Coronavirus January 31, 2020
Coronavirus Live Updates: Emergency Declaration Is Considered as Toll Rises Coronavirus outbreak: India among 30 nations at ‘high risk’ as toll in China continues to rise.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The W.H.O. will meet to decide if the epidemic is a global emergency.
- 170 people have died. More than 7,711 cases have been confirmed.
- China now has more cases of the virus than it had of SARS — but comparing the two is tricky.
- Wuhan residents lashed out over handling of the outbreak.
- Thousands of people are trapped aboard a cruise ship over possible infections.
- Russia orders partial closure of its border with China and limit visas.
- Australia plans to quarantine citizens on a remote island.
The World Health Organization will decide today whether to declare the epidemic an international public health emergency. Chinese officials say 170 people have died. Thousands of people are trapped on a cruise ship off the Italian coast, prevented from leaving because of possible Coronavirus cases aboard. The W.H.O. will meet to decide if the epidemic is a global emergency.
The World Health Organization is meeting again on Thursday to decide whether to declare the coronavirus epidemic an international public health emergency, as China said that another 38 people had died from the virus.
The global health agency met twice last week but was split about whether to declare an emergency, saying it did not have enough information to decide. Such rulings can rally a global response, but also put countries at the center of any outbreak under even greater scrutiny.
China said Thursday that the total number of deaths from the coronavirus had risen to 170, with cases now confirmed in every province and region in the country. More than 7,700 people have been sickened in mainland China, while 68 cases have been reported around the world. The W.H.O. has so far praised China’s response. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director-general, met with Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, in Beijing on Tuesday.
Mr. Xi had led “a monumental national response,” Dr. Tedros wrote on Twitter, adding he was “struck by the determination of Chinese leadership.”
Thirty-eight more deaths in China from the coronavirus were announced on Thursday, bringing the toll to 170. Most of those recent deaths, 37, occurred in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak. One person died in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
◆ Another 1,737 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours for a total of 7,711 worldwide, according to Chinese officials and the World Health Organization. The real number is likely to be higher.
◆ Tibet reported its first confirmed case. This means that all of China’s provinces and territories have now been touched by the outbreak.
◆ Thailand has reported 14 cases of infection; Japan has 11; Hong Kong and Singapore have 10; Taiwan has eight; Australia, Malaysia and Macau each have seven; France and the United States have five; South Korea, Germany and the United Arab Emirates each have 4; Canada has three; Vietnam has two; and India, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Finland each have one.
◆ Cases recorded in Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam and Japan involved patients who had not been to China. There have been no reported deaths outside China.