China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Grant Boone
February 18, 2020

They will be under a 14-day federal quarantine and housed separately from people already in quarantine from earlier repatriation flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. More than two dozen trade fairs and industry conferences have been postponed because of travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the virus, potentially disrupting deals worth billions of dollars. The meeting is due to start on March 5. Chinese regime officials have implemented lockdowns in dozens of cities, affecting hundreds of millions of people while triggering global supply-chain slowdowns. "We don't know if it's contained in China", he said.

Japan has 518 confirmed cases, including the 454 from the cruise ship, and one death from the virus.

Travel to and from the worst-hit central China region was associated with the initial cases of COVID-19 confirmed overseas.

With Japan's economy contracting, raising the risk of a recession, the spread of the coronavirus has prompted Tokyo to put limits on public crowds while some companies have begun to urge employees to work from home.

As of Monday, there are more than 70,000 cases of coronavirus in China, with the death toll nearing 1,800 people.

New confirmed cases in Wuhan stood at 1,600, down from 1,690 on Sunday. Australia has since February 1 prevented anyone but citizens and permanent residents from entering the country directly from mainland China, citing a need to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

There have been no deaths in one-third of China's hardest-hit provinces.

At a media telebriefing today, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the new data from China gives health officials a better understanding about the affected age range, the severity of the disease, and the mortality rate, which he said helps the WHO deliver evidence-based guidance to countries.

Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, died at 10:30 a.m.

The Chinese state Health Committee has informed that the number of people who have recovered has risen to 1,701.

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Chinese authorities say the stabilization in the number of new cases is a sign that measures they have taken to halt the spread of the disease are having an effect.

NHC said China has stepped up efforts to shore up weak spots as the epidemic prevention and control have entered the most crucial stage.

Another 1,432 new suspected cases were reported Monday, said the commission.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus deemed the novel coronavirus outbreak a "public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC)" on January 30.

The 300 or so Americans flying on USA -government chartered aircraft back to the US will face another 14-day quarantine at Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

A total of 12,552 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery.

Authorities around the world were also trying to track down passengers from another Carnival Corp-owned cruise liner, the Westerdam, which was turned away from ports across Southeast Asia before docking in Cambodia on Thursday.

Four of the Americans who tested positive for the virus were taken to California hospitals.

In his speech, Xi said he gave instructions on fighting the virus on January 7 and ordered the shutdown of the most-affected cities. Outside China, the ship has had the largest number of cases of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus that emerged in China late a year ago.

The California-based company said all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities were outside Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, and all had been reopened.

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