China has warned the ability of the coronavirus to spread is getting stronger as the death toll from the virus rises to at least 56 with more than 2,000 people infected globally.
A nationwide ban on the sale of wild animals has been ordered after the virus was traced to a seafood market in Wuhan that was illegally selling wildlife.
Meanwhile, the first case of coronavirus in Canada has been announced, with one person confirmed to be the a presumptive carrier of the virus following testing in Toronto.
Taiwan tightens restrictions on Chinese visitors
The country has suspended entry for many apart from some business travellers and a few other exceptions like people married to Taiwanese citizens.
Taiwan has close economic and cultural links with China and has so far reported four cases of the new coronavirus. Taiwan has already stopped Chinese tour groups from visiting, and has now banned all people from Hubei from coming to the island.
Chinese officials yesterday announced they would be halting all international group tours as of Monday.
A total of 52 people in the UK have now been tested for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health.
All the tests proved negative and so far there have been no confirmed cases either in this country or involving UK citizens abroad.
“The risk to the public is low,” the department said in a statement at 2pm.
“The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community.
“If and when a first case in the UK is confirmed, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country. This will be followed by a statement by England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.”
Meanwhile, Japan is preparing to repatriate its citizens in Wuhan as soon as possible.
Some 430 Japanese nationals have been confirmed to be living or staying in Hubei province, with almost all of them in Wuhan, the epicentre of China’s coronavirus outbreak, the country’s foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi revealed.
Briefing reporters after he spoke on the telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Mr Motegi said China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, told him that he understood Japan’s concern and desire to repatriate its nationals as soon as possible.
“I told Mr Wang that if there is anything Japan could do to help prevent the spread of the disease, we are ready to offer our full support,” he told reporters.