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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: SpiceJet to Suspend Delhi-Hong Kong Flights From February 16 | February 14, 2020, 3:14 PM IST
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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: With the novel coronavirus outbreak killing nearly 1,500 people in China, SpiceJet on Friday announced that it would be suspending Delhi-Hong Kong flights from February 16 to 29. IndiGo and Air India have already suspended all their flights between India and China.

"SpiceJet has decided to temporarily suspend its daily Delhi-Hong Kong passenger flight from February 16th to 29th, 2020," the budget carrier's spokesperson stated.
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Feb 14, 2020 3:21 pm (IST)

Vietnam Quarantines Community of 10,000 | Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near the capital, Hanoi, for 20 days over fears that the coronavirus could spread there, two local officials told Reuters on Thursday. The rural commune of Son Loi, in the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc, 44 km (27 miles) from Hanoi, is home to 11 of the 16 coronavirus cases in the Southeast Asian country, including a three-month-old baby.

Feb 14, 2020 2:51 pm (IST)

European Shares Touch Record Highs | European shares touched record highs on Friday as investors digested whether China's coronavirus outbreak would cause long-lasting damage to global economy, reported Reuters. Europe's broad Euro STOXX 600 clawed up 0.1% to follow Asian markets higher in choppy early trading, even as indexes in Paris and London both fell 0.2%.

Feb 14, 2020 2:46 pm (IST)

Singapore Economy Could Enter Recession due to Virus | Singapore's economy could enter recession due to the blow from the coronavirus outbreak, its prime minister said on Friday, adding that the city-state was bracing for a "significant" hit in the coming quarters, reported Reuters. "The impact will be significant at least in the next couple of quarters. It is a very intense outbreak," Lee Hsien Loong said in a video interview posted on his Facebook page.

Feb 14, 2020 2:31 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic |  A medical worker in a protective suit takes a break during her night shift at a community health service center, which has an isolated section to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus and suspected patients of the virus, in Hubei province, China. (Reuters) 

Feb 14, 2020 2:24 pm (IST)

Olympic Games Will Go as Planned | A CNN report stated that a top official said on Friday that the Olympic Games will remain “on track” despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. “There’s no case for any contingency plans of cancelling the Games or moving the Games,” said John Coates, chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo.

Feb 14, 2020 2:11 pm (IST)

14-month old Baby Discharged | A 14-month old baby has been discharged after receiving treatment and recovering from coronavirus in China's Hubei province, stated the state-news agency PDC. The boy had been admitted on January 26 after getting diarrhea and vomiting for six days. But when he still showed symptoms such as shortness of breath, he was sent to an ICU ward and later confirmed with coronavirus. (Image:

Feb 14, 2020 2:00 pm (IST)

About 180 French Nationals Discharged | After two weeks in quarantine, the first group of French nationals that had been evacuated from Wuhan, China, were discharged, Reuters reported. None of the 181 people tested positive for the virus, local health officials said.​ A total of 157 more people remain quarantined in southern France.

Feb 14, 2020 1:49 pm (IST)

Valentine's Day Gifts Become Pragmatic | State-run news agency people's Daily of China has reported that this year's Valentine's Day gifts have become different from the usual, as according a report by Meituan Dianping, masks, goggles, and disinfectants are the top three most popular gift choices, followed by stomachache medicines and vegetables and fruits. Image: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Feb 14, 2020 1:40 pm (IST)

Pakistani Student Discharged from Wuhan Hospital | State-run news channel CCTV reported that a Pakistani student had been discharged from a hospital in Wuhan, after being treated for (COVID-19) coronavirus.

Feb 14, 2020 1:34 pm (IST)

Airline Apologises After Racist Note in Flight | KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, offered a public apology on Friday after a crew member sparked online outrage by posting a sign in Korean saying passengers on a recent flight were not allowed to use a toilet because of the new coronavirus, reported Reuters. Photos of the handwritten sign saying "lavatory for crew members only" went viral in South Korea this week after a passenger on a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam to Seoul's Incheon airport on Monday shared the images online. The passenger accused KLM of discriminating against South Korean passengers because the sign was only in Korean.

Feb 14, 2020 1:20 pm (IST)

China's Power Demand Falls | China's industrial power demand in 2020 may decline by as much as 73 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), according to IHS Markit, as the outbreak of the coronavirus has curtailed factory output and prevented some workers from returning to their jobs, Reuters reported.

Feb 14, 2020 1:16 pm (IST)

Restaurants Face Huge Losses | A report published this week by China Cuisine Association said scare over the epidemic has cost the catering sector 500 billion yuan in lost earnings during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, with 93% restaurants shutting down operations, reported Reuters.

Feb 14, 2020 1:10 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | A baby wears a mask and a plastics rain coat as protection from Coronavirus at the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China. (Reuters/Aly Song)

Feb 14, 2020 1:04 pm (IST)

Six Medical Workers Die, 1,716 Infected | China National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin said on Friday that 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died as of Tuesday, reported Reuters. Zeng, at a press conference about protecting medical workers, said the number of infected medical staff is increasing.

Feb 14, 2020 1:00 pm (IST)

11 People Shift from Quarantined Ship | Eleven passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship will be moved to shoreside quarantine facilities, stated a report by CNN. Diamond Princess Captain Stefano Ravera said that members who would be at high-risk if infected by coronavirus would leave the ship by today afternoon.

Feb 14, 2020 12:49 pm (IST)

Mothers Give Birth Without Partners | As public hospitals in Hong Kong ban partners entering labour wards, mothers are giving birth alone, stated a report by CNN. 

Feb 14, 2020 12:39 pm (IST)

No Handshakes, Please | A prominent venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, has put up a sign on its door which says -- 'Due to the coronavirus, no handshakes please', stated a report by Vox's Shirin Ghaffary. (Image credits: Vox)

Feb 14, 2020 12:30 pm (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | A man wearing a mask and covered with a plastic bag walks on a street in Shanghai, China. (Reuters/Aly Song)

Feb 14, 2020 12:16 pm (IST)

Airlines Could Incur Heavy Losses | The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) forecast global airline revenue downfall by $4-5 billion in the first quarter due to flight cancellations linked to the coronavirus outbreak, reported Reuters. The Montreal-based agency said on Wednesday the virus was expected to have a greater industry impact than that caused by the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory System (SARS) epidemic, in light of the higher volume and greater global extent of the flight cancellations being seen.

Feb 14, 2020 12:11 pm (IST)

China Tightens its Lockdown | China's response to the crisis sees an ever-increasing lockdown upon the country, which has lasted more than two weeks. 

Feb 14, 2020 12:02 pm (IST)

US Official Doubts China's Transparency | Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council director said that the US was dissapointed over the lack of transparency from China. “We are a little disappointed that we haven’t been invited in," he said, reported the Guardian. Kudlow said that despite Chinese President Xi Jinping assuring to accept help from US, he was not involving the country. “I don’t know what their motives are. I do know that apparently more and more people are suffering over there,” he said. “Is the Politburo really being honest with us?” he asked.

Feb 14, 2020 11:54 am (IST)

China Double Counts Deaths | ​The Chinese National Health Commission has removed 108 deaths from its national coronavirus death toll due to double counting, stated AFP. Hubei’s health commission had said today that 116 more people died in the province overnight, with more than 4,800 new cases reported. The total number of deaths in mainland China now is 1,380. 

Feb 14, 2020 11:45 am (IST)

3-D Printed Rooms Used in Hubei | Chinese government authorities have begun to use 3-D printed rooms to quarantine patients, according to state-run news agency People's Daily of China. 

Feb 14, 2020 11:38 am (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | A man wears a gas mask as he holds a bouquet of flowers, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Valentine’s Day in Hong Kong, China. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Feb 14, 2020 11:30 am (IST)

Vietnam Seeks Export Relief from India | Vietnam is seeking to boost its farm produce exports to India to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus on the Southeast Asian country's trade with China, its largest trading partner, reported Reuters. Vietnam has asked India to reduce trade barriers on its exports, such as black pepper and cashew nuts, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said today.

Feb 14, 2020 11:23 am (IST)

US CDC Director Says Virus Will Last Beyond 2020 | The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield said that the US was in 'aggressive containment mode', stated a CNN report. "We don't know a lot about this virus," he told CNN. "This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission." Redfield said that there was no known cure for coronavirus.

Feb 14, 2020 11:07 am (IST)

Oil Prices Steady, Set to Rise | Oil prices were steady on Friday, but set for their first weekly gain in six weeks on the assumption that major producers will implement deeper output cuts to offset slowing demand in China caused by the coronavirus epidemic, reported Reuters.

Feb 14, 2020 10:58 am (IST)

Manchester United's Member Trains Alone Due to Virus Fears | After returning from China, Manchester United's newest signing Odion Ighalo is training away from the first team due to novel coronavirus concerns, reported CNN.

Feb 14, 2020 10:50 am (IST)

Life in an Epidemic | A couple wearing masks embraces in an MTR train on Valentine's Day in Hong Kong, China. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Feb 14, 2020 10:47 am (IST)

New Method of Diagnosis | Chinese health officials have implemented a new screening process for the new Covid-19 coronavirus, reported Reuters. The first step is to subject the patients to a pulmonary examination by CT scan. If there are signs of pneumonia, a specific Covid-19 test is performed to confirm or rule out the infection.

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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: SpiceJet to Suspend Delhi-Hong Kong Flights From February 16
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China's coronavirus outbreak has showed no sign of peaking with health authorities on Friday reporting more than 5,000 new cases, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countries due to virus fears finally disembarked in Cambodia. China National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin said on Friday that 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died. The number of infected medical staff is increasing.

In its latest update, Hubei province's health commission on Friday said it had recorded 116 deaths and 4,823 new cases of the flu-like virus that emerged in the provincial capital, Wuhan, in December. The number of new deaths and infections was down sharply on the previous day, when a change in the methods of diagnosing patients led to a record spike in cases.

Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death on Thursday - a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo. The death was the third outside mainland China, after two others in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Japan is one of the worst affected of more than two dozen countries and territories outside mainland China that have seen hundreds of infections from the flu-like sickness.

Figures due out on Monday are expected to show Japan's economy - the world's third-largest - shrank an annualised 3.7% in the October-December quarter, due partly to the impact of the virus outbreak, according to analysts.

"Investors will surely avoid Asia for the time being and will shift funds to the U.S., geographically the most separated from the region," said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

A cruise liner quarantined off a Japanese port has more than 200 people confirmed with the disease. Authorities have said they will allow some elderly people to disembark on Friday.

Passengers on another cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over coronavirus fears started disembarking in Cambodia on Friday.

The MS Westerdam, carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew, docked in the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville on Thursday. It had anchored offshore early in the morning to allow Cambodian officials to board and collect samples from passengers with any signs of ill health or flu-like symptoms.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.

"My wife and I gave him some chocolates as a show of our appreciation," Lou Poandel, a tourist from New Jersey, told Reuters after he disembarked and met the Cambodian leader.

Global health authorities are still scrambling to find "patient zero" - a person who carried the disease into a company meeting in Singapore from which it spread to five other countries.

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