Health officials in Singapore have confirmed three additional cases of the novel coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Health, all three of the newly confirmed patients are Singaporean citizens with no travel history to mainland China. The male patients are 34, 46, and 62 years old. The Ministry of Health added that the 62 year-old newly confirmed patient worked at DBS bank in the Marina Bay Financial Center. Earlier on Wednesday, DBS evacuated all its staff from its office in the Marina Bay Financial Center following confirmation that its employee had contracted the virus. Singapore now has 50 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Thirty-five patients remain hospitalized, eight of which are in critical condition. According to the Singapore Ministry of Health, 15 patients have fully recovered from the virus and have been discharged from the hospital.
Ontario’s chief medical health officer said today that a patient with the novel coronavirus has recovered from the virus. “The case has had two negative tests at least 24 hours apart and is therefore considered to be resolved. This means the individual is no longer infectious with the 2019 novel coronavirus,” Dr. David Williams said in a statement. Seven cases of 2019 novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Canada, according to government figures. Three of the cases are in Ontario, with four cases in British Columbia. The Canadian government has warned its citizens against all travel to Hubei province. It said the risk of the new coronavirus spreading within Canada remained low.
Steve Walsh, a British patient with the coronavirus who infected several people while traveling, has been discharged from a London hospital after a full recovery, the National Health Service England said in a statement. “Mr Walsh’s symptoms were mild and he is no longer contagious, and poses no risk to the public, he is keen to return to his normal life and spend time with his family out of the media spotlight,” Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director, said in the statement. Walsh was released from the hospital after testing negative for the virus. “I’m happy to be home and feeling well. I want to give a big thank you to the NHS who have been great throughout and my thoughts are with everyone around the world who continues to be affected by the virus,” Walsh said in the statement.
From CNN’s Nadine Schmidt in Berlin The spread of novel coronavirus will get worse before it gets better, German health minister Jens Spahn warned at a press conference Wednesday. “The tipping point has not yet been reached – neither in China, internationally nor in Germany,” Spahn said. He added that the G7 group will hold another conference call Wednesday to coordinate their response to the spread of novel coronavirus. The group — which includes the US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Britain — previously met in early February to discuss coordinating travel regulations and precautions as well as medical research and cooperation with the World Health Organization, the European Union and China.
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus now has an official name from the World Health Organization: COVID-19. This is an acronym: CO stands for corona, VI stands for virus, D for disease. The 19 refers to 2019. The naming of a new disease is a tricky balancing act. The WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained why at a news conference on Tuesday: “We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing.”
If you’re just joining our coverage, here is the latest on the novel coronavirus outbreak: Total number of cases: As of now, there are 45,172 confirmed cases of the virus globally, with the vast majority of them in China. All but two of the 1,115 people who have died from the virus were also in mainland China. Elsewhere, one person has died in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. Cruise ships affected: A number of cruise ships have had their journeys disrupted or brought to a halt by the virus. The MS Westerdam — which has been turned away from four ports over fears that its passengers might be infected with the virus — is now sailing for Cambodia. The vessel has 2,000 people on board but has no confirmed cases of the virus and is not in a state of quarantine. The Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is being quarantined in Yokohama, has seen more confirmed cases on board. At least 175 passengers have been confirmed to have the virus. People return to work: In China, people are returning to work after entire cities and business sectors were shut down for more than two weeks in efforts to contain the outbreak. In Hubei province — the outbreak’s epicenter — millions remain under lockdown.
China Railway announced today that it is suspending the sale of “standing room only” tickets, in an effort to reduce the number of passengers on trains during the outbreak. The state-owned railway group said in a statement that it has implemented a range of measures to minimize the chances of transmission — apart from eliminating standing room, it has also suspended the sale of meals in dining cars and urged passengers to refrain from moving in the train compartment. The measures will cover inter-city trains and high-speed rail running across the country. Travel season comes to a close: The announcement comes as millions of Chinese passengers are expected to return from their hometowns in the coming week before the end of the Spring Festival travel period
About 200 people who recently returned from China to the US state of Georgia are self-monitoring for symptoms of the coronavirus, said the state’s Department of Health. The travelers were in mainland China, outside Hubei province, with no known high-risk exposure. They show no symptoms and are self-isolating at home, according to the department. How they identify travelers: Every day, Customs and Border Protection sends a list of Georgia travelers who have arrived from China to the state health department, which then reaches out to those travelers individually. The department makes a plan with these individuals to monitor themselves for symptoms, and gives them instructions on what to do if they get sick. So far, there are no Georgia travelers who have returned from Wuhan or Hubei province requiring quarantine, or any confirmed cases in Georgia, the department said. Cases in the US: There have been 13 confirmed cases in the US: seven in California, two in Illinois, and one each in Arizona, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Washington.
The novel coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, has now spread worldwide. The vast majority of cases and deaths are still in mainland China, concentrated in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital. However, cases have also been confirmed in 27 other countries and territories. Let’s break down the numbers: Deaths: In mainland China: 1,113 Outside mainland China: 2 (one in Hong Kong, one in the Philippines) Global total: 1,115 Confirmed cases: In mainland China: 44,653 Outside mainland China: 518 Global total: 45,171 According to China’s National Health Commission, a total of 4,740 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
but there are questions about the data’s accuracy The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has topped 1,100, but there are signs that the outbreak may be peaking at the epicenter of the crisis. Authorities in Hubei, the province where the outbreak likely originated, said there were an additional 1,638 confirmed cases of the virus as of this morning. That is a lower increase than the previous day, suggesting that the spread of the virus may be leveling off in Hubei. Uncertainties about data: A large question mark hangs over those figures — there remains uncertainty surrounding the efficiency of virus testing methods, and the length of the incubation period. Hospitals in Hubei are overwhelmed, making it possible that some infected people may have been unable to see a doctor for diagnosis. Chinese scientists have estimated that the outbreak could peak in mid-February, though previous estimations have had to be adjusted. Warning from international experts: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, warned Tuesday that the coronavirus is still “a very grave threat.” He added later that while the outbreak remains “very much an emergency” for China, there is a “realistic chance” of stopping it.
Some 160 million Chinese citizens are expected to return to work by February 18 as the country works to stabilize the economy amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Schools, businesses, and entire cities across China have been shut down for weeks. The coronavirus hit during Lunar New Year in January, a public holiday that was extended this year to allow people to stay home during the outbreak. February 18 will mark the official end of the Spring Festival travel period, when millions of people return to places of work or residence after having traveled home for Lunar New Year, said China’s State Council in a news conference yesterday. Safety measures: The government will take measures to minimize the chances of transmission as people go back to work, such as stepping up the sterilization of public transport and conducting temperature checks on passengers, said an official from the Ministry of Transport. Economy hit by closures: The coronavirus has hit the Chinese economy hard, with closed businesses, halted operations, and disrupted supply chains in various sectors of business. On Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country needed to stabilize the economy and prevent large-scale layoffs, and that it was ready to help companies resume production.
The Wuhan coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December.
There are now close to 520 confirmed cases in over 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:
Australia (at least 15 cases)
Belgium (at least 1 case)
Cambodia (at least 1 case)
Canada (at least 7 cases)
Finland (at least 1 case)
France (at least 11 cases)
Germany (at least 16 cases)
Hong Kong (at least 49 cases, 1 death)
India (at least 3 cases)
Italy (at least 3 cases)
Japan (at least 203 cases, including 175 in cruise ship quarantine)
Macao (at least 10 cases)
Malaysia (at least 18 cases)
Nepal (at least 1 case)
Philippines (at least 3 cases, 1 death)
Russia (at least 2 cases)
Singapore (at least 47 cases)
South Korea (at least 28 cases)
Spain (at least 2 cases)
Sri Lanka (at least 1 case)
Sweden (at least 1 case)
Taiwan (at least 18 cases)
Thailand (at least 33 cases)
United Arab Emirates (at least 8 cases)
United Kingdom (at least 8 cases)
United States (at least 13 cases)
Vietnam (at least 15 cases)
Taiwan raises travel alerts for Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and Thailand
Taiwan has raised its travel warnings for several regions in Asia that have been affected by the Wuhan coronavirus, its Ministry of Health and Welfare said in a statement.
Here are the new warnings:
Hong Kong and Macao: Taiwan has raised the travel alerts for the two semi-autonomous Chinese cities to level three, which urges the public not to travel to a location unless it’s “necessary.” Hong Kong has confirmed 42 cases and one fatality, while Macao has identified 10 infected patients.
Singapore: Taiwan raised the travel alert to Singapore to level two, which urges citizens to take “protective measures” if they travel there. Forty-five cases have been identified in the city state.
Thailand: Taiwanese authorities raised the travel alert to Thailand to level one, urging people heading there to “adhere to local preventive measures.” The country has confirmed 33 coronavirus cases.
A second flight from Wuhan arrives in Canada
A second flight from Wuhan arrives in Canada From CNN’s Tina Burnside in Atlanta A second Canadian plane carrying 185 passengers from Wuhan arrived in Vancouver just before 1 a.m. Eastern Time, according to CTV. Francois-Philippe Champagne, the country’s minister of foreign affairs, told the television station that the plane had brought back the last group of Canadians who had asked to be repatriated from the Chinese city due to the coronavirus outbreak. The plane will refuel in Vancouver then fly to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, the foreign affairs minister said in a tweet.
Update on the second Canadian flight from #Wuhan:
— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) February 10, 2020
A 2-year-old girl among new Coronavirus cases confirmed in Singapore.
A 2-year-old girl has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Singapore, the city-state’s Ministry of Health said. The toddler had been evacuated from Wuhan on January 30 and placed under quarantine until the infection was confirmed on Monday morning. A 37-year-old Singaporean with “no recent travel history to China” was also confirmed to have the virus on Tuesday. That brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Singapore up to 45, according to the ministry.
Thailand confirms a new coronavirus case, as its government says the Westerdam ship won’t be allowed to dock there
A WHO team arrives in China to help Beijing deal with the epidemic
Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in China today to assist with controlling the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, after the death toll topped 1,000.
Chinese health authorities said 108 people died from the virus in mainland China on Monday, with the majority of those deaths occurring in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.
The WHO’s organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the team in Beijing would “lay the groundwork for a larger international team,” which will join them “as soon as possible.”
The WHO group in China is led by Bruce Aylward, who helmed the body’s response to Ebola, as well as initiatives for immunization, communicable diseases control and polio eradication.
Their arrival comes as the WHO is facing increasing criticism for its initial decision not to declare a global health emergency, and for officials’ effusive praise of China’s handling of the crisis, even as Beijing faces outrage domestically for, among other things, the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, and the subsequent censorship of that news.
Today 09-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 40,128 with a total death rate of 906
The Hubei Health Authority reported that 91 more people died of coronavirus in Hubei province on Sunday, raising the death toll in the epicenter since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak to 871.
The total number of deaths in mainland China is now at least 902. The global toll is at least 904, with one death in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.
Hubei authorities confirmed an additional 2,618 cases of the virus on Sunday, which brings the total number of cases in the epicenter of the outbreak to 29,631.
The global number of confirmed coronavirus cases now exceeds 40,000, with the vast majority in mainland China.
Today 09-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 40,128 with a total death rate of 906
Today 09-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 37,121 with a total death rate of 806
Today 08-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 35,887 with a total death rate of 724
Today 07-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 31,477 with a total death rate of 638
Today 06-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 28,296 with a total death rate of 565
Today 05-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 25,505 with a total death rate of 493
Today 04-feb 2020. Total Confirmed 20,574 with a total death rate of 426
We will keep you updated….