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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE: Chinese Envoy Arrives in Russia to Take up New Post, But Local Authority Asks Him to Stay Home Over Scare

News18.com | February 10, 2020, 8:37 PM IST
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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Russian authorities have quarantined a top Chinese diplomat as a safety precaution against coronavirus shortly after he arrived in Russia to take up his new post, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday. Consul General Cui Shaochun arrived in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Thursday to start his new job, but instead of having scheduled meetings he was told to stay at home for two weeks, Russian foreign ministry official Alexander Kharlov was quoted as saying. The Chinese consulate in Yekaterinburg did not answer calls on Monday.

Another 65 people aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, the health ministry said Monday, bringing the total number of known infections to 135. The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger who got off the ship last month in Hong Kong.
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Feb 10, 2020 8:37 pm (IST)

China to Prevent Major Layoffs amid Economic Toll | Chinese President Xi Jinping said the government would prevent large-scale layoffs amid the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese state television reported, as he appeared among the public for the first time since the epidemic started. He has largely kept out of the spotlight during the outbreak, while Premier Li Keqiang, who has visited Wuhan city where the epidemic started, has taken the lead in government efforts to end the crisis. Xi inspected efforts by community workers in Beijing to contain the virus, visited a local hospital that offers treatment to coronavirus patients and video-chatted with frontline medical staff in Wuhan.

Feb 10, 2020 7:12 pm (IST)

Virus Cases outside China 'Tip of the Iceberg': WHO | People across China trickled back work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday as the government eased restrictions imposed to counter the coronavirus, but the World Health Organization said the number of cases outside China could be just "the tip of the iceberg". The death toll from the epidemic rose to 908, all but two in mainland China, on Sunday as 97 more fatalities were recorded - the largest number in a single day since the outbreak was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

Feb 10, 2020 6:42 pm (IST)

Russia Quarantines Top China Diplomat | Russian authorities have quarantined a top Chinese diplomat as a safety precaution against coronavirus shortly after he arrived in Russia to take up his new post, the Interfax news agency reported. Consul General Cui Shaochun arrived in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Thursday to start his new job, but instead of having scheduled meetings he was told to stay at home for two weeks, Russian foreign ministry official Alexander Kharlov was quoted as saying.

Feb 10, 2020 5:06 pm (IST)

EU Calls Emergency Talks | The European Union will host an extraordinary meeting of health ministers on Thursday, along with a WHO envoy, to discuss the novel coronavirus outbreak. So far, only around 30 cases of the new strain have been detected in Europe, but the World Health Organisation warns that cases outside China could accelerate.

Feb 10, 2020 4:57 pm (IST)

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said "fear psychosis" is being created over novel coronavirus and dismissed the suggestion that migratory birds could be the reason behind its spread. Speaking ahead of the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of wild animals, to be held next week in Gujarat.

Feb 10, 2020 4:34 pm (IST)

65 Cases Confirmed on Japan Cruise Ship | Passenger tests aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan confirmed at least 65 more cases of coronavirus, according to the vessel's captain, as some passengers took to social media to warn against depression over their confinement. The figure, announced to passengers after a statement by the cruise operator put the new infections at 66, takes the tally on board to 135, showing a rapid rise in the outbreak on the ship docked in the port of Yokohama.

Feb 10, 2020 4:06 pm (IST)

Indians Among Japan Cruise Ship | An unspecified number of Indians were among the nearly 3,000 passengers and crew members on board a cruise ship quarantined off Japan due to diagnosis of coronavirus cases, the Indian Embassy in Tokyo said. Cruise ship Diamond Princess, carrying 3,711 people, arrived at the Japanese coast early last week and was quarantined after a passenger who de-boarded last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the novel virus on the ship.

Feb 10, 2020 4:00 pm (IST)

4 More Test Positive in UK | Four more patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Britain to eight, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said. The new cases were all known contacts of a previously confirmed British patient in France, and were identified by public health officials working to trace possible cases.

Feb 10, 2020 3:17 pm (IST)

Migratory Birds Not Behind Coronavirus Spread | Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said today that a "fear psychosis" was being created over the novel coronavirus outbreak. He dismissed the rumours that migratory birds could be the reason behind its spread. 

Feb 10, 2020 3:14 pm (IST)

Two Isolation Wards Set-up in Goa | Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said the state government was following the guidelines laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre, to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak. Rane said that isolation wards had also been set up for the purpose. 

Feb 10, 2020 2:31 pm (IST)

Workers load supplies into the cruise ship Diamond Princess as the vessel is prepared for the transfer of passengers who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.(Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Feb 10, 2020 2:24 pm (IST)

UK Declares Coronavirus a 'Serious Threat' to Public Health |  The United Kingdom has declared the Wuhan coronavirus a "serious and imminent threat to public health", stated a report by CNN. This gives the government additional powers to delay or prevent the further spread of the virus. "In light of the recent public health emergency from the novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, (the) Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus," the government stated.

Feb 10, 2020 2:05 pm (IST)

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as today, a total of 27 foreigners in the country were confirmed with having the coronavirus infection, stated a CNN report. Two of these people have died, a US and a Japanese man. 

Feb 10, 2020 1:45 pm (IST)

Landmarks in many Chinese cities lit up to show solidarity with Wuhan on Saturday, on the traditional Lantern Festival. In north China's Tianjin Municipality, many buildings were illuminated with slogans to cheer on the city of Wuhan. In Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, Tianfu Panda Tower was illuminated with slogans to support Wuhan. China's highest TV tower, the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, lit up in solidarity with Wuhan, stated a Reuters report.

Feb 10, 2020 1:37 pm (IST)

People wear masks to protect themselves against new coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. (Reuters/Heo Ran)

Feb 10, 2020 1:30 pm (IST)

China Introduces Virus Detection App | China has now introduced a mobile app "close contact detector" which will enable people to check whether they are at the risk of catching the novel coronavirus, according to a report by the Global Times. Users can scan a QR code via mobile apps like Alipay, WeChat or QQ to make an inquiry. After registering with a phone number, users can enter their name and ID number to know whether they were in close contact with someone infected. 

Feb 10, 2020 1:08 pm (IST)

With analysts warning that the virus could cut into the country's already slowing economy, China's central bank has urged financial institutions to continue stepping up support for small and micro enterprises. But this has not stopped business owners from fretting over an uncertain future.

Feb 10, 2020 1:05 pm (IST)

A CNN report stated that experts from the New South Wales Health Pathology lab in Australia have successfully grown the live coronavirus from NSW patients -- rather than synthetic specimens -- said the health ministry. “Health experts around the world will be able to contain the spread of novel coronavirus among the population faster, following a breakthrough by NSW Health researchers,” the statement said.

Feb 10, 2020 12:56 pm (IST)

6 More Coronavirus Cases on Japanese Cruise Ship | 6 more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed aboard the quarantined ship 'Diamond Princess'docked in Yokohama, said the ship's captain, according to a CNN report. The total number of confirmed cases on the ship now stand at 136. 

Feb 10, 2020 12:43 pm (IST)

Across China, schools in provinces and regions such as Guangdong, Anhui, Zhejiang, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei, Jiangxi, and Inner Mongolia, as well as Shanghai and Chongqing will be shut through the end of February, stated a Reuters report. 

Feb 10, 2020 12:40 pm (IST)

The Li Ka-Shing Foundation, a charitable organisation founded by the Hong Kong billionaire, has donated HK$100 million ($12.9 million) to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 900 people, stated a Reuters report.

Feb 10, 2020 12:19 pm (IST)

Harsh Vardhan Says Government is Taking Strong Steps on Coronavirus | Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said in the Lok Sabha today that India was well prepared and sufficiently equipped to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. "All necessary precautions are being taken....we are keeping a close tab on the situation." The minister said that video calls with other states were being conducted on the issue. "To prevent further spread, all suspected cases need to be quarantined. The three positive cases from Kerala, who had travel history from China, are doing stable now. The government is taking strong steps," he said. The situation is being monitored everyday through a group of ministers, he said.

Feb 10, 2020 12:09 pm (IST)

Tesla's Shanghai factory will be resuming production on Monday, even as the coronavirus epidemic claims more than 900 lives in China.

Feb 10, 2020 11:48 am (IST)

A citizen journalist went missing in Wuhan last week. Chen Quishi, a human rights advocate had been reporting on the coronavirus outbreak, stated a Guardian report. The report stated that Chen, who had gone to visit a hospital on Thursday has been unreachable from friends and family since Thursday evening. Chen's mother says he has been forcibly quarantined. (Image: Youtube)

Feb 10, 2020 11:37 am (IST)

Officers of the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) wearing masks adjust a sheet of blue canvas covering above the boarding platform of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as they prepare for the transfer of passengers newly tested positive for coronavirus from the vessel, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Feb 10, 2020 11:31 am (IST)

The Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona this month, has announced that travellers from Hubei province will not be admitted, stated a report by the Guardian. It is considered to be the largest exhibition for the mobile phone industry. Travellers who have been in China will need to demonstrate proof  that they have been outside of China 14 days prior to the event through a passport stamp or health certificate, the report further stated.
 

Feb 10, 2020 11:26 am (IST)

A sightseeing boat moves past the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where more than a 100 passengers have been tested positive for coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.(Reuters/ Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Feb 10, 2020 11:14 am (IST)

60 More Cases Confirmed on Japan Ship Diamond Princess | The total confirmed coronavirus cases have now reached 130 on the quarantined Japan cruise ship 'Diamond Princess', after 60 more cases were confirmed, according to American broadcaster TBS TV. The Guardian reported that NHK Japan had also said the same, quoting the health ministry.

Feb 10, 2020 11:00 am (IST)

Japan Seeks to Contain Economic Impact of Coronavirus | Japan on Saturday moved to contain the economic impact of a coronavirus outbreak originating in China as strict new measures aimed at limiting the spread of the virus, including targeting foreign visitors, came into effect. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Saturday meeting of a government task force coordinating Japan's response to the virus to come up with steps aimed at easing the impact of the outbreak on Japan's economy. Abe has made tourism a key part of his economic policy, with a large proportion of foreign visitors from China, and major Japanese companies have a number of factories in China.

Feb 10, 2020 10:50 am (IST)

Pakistan to Soon Decide on Nationals' Evacuation from China | Amid growing pressure to bring back its nationals, mostly students, from coronavirus-hit Hubei province, the Pakistan government has said it is closely monitoring the situation in China and will soon take a decision on their evacuation. Pakistan came under criticism after it said that Pakistani students should not be evacuated from Wuhan as medical facilities back home do not meet the standards required to treat a patient diagnosed with coronavirus.

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The cruise ship Diamond Princess is anchored at Yokohama Port for supplies replenished in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. (Image: AP)

The European Union will host an extraordinary meeting of health ministers on Thursday, along with a WHO envoy, to discuss the novel coronavirus outbreak. So far, only around 30 cases of the new strain have been detected in Europe, but the World Health Organisation warns that cases outside China could accelerate.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today assured Parliament that India was equipped to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak, 3 cases of which have been found in Kerala. “India is taking all preventive measures. We are monitoring and reviewing the situation daily. Till now 1,118 flights have been screened,” he said.

Meanwhile, around 60 more people aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, national broadcaster NHK said Monday, bringing the total number of infected to about 130. Other local media also reported the new cases, but health ministry officials declined to comment.

The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger who got off the ship last month in Hong Kong.

When the boat arrived off Japan, authorities initially tested nearly 300 people for the virus of the 3,711 on board, gradually evacuating dozens who were infected to local medical facilities.

In recent days, testing has expanded to those with new symptoms or who had close contact with other infected passengers or crew, and several more cases were reported over the weekend.

Those who remain on the ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins and allowed only briefly onto open decks.

The death toll in China due to novel coronavirus epidemic has gone up to 908 and the number of confirmed cases rose over 40,000, Chinese health officials said today. There were 97 deaths and 3,062 new confirmed cases of the lethal infection on Sunday, China's National Health Commission said.

Ninety-one deaths were in Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, two in Anhui, and one each in Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, Hainan and Gansu, according to the commission.

A total of 908 people have died of the disease and 40,171 confirmed cases of the outbreak were reported in 31 provincial-level regions so far, it said.

On Sunday, as many as 3,281 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovery. So far, over 630 people, including 356 in Hubei, have been discharged, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the commission as saying.

Meanwhile, thousands of people stranded aboard a cruise ship in Hong Kong for five days were allowed to disembark on Sunday after its 1,800 crew tested negative for the deadly new coronavirus.

Health authorities in the semi-autonomous Asian financial hub said the crew and a similar number of passengers had been released from a quarantine imposed because of fears some staff could have contracted the deadly virus on a previous voyage and passed it on.

The World Dream carried three Chinese passengers to Vietnam between January 19 and 24 who were later found to be infected with the SARS-like coronavirus, which has killed more than 900 people in China since it emerged in December.

The government grounded the ship on its arrival in Hong Kong Wednesday while tests were carried out on the crew, but said the passengers need not undergo examination as they had no contact with the three sick holidaymakers on the January trip.
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