World Response

April 3, 2020

The first of the government’s emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London’s ExCel centre. The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned across the UK. The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has increased by 684 in 24 hours, latest figures show. It comes as the Queen will address the nation in a televised speech on Sunday. The specially recorded speech about the coronavirus outbreak will be broadcast at 20:00 BST.”

April 2, 2020

In the Philippines, the 57 million residents of the country’s main island, Luzon, are under strict lockdown orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite that, many in a Manila slum took to the streets Wednesday to protest a lack of supplies, arguing they had not received any food packs since the lockdown started two weeks ago. The local government refutes those claims and clashed with protestors, ultimately arresting 20 people who refused to return home. “

April 1, 2020

The coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours, according to the health ministy, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352. The announcement on Wednesday came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll – another 864 people – while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417. In the United States, the death toll has exceeded 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 200,000.”

March 31, 2020

New Zealand is extending the state of national emergency for a further seven days to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said in a statement on Tuesday (Mar 31). The initial declaration on Mar 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. All non-essential services, schools and offices have been ordered to be shut for a month. “Extending the State of National Emergency ensures we have all the resources, support and powers we need to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” Henare said.”

March 30, 2020

“According to new analysis from UNCTAD, the UN trade and development body, commodity-rich exporting countries will face a $2 trillion to $3 trillion drop in investment from overseas in the next two years.  An economic downturn in these emerging economies was already evident in the last quarter of 2019 – before the new coronavirus outbreak emerged in central China last December – said Richard Kozul-Wright, UNCTAD director of globalization and development strategies. “”

Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it. It was a stark shift in tone by the president, who only days ago mused about the country reopening in a few weeks. From the Rose Garden, he said his Easter revival hopes had only been “aspirational.”The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead, he decided to extend them through April 30, a tacit acknowledgment he’d been too optimistic. Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.”

March 29, 2020

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez said on Sunday that the country would extend a mandatory nationwide quarantine period until the middle of April in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus that has killed over 30,000 people worldwide. The quarantine, which restricts non-essential workers from leaving their homes apart from to buy groceries or medicines, has seen the South American country’s streets virtually emptied, while its major grains industry has faced some disruption. The tough measure was initially until the end of March. It will now be in place until the end of the Easter Holy Week, Fernandez said, which would mean it would be lifted on April 12.”

March 28, 2020

The UAE has extended the nationwide National Sterilisation Programme until April 5, according to a report by the Dubai Media Office. According to the statement on Twitter, the programme will cover public facilities, public transportation and the Dubai Metro service. During the course of the disinfection drive, in place to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, people must stay home from 8pm to 6am each day. On Friday, the UAE Attorney General, Counselor Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, announced a new set of fines for those violating directives from the government, including fines for refusing to follow instructions regarding home quarantine, fines for those caught visiting public areas or organising house parties and penalties for those allowing more than three persons in vehicle.”

March 27, 2020

“British Health Secretary Matt Hancock became the second high-ranking UK government member to confirm his Covid-19 diagnosis on Friday, soon after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Matt Hancock, like Boris Johnson, said he has mild symptoms of the disease and has been working from home for the past few days in line with the UK government lockdown advice for people to stay at home as part of efforts to try and control the spread of the pandemic.””

March 26, 2020

The collection of toll at all toll plazas across India has been temporarily suspended, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari informed through Twitter. In a series of tweets, the minister said that the move would “reduce inconvenience to the supply of emergency services” and also “save critical time”.”

March 25, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country at 8 pm on Tuesday, 24 March. In a major announcement, he declared a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks. “Every state, union territory, village and district will be a part of this lockdown,” he added. The lockdown will start at midnight on 24th March. The PM said that these 21 days are crucial to mitigate the spread of the disease and that the decision was taken after consulting with various health experts and the World Health Organization (WHO). He acknowledged that 3 weeks is a long time and there will be a lot of inconveniences, but that these steps were necessary to prevent suffering in the long term.”

March 24, 2020

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled to open in Tokyo on July 24th, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The games will be rescheduled to 2021, according to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It’s the first time in their 124-year modern history that the Olympics have been moved or delayed during peacetime.“We have agreed that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be held by the summer of 2021 at the latest,” Abe said, according to The Wall Street Journal. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Games organizers were under mounting pressure to postpone the games this year, but the IOC and organizers had long insisted that the games would go ahead as planned. Canada and Australia said they would not attend the Tokyo Games if they went ahead as scheduled this year, while the UK and US have signaled a desire for a delay.”

March 23, 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has raised New Zealand to alert level three immediately and the country will move to level four in 48 hours. Ardern said New Zealand faced the potential for devastating impacts, but there was a “small window to get ahead of it”. Schools are to be closed for all except children of essential service workers. Schools will close to all pupils after Wednesday. “Now is the time to put our plans into action. We are fortunate to be in some way behind the majority of overseas countries in terms of cases … but act now or risk the virus taking hold.””

March 22, 2020

The ‘Janata Curfew’, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of COVID-19, kicked off on March 22, Sunday, resulting in businesses and all services being shut. Train and other transportation services being largely suspended across India. While metro trains halt operations, suburban trains are running only limited services today.”

March 21, 2020

YouTube is following in the footsteps of video-streaming service Netflix by reducing the quality of its videos in Europe to cater to increased usage patterns since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the continent. “We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” the company said in a statement.”

March 20, 2020

“President Danilo Medina decreed a curfew in the Dominican Republic on Friday to counter the spread of COVID-19 throughout the island. Decree 135-20 establishes that the mobility of people is prohibited from 8 pm to 6 am from Friday, March 20 to Friday, April 3. The president ordered that health personnel, journalists and people who need to go to a hospital be exempt. The Caribbean country has been in a state of emergency since last Thursday and, in addition, commercial, academic, and cultural activities have been restricted, as well as the borders have been closed.”

March 19, 2020

“A travel ban will be placed on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia, effective from 9pm on Friday. In making the announcement on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained the delay was to enable people currently preparing to arrive in Australia to make other arrangements, while not trapping travellers currently mid-flight.”

March 18, 2020

“Australia and New Zealand have cancelled joint Anzac Day commemoration events at Gallipoli amid fears over the spread of coronavirus, officials say. Services to mark the countries’ participation in World War One will no longer take place on 25 April. Thousands of military personnel from Australia and New Zealand lost their lives after landing at Gallipoli Cove in Turkey in 1915. Solemn ceremonies are held every year to commemorate veterans and soldiers. The countries had earlier banned large gatherings and asked their citizens overseas to return home.”

March 17, 2020

“The coronavirus raging around the globe has tended to tread gently with children, who account for the smallest percentage of the tens of thousands of infections identified so far. Now, the largest study to date of children and the virus has found that while most develop mild or moderate symptoms, a small percentage — especially babies and preschoolers — can become seriously ill. The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, looked at more than 2,000 ill children across China, where the pandemic began. It provides a clearer portrait of how the youngest patients are affected by the virus, knowledge that experts say can help influence policies like school closures, hospital preparedness and the deployment of an eventual treatment and vaccine.”
“The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. The study information was widely shared during the past two weeks after the researchers placed the contents on a preprint server to quickly share their data with colleagues.”
“Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today — one of a set of extraordinary new measures being introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19. There will be exceptions for air crew, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens and, “at this time,” U.S. citizens, Trudeau said. The prime minister also said no one who is displaying symptoms will be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada. “I know this news will spark concern among Canadians travelling abroad. I want to assure you that our government will not leave you unsupported,” he said.”

March 16, 2020

“Global deaths and infections from the coronavirus have surpassed those inside China for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. Worldwide infections have grown to more than 87,000, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker, while cases inside China, stood at 80,860 as of Monday, according to the Chinese National Health Commission. Deaths outside China have risen to more than 3,241, according to Johns Hopkins, while deaths inside China stand at 3,208 as of Monday (excluding four in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan).”

March 15, 2020

“SAARC nations to jointly combat coronavirus , Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday proposed setting up a emergency fund with India committing USD 10 million initially for it, and asserted that the best way to deal with the pandemic was by coming together, and not growing apart. Apart from Modi, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, Bhutanese premier Lotay Tshering, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Special Assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza, participated in the video conference. “

March 14, 2020

“President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, the White House announced Saturday evening. The news comes just hours after Trump revealed he had finally gotten tested amid growing questions about his exposure to several infected people. “One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, noting she had just “received confirmation that the test is negative.”
“The government has decided that all gatherings, including international meetings, sports, social and religious events be postponed or cancelled until April 30, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the decision would be reviewed if the Covid-19 situation improved. Muhyiddin said yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Religious Affairs Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri had issued guidelines for religious gatherings at mosques to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

March 13, 2020

“To the worldwide Apple family, The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us. At Apple, we are people first, and we do what we do with the belief that technology can change lives and the hope that it can be a valuable tool in a moment like this. Teachers are innovating to make remote lessons come alive. Companies are experimenting with new ways to stay productive. And medical experts can diagnose illnesses and reach millions with critical updates in the blink of an eye. “
“President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, and announced a set of specific measures aimed at stemming the effects of the outbreak. Stock marked indices sharply rallied during Trump’s press conference , posting their largest single-day gain since October 2008. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,985 points higher, or 9.4%, at 23,185.62., the index’s biggest-ever point gain on a single day.”

March 12, 2020

“The new coronavirus outbreak “is a controllable pandemic” if countries step up measures to tackle it, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday (March 12). WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus acknowledged on Wednesday that the global outbreak of the new coronavirus could now be considered a pandemic – a disease actively spreading globally. But he told diplomats in Geneva that describing the outbreak as a pandemic should not mean that countries give up the fight to stop it spreading further. “This is a controllable pandemic,” he said, according to a statement of his remarks.”
“Visa free travel afforded to overseas citizens of the country has also been suspended until 15 April. The move is expected to impact tourism, hotel and aviation industries in what will be more bad news for the slowing economy. India has 60 confirmed cases of the virus, the health ministry says. This number is expected to grow in coming days, as the results for tests conducted earlier become available. The advisory, issued on Wednesday night, says that only diplomatic, official, employment and project visas will be exempt from the current restrictions, which will be reviewed again in a month.”

March 11, 2020

“WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside China had increased 13-fold in two weeks. He said he was “deeply concerned” by “alarming levels of inaction”. A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time. Hours later Italy said all shops except food shops and pharmacies would close. Announcing the toughest lockdown seen yet in Europe, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said bars, hairdressers, restaurants and cafes that could not guarantee a metre’s distance between customers and non-essential company departments would also close.”
“The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,’ the league said in a statement issued shortly after 9:30 p.m. ET. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

March 10, 2020

“As the number of coronavirus patients in the Czech Republic hits 40, the Czech Ministry of Health has announced some extraordinary measures this morning as officials attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus in the country.Effective Wednesday morning, all elementary and secondary schools throughout the entire Czech Republic must close, with children staying at home In addition to the school closures, universities around the Czech Republic are also calling off classes indefinitely in the wake of the government’s announcement. Tomas Bata University in Zlín and Brno’s Technical University and Mendel University have already confirmed.”
“Sabah’s travel restrictions have been extended to Iran and Italy with immediate effect from Tuesday (March 10), in view of the worsening Covid-19 outbreak. Sabah state secretary Datuk Safar Untong said nationals from these two countries would not be allowed to enter Sabah via air, sea or land. Foreigners, regardless of nationalities, and Malaysians who are non-residents of Sabah with recent travel history to Iran and Italy within the last 14 days would not be allowed in as well.”

March 9, 2020

“Italy will expand the lockdown of the Lombardy region to the entire country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday as Italy’s case count surged, making it the country with the most COVID-19 cases outside of China. People throughout the country of 60 million should not travel other than for work or emergencies, Conte said. He added that all public gatherings will be banned and sporting events suspended. The decision was made to protect the most vulnerable people in the country, he said, and the measures will take effect Tuesday and last until April 3.”

March 8, 2020

“Following an emergency meeting led by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée presidential palace, Health Minister Olivier Véran said the country’s coronavirus alert level remained at Stage 2, with the government focused on protecting citizens while responding with proportionate measures. These included a ban on public gatherings of more 1,000 people. Protests, exams and public transportation could be exempt from the ban on large gatherings, because they are “useful to the life of the country”, said Véran. “Prefects and ministries will come up with lists of events considered useful,” he added.”
“”Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will need special permission to travel. Milan and Venice are both affected. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country. The measures, the most radical taken outside China, will last until 3 April. Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus infections in Europe, with the number of confirmed cases jumping by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.””

March 7, 2020

“The 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation women’s world hockey championship scheduled for Halifax and Truro, N.S., has been cancelled amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The IIHF made the announcement on Twitter Saturday afternoon. The federation said the decision to cancel the tournament was made earlier in the day. The tournament was scheduled to run from March 31 until April 10. In a statement, the federation said Halifax and Truro would host the 2021 championship if approved by the IIHF congress.”

March 6, 2020

“With a new case being reported in Ghaziabad on Thursday, India’s COVID number is now at 31. On Wednesday 23 new cases were reported, including 15 Italian tourists and a man in Gurgaon, even as the government decided to screen all passengers entering the country from abroad for the deadly virus. The government is working intensively to ensure meaningful intervention, if needed, to deal with the impact of unfolding Covid-19 crisis in the country, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.”
“Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips recalled the day the first U.S. patient infected with COVID-19, a 35-year-old man from Snohomish County in Washington state, had taken a “turn for the worse.” “He was day nine in his course and he actually started going downhill, started getting worse,” said Compton-Phillips, chief clinical officer of Providence St. Joseph Health, where the patient was treated.”

March 5, 2020

“Australia will ban the arrival of foreigners from South Korea and conduct enhanced screenings of travelers from Italy to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday. Morrison said Australia will also extend the travel ban on foreigners arriving from mainland China and Iran. “It affords the best protection and enables us to slow down the rate of transmission,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.”
“South Korea’s total number of coronavirus cases – the largest outside China, where the disease first emerged – approached 6,000 on Thursday (March 5) as the authorities reported 145 new infections. The total stood at 5,766, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said, with three additional fatalities, bringing death toll to 35. So far, 36 countries and regions have imposed a blanket entry ban on people who have recently been in the South, according to the foreign ministry in Seoul.”

March 4, 2020

“Italy on Wednesday (March 4) closed all schools and universities until March 15 as the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the Mediterranean country hit 107. The measure is the most restrictive response to Covid-19 of any European nation and tougher than the closure of schools – but not universities – taken by fellow Group of Seven (G-7) member Japan. Italy reported 28 more deaths on Wednesday, the highest single day total to date.”
“The Government of Canada’s top priority is the wellbeing and safety of all Canadians. With the COVID-19 outbreak evolving rapidly internationally, we need to continue working closely with local, provincial, territorial, and international partners to reduce potential risks to Canadians and our economy. While Canada has not experienced the impacts that other countries are experiencing right now, we must be prepared for all scenarios and closely follow best practices around the world. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the creation of a new Cabinet committee on COVID-19.”
“As many as 15 tourists from Italy were tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, taking the total positive cases in India to 21. The development was confirmed after 21 Italian nationals reached ITBP quarantine centre. All precautionary measures are being taken by ITBP, official sources have said. The development comes days after a Delhi man who had returned from Italy tested positive for coronavirus. On Tuesday, his wife also tested positive for the disease in Jaipur.”

March 3, 2020

“World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%. “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. In comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected, he said.”
“India has suspended all visas granted to foreign nationals from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan in the wake of three people, including a tourist, testing positive for COVID-19. Visas given to Chinese nationals had already been suspended. Visas, both regular and e-visas, granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to any of the above mentioned five countries on or after February 1, 2020, also stand cancelled, a press release stated on Tuesday.

March 2, 2020

“The Coronavirus outbreak could cause “”huge economic and societal disruption””, the EU’s centre for disease control has warned. In its Monday update on the spread of the disease the ECDC said that “”the risk associated with COVID-19 infection for people in the EU/EEA and UK is currently considered moderate to high””. The EU agency, which was established shortly after the 2003 SARS outbreak to help coordinate the continent’s response to infectious diseases, said that “”many unknowns remain regarding the virulence, the mode of transmission, the reservoir and the source of infection”” of COVID-19.”
“In the late evening vote, 400 MPs were in favor of the bill, 11 were against, and 7 abstained. The first reading of the draft legislation was held on Monday during the session of the lower house health committee. The second was held in the evening at the Plenary Hall, followed by the vote. The bill passed by the lower house would allow employers to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease by ordering their employees to work from home. Furthermore, the bill assumes compensation for parents forced to stay at home in case of closed nurseries, preschools and schools.”

March 1, 2020

South Korea recorded one more coronavirus-related fatality on Sunday (March 1), bringing the nation’s death toll to 18. It reported 210 new confirmed cases of infection in the afternoon, raising its total count to 3,726 – the largest in the world outside China. Earlier in the morning, it had announced 376 new cases from a day earlier.
“Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak died in disputed circumstances on Saturday as coronavirus continued to spread across Iran. Official news agencies say that Dastak died of the flu, but other media reports claim Dastak is the latest Iranian official to have a case of coronavirus. Iran’s deputy health minister and several prominent MPs have all reported cases of coronavirus.”

February 29, 2020

One million Portuguese infected with coronavirus, 12 to 14 weeks of intense contagion and about 20% of these cases are considered serious: this is the worst possible scenario predicted by Graça Freitas, the director-general of Health, which she presents in an interview given this Saturday’s edition of the Expresso newspaper .

February 28, 2020

No country should make the “fatal mistake” of assuming it will be spared the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday (Feb 27), as governments from Iran to Australia raced to contain the epidemic’s rapid global spread. With new infections reported around the world now surpassing those in mainland China, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said even rich nations should prepare for surprises. “No country should assume it won’t get cases, that would be a fatal mistake, quite literally,” Tedros said, pointing to Italy, where authorities said three more people had died, bringing the toll from Europe’s worst outbreak of the illness to 17. Confirmed cases there rose to 650.
“Prime minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that a patient being tested for coronavirus has the illness. It is New Zealand’s first confirmed case. The patient – who is in their 60s – is in a stable and improving condition in hospital in Auckland, she said. They are a citizen of New Zealand who had been to Iran and flown back to New Zealand via Bali, she said. She said New Zealand’s pandemic plan is now being fully put into place after the positive result.”

February 27, 2020

“The Prime Minister has also announced Australia is activating an emergency plan to deal with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Scott Morrison said the virus had spread rapidly outside of China, which had prompted his Government to elevate Australia’s response. “”We believe the risk of global pandemic is very much upon us and as a result, as a government, we need to take the steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic,”” he said.”

February 26, 2020

“U.S. health officials confirmed the first possible community transmission of the coronavirus in America, a troubling sign that the virus could be spreading in local cities and towns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t know exactly how the California patient contracted the virus. The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The patient didn’t have a relevant travel history or exposure to another patient with the virus, the CDC said Wednesday.”

February 25, 2020

The WHO said it was too early to call the outbreak a pandemic but countries should be “in a phase of preparedness”.
A pandemic is when an infectious disease spreads easily from person to person in many parts of the world.
More cases of the virus, which causes respiratory disease Covid-19, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran causing concern.
However, most infections are in China, the original source of the virus, where more than 77,000 people have the disease and over 2,600 have died.
More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in about 30 other countries and there have been more than 20 deaths. Italy reported four more deaths on Monday, raising the total there to seven.”

Iraq extended an entry ban on travellers from China and Iran and banned travellers from five other countries over coronavirus fears, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday (Feb 25). The entry ban is for travellers coming directly or indirectly from China, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Singapore. It exempts Iraqi nationals, diplomats and official delegations, the ministry said in a statement. It advised Iraqis not to travel to those countries.

Singapore will bar visitors from Cheongdo county and Daegu city in South Korea, as the number of coronavirus cases in these areas continues to climb. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (Feb 25) also sounded an alert that as the number of Covid-19 cases increases worldwide, Singapore must expect to see the number of cases rise because of the risk of imported cases. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs a multi-ministry task force tackling the coronavirus with Mr Gan, said that returning Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders with a travel history to Cheongdo and Daegu within the last 14 days will be issued a stay-home notice.

February 24, 2020

People living in Italian towns under lockdown described a “surreal” and “fearful” atmosphere as a seventh person died of coronavirus on Monday and the number of confirmed cases rose to 229. Eleven towns across Lombardy, where the outbreak emerged suddenly on Friday, and Veneto have been quarantined for at least the next 15 days as Italian authorities scramble to contain the worst outbreak of the virus in Europe and the third worst in the world.

At least half a dozen countries have banned the entry of visitors travelling from South Korea, with nine others tightening travel restrictions for the Asian nation, after Seoul reported a sudden spike in new coronavirus infections last week. South Korea has seen the number of confirmed coronavirus cases spike sharply from 30 on Feb. 17 to 763 cases and seven deaths as of Monday morning. Of the total, more than 60 percent of the patients were found to be members of a church in the country’s southeastern city of Daegu. Israel was one of the first to ban visitors from South Korea from entering the country. Five other countries — Bahrain, Jordan, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa — have also slapped an entry ban on those from South Korea.

Iraq and Oman on Monday (Feb 24) confirmed their first coronavirus infections. Iraq health officials said their first case is an Iranian national studying in the southern shrine city of Najaf, while Oman reported its first two cases and halted flights to and from Iran with immediate effect, authorities and reports said. Iraq, which has a dilapidated healthcare system, often hosts pilgrims and religious students from Iran, where 12 people have died since a coronavirus outbreak there was first reported last week. Iraq had blocked travel to and from the Islamic republic days before announcing that a seminary student in Najaf is the country’s first confirmed case.

February 23, 2020

Turkey has closed its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precaution to stop the potential spread of coronavirus after the neighboring country reported 43 cases of the disease, the health minister said on Sunday. All highways and railways were closed as of 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) and flights from Iran suspended, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters. Flights from Turkey to Iran are still allowed.

Italian authorities have implemented draconian measures to try to halt the coronavirus outbreak in the north of the country, including imposing fines on anyone caught entering or leaving outbreak areas, as a third person was confirmed to have died on Sunday. The number of cases of the virus in the country has risen to 152. Police are patrolling 11 towns – mostly in the Lombardy region, where the first locally transmitted case emerged – that have been in lockdown since Friday night. The latest victim died in the Lombardy city of Cremona.

South Korea has raised its coronavirus alert to the “highest level” as confirmed case numbers keep rising.
President Moon Jae-in said the country faced “a grave turning point”, and the next few days would be crucial in the battle to contain the outbreak. Six people have died from the virus in South Korea and more than 600 have been infected. Meanwhile, Italy and Iran have announced steps to try to contain worrying outbreaks of the virus.

February 22, 2020

Italy has reported its first two deaths from the deadly coronavirus that is spreading across the globe. An elderly Italian man became the first European national to succumb to Covid-19 on Friday. He died in a hospital in the northern city of Padua, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, adding that the 78-year-old had been in the hospital for 10 days for an unrelated illness.  A second person, a woman in the northern region of Lombardy, also died from coronavirus, Italian news agency ANSA said on Saturday.

At least 18 Americans who returned home from a quarantined cruise ship are infected with the new virus, bringing the number of cases in the U.S. to 35, health officials said Friday. More confirmed cases are likely among the returned passengers from the Diamond Princess which had been quarantined in Japan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. More than 300 passengers were flown back to the U.S. last weekend and are now quarantined for two weeks at military bases and hospitals.

February 21, 2020

South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday (Feb 21), taking the national total to 156, with the majority in Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city. Altogether 39 of the new cases were linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southern city of Daegu, the Korean Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

February 20, 2020

Residents of a South Korean city at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak described empty streets, deserted shops, and a climate of fear as a surge in confirmed cases linked to a church raised the prospect of wider transmission.Malls, restaurants and streets in Daegu, the country’s fourth largest city with a population of 2.5 million, were largely empty in scenes that residents and social media users likened to a disaster movie.  It’s like someone dropped a bomb in the middle of the city. It looks like a zombie apocalypse,” Kim Geun-woo, a 28-year-old resident told Reuters by telephone.

Another person in British Columbia has tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, provincial health officials announced Thursday. The case is a “presumptive positive” and a sample has been sent to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for confirmation. Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the case to reporters at the provincial legislature a day earlier than their regularly scheduled update on the virus.

February 19, 2020

Provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities, and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Health and Health Committee, Chinese Medicine Administration: In order to further improve the diagnosis and medical treatment of new types of coronavirus pneumonia, we organize experts to analyze, research, and summarize the preliminary medical treatment Based on this, the diagnosis and treatment plan was revised to form the “New Coronary Virus Pneumonia Diagnosis and Treatment Plan (Trial Version 6)”.

According to the Wuhan Municipal Public Security Bureau’s Traffic Management Bureau, on February 19, Wuhan Traffic Police issued a notice, Wuhan further strengthened the control of motor vehicles, further standardized the city’s vehicle permits,

A 70-year-old Hong Kong coronavirus patient with underlying health issues has died in the second fatality since the outbreak began in the city in mid-January. A spokesman for Princess Margaret Hospital said the patient’s condition deteriorated and he had died on Wednesday morning. Further details will be made public this afternoon at a joint press conference involving the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority. Medical sources told the Post the man, who had diabetes and kidney problems, died at about 7am, but the exact cause of death had yet to be determined.

February 18, 2020

The head of the Chinese hospital at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak has become one of the latest victims — dying Tuesday despite “all-out” attempts to save him, officials confirmed.
As director of Wuchang Hospital, Dr. Liu Zhiming led the fight to try to contain COVID-19, dedicating the hospital to treating the thousands of patients arriving every day.

The Health Ministry instructed on Sunday that all those coming from China, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan are obligated to quarantine themselves at home. The problem is that to get there, some have to use public transportation, Israeli media reported on Monday. Since the ministry published its announcement, travelers landing at Ben-Gurion Airport receive an SMS message instructing those with fever, cough or any other symptom to immediately approach the MDA station at the airport.

February 17, 2020

Two Singaporeans from the MS Westerdam, which was allowed to dock at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville after nearly two weeks at sea, have been quarantined in Singapore but no other passengers will be allowed in. “Two passengers are serving quarantine in a government quarantine facility. We are not allowing anymore passengers from the Westerdam to come into Singapore, or transit through Singapore,” Mr Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force dealing with the current coronavirus outbreak, told reporters on Monday (Feb 17).

Hundreds of Americans facing a high risk of exposure to the coronavirus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, Japan, started to evacuate the virus hot spot Sunday night and fly back to the United States, where they will be quarantined for another 14 days. Also on Sunday, the Chinese president came under fire for not taking early action to stop the spread of the illness — which has now infected more than 69,000 people around the world.

February 16, 2020

Breakthrough! The first and second cases of neocoronary pneumonia obtained from anatomy of the country were submitted for examination today. Subject to national laws and policies, and with the consent of the patient’s family, at 3 am on February 16th, the autopsy of the first patient who died of new coronary pneumonia in the country was completed at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, and the pathology of new coronary pneumonia was successfully obtained.

Taiwan reported its first death from the COVID-19 on Sunday (Feb 16), as the death toll from the outbreak rose to 1,665 inside mainland China. A 61-year-old man from central Taiwan with underlying health problems but no recent overseas travel history died in hospital on Saturday after testing positive for the virus, officials confirmed. It is the fifth recorded death outside mainland China – previous victims were in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, and France.

February 15, 2020

The U.S. State Department is sending a charter plane to evacuate Americans aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that is in quarantine in Japan because of the spread of the coronavirus named COVID-19.
On Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo sent a letter to U.S. citizens aboard the ship informing them of the planned extraction scheduled for Sunday night.

Wu Yuanbin, director of the Department of Social Development and Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science and Technology, introduced at today’s press conference of the State Council’s joint prevention and joint control. Guidance on Microbiology Laboratory Biosafety Management. At the same time, the competent authorities also emphasized the need to strengthen the management of laboratories, especially viruses, to ensure biosecurity.

February 14, 2020

One of the people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK attended a conference near parliament last week along with about 250 other delegates – including two Labour MPs who have now cancelled all their public engagements. The patient, who has not been named, attended the UK Bus Summit at Westminster’s QEII Centre in central London on 6 February.

@ 雅思 官方 微 博 released a notice on February 14th about canceling the IELTS test in mainland China in March 2020:
In order to cooperate with the prevention and control of New Coronary Pneumonia, after discussions with the Examination Center of the Ministry of Education, we have decided to cancel all IELTS tests in March 2020 nationwide from now on . We will update dynamically according to the progress of epidemic prevention and control, and publish the registration and examination arrangements for IELTS after March 2020 at any time through the official IELTS test platform.

February 13, 2020

Thousands of people infected and an increasing number of dead, the city of Wuhan in China is at the center of a worldwide health emergency. For the time being, in Europe the impacts have been minimal. But there is no sign that the crisis is far from over. “We know of few confirmed cases in the EU. But of course we know that viruses can be easily transmitted. We have to remain vigilant if the situation gets worse,” said European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides.

A woman has died from the coronavirus in Japan, the first such death in the country since the epidemic spread from China, the health minister said on Thursday. Two taxi drivers, one of them in the capital Tokyo, have also tested positive, raising the possibility that it could be passed on through their passengers.

Health authorities in China’s Hubei province – the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic – reported on Thursday 14,840 new confirmed cases, almost 10 times the number reported a day earlier, following a change in the diagnostic criteria. New deaths attributable to the contagion rose to 242, more than double on the day. This brings the totals announced by the province’s health commission to 48,206 and 1,310, respectively, as of Wednesday. Officials in Hubei had reported 94 fatalities and 1,638 newly confirmed cases a day earlier.

February 12, 2020

The North American Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) developed a diagnostic kit for the new virus, first identified in China at the end of the year, and began shipping on 5 February , the test for certified laboratories in each of the 50 states in the North American territory, in order to accelerate the local detection of potential cases of infection . The diagnostic kit was also made available to around 30 other countries.

American Airlines extended its flight suspensions to mainland China and Hong Kong, areas that have been hard hit by the novel coronavirus, through late April, citing “reduction in demand,” the company announced Tuesday. “We will continue to evaluate this schedule and make any adjustments as necessary,” American said in a statement. Other U.S. carriers have similarly suspended flights to China as the coronavirus outbreak continues. Delta Airlines canceled flights to mainland China through late April, while United Airlines suspended flights to China through late March and Hong Kong through late February.

February 11, 2020

Good afternoon. Before I update you on the coronavirus outbreak, I’d like to start with a few words about Ebola. Although the world is now focused on coronavirus, we cannot and must not forget Ebola. We are very encouraged by the current trend. There have only been 3 cases in the past week, and no cases in the past 3 days. But until we have no cases for 42 days, it’s not over. As you know, any single case could re-ignite the epidemic, and the security situation in eastern DRC remains extremely fragile. So we take the progress on Ebola with caution, although it’s a big success.

South Korea and Israel have told their citizens to defer travel to Singapore due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, while Indonesia and Taiwan have recommended that precautions be taken when visiting the island. Travel advisories have also been issued by Kuwait and Qatar for Singapore, following the raising of Singapore’s DORSCON level to Orange on Friday.

According to Nanfang Daily, Shenzhen University released information today that on the evening of February 10, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, and Shenzhen Tianshen Medical Devices Co., Ltd. jointly developed the world’s first single-person 2019 new crown. Viral IgM and IgG antibody chemiluminescence detection kits announced success.

Hong Kong authorities have evacuated some residents at a Tsing Yi housing estate after two were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus despite living floors apart. A 62-year-old woman who resided in Cheung Hong Estate Hong Mei House in Tsing Yi was diagnosed with the novel virus on Monday – making her the 42nd confirmed case in Hong Kong, according to the Department of Health. She lived 10 storeys below the 12th confirmed case, a 75-year-old man who lived in an apartment of the same number.

February 10, 2020

Japanese authorities have revealed a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases among passengers of the quarantined cruise ship, the Diamond Princess. The ship has been anchored at the Japanese port of Yokohama in quarantine since February 5th after an 80 year old man from Hong Kong who was on the ship in January, was diagnosed with the virus.

The 13th case of coronavirus in the United States was detected in California in a person under federal quarantine after returning from Wuhan, China, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday. The adult patient was among U.S. nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, who were under mandatory quarantine for 14 days at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, near San Diego, the CDC said in a statement.

February 09, 2020

The State of Kuwait’s Embassy in Singapore on Saturday urged Kuwaiti citizens who want to travel to Singapore to delay their travel plans after the government of the Asian nation raised the alert level to orange degree due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Malaysia has expanded a ban on visitors from China to include Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, after China’s decision to lock down cities in the provinces to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that has claimed over 800 lives. The Southeast Asian nation on Jan. 27 imposed a temporary ban on travellers arriving from the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, and the surrounding province of Hubei.

February 08, 2020

Most provinces and cities continue to study students from 10 to 16-2. Yen Bai Province dedicated to leaving from 10-2 until notice of return to school. In addition, the previous four localities have decided to study students until further notice is Khanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Dien Bien and Nghe An. Quang Binh Province separately decided for students to stay until the end of 11-2.

A United States citizen died from the coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan, embassy officials said Saturday, marking the first known American death from the outbreak that has killed hundreds. The patient was age 60, and died at a local hospital Thursday, the US Embassy in Beijing said. It declined to disclose more details out of respect for the family’s privacy.

At a press conference held this afternoon (February 8), a spokesperson for the National Health Commission said that the pneumonia infected by the new coronavirus was temporarily named the new coronavirus pneumonia, referred to as new coronary pneumonia, or NCP in English.

February 07, 2020

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines are banning passengers from their cruise ships who hold passports from China, Hong Kong, or Macao “until further notice” because of the coronavirus outbreak, the companies announced Friday. Norwegian tells The Verge it is also banning crew members who hold any of those passports.

“The most productive car factory in the world fell quiet on Friday (Feb 7) as South Korea’s Hyundai suspended operations at its giant Ulsan complex, hamstrung by a lack of parts, with the coronavirus outbreak crippling China’s industrial output. The five-plant network can make 1.4 million vehicles annually, in a coastal location facilitating importing components and exporting cars globally.”

Li Wenliang – one of the first doctors who tried to alert the public about the coronavirus outbreak, only to be reprimanded by local police – has died, Wuhan Central Hospital confirmed early Friday morning, hours after it initially denied reports of his death.

On a cruise ship where outbreaks of the new coronavirus were confirmed, 41 passengers, including 21 Japanese, were newly infected. Since the cruise ship anchored off the port of Yokohama, 61 crew members and passengers have become infected.

February 06, 2020

To fight further spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China and globally, and protect states with weaker health systems, the international community has launched a US$675 million preparedness and response plan covering the months of February through to April 2020.

China News Network, Tangshan, February 6th (Reporter Bai Yunshui) The office of the Leading Group for Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control of New Coronavirus Infection in Tangshan City, Hebei Province, revealed on the evening of the 6th.

February 05, 2020

A girl from China who was treated at Sultanah Maliha Hospital, Langkawi, Kedah for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) was allowed to return home after recovering from the disease. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement tonight that the 2019-nCoV infection was treatable and that patients could recover completely, as had been reported in many cases in China.

A girl from China who was treated at Sultanah Maliha Hospital, Langkawi, Kedah for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) was allowed to return home after recovering from the disease. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement tonight that the 2019-nCoV infection was treatable and that patients could recover completely, as had been reported in many cases in China.

February 04, 2020

Hong Kong reported its first death from the coronavirus on Tuesday (Feb 4), the second fatality outside mainland China from an outbreak that has killed over 420 people, spread around the world and raised fears for global economic growth.

The Singapore Airshow, Asia’s biggest gathering of aerospace and defence industry executives, will go ahead as planned but a meeting of international aviation officials has been cancelled, the organisers said in a statement on Tuesday.

February 03, 2020

The Group of Seven leading industrialized democracies are seeking a unified procedure to tackle the fast-spreading new coronavirus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday. A spokesman for the Health Ministry confirmed that Spahn had told reporters that he had spoken to US. Health Secretary Alex Azar to look for a joint approach and they had agreed to hold a conference all among G7 countries.

China’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared past 360 on Monday, with deepening global concern about the outbreak and governments closing their borders to people from China. The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines.

February 02, 2020

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stopped the export of Mask N-95 and other disinfected material. A notification to this effect was, on Friday, sent to all stakeholders including chemists and druggists association. N-95 Mask is used to cover mouth and nose to prevent any type of air-borne infection including the ongoing coronavirus. Under the aforementioned notice, this essential equipment will not be sent out of the country till further instructions.

A 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus was first detected, died today in hospital in the Philippines, the country’s Department of Health has said. The World Health Organisation has confirmed it is the first death from the virus outside China. The New Zealand government announced at a press conference this afternoon that strict travel restrictions have been introduced in response to the outbreak.

February 01, 2020

Following the Czech Republic’s example, all Schengen Member Countries but France, have halted the admission of Schengen Visa applications and visa issuance, in the light of the current Coronavirus alert. The embassies and consulates of 25 Schengen countries have closed their visa application centers, announcing that they will be closed at least until Monday, February 3, though chances are this period will be extended amid the worsening of the situation.

Japan is taking unprecedented measures to fight the new coronavirus despite many unknowns, including denying the entry of foreign travelers from China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the viral outbreak.

January 31, 2020

In addition, the Office of the Economic – Foreign Affairs Coordinating Committee of Bang Tuong Town, about 10km from Huu Nghi International Border Gate, also informed the Foreign Affairs Department of Lang Son Province about the closure of pairs of border markets. between the provinces of Lang Son (Vietnam) and Guangxi (China).

Washington state has declared a Level 1 response in the wake of the coronavirus, a global outbreak that has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. The declaration by the state means officials have activated its emergency operations center, which is located at Camp Murray.

January 30, 2020

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said two coronavirus patients are currently in isolation in a Rome hospital and all flights to and from China have been halted.The two Chinese tourists have been under observation since Wednesday, Conte said in a press conference in Rome, adding that there is no reason to panic and that the country is well prepared to cope with the emergency.

South Korea and the North will temporarily suspend the operation of the inter-Korean liaison office in the border town of Kaesong, amid concerns about the rapid spread of Wuhan coronavirus.

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, 30 January 2020, from 13:30 to 18:35 Geneva time (CEST). The Committee’s role is to give advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Committee also provides public health advice or suggests formal Temporary Recommendations as appropriate.

Air France suspends all scheduled flights from today to and from mainland China until February 9 due to the spread of the new coronavirus , which has killed at least 170 people, the company announced in a communicated. Air France, which said on Wednesday that it was reducing its activity to a daily flight to Shanghai and Beijing as of Friday and which had suspended its flights to Wuhan since January 22, ” will provide special flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing with volunteer crews from Thursday, January 30 to ensure the return flight of its customers and employees, “she said.

January 29, 2020

Health officials will not issue a blanket quarantine for the nearly 200 Americans who landed at a California military base following their evacuation from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China. The plan is to monitor passengers at the base for three days, checking them for fever and other symptoms at least twice daily, said Dr. Chris Braden, deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This factsheet, in both English and simplified Chinese, contains information about novel coronavirus, what the symptoms are, how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick now.

Indonesia’s Lion Air Group, Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier by fleet size, is halting all its flights to and from China owing to the deadly coronavirus, a company spokesman said Wednesday (Jan 29). “All flights to China will be suspended temporarily starting from Feb 1 until further notice,” Danang Mandala Prihantoro told AFP.

Hundreds of British citizens being flown back to the UK from Wuhan on Thursday will be put in quarantine for two weeks on their arrival. It is believed passengers will be required to sign a contract agreeing to commit to the quarantine period.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia will engage with China to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Dr Mahathir said there are 78 Malaysians in the Chinese city which is now under lockdown following the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak.

A charter jet evacuating the first group of Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of a deadly virus outbreak, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday morning. Among the 206 Japanese nationals who were repatriated from Wuhan, 12 have been hospitalized with symptoms such as a fever or cough, according to the health ministry and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

A top U.S. health official said Tuesday that he offered to send a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to China to help with the coronavirus outbreak. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar did not describe the Chinese health minister’s response but said he hopes that Beijing will accept the offer.

January 28, 2020

Global Affairs Canada is urging Canadians to avoid all travel to the Hubei province of China where a new strain of coronavirus orginated.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Hubei Province due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak. If you’re in this area and able to leave, you should do so.

The three latest confirmed cases over the past 24 hours indicate that the trend of infection among the population of Chinese nationals from Hubei province in Singapore is accelerating. All of the confirmed cases in Singapore thus far are Chinese nationals from Hubei.

On January 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated travel guidance for China, recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all of the country (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

January 27, 2020

This is an update to the WHO advice in relation to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus nCoV, published by WHO on 10 January 2020. For details about the current outbreak in China and the exported cases, please refer to the Diseases Outbreak News and the situation reports published by WHO.

An outbreak of respiratory illness, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, continues to spread within China. The outbreak now affects most regions in the country.

Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. On January 29, 2020 the Department allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees.

January 26, 2020

The denial of entry will be for anyone from the province and anyone who has visited in the past 14 days, except for residents of city. Macau further ramps up measures, announcing that about 1,100 Hubei visitors need to return to the mainland or they will be placed in isolation.

Chinese authorities on Sunday announced plans to extend the Lunar New Year holiday originally set to end on Jan. 30 “to a proper extent” as a key measure to control the novel coronavirus outbreak. The holiday started on Jan. 24.

January 25, 2020

Guidelines on Clinical management of severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) in suspect/confirmed novel Coronavirus (nCoV) cases. Updated Travel advisory for travelers visiting China (to replace previous travel advisory)

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China is a sign that every country needs to be ready to timely detect and manage outbreaks of any type. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe we have been investing all our expertise and passion in supporting European countries in this endeavour.

Hong Kong on Saturday declared a mystery virus outbreak as an “emergency” — the city’s highest warning tier — as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading. “Today I declare the lifting of the response level to emergency,” chief executive Carrie Lam told reporters.

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