Coronavirus live update: February 2, 2020

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12022 Infected, 259 Dead , 27 Count China: 11,791 & 259 dead Thail.:19 JP:17 Singap.:16 HK + Macau + Taiw.:23 S. Korea:12 Austr.: 10 Malay.:8 Germany, US: 7 FR, Viet.: 6 UAE, Canada: 4 IT, UK, Rus: 2 Nepal, Camb,Fin, India, Philip., S.Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Bots: 1 #coronavirus

India to evacuate its remaining citizens from China, flight from Delhi at 12.50 pm today

India has begun preparations to airlift the remaining Indians from China, hours after it evacuated 324 Indian nationals from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city as the death toll from the deadly disease rose to 259 in the country.

“We look forward to operating another flight to evacuate remaining Indian nationals, who have consented to leave Hubei Province for the time being,” the Indian Embassy said in a tweet on Saturday.

An Air India spokesperson said that another flight will depart to Wuhan from Delhi at 12.50 pm on Saturday with a different set of crew, same doctors’ team with other aircraft.

“We urge all Indian citizens from Hubei who intend to avail this flight for India and not yet contacted the Embassy, to urgently call the hotlines (+8618610952903 and +8618612083629) or dedicated email ID helpdesk.beijing@mea.gov.in before 0800 hours on February 1, 2020,” the Embassy said in the tweet.

 Qantas to suspend mainland China services

Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s largest airline, will suspend services to mainland China from Feb. 9, as the deadly coronavirus outbreak spreads, Bloomberg repoorted.

The airline’s Sydney-Beijing and Sydney-Shanghai flights will be halted until March 29, it said in a statement Saturday. Services to Hong Kong will remain unchanged.

The move follows entry restrictions imposed by countries including the U.S. and Singapore, which impact the movement of crew who work across the Qantas international network, the carrier said.

Air India evacuates 324 Indians from China’s Wuhan

Air India’s jumbo B747 plane, evacuating 324 Indian nationals from the novel coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China, landed here on Saturday morning, PTI reported.

The plane reached Delhi around 7.30 am, the agency said.

There were five doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and one paramedical staff on board, said an Air India spokesperson.

The evacuees from Wuhan comprised three minors, 211 students and 110 working professionals, the spokesperson said.

The Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Manesar near Delhi to keep those evacuated from China’s Hubei province.

India bans export of all kind of respiratory masks

The Indian government yesterday banned exports of all kinds of personal protection equipment, including clothing and masks used to protect people from air borne particles, PTI reported.

The move assumes significance as there could be a spurt in demand for such products due to outbreak of deadly coronavirus that has claimed more than 200 lives in China while the number of confirmed cases reached near 10,000.

“Exports of all varieties of personal protection equipment including clothing and masks used to protect the wearer from air borne particles and/or any other respiratory masks or any other personal protective clothing (including coveralls and N95 masks)…is hereby prohibited with immediate effect till further orders,” the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT) said in a notification.

Qantas, Cebu Air suspends flights

Australia’s largest airline Qantas Airways Ltd. will suspend services to mainland China from Feb. 9, while Cebu Air Inc., the Philippines’ largest budget carrier, said it will start halting all China flights from Feb. 2. The suspensions will be until March 29.

Shinzo Abe warns of impact to Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked the health ministry to be prepared to act more responsively to the virus, saying the outbreak “is having a big impact on the overall society and economy.”

South Korea reports another case

South Korea confirmed another case of coronavirus, bringing the total there to 12, Bloomberg reported.

The country evacuated 333 citizens from Wuhan in a second charter flight which landed in Seoul on Saturday, according to the health ministry. About seven of those on the flight showed symptoms associated with the virus and were sent to hospital, the report said.

China releases new coronavirus cases data

China said the number of coronavirus cases rose to 11,791. Of those, 1,795 are severe. The country said 259 people have died from the illness.

There are 13 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, 10 in Taiwan and seven in Macau.

China Plant Closures to Accelerate, IHS Says

IHS Markit expects the crisis will trigger a cascade of auto plant closings in China that lasts into mid-March and reduces output by more than 1.7 million cars — a decline of 32%.

Expectations were already bleak as the year began, with IHS Markit predicting a 10% drop in first quarter production.

US imposes entry limits

The Trump administration will put a temporary ban on foreign nationals who have visited China in the past 14 days from entering the US and pose a risk of spreading the illness, unless they are immediate relatives of US citizens or permanent residents. The measures take effect 2 February.

US citizens who have been in Hubei province during the past two weeks will be subject to the quarantine, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Citizens returning from elsewhere in China will be subject to screening, and have to self-quarantine for two weeks while being monitored.

All US-bound flights coming from China will be routed to one of seven airports in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu and Los Angeles. More drastic flight restrictions are not currently being considered.

US stocks slump and bonds rally

The S&P 500 Index erased its 2020 gain and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 600 points as traders remained on edge over the impact of the disease that’s now infected about 10,000 people around the world. A gauge of U.S. equity volatility spiked to an almost four-month high.

A new wave of flu risks patient confusion

A new wave of influenza is picking up in the US, raising the risk that patients who get the seasonal illness may think they have coronavirus, which has almost identical symptoms early on in a patient’s illness.

The CDC estimates that more than 19 million Americans have fallen ill with the flu so far this season, including 180,000 people who ended up in the hospital. About 10,000 Americans have died, including more than 60 children.

This season of flu began early in the US after stalling, it’s picked back up with a new strain of H1N1 influenza, according to a government survey of the illness.

CDC puts Americans returned from Wuhan in Quarantine

The government has put about 200 U.S. citizens repatriated from Wuhan under legal quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California. The group includes State Department personnel, family members, children and other Americans. It’s the first time such a policy has been used in the U.S. since the 1960s, when a quarantine order was issued to stop the spread of smallpox.

The quarantine was implemented after one person wanted to leave.

US works to get Americans out of Wuhan

The U.S. State Department is working to arrange additional flights for U.S. citizens still in Wuhan, according to an official with knowledge of the plans. Seats would be offered as they become available, an official said.

Chinese Official Criticizes US Reaction

Chinese officials took issue with US comments about the country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, and promised they would bring the infection under control.

“US comments are inconsistent with the facts and inappropriate.” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement posted online Friday. The World Health Organization “called on countries to avoid adopting travel bans. Yet shortly afterward, the U.S. went in the opposite direction, and started a very bad turn. It is so unkind.”

China coronavirus toll rises to 259, US imposes border curbs

The number of deaths from a coronavirus epidemic in China rose by 46 to 259 on Friday, the country’s health authority said on Saturday, as the United States announced new border curbs on foreign nationals who have been in China.

The province of Hubei, the centre of the epidemic, remains under virtual quarantine, with roads sealed off and public transport shut down, but small numbers of travellers continue to breach the lockdown.

Amid fears that the virus could spread further overseas, the United States announced measures to restrict entry to foreign nationals who have recently been in China. All three major U.S. airlines also said on Friday they would cancel flights to mainland China.

Centre prohibits export of masks with immediate effect

The central government has prohibited the export of all varieties of personal protection equipment, including clothing and masks, with immediate effects.

“Export of all varieties of personal protection equipment including clothing and masks used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and/or any other respiratory masks or any other personal protective clothing [including coveralls (class 2/3/4) and N95 masks] is prohibited with immediate effect till further orders,” the notification by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Friday read.

Major US airlines cancel China flights

All three major US airlines announced the cancellation of flights to mainland China on Friday as the US government unveiled additional steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in China.

The trio of carriers, United Airlines Holdings Inc , Delta Air Lines Inc and American Airlines Group Inc , had already moved to reduce flights to China amid a sharp drop in demand due to the flu-like virus.

As coronavirus misinformation spreads on social media, Facebook removes posts

Facebook Inc said it will take down misinformation about China’s fast-spreading coronavirus, in a rare departure from its usual approach to dubious health content that is presenting a fresh challenge for social media companies.

The coronavirus outbreak has stoked a wave of anti-China sentiment around the globe. Hoaxes have spread widely online, promoted by conspiracy theorists and exacerbated by a dearth of information from the cordoned-off zone around China’s central city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.

Nearly 12,000 people have been infected in China, according to local health authorities, and more than 130 cases reported in at least 25 other countries and regions.

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