, director of Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection Xinqi Su, a Hong Kong based AFP correspondent, reports that the patient took Cathay Dragon’s KA855 from Wuhan to Hong Kong on January 19 and then transited from Hong Kong to Japan on Cathay Pacific’s CX58. She quotes an emerging and zoonotic diseases expert, David Hui, as saying that Hong Kong is now at “serious response level” due to imported cases, but it won’t be upgraded to an “emergency” until there are local cases and continued outbreak. He added that it was “unpractical” for all members of public to keep a mask on all day. “If you are taking public transport or going to a mall with many people, I would advise you to wear a mask. You can take off the mask when you are in office,” Hui said. 10:19 Thailand has confirmed its fifth case of the new coronavirus, a senior public health official said. “The patient is a 33-year-old woman from Wuhan on vacation,” Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Patucha told Reuters, adding that she was under quarantine at Rajavithi hospital and her condition was improving. The woman arrived in Bangkok on Jan. 21 with her daughter and visited a private hospital complaining of a fever, coughing and muscle aches before being transferred to a government hospital on Jan. 23, Sathit said. Her daughter tested negative for the virus. A Thai woman who contracted the virus after spending the New Year in Wuhan was admitted to Nakhon Pathom hospital, 60 km (40 miles) west of Bangkok, on Jan. 15 and discharged on Friday after lab tests cleared her of the virus, the Public Health Ministry said in a statement. Thailand currently has two patients under quarantine for the virus. 10:13 McDonalds says it is suspending business in five cities in China’s Hubei province, centre of the virus outbreak. 10:12 Two tourists visiting Finland from Wuhan in China are suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, according to YLE, Finland’s state broadcaster. The pair went to a health centre in Ivalo, northern Finland, to seek treatment for flu-like symptoms on Thursday night. Markku Broas, an infectious diseases physician at Lapland central hospital, said samples were taken to Helsinki for analysis but he thinks that it’s likely to be a case of the flu. “There’s no major cause for concern.” 10:09 The situation is a 'rapidly evolving' one which is being monitored closely but the current risk to the population in the UK is low, according to a new blog on the website of Public Health England, a state body. It answers a number of questions which it says many people have. They include: What is Wuhan novel coronavirus and should I be concerned? A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. No confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been detected in the UK and we currently consider the risk to the UK population to be low. How do we decide the risk level? Several factors are taken into account to determine the risk level including the number of cases, the speed at which new cases are being identified and other information about the virus such as how easily it spreads from person to person. Can we stop the virus coming to the UK? No system of checks can claim to offer absolute protection because of the incubation period of the virus. Some people might only show symptoms 14 days after exposure to an infected person. Our approach to enhanced monitoring helps us ensure that travellers from Wuhan get the right information about what to do if they become unwell. Why are we not monitoring all flights from China? And, what about people who have transferred from other flights? Plans are in place to meet any direct flights from Wuhan as experts believe this is the source of the virus. However, the enhanced monitoring of direct flights will be kept under continuous review and expanded to other Chinese departure points if necessary. 09:56 Beijing’s city government is urging people who return to the Chinese capital from areas affected by the Coronavirus outbreak to stat at home for 14 days, according to local reports. Meanwhile, sections of China’s Great Wall near Beijing will be closed to visitors from Saturday. 09:46 Flights to Moscow from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been suspended over fears about the spread of the coronavirus strain, according to Interfax news agency. Earlier this week Russia’s Healthcare Ministry described the virus as a biological hazard, with Deputy Minister Sergei Krayevoy saying the virus was a “striking example” of the biological threats Russia faces. 09:34 The regular press briefing from the UN’s office in Geneva is just about to start and the virus is expected to feature in questions There was some confusion in reports elsewhere about it. It’s not a WHO briefing. 09:21 A former government minister who oversaw the country’s response to the H1N1 flu virus in 2009, has said that containing panic around the coronavirus outbreak is as important as stemming the virus itself Gloria Guevara , who is now President/CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) based in London, said it could have a damaging and lasting economic impact on the global Travel & Tourism sector unless lessons are learned from previous viral epidemics Analysis of previous major viral epidemics by the WTTC found that the average recovery time for visitor numbers to a destination was 19 months, but with the right response and management could recover in as little as 10 months. 08:05 It was confirmed last night that two people diagnosed with flu were being tested for the virus in Scotland, where three others are also being tested on a precautionary basis. At least three of the patients are believed to be Chinese nationals While there remain no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Scotland, the Scottish government has set up a daily Incident Management Team with Health Protection Scotland, to continue monitoring the situation as it develops. While the Scottish government would not confirm where the patients are being treated, this morning the Courier newspaper reports that two are from the Tayside region, two from Glasgow and one from Lothian. Dundee University, in Tayside, has a joint education partnership with Wuhan University: it said five members of staff had returned from a visit to Wuhan last week but that no health concerns have been raised. Aberdeen University said five of its staff members had also visited Wuhan during the outbreak, and one of those – who has a non-teaching role - is working from home as a precautionary measure. 07:53 Coronavirus Worldwide: First Vaccines A Year Away  That first version of a vaccine has already entered into the laboratories at the global pharmaceutical firm Johnson & Johnson but it will be close to year before vaccines are available publicly from drugs companies. That’s according to Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson, and Richard Hatchett, Ceo of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which is funding two of projects and co-funding the third to develop vaccines Speaking in Davos, Hatchett told the BBC’s Today Programme that CEPI hoped that the vaccines it had announced partnerships for could enter into clinical trials in the Summer. It would be close to a year before they are available however, he aded, and this was a very ambitious timeline. He also said that that restrictions on air travel into countries such as the UK would not keep the virus out and for now the only means of responding were via public health inferventions Companies were also looking at progressing the manufacture and release of protective equipment for hospital workers and others, said Stoffels, who added: “We know that this could become a very big global epidemic.” Both men said that the speed with which development on drugs to respond to global crises had dramatically improved in the wake of the Ebola crisis, which Stoffels described as a “wake up call to the world.” 07:43 Singapore has confirmed two more cases of the new strain of coronavirus, according to its health ministry said on Friday, a day after identifying its first case of the infection that originated from China. The ministry said it expected more imported cases because of high travel volume from China, Reuters reports. Singapore’s tally of confirmed cases is now three. 07:27 Fewer people have been turning up at dedicated fever clinics in Wuhan, according to western reporters on the ground in the city. 07:10 Yichang City, also in Hubei province, is going to impose transport restrictions, according to the Global Times In the UK, 14 people have been tested for suspected coronavirus. So far five have been cleared and nine are still waiting for test results Public Health England has not given a breakdown of where the people were tested but Downing Street said four of the suspected cases in Scotland were believed to be Chinese nationals. Another patient is understood to have been tested at Belfast’s Royal Victoria hospital. What We Know So Far! The official death toll stands at 26 people, most of them in Hubei province in central China, but two people have died outside of that zone – one man just outside of Beijing, and the other in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia. At least 830 people in China have been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus so far. The Chinese government has locked down 11 million people in the city of Wuhan, where the virus originated, and nine other cities in the Hubei province, causing chaos on the eve of the Lunar New Year. A new 1000-bed hospital is being built in Wuhan specifically to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, and authorities there expect to have it completed and running by Monday. South Korea has confirmed a second case of the virus, a man in his 50s who had been working in Wuhan earlier this month. Japan has also confirmed a second case of the virus: a Wuhan resident in his 40s who arrived in Japan on 19 January. The US has confirmed one case of the virus in Seattle, while authorities in Texas are investigating a second suspected case 14 people in the UK have been tested for the virus; so far, five have been cleared. Scottish authorities have tested at least six people with coronavirus symptoms. In Australia, at least six people are being monitored for signs of the virus, while public health authorities warn the world is likely to see more cases confirmed in countries outside of China in the coming days. The World Health Organisation’s emergency committee has concluded it’s “too early” to declare an international public health emergency, but says the situation is still to be considered an emergency in China. “It has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one,” said WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 06:23 Shanghai Disney will be closed to help prevent the spread of the virus. 06:06 Cinemas will suspend their operations in Guangdong Province until the end of the holiday season due to the coronavirus outbreak. 06:00 Health officials in Hong Kong gave their daily press briefing about the coronavirus outbreak fully masked. 05:41 In Australia, researchers at the University of Queensland are racing to develop a vaccine for coronavirus. According to AAP: The Queensland team is one of three around the world asked to plant their foot on the accelerator and use new technologies to get a vaccine onto the market fast. If they can replicate what they’ve done in labs with other viruses, including related influenza and ebola, it’s possible the world could have a shield against coronavirus within six months. The team is one of three handpicked by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to fast-track the vaccine. The University of Queensland team is confident they’ll get there with recently patented DNA-based molecular clamp technology. It involves using the DNA sequence of the coronavirus – released by China after the outbreak – to produce a protein that’s the same as the one on the surface of the actual virus. That protein will be the essence of the vaccine, capable of generating immune system responses that protect people. “By injecting that we can get an optimal immune response in people that affords protection,” explains Dr Keith Chappell, from the university’s School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences. A total of 10 cities in China’s central Hubei province have suspended some public transportation over the coronavirus outbreak, the Hubei Daily reported on Friday. Buses in cities of Chibi, Xiantao, Zhijiang, Qianjiang, Xianning, Huangshi and Enshi have suspended services. In Zhijiang city, all public venues have been shut down except hospitals, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, gas stations and drug stores, it said. Indoor entertainment venues in Enshi city have also been shut down. Provincial capital Wuhan city, the epicentre of the outbreak, and Huanggang city have been locked down while Ezhou city has shut its train stations. 04:51 “It has been splashed all over the front pages of newspapers around the world for days,” writes Guardian contributor Michael Standaert in Sichuan. “But the outbreak of coronavirus, which has left at least 25 dead and infected more than 800, has been largely missing from China’s major state-run media.” Friday’s front page of the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist party’s flagship newspaper, displayed only warm wishes for lunar new year’s eve from the president, Xi Jinping, as he attended a spring festival gala at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing News of the coronavirus outbreak has also been buried during prime time CCTV news over the past two evenings, featuring as the fifth or sixth item on the daily 7pm bulletin. 04:40 Chinese officials have confirmed another person has died from novel coronavirus, the second person to do so outside the province of Hubei, the epicentre of the virus, bringing the official death toll to 26 The death was in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia and is some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) from Wuhan, the local government said. 24 deaths have occurred in Hubei. 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Coronavirus Worldwide Breaking News Updates. Updates from around the world from different news sources. Stay safe and take the right precautions if you are going to travel to potentially contaminated areas! All times mentioned are according UK time. Coronavirus Worldwide Breaking News Updates 24-02-2020 Coronavirus: 2.619+ Death in China, 79.561+ proven infected worldwide. 'Daily Updates About The Coronavirus, COVID-19 Updates, 24-02-2020: 21:45 WHO plays down pandemic fears as some experts say global spread 'a matter of time' Austria to close border to suspected carriers Italy death toll revised down to six 18:12 Dow plunges by more than 900 points on fears of coronavirus Two more doctors die of coronavirus in China More than 800 confirmed cases, 8 dead in South Korea China postpones key political meeting because of virus China bans illegal wild animal trading amid coronavirus outbreak Coronavirus deaths spike to 12 in Iran; 47 cases confirmed Fourth person dies from coronavirus in Italy 2 new cases in Taiwan 60 new cases in Italy  168 cases in Lombardy (as of 9:10 local time with "the number still increasing" said Lombardy governor Fontana including 3 deaths: 51 new cases today. Total includes 3 tourists from Lombardy whose cases was confirmed in Trentino Alto Adige but have now returned to Lombardy. "In the coming days the number of new cases should decrease, according to experts" said Lombardy governor Fontana 27 in Veneto (including 1 death): 2 new cases today: 1 in Venice and 1 in the Padua area.  16 in Emilia Romagna: 7 new cases today: 2 in Parma and 5 in Piacenza (of which 4 from the Lodi area) 3 in Piedmont. 3 in Rome (including 1 person who had been repatriated) 4 new deaths and 4 new cases in Iran. Iranian officials said that people who illegally entered Iran from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China were the source of the outbreak Canada, Lebanon, and now Kuwait have all confirmed cases of travelers from Iran 1 new death in Italy: a 84-year-old man in Bergamo (Lombardy) with pre-existing medical conditions.  1st case in Afghanistan: state of emergency announced in the Western province of Herat, which borders Iran. 3 new cases in Kuwait (1st cases), all returning from the Iranian city of Mashhad. 53-year-old Kuwaiti citizen (asymptomatic). 61-year-old Saudi Arabian citizen (asymptomatic). 21-year-old of undisclosed nationality (with symptoms). 1st case in Bahrain: a Bahraini citizen arriving from Iran.  409 new cases (of which 398 in Hubei) and 150 new deaths (of which 149 in Hubei) occurred in China (of which 366 new cases and 106 new deaths in Hubei province) on February 23, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.  161 new cases and 1 death in South Korea Tipping point seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours 409 new cases (of which 398 in Hubei) and 150 new deaths (of which 149 in Hubei) occurred in China (of which 366 new cases and 106 new deaths in Hubei province) on February 23, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.  161 new cases and 1 death in South Korea  Updates, 23-02-2020: The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern at the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases. Turkey and Pakistan close borders with Iran after eight deaths, while in northern Italy towns are on lockdown after jump in cases Prof Chris Whitty said: “Four further patients in England have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 13 Italians across the country’s north prepared for weeks of quarantine on Sunday as lockdown measures hit tens of thousands. Over 50,000 residents in 11 towns – 10 in Lombardy and one in the neighbouring region of Veneto – now face what the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said on Saturday could be weeks of lockdown Iran has confirmed eight deaths from the the new coronavirus, with the number infected rising to 43 An alarming number of coronavirus cases originating from mainland China and spread around the world may have remained undetected The French health minister, Olivier Véran, said new cases of coronavirus were 'very likely' in France and health authorities were ready in case of an epidemic 1 new case in Australia from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan 18 new cases and 1 new death occurred outside of Hubei province in China on February 22, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China 630 new cases and 96 new deaths were reported by Hubei province in China 2 new deaths and 120 new cases in South Korea. {youtube}                                                        The latest news on the Coronavirus (23-02-2020) Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19: From Pangolin, Snake Or Bat. 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Recommended:  Coronavirus, COVID-19 Symptoms Flu And Global Climate Change Updates, 22-02-2020: WHO worried about cases with no link to China People wear masks after deaths and new confirmed cases revealed from the coronavirus in Tehran, Iran A repatriation flight carrying 32 British and European evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship is due to arrive in the UK on Saturday morning after departing from Japan late on Friday Since being kept on board the cruise liner in the port of Yokohama, a total of 634 passengers and crew have been infected, accounting for more than half of all the confirmed coronavirus cases outside of China AP has collated the latest figures on known infections and deaths by country: Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths Macao: 10 cases Japan:754cases, including 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths South Korea: 433 cases, 2 deaths Singapore: 86 cases United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 US citizen died in China Thailand: 35 cases Iran: 28 cases, 5 deaths Taiwan: 26 cases, 1 death Australia: 23 cases Malaysia: 22 Italy: 39 cases; 2 death Vietnam: 16 cases Germany: 16 France: 12 cases, 1 death United Arab Emirates: 11 cases United Kingdom: 9 Canada: 9 Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death India: 3 cases Russia: 2 Spain: 2 Lebanon: 1 Israel: 1 Belgium: 1 Nepal: 1 Sri Lanka: 1 Sweden: 1 Cambodia: 1 Finland: 1 Egypt: 1 Updates, 21-02-2020: Two government mobile phones containing the personal data of 122 residents in mandatory coronavirus quarantine have gone missing, raising concerns over a potential data breach. Amazon informed third-party sellers it’s removing listings for products that include false claims about the coronavirus Dozens of protesters in a Ukrainian town have attacked buses carrying evacuees from coronavirus-hit China 500 Chinese prisoners infected with Covid-19 The director of Wuhan Women’s Prison has been removed from her position, according to the Hubei Daily, where it’s believed 230 inmates have tested positive for Covid-19 Another 41 prisoners in Shayang Hanjin prison, also tested positive China car sales fall sharply in February Another doctor in Wuhan has died from the virus. According to health authorities, 29 year old Peng Yinhua, working in respiratory and critical care at Wuhan’s Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital, died at 9:50pm on Thursday Third group of Diamond Princess passengers disembark 80% of new South Korean virus cases are in city of Daegu 'Special care zones' have been designated in Daegu and Cheongdo. The latter recorded the country’s first death from the virus on Thursday, according to Yonhap news agency Seventy cases have been reported in Daegu (population 2.4 million) this week, many linked to a controversial 'cult' church. The city’s mayor said residents faced an 'unprecedented crisis' from the virus outbreak As of Friday more than 400 members of the church were showing symptoms of the disease, Reuters reports, though tests were still ongoing, Daegu mayor, Kwon Young-jin, said at a briefing After several military members tested positive for the virus on Thursday, South Korea’s defence minister banned all soldiers from taking leave, leaving their barracks, and receiving guests On Thursday Australia extended its travel ban for people coming from China into a fourth week. It will stay in place until 29 February, despite please from the tertiary education sector, who want their international students to be able to return for the start of the academic year Updates, 20-02-2020: Two Japanese passengers from Diamond Princess have died The mayor of a South Korean city of Daegu has told residents to stay inside, as a surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to a local church raised the prospect of wider transmission. Reuters reports that malls in Daegu, the country’s fourth largest city (population of 2.5 million), were largely empty. “We are in an unprecedented crisis,” the city’s mayor Kwon Young-jin said Beijing has postponed exams due in March, including some college entrance tests and high school recruitments, because of the #COVID19 outbreak, Beijing Education Examinations Authority announced Thursday China’s state-run media says small- and medium-sized enterprises may lay off 30% of staff because of the coronavirus Indonesia has announced it will evacuate 74 of its nationals from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner Passengers are continuing to disembark from the ship docked at Yokohama, south of Tokyo As of Wednesday, a total of 621 passengers and crew had tested positive Indonesia currently has no reported cases of coronavirus, but the idyllic holiday island of Bali has been hit by the ripple effect of the crisis, with tourism plummeting. Updates, 19-02-2020: The death rate from the novel coronavirus has risen to 2.67%, based on today’s official figures from China. That’s based on 2,010 deaths worldwide Passengers have begun leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been anchored in Yokohama for two weeks Questions remain about how Covid-19 has spread to infect 540 passengers and crew. One Japanese health expert says the quarantining was inadequate A second person has died from the virus in Hong Kong China’s authorities are stepping up their control on people’s movement – but could be risking a backlash A senior nurse in a Wuhan hospital has become the latest health worker to die from the virus South Korea has recorded 15 new cases, 10 of them centred around a church in Daegu Casual staff at Australian universities fear for their livelihoods amid a slump in enrolments caused by the travel ban on Chinese students Stock markets have bounced back across Asia Pacific, shrugging off increasing evidence of a widespread shutdown in the Chinese economy. Updates, 18-02-2020: Vietnam locks down village of over 10,600 people to control coronavirus outbreak. The Vietnam northern province of Vinh Phuc has locked down Son Loi Commune in Binh Xuyen District, where seven people have contracted the new coronavirus. The lockdown, to last 14 days is the latest effort by authorities in the northern province to contain the disease after a three-month-old girl tested positive for the coronavirus (nCoV). VNExpress, a local media reports. A senior hospital doctor in Wuhan has died from the virus A 'dragnet-style' operation has been launched in Wuhan to roundup all people infected with the virus The UK government is evacuating its citizens from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. South Korea, Canada and Australia gave more details of similar operations Japan, which has 454 cases of the virus, is to trial HIV retroviral drugs on infected people Hong Kong is to boost its Covid-19 emergency fund from HK$28bn (US$3.60bn) from HK$25bn Singapore Airlines is cutting flights to major cities such as London, Frankfurt and Los Angeles as the virus continues to impact international travel Asian stock markets have suffered losses after Apple said the factory shutdowns in China was causing a shortage of iPhones Updates, 17-02-2020: County in Henan extends quarantine period to 21 days for travellers from Wuhan Australia announces plans to evacuate its citizens on Diamond Princess cruise ship New Zealand warns virus impact may curtain GDP 0.3% Japan's GDP shrinks as country reportedly asks Chinese runners not to take part in marathon Hubei's second worst hit city bans residents from leaving home Japan's 5th flight evacuating passengers from Wuhan lands in Tokyo Singapore cuts growth and exports forecasts, flags possible recession Woman let off cruise ship in Cambodia tests positive for coronavirus Updates, 16-02-2020: Coronavirus COVID-19: Probably Originated From A Lab In Wuhan Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 meters from Wuhan wet fish market Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concludes that 'the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan' It points to research on bats and respiratory diseases carried by the animals at  the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. WCDC is just 300 yards from the seafood market and is adjacent to the hospital 'The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,' penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats. It also mentions that bats - which are linked to coronavirus - once attacked a researcher and 'blood of bat was on his skin.' The report says: 'Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).'  It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal. 'The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic.' The report says. And he also mentions discovering a live tick from a bat - parasites known for their ability to pass infections through a host animal's blood. Coronavirus COVID-19: Second Infection Even Worse Taipei (Taiwan News) It’s possible to get infected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a second time, according to doctors on the frontline in China’s city of Wuhan, leading to death from heart failure in some cases. The claim is made by doctors working in the Hubei Province capital. One of the doctors reached out to a relative living in the United Kingdom, who then informed Taiwan News. Both the relative and doctors asked to remain anonymous, out of consideration they might face retribution from the Chinese authorities. The doctor, Li Wenliang who first raised warnings about the Wuhan virus, was rebuked by the authorities before succumbing to the devastating disease himself earlier this month. According to the message forwarded to Taiwan News, “It’s highly possible to get infected a second time. A few people recovered from the first time by their own immune system, but the meds they use are damaging their heart tissue, and when they get it the second time, the antibody doesn’t help but makes it worse, and they die a sudden death from heart failure.” The source also said the virus has ‘outsmarted all of us’, as it can hide symptoms for up to 24 days. This assertion has been made independently elsewhere, with Chinese pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan saying the average incubation period is three days, but it can take as little as one day and up to 24 days to develop symptoms. Also, the source said that false negative tests for the virus are fairly common.“It can fool the test kit – there were cases that they found, the CT scan shows both lungs are fully infected but the test came back negative four times. The fifth test came back positive.” According to the BBC and other media outlets, some laboratory tests are incorrectly telling people they are virus-free. There is also anecdotal evidence of people having up to six negative results before being diagnosed correctly. Dr. Li Wenliang first raised concerns about this. His own test results had come back negative multiple times before he was finally diagnosed. False negative tests raise question marks over how many people have the Wuhan coronavirus, with many believing the Chinese authorities have massively underreported the number of cases and deaths. Meanwhile, the official methodology for diagnosing the virus in China was changed this week, leading to a sudden leap in the number of recorded cases and deaths. Updates, 15-02-2020: Africa has its first confirmed case of coronavirus after a person in Egypt tested positive for the disease, it has emerged Channel 4 worker taken to hospital for coronavirus test Love in the time of coronavirus: Valentine’s Day on quarantined ship London fashion week opens as coronavirus hits attendance The 2019-nCoV coronavirus has claimed a first victim in Europe. In France, an eighty-year-old Chinese tourist succumbed to the effects of the COVID-19 disease on Friday, French health minister Agnès Buzyn reported Saturday. Updates, 14-02-2020: 06:03 The total death toll in mainland China rose to 1,380 – after 121 new deaths were recorded on Thursday, but also after 108 deaths were removed due to supposed double-counting The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China rose to 63,851, a rise of 5,090 new cases A cruise ship, docked in Sydney, has been given the all clear after a person tested negative for the virus. Earlier, media reports erroneously claimed the ship was in lockdown In Cambodia, the more than 2000 passengers and crew of the Westerdam cruise ship finally disembarked, after 20 of its passengers were tested and cleared of the virus. The ship had been refused entry to five different countries A 78-year old man and an 18-month old toddler are still among the Australian citizens still stranded in Wuhan Japan recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, which is the third coronavirus fatality outside mainland China It was confirmed that yesterday’s large spike in recorded deaths and cases was due to China changing the methodology of confirming cases, and broadening the definition. 05:37 US-based immunology company Vir Biotechnology has identified two monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can bind to the new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2. According to the company, antibodies can be both therapeutic and prophylactic, while vaccines provide only protection. An antibody delivers an immune response that becomes effective within hours of injection, while vaccine involves making of an immune response by an individual and takes weeks. Last month, Vir announced that the company is using different platforms to determine if its previously identified mAbs against coronavirus can bind and neutralise the virus. The company is using its antibody technology platform to isolate new antibodies specific for SARS-CoV-2. Updates, 13-02-2020: Hubei’s health commission says there were 14,840 new cases of the virus diagnosed on Wednesday and 242 new deaths. The big jump in numbers is due to a change in the way cases are measured Unusually, the National Health Commission has not reported a country-wide update of deaths and infections on Thursday The MV Westerdam cruise ship has arrived in Cambodia after spending two weeks at sea because no other country would allow the liner to dock because of fears about coronavirus 44 more passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were diagnosed with Covid-19, taking the total infections on the ship 218 Australia has extended its 14-day ban on tourists travelling from China to Australia (due to expire on Saturday) will be extended for another week City in central Hubei implements wartime control measures Vietnam Airlines losing $10m a week Wuhan communist party chief fired North Korea increases quarantine period to 30-days – reports The South China Morning Post’s correspondent in Beijing, Jun Mai, says the changes to key leaders in personnel don’t just bring in new leaders who are protege’s of President Xi, but people with strong backgrounds in security More than 28 hours after China released its last nationwide coronavirus stats, the nationwide number has not been updated. So far, the total confirmed case stands at 59.881, with 16.067 suspected cases. 1.368 has died from the infection and 5950 were discharged Scott Morrison acknowledges the impact on Australia from the curb on tourism from China because of the virus. “In tourism (in Australia) it’s a double blow because of the bushfires,” Morrison says. 06:37 American Airlines - extends suspension of China and Hong Kong flights through 24 April, from 27 March earlier Air France - Said on 6 February it would suspend flights to and from mainland China for much of March Air Seoul - The South Korean budget carrier suspended China flights from 28 January until further notice Air Tanzania - Tanzania’s state-owned carrier, which had planned to begin charter flights to China in February, postponed its maiden flights Austrian Airlines - until end-February British Airways - 29 January-31 March Delta Airlines - 2 February- 2 April Egyptair - 1 February until further notice El Al Israel Airlines - Said on 12 February it would suspend its Hong Kong flights until 20 March and reduce its daily flights to Bangkok. It suspended flights to Beijing from 30 January to 25 March following a health ministry directive Finnair - Suspended all flights to China between Feb. 6-29, to Guangzhou between Feb. 5-March 29 Iberia Airlines - The Spanish carrier extended its suspension of flights from Madrid to Shanghai, its only route, from 29 February until the end of April JejuAir Co Ltd - Korean airline to suspend all China routes starting 1 March Kenya Airways - 31 January until further notice KLM - Will extend its ban up to 15 March Lion Air - All of February Oman and Saudia, Saudi Arabia’s state airline, both suspended flights on 2 February until further notice Qatar Airways - 1 February until further notice Rwandair - 31 January until further notice Nordic airline SAS - 4-29 February Scoot, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost carrier - 8 February until further notice United Airlines - 4 February-23 April 23. Service to Hong Kong suspended Feb. 8-23 April Vietjet and Vietnam Airlines - Suspended flights to the mainland as well as Hong Kong and Macau 1 February-April 30, in line with its aviation authority’s directive Air Canada- Cancelled direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai 30 January-29 February Air China - Said on 12 Februray it will cancel flights to Athens, Greece, from 17 February to 18 March Air China - State carrier said on 9 February it will “adjust” flights between China and the United States Air New Zealand - Suspended Auckland-Shanghai service 9 February-29 March ANA Holdings - Suspended routes including Shanghai and Hong Kong from 10 February until further notice Cathay Pacific Airways - Plans to cut a third of its capacity over the next two months, including 90% of flights to mainland China. It has encouraged its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave in a bid to preserve cash Emirates and Etihad - The United Arab Emirates, a major international transit hub, suspended flights to and from China, except for Beijing Hainan Airlines - Suspended flights between Budapest, Hungary, and Chongqing 7 February- 27 March Philippine Airlines - Cut the number of flights between Manila and China by over half Qantas Airways - Suspended direct flights to China from 1 February. The Australian national carrier halted flights from Sydney to Beijing and Sydney to Shanghai between 9 February-29 March Royal Air Maroc - The Moroccan airline suspended direct flights to China 31 January-29 February. On 16 January, it had launched a direct air route with three flights weekly between its Casablanca hub and Beijing Russia - All Russian airlines, with the exception of national airline Aeroflot, stopped flying to China from 31 January. Small airline Ikar will also continue flights between Moscow and China. All planes arriving from China will be sent to a separate terminal in the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport Singapore Airlines - Suspended or cut capacity on flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xiamen and Chongqing, some of which are flown by regional arm SilkAir UPS - Cancelled 22 flights to China because of the virus and normal manufacturing closures due to the Lunar New Year holiday Virgin Atlantic - Extended its suspension of daily operations to Shanghai until 28 March Virgin Australia - Said it will withdraw from the Sydney-Hong Kong route from 2 March because it was “no longer a viable commercial route” due to growing concerns over the virus and civil unrest in Hong Kong 06:14 Vietnamese media is reporting that a community near Hanoi has been quarantined after 8th virus case is confirmed there. I’ll bring you more on this when I have the details. 05:42 Vietnam Airlines has given an early indication of the financial impact on the industry as it announced it is losing 250bn dong ($10.8m) a week in revenue due to travel curbs resulting from the coronavirus. 05:40 Here’s some more confusing news on the numbers of infections. This morning the Hubei province health commission said as of midnight on 12 February, there were 14,840 new cases of coronavirus of Covid-19 (much higher than the previous day due to changes in how cases are counted) I mentioned a couple of posts back that the National Health Commission is several hours late announcing the national figures today Now the state-run tabloid Global Times has tweeted that as of 5pm on 12 February, there were actually 16,568 confirmed coronavirus patients in Wuhan. This figure doesn’t seem to tally with anything else, which is very strange, considering it is state-run media 05:25 The Australian stock market has closed flat on Thursday afternoon. The ASX200 opened strongly in the morning but animal spirits were curbed by the terrible virus infection figures out of China They weren’t considered bad enough to send the index into the red for the day and it closed again just shy of the record high 7,090 points In Tokyo the Nikkei is also flat as is the Kospi in Seoul. The Hang Seng is down 0.23% in Hong Kong and the Shanghai Composite is off 0.7% Brent crude was up 15c to $55.94 a barrel and gold was also up. 04:34 Eight people were denied entry into Samoa over the weekend as they returned home from India, travelling through Singapore Members of China’s Uighur minority living in exile are sounding the alarm over the risk of the coronavirus spreading in camps inside the country, where it is believed up to a million people are being detained. 5 Online Tools Provide Up-to-Date Tracking of The New Coronavirus Spread Several use WHO and Centres for Disease Control data to track outbreaks and recoveries, while others are aimed only at a Chinese audience, and focused on controlling the infection be helping people track who they might have come into contact with. Using these tools, along with preventative measures like handwashing and avoiding contact with sick people, could slow the spread of the coronavirus. The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and is now in at least 26 countries. Experts are now calling it a 'mild pandemic', and theorizing that it could become a permanent virus that humans face, akin to the seasonal flu. Here are five tools to follow the coronavirus: Johns Hopkins CSSE map This online dashboard from Johns Hopkins uses CDC and WHO data to track the outbreak in real time. Click here for Johns Hopkins CSSE map Health Map This map also tracks outbreaks of the virus, but it uses AI to scrape posts on news sites and social media to create a heat map of the virus, which can be useful to health officials. Click here for the Health Map which tracks outbreaks of the coronavirus worldwide Coronavirus app This app from two French expats in Taiwan has a useful breakdown of infections, deaths, and recoveries by region. Click here for the Coronavirus Map     Baidu map Chinese search engine Baidu has created an epidemic map alongside its normal map, which shows real-time locations of confirmed and suspected coronavirus cases. Click here for the Baidu map Chinese flight and train checker A Chinese cybersecurity firm created a tool available in China that lets people input flight or train numbers to see if they have travelled with anyone infected with the coronavirus. Click here for the Chinese flight and train tracker Updates, 12-02-2020: Coronavirus 2019 nCoV has now named: Covid-19 China death rate appears to slow as 39 new cases found on cruise ship New figures report 97 deaths up to midnight on Tuesday WHO chief warns threat is greater than terrorism. 06:48 Indonesia has rejected claims that it is allowing Covid-19 to go undetected. Scientists have expressed widespread disbelief at how the country has managed to go without not recording a single case despite its huge 260 million population and close ties to China. 06:26 Doctors and other medical staff are reaching exhaustion point as they work to treat huge numbers of infected people in difficult conditions without proper protection, according to a shocking story One doctor at a community clinic in Wuhan said he and at least 16 other colleagues were showing symptoms of Covid-19, including lung infections and coughing The MS Westerdam, carrying 2,257 passengers and crew, was turned away by Thailand yesterday because of concerns that some passengers may have coronavirus even though none have tested positive. 05:53 The Australian stock market has closed within a whisker of an all-time high, the ASX200 climbing 0.47% to 7,088.2 points, just shy of the record close of 7,090.5 set last month. his is all despite predictions of a recession in Australia in the first quarter thanks to Covid-19. UBS reckons GDP will slump 0.1% as Chinese tourists are unable to visit Australia. And they say it could be even worse, possibly as low as -0.5% In Tokyo the Nikkei has gained 0.57%, Seoul is up 0.54% and in China the Shanghai Composite has lifted 0.59% and the Hang Seng is 0.99% to the good Elsewhere the US dollar slipped, reflecting more confidence around the markets, and Brent crude rose 1.74% to $54.95 per barrel. 05:09 General Motors will suspend production at its factory in South Korea because of supply problems due to the coronavirus outbreak in China Hyundai said last week that it had suspended operations at its huge manufacturing complex in the coastal city of Ulsan while in Japan Nissan said it was suspending operations at its Kyushu plant from 14-17 February 14-17 because of supply shortages from China. 04:32 A Chinese marathon runner has completed a 50km run around his living room in order to relieve the boredom of coronavirus lockdown, writes Naaman Zhou. 04:06 A popular posting on Twitter is these pics of health workers bearing the imprint of face masks after a day’s work. Updates, 10-02-2020: A team of experts headed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) flew into Beijing on Monday to help assess the latest outbreak. While China has borne the brunt of the disease with the vast majority of confirmed cases and all but two of the deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been “some concerning instances” of transmission from people who had not been to China. “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 on Twitter. Share your experiences We want to know about any additional measures you have encountered in airports in different countries following the coronavirus outbreak. Which airport were you travelling through and were people screened or asked to enter a different way? Do you feel that the measures were adequate? Please write or reply to this article at: WhatsOrb 12:52 The deadly coronavirus is airborne, a Shanghai official has confirmed. The virus can now spread via aerosol transmission, meaning it can drift through the air for an extended period of time and cause infection if breathed in.  12:28 The Department for Health and Social Care said: China’s death toll has jumped to 908, with 40,000 confirmed infections Another 60 passengers on the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of infections on the ship to 130 Tens of millions of Chinese have gone back to work today after the extended lunar new year break The World Health Organization has sent a team of international experts to Beijing to help combat the epidemic A memorial has been held in New York for the whistleblower doctor, Li Wenliang, who died last week from coronavirus. China’s food prices spiked by 20.6% in January. A citizen journalist in Wuhan, Chen Qiushi, who has been reporting on the coronavirus epidemic, has been missing since Thursday. 06:26 A citizen journalist who had been reporting from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has gone missing, prom  pting claims that the Chinese authorities are silencing another whistleblower When Qiushi, a human rights advocate, has been missing since Thursday – the same day Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist who was punished by authorities for trying to warn colleagues and friends about a new Sars-like virus, was first reported to have died from the coronavirus Coronavirus: journalist missing in Wuhan as anger towards Chinese authorities grows The Mobile World Congress – the largest exhibition for the mobile phone industry – being held in Barcelona this month, has announced travellers from Hubei province will not be admitted. In addition, organisers announced that: All travellers from the Hubei province will not be permitted access to the event All travellers who have been in China will need to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China 14 days prior to the event (passport stamp, health certificate) Temperature screening will be implemented Attendees will need to self-certify they have not been in contact with anyone infected Amazon has announced it will not attend the conference, because of coronavirus-related concerns China food prices spike 20.6% in January China’s consumer prices rose at the highest rate in more than eight years, official data on Monday showed, with inflation more than expected on the back of lunar new year demand and a deadly virus outbreak. Updates, 07-02-2020: 07:12 China's economic growth forecast downgraded as infections pass 30,000 Dr #LiWenliang, 33, died in a hospital in #Wuhan. He was one of eight people who tried to warn about #coronavirus when it first emerged in Wuhan, but was reprimanded by local police Australia publishes first epidemiological report on coronavirus cases in the country US evacuation flights due to arrive home on Friday North Korea reports first case of virus S&P slashes forecast for China's economic growth Xi says China has taken 'most comprehensive containment measures' Impact on Chinese economy is temporary – officials Scott Morrison has urged all Australians to leave China as soon as possible Infected people on the cruise ship Dimond Princess: 61 06:09 China’s National Supervisory Commission, which some on twitter are calling the country’s 'much-feared disciplinary watchdog', says it is sending a team to Wuhan to conduct a 'full investigation' into the handling of the death of Dr Li Wenliang, the whistleblower who first raised concerns about the coronavirus in December. Chinese state media reported his death, retracted it adn then confirmed it. 05:12 latest figures for cases and deaths reported by health authorities around the world so far. China: 636 deaths and 31,161 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had one death, and 22 cases. Macao has had 10 cases. Japan: 86 cases Singapore: 30 Thailand: 25 South Korea: 24 Australia: 14 Germany: 13 United States: 12 Taiwan: 16 Malaysia: 14 Vietnam: 12 France: 6 United Arab Emirates: 5 Canada: 6 India: 3 Philippines: 3 cases, including 1 death Russia: 2 Italy: 2 Britain: 3 Belgium: 1 Nepal: 1 Sri Lanka: 1 Sweden: 1 Spain: 1 Cambodia: 1 Finland: 1 Updates, 6-02-2020: 12:20 An outbreak of a particularly contagious bird flu virus has been reported in Saudi Arabia, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) warns, as the world struggles to contain the spread of a deadly China coronavirus The outbreak took place in the central Sudair region, located some 150 kilometers north of the nation’s capital of Riyadh. The disease already killed more than 22,000 birds, the OIE said, citing the Saudi Agriculture Ministry. More than 385,000 birds were also slaughtered out of precaution The H5N8 strain of the bird flu, which was detected in Saudi Arabia, was previously considered not particularly contagious for humans. Yet, it has been recently declared to have become increasingly more pathogenic Earlier on Tuesday, a similar alarming report about a bird flu outbreak came from Vietnam, where another highly pathogenic virus strain — H5N6 — led to the deaths of 2,200 birds in a village in the country’s north On February 1, China, which has already been gripped with a novel coronavirus originated from the city of Wuhan, reported that an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was detected in its central Hunan province While it hasn’t occupied the news spotlight lately, H5N1 is said to be an even deadlier virus to those who contract it. Nearly 60 percent of H5N1 patients die after contracting the sickness, compared to two percent of Wuhan coronavirus (2019 nCoV) patients thus far. 07:30 10 test positive on cruise ship in Japan China deaths pass 490 A third case has been confirmed in the Philippines. The WHO says a 60-year-old Chinese woman has coronavirus And in another development, Uzbekistan is evacuating 84 people from Wuhan, according to Uzbekistan Airways 06:20 Reuters has reported some fascinating detail about an international business meeting held in Singapore in January that reveals something about the way in which the virus has spread around the world. The coronavirus was engineered by human scientists. The proof is in the virus itself: The tools for genetic insertion are still present as remnants in the genetic code. Since these unique gene sequences don’t occur by random chance, they’re proof that this virus was engineered by scientists in a lab. Officials in Malaysia said on Tuesday that its first citizen to be infected with the virus - a 41-year-old man - had attended the meeting that had also included several international delegations, some from China On Wednesday officials in South Korea said a 38-year-old Korean who came into contact with the Malaysian when he travelled to Singapore for a conference has also been infected Critics have said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been guilty of doing China’s bidding by not declaring the virus a world health emergency quickly enough. 06:03 A new documentary Netflix series called Pandemic has been released with horribly appropriate timing It explores what can be done to tackle the spread of diseases such as Sars and swine flu. Our feature writer, Brigid Delaney, says it “moved her to tears” Pandemic: Netflix's new series about global outbreaks is eerily timed, and moved me to tears 05:49 Hong Kong health officials say 90% of passengers on the ship are Hong Kongers and that none have had contact with three mainland Chinese who developed symptoms of the virus while on board between 19 and 24 January Three passengers developed the virus after leaving Guangzhou on the ship on 19 January, Genting Cruise Lines, which owns the operator Dream Cruises, said. They disembarked in Vietnam for treatment and the ship returned to Guangzhou on 24 January The South China Morning Post and the Chinese website TenCent reports that authorities in Zhaoqing, a city in northern Guangdong, said a person who was on that cruise was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday Health officials in Zhaoqing said another 41 people on the cruise should quarantine themselves at home or get in touch with doctors if they develop a fever They added that there were 108 people from Hubei on the cruise, including 28 from Wuhan. 05:29 30 crew on Hong Kong cruise ship have coronavirus symptoms Hong Kong’s health department says 30 crew on the World Dream cruise ship docked in Hong Kong have symptoms of the coronavirus. 05:00 Medical workers in Hong Kong have begun a third day of strike action over concerns that the city’s government is not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus Hong Kong recorded its first death from the outbreak on Tuesday and has 18 confirmed cases, bringing more calls for the authorities to seal the last remaining routes in and out to the mainland 04:53 The UK’s Press Association agency has spoken to a British man in Wuhan who fears he contracted the virus at the end of November but is not sure how he will get out of the city Japan to send fourth plane to Wuhan. Japan has already sent three planes to Wuhan to evacuate hundreds of its citizens. 04:34 A Canadian man on a flight from Toronto to Jamaica falsely announced to passengers that he had the coronavirus, forcing the plane to return to the airport where he was arrested Britain to send final evacuation plane to Wuhan 04:11 Passengers on another cruise ship are being tested for the virus World Dream, which is run by Dream Cruises, was denied entry to the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung aon Tuesday and docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday. 03:56 The Chinese government continues to try to put a positive spin on the crisis that has seen millions of people forced to stay in their homes The state news agency Xinhua tweeted some suggestions today about how families can amuse themselves in the confines of their homes. 03:31 Confirmed cases passes 24,000 The number of cases of novel coronavirus around the world has reached 24,505, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker site. The vast majority – 24,292 – are in mainland China with 213 around the world. (Those figures from the university don’t include the 10 on the Diamond Princess in Japan.) 02:42 In Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, the authorities are converting an additional eight buildings, including gymnasiums, exhibition centres and sports centres, into hospitals, the official Xinhua news agency has reported That’s on top of three conversions already announced. Together the process will add an extra 10,000 beds to the city’s hospital capacity. There have been 8,351 confirmed cases in the city, according to the Chinese news website TenCent Updates, 04-02-2020: UK urges people to leave China  Thirty-nine-year-old man in Hong Kong believed to have had underlying condition 12.35  Belgian woman on a repatriation flight tests positive Macau to shut down casinos for two weeks Chinese women's football team trains in 'corridors', quarantined in Brisbane hotel Taiwan calls China 'vile' over restricted access to WHO President Xi warns virus 'directly affects' economic and social stability of China Economic impact on China will be 'marked' Share your experiences We want to know about any additional measures you have encountered in airports in different countries following the coronavirus outbreak. Which airport were you travelling through and were people screened or asked to enter a different way? Do you feel that the measures were adequate? Please write or reply to this article at: WhatsOrb 12:28 There is no evidence so far that the virus is mutating "It is a quite a stable virus," said World Health Organization's director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department Sylvie Briand. 12:24 The World Health Organization has said the outbreak does not yet constitute a ‘pandemic’ Briand said that while there is rapid spread of transmission in Hubei, the cases outside the province are mainly ‘spill over cases’ with sporadic clusters of transmission Thousands of African students in Wuhan, the centre of the coronavirus epidemic, face dwindling food supplies, limited information and lockdowns restricting them to their campuses or hostels There have been no verified infections in Africa to date, but porous borders, a continuing flow of travellers and poorly resourced healthcare systems have raised fears that the virus could spread rapidly if the precautions of local authorities prove inadequate “Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director general, said last week. 11:40 Another British university has been hit by a coronavirus scare as a student returning from China was “self-isolated” amid fears they may have contracted the deadly illness. The University of Southampton 11:33 One of the infected Thai drivers, a 70-year-old, also had tuberculosis and was transferred into government care from a private hospital on Monday in a worse condition than the others The other driver was tracked down by Thai authorities after being identified as one of the people in contact with an infected Chinese tourist China’s national health commission announced on Tuesday that the national mortality rate of coronavirus is running at 2.1% In Hubei province, which accounts for 97% of all fatalities, the rate is 3% The commission said 80% of deaths were of people over the age of 60 and 75% had underlying conditions For comparison, seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1% and is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. Sars had a death rate of more than 10% The authorities in Shanghai have confirmed that a seven-month-old baby girl has contracted the virus. She is the youngest person in the city to catch it, according to the Shanghai Daily Officials from the world’s largest oil producers are meeting in Vienna, the headquarters of the Opec oil cartel, today and tomorrow to discuss the sharp slide in the crude oil price following the coronavirus outbreak Brent crude fell to its lowest level in more than a year yesterday, at $54.17 a barrel, while US crude dropped below $50 a barrel. Prices have bounced back a little this morning on hopes of further production cuts Technical experts from Opec and its allies, including Russia – a group known as Opec+ – are expected to debate a cut of about 500,000 a barrels a day in Vienna, and whether to hold an emergency meeting of energy ministers in mid-February A London-based woman is in Wuhan with a suspected case of coronavirus after her father was tested positive for the virus on Monday A Belgian woman who was on a repatriated flight from Wuhan on Sunday has tested positive for the coronavirus, Belgium’s health agency has announced. Updates, 03-02-2020: 361 people have died in China, one in the Philippines Confirmed infections in China are 17,238 (official Chinese figures include Taiwan, Hong Kong Macao) Outside of China, infections stand at more than 150 (for simplicity of comparison between the numbers, I have removed Taiwan (10), Hong Kong (15) and Macao (8) from this global figure) China’s markets plunged on opening, on the first day of trading since the extended lunar new year. Shanghai fell 8.7% A Qantas charter flight carrying Australian citizens has departed Wuhan New Zealand has banned foreign travellers from China from entering The new hospital in Wuhan, built to accommodate coronavirus patients, is due to open on Monday the third of Fevruary 2020. Updates, 02-02-2020: Another source of the Coronavirus: diarrhea: While doctors have focused on respiratory samples from pneumonia cases to identify coronavirus patients, they might have ignored a less apparent source of the spread: diarrhea The novel coronavirus was detected in the loose stool of the first U.S. case — a finding that hasn’t featured among case reports from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak. However, that doesn’t surprise scientists who have studied coronaviruses, nor doctors familiar with the bug that caused SARS Diarrhea occurred in about 10 to 20 percent of patients afflicted with severe acute respiratory syndrome about 17 years ago and was the source of an explosive SARS outbreak in the Amoy Gardens residential complex in Hong Kong SARS and Wuhan viruses bind to the same distinctly shaped protein receptors in the body that are expressed in the lungs and intestines, making these organs the primary targets for both viruses, said Fang Li, an associate professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at the University of Minnesota The discovery of the Wuhan virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, in the fecal material of the 35-year-old man treated at the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in Washington is “interesting,” said Scott Lindquist, the state epidemiologist for infectious disease at Washington’s Department of Health. 10:30 Coronavirus: first death outside China recorded as total fatalities pass 300 Man from Wuhan has died in a Philippines hospital, says WHO, as Xi Jinping orders 1,400 more medical workers into Wuhan The outbreak of the respiratory illness has killed 304 people in China since it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan late last year. Across China, there were 2,590 new confirmed infections on Saturday,