Coronavirus Updates: How the Coronavirus numbers changed so sharply
The number of cases and deaths in the coronavirus epidemic in China jumped sharply Thursday as the authorities there changed how they keep track of the illness, and not, primarily, because of any change in the shape of the outbreak.
From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving. Those who refuse to accept home or centralised observation and other prevention and control measures will be held accountable under law," a notice from Beijing's virus prevention working group has said.
All the seven persons whose blood and swab samples were sent for examination, tested negative to the virus, an official said. The department has kept 80 beds at the SCB Medical College and Hospital ready for patients with suspected coronavirus but that wing is now empty after the discharge of three persons who tested negative to the disease, officials said.
There is still a lot of uncertainty about the true numbers — as with any new epidemic — and that will continue for the foreseeable future. Underscoring that point, hours after China revised its figures, the World Health Organization put out a lower set, saying that for now, it would not change the way it counts.
WHO says joint China mission to start coronavirus investigations this weekend
A World Health Organization-led joint mission with China will start its outbreak investigation work this weekend and will focus on how the new coronavirus is spreading and the severity of the disease, the WHO's director said on Friday.
Golf-Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen events postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
In a notice, the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) said all passengers arriving from these countries will be universally screened “once they step out of the specified identified aerobridge”. Airport officials were advised to place signages in locations across the airport and also have self-declaration forms signed and filled by passengers.
Coronavirus: DGCA extends screening to passengers arriving from Japan, South Korea
Aviation regulator DGCA asked airports and airlines on Friday that in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection, passengers arriving in flights from Japan and South Korea must be screened once they step out of the aerobridge.
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So far, India has reported three confirmed cases of nCoV, all from Kerala. Three medical students of the Wuhan University, all natives of Kerala, who returned to India on their own recently and self-reported at a hospital in the state tested positive for the respiratory virus, named COVID-19.
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Coronavirus has dented Goa's tourism prospects: Official
The panic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak has affected Goa's tourism prospects, state Tourism Director Menino D'Souza said on Friday, with the rider, however, that he was currently unable to quantify the negative impact of the outbreak on tourism footfalls in the state.
Universities say Chinese students could quit Australia
Top Australian universities warned Friday Chinese students may walk away from courses Down Under after Canberra extended a coronavirus travel ban, in a major blow to the multi-billion-dollar sector.
Nearly 70,000 Chinese students are due to start their semesters soon at eight top-ranked universities, but have been stuck since the bans started on February 1, said Vicki Thomson, chief executive of Group of Eight, which represents the universities.
February 13, 2020: A spike in death numbers after new methodology
On Feb 13, China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized. The total deaths from the more than 2-month-old outbreak as reported on Thursday stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804.
February 11, 2020: When the death toll in China topped 1,000
On Feb 11, China’s daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time and pushed the total past 1,000 dead, authorities reported. The number of infections had grown to 42,638. A US citizen died in Wuhan, the first known American death.
February 10, 2020: When coronavirus surpassed the number SARS killed worldwide
On Feb 10, China raised the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic to 908, passing the number killed globally by the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003 and raising anxiety among people preparing to return to work after an extended Lunar New Year break.
The Timeline: When the doctor who tried to warn others died from the coronavirus
On Feb 7, Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, one of the eight whistle-blowers who warned other medics of the coronavirus outbreak but were reprimanded by the police, died of the epidemic. He was hailed as a hero by many for his attempt to sound early alarms.
The Timeline: A floating prison! cruise ship under quarantine
On Feb 5, Japan quarantined a cruise ship, Diamond Princess, carrying 3,711 people and was testing those on board for the new coronavirus after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness in Hong Kong. the number of people who tested positive became the largest number of coronavirus cases outside of China.
February 5, 2020: The US evacuation
On Feb 5, hundred of Americans were evacuated from Hubei province in China. They were for 14 days, which is the maximum time it takes a person to become sick after being exposed to the coronavirus.
74 people in Odisha under observation for coronavirus
Travellers returned from coronavirus affected countries after January 15 have been identified by the state surveillance system and kept under home quarantine.
China says 6 health workers died from virus, 1,716 infected
The figure comes a week after public anger erupted over the death of a whistleblowing doctor who had been reprimanded and silenced by police after raising the alarm about the virus in December.
February 2, 2020: The first death outside mainland China
On Feb 2, the first death was reported outside China in the Philippines. The man was 44-year-old. By this time, the death toll had risen to more than 360.
The Timeline: When airlines said 'NO' to China
On Jan 31, airlines like Delta Air Lines and United Airlines suspended service to China, for two months. Meanwhile, Trump restricted entry into the US by anyone who had traveled to China in the last 14 days. Till this time, 213 people died and nearly 9,800 were infected worldwide.
Representatives have been working to "establish an expert information exchange protocol" and held their first video conference with Chinese experts on Wednesday.
The Timeline: When it became a 'global health emergency'
On Jan. 30, WHO declared a “public health emergency of international concern”. China said it would continue to work with the WHO and other nations.
And the US asked its citizens to avoid China.
The Timeline: Isolating Wuhan, the epicenter of China virus
On Jan 23, Chinese authorities closed off Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, from the rest of China. At this point in time, at least 17 people had died and more than 570 others had been infected worldwide.
The Timeline: The first case outside mainland China
On January 20, countries including the US, confirmed the cases of the China virus. According to the WHO’s first situation report, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand were among the first to confirm cases of the coronavirus outside mainland China. In the US, a man in 30s developed symptoms after returning from Wuhan.
Punjab cancels leaves of staff engaged in reporting coronavirus
State Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the staff involved in surveillance of coronavirus would be granted leave after getting sanction from the Directorate Health Services, so that the screening and the test process of the suspected passengers would not be affected.
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A Timeline of the Coronavirus: The first death
On January 11, 2020, the first death was reported in China. The state media reported the first death caused by the virus. The old man who died was a regular customer at the Wuhan market, where the virus is thought to have originated first. The man was already suffering from abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease.
A Timeline of the Coronavirus: How it started
In the month of December 2019, dozens of pneumonia cases of unknown cause were reported in China. On 31 December, China confirmed that authorities were treating such cases. Later, Chinese researchers identified a new virus but at that point of time, there was no evidence that virus could be readily spread by humans.
China’s state-owned medical products maker, China National Biotec, is collecting plasma from the blood of patients who have recovered from the virus after discovering its efficacy in helping those critically ill from the infection.
Hubei province reported 4,823 additional coronavirus cases, confirming that the nearly 15,000 reported a day earlier was a one-off situation due to a new method for counting infections.
US says it's ready to help North Korea combat virus
North Korea has yet to report a case of the new virus, but state media reports have hinted that an uncertain number of people have been quarantined after showing symptoms. Experts say an epidemic in North Korea could be dire because of its chronic lack of medical supplies and poor health care infrastructure.
121 new fatalities were reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province while the confirmed cases of infection jumped to nearly 65,000
China virus death toll nears 1,400, US bemoans 'lack of transparency'
Gold eases as equities edge up, virus concerns cap losses
Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,574.69 per ounce as of 0427 GMT, having touched its highest since Feb. 4 at $1,577.89 earlier in the session.
New virus has infected more than 64,000 people globally
Virus could mean $5 bn in airline losses: UN agency
70 airlines have canceled all international flights in and out of China and 50 others have reduced their operations. Preliminary estimates show this has meant a reduction of nearly 20 million passengers compared to expectations for the first quarter of 2020.
Yuan eases as investors weigh virus impact, but set for small gain on week
China's yuan inched lower against the dollar on Friday, reflecting slight strength in the greenback overseas and continued investor worries over the economic fallout from the coronavirus epidemic.
Concerns over sharp rises in the number of new virus cases led investors to seek out U.S. assets, pushing the global dollar index, to a four-month high at one point.