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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Indians Quarantined at ITBP Camp Discharged; 5 More Cases in S Korea

News18.com | February 19, 2020, 4:11 PM IST
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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 2,000 on Wednesday after 132 more people died in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak.

In its daily update, the province's health commission also reported 1,693 new cases of people infected with the virus. This brings the total number of cases in mainland China past 74,000.
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Feb 19, 2020 3:36 pm (IST)

Watch How Subway Tickets are Disinfected in China | Chinese state-media Xinhua news posted a video, showing hundreds of subway tickets being disinfected in China, as the country is hit by a coronavirus outbreak. 

Feb 19, 2020 3:34 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | Customer wearing face masks buy pork meat at a wholesale market for agricultural products in Beijing, China. (Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

Feb 19, 2020 3:12 pm (IST)

Taiwan Reports 23rd Case of Virus | According to a CNN report, another coronavirus case has been confirmed in Taiwan, said Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare. The total number of infected people has now reached to 23.

Feb 19, 2020 3:02 pm (IST)

Pilots of Chinese Airlines Consider Other Jobs | Foreign pilots at some Chinese airlines have returned to their home countries and are considering other jobs after being placed on unpaid leave as demand falls because of the coronavirus, affected flight said, reported Reuters. Meanwhile, Chinese pilots with greater job security said their income has been sharply reduced because most of their pay is based on flying hours, the report said.

Feb 19, 2020 2:50 pm (IST)

2 Chinese Crew Members Isolated in Chennai | Two Chinese crew members of a ship, which arrived from the novel coronavirus-hit China, have been kept in isolation due to fever while the vessel has been "kept away from access", the Chennai Port Trust said here on Wednesday, reported PTI. "It was observed that two of the 19 crew members had mild fever without other respiratory symptoms and otherwise healthy in all respects," a health team said.

Feb 19, 2020 2:43 pm (IST)

Casinos in Macau Reopen | Casinos in Macau reopen on Thursday after being closed for two weeks because of the coronavirus epidemic, but all punters and croupiers will have to wear a mask at the tables. Casino executives and residents say revenue will remain badly crimped in the Chinese territory's 41 casinos and the businesses dependent on them because of the health and tourism restrictions. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Feb 19, 2020 2:11 pm (IST)

Types of Meat Circulating in China | "Coronavirus represents a wide variety of viruses present in animals that can in certain circumstances jump to humans," reports the SCMP. Here are some types of meat circulating in Chinese markets that could be harmful for people. (2/2) (Image: SCMP)

Feb 19, 2020 2:08 pm (IST)

Types of Meat Circulating in China | "Coronavirus represents a wide variety of viruses present in animals that can in certain circumstances jump to humans. Contact with meat from various animals sold in Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market has been established as the likely cause of the first reported human infections," reports the SCMP. Here are some types of meat circulating in Chinese markets that could be harmful for people. (1/2) (Image: SCMP)

Feb 19, 2020 2:03 pm (IST)

South Korea Records Five More Cases | A CNN report has stated that South Korea has recorded five more cases of novel coronavirus, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The country had recorded 15 more cases earlier in the day; the largest number of cases in a day.

Feb 19, 2020 1:58 pm (IST)

Japan Conducts Survey on Banks | Japan's financial watchdog has begun conducting an emergency survey on domestic financial institutions with business operations in China to gauge how the coronavirus outbreak could affect credit costs, government sources said on Wednesday. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) is surveying Japanese financial institutions over concern some of their lending to Chinese borrowers could sour, reported Reuters.

Feb 19, 2020 1:57 pm (IST)

Japanese Expert Blasts Handling of Virus Ship | A Japanese infectious diseases expert has made waves with videos slamming the government's handling of a quarantined cruise ship, raking up hundreds of thousands of views as passengers start to leave the boat, reported AFP. The situation on the Diamond Princess was "completely chaotic" and violated quarantine procedures, said Kentaro Iwata, a professor at Kobe University.

Feb 19, 2020 1:53 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | People wearing face masks move packs of vegetables at a wholesale market for agricultural products in Beijing, China. (Reuters/Tingshu Wang)

Feb 19, 2020 1:51 pm (IST)

WHO Condoles Death of Chinese Doctor | The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has condoled the death of a Chinese hospital chief who died of the deadly coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Dr Liu Zhiming, president of the Wuhan Wuchang Hospital in Hubei province died of the novel coronavirus pneumonia on Tuesday despite medical efforts to revive him, the state-run CCTV reported. 

Feb 19, 2020 1:48 pm (IST)

China Revokes Journo's Cards Over Racist Headline | China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press cards of three Wall Street Journal reporters in Beijing, decrying an editorial headline published earlier this month by the US newspaper as racist, reported PTI. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the op-ed -- which was titled "China is the Real Sick Man of Asia", had a "racially discriminatory" and "sensational" headline.

Feb 19, 2020 1:31 pm (IST)

Novel-Coronavirus More Contagious Than SARS or MERS | A study carried out by experts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, stated that the Wuhan-coronavirus was found to be more contagious than the related coronaviruses which caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), reported CNN.

Feb 19, 2020 1:04 pm (IST)

Mongolia Shuts Schools Till March 30 | Mongolia will keep all its schools shut until March 30 in order to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the country, the government said on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Though Mongolia has yet to report any cases, it has sealed off the border and refused entry to anyone travelling through China.

Feb 19, 2020 12:47 pm (IST)

Here is a Visual Representation of Virus' Symptoms | While COVID-19 may also be asymptomatic, a range of symptoms are displayed by the human body upon acquiring the deadly coronavirus. An explanatory article by the South China Morning Post details the various symptoms of the disease.

Feb 19, 2020 12:34 pm (IST)

About 800 in Westerdam Ship Test Negative for Virus | Passengers from the Westerdam cruise ship, who had disembarked in Cambodia, are closer to their journey home after 781 of them tested negative for coronavirus, said Cambodian health authorities, reported CNN.

Feb 19, 2020 12:19 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | A worker wearing a face mask sanitises trash cans at a sidewalk in Beijing, China. (Reuters/ Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Feb 19, 2020 12:05 pm (IST)

Many More Countries Will be Able to Test for Virus | About 40 countries in Africa and 29 in the Americas will be able to perform tests for coronavirus by the end of the week, CNN reported World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying during a press briefing.

Feb 19, 2020 11:43 am (IST)

Japan Faces Criticism Over Handling of Outbreak | As the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship is evacuated, Japan faces deepening criticism over its response to the outbreak, tarnishing what was supposed to be a triumphant Olympic year for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reports Reuters. Shinichi Niwa, an adjunct professor at Fukushima Medical University, said, "During the (Fukushima) disaster, the government said there was no meltdown. So they hid the truth at the time, and I'm afraid the same situation is happening again."

Feb 19, 2020 11:28 am (IST)

Some American Patients are Being Sent to Nebraska | Among the people evacuated by US from the virus-hit quarantined ship moored off Japan, Diamond Princess, some who have been tested positive or have a likelihood of the same, will be sent to a state-of-the-art facility in Nebraska, CNN reported. Launched by CDC in 2005, the place is well-staffed with people specially trained to handle communicable diseases, such as Ebola in 2014.  

Feb 19, 2020 11:11 am (IST)

All Quarantined at ITBP Facility in Delhi Discharged | All of the 406 people quarantined at the ITBP facility in Delhi after being evacuated earlier this month from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, have been discharged and departed for home, ITBP tweeted.

Feb 19, 2020 10:45 am (IST)

Watch | Computer images created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, show a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19.(NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters) (3/3)

Feb 19, 2020 10:42 am (IST)

Watch | Computer images created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, show a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19.(NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters) (2/3)

Feb 19, 2020 10:36 am (IST)

Watch: New Representative Pictures of Virus | Computer images created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, show a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus linked to the Wuhan outbreak. (NEXU Science Communication/via Reuters) (1/3)

Feb 19, 2020 10:23 am (IST)

China Turns to Internet for Food Supplies | Demand for online food vendors has surged since China's government told the public to stay home as part of the most sweeping anti-disease controls ever imposed, PTI reports. JD.com Inc. and rivals including Pinduoduo, Missfresh Inc. and Alibaba Group's Hema are scrambling to fill a boom in orders while trying to protect their employees.

Feb 19, 2020 10:14 am (IST)

People over 80 Face More Risk | People infected with the novel coronavirus who are more than 80 years old have the highest chances of dying from infection of all age groups, according to the largest study since the highly contagious outbreak began in China, with details of nearly 44,000 cases. The study, published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, revealed that a total of 1,023 deaths have occurred among 44,672 confirmed cases as of February 11, for an overall case fatality rate of 2.3 per cent, PTI reports.

Feb 19, 2020 10:00 am (IST)

Mental-health Patients Get Infected in China | A huge number of mental-health patients have been infected by COVID-19 in China, as the coronavirus epidemic causes havoc in China. An article by Sixth Tone states a Chinese magazine as reporting last week that over 80 patients and medical workers at the Wuhan Mental Health Center had been diagnosed with the deadly disease.

Feb 19, 2020 9:39 am (IST)

Virus Cuts China's Carbon Emissions | As the deadly coronavirus halts economic activities of both local and foreign firms in China, and facilitates travel restrictions, a study has found that this has cut the country's emissions by 100 million metric tonnes, reports Bloomberg.

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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Indians Quarantined at ITBP Camp Discharged; 5 More Cases in S Korea
Indians quarantined at ITBP camp being discharged. (Twitter/@ITBP_official)

Most of the cases are in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December before spiralling into a nationwide epidemic.

Wednesday's jump in the death toll was an increase on Tuesday's figures, although the number of new cases reported in Hubei were the lowest for a week.

A study released by Chinese officials claimed most patients have mild cases of the illness.

Outside of hardest-hit Hubei, which has been effectively locked down to try to contain the virus, the number of new cases has been slowing and China's national health authority has said this is a sign the outbreak is under control.

President Xi Jinping, in a phone call with the British prime minister, said China's measures were achieving "visible progress", according to state media Tuesday.

However, the World Health Organisation has cautioned that it was too early to tell if the decline would continue.

On Tuesday, the director of a hospital in the central Hubei city of Wuhan became the seventh medical worker to succumb to the COVID-19 illness.
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