China confirms 425 deaths from new coronavirus

Marco Green
February 4, 2020

Messonnier said the CDC will observe the presidential proclamation issued on Jan 31 that bans all foreign nationals coming to the country from China for the next 14 days, except for immediate family members of USA citizens and naturalized citizens. The Costa Crociere cruise line said the woman and her partner, who had no symptoms, were put into isolation Wednesday.

Across the US, 167 people have tested negative for the virus, while tests are pending for 82 others, the CDC said.

The patient was a Chinese national from Wuhan city, where the virus was first detected.

Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says the country may start deporting foreigners infected with the new coronavirus.

"It doesn't help if one country alone takes measures, and certainly not in Europe", Spahn said. Outside mainland China, at least 180 cases have been confirmed, including two fatalities, in Hong Kong and the Philippines. It wasn't immediately clear from Mishustin's statement whether they would be deported.

Like other countries, Russian Federation has halted most of its air and train traffic with China, shut down its land border with China and Mongolia and temporarily stopped issuing work visas to Chinese citizens.

On Monday, authorities announced Russian Federation was suspending the last operating train that connects Moscow and Beijing and all trains between Russian Federation and North Korea. Golikova said there are now around 130 Russian nationals in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, it has killed its first patient outside China.

Thousands of medical workers in the former British colony held a second day of strikes to press for the complete closure of its borders with mainland China, a day after embattled leader Carrie Lam left open three remaining checkpoints. Public broadcaster RTHK reports that some went on strike Monday and more threatened to walk out on Tuesday if their demands were not met. Lam urged Hong Kong residents to "stand united" in combating the outbreak.

The U.S. declared a public health emergency due to the new type of coronavirus.

- By the end of Monday, 20,438 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China, and 425 people had died of the disease.

China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering. There has been a bird flu outbreak in Hunan, China.

Messonnier also confirmed that the US State Department will charter more planes to evacuate Americans in Wuhan.

The Shanghai Composite index has lost almost 8% as Chinese regulators moved to stabilize markets jolted by a virus that has spread to more than 20 countries, slamming regional tourism and threatening global growth.

Germany's Lufthansa became the latest global airline to suspend flights to China, and several countries are barring Chinese travellers or people who passed through China recently.

Swedish health officials also told people to disregard the study, saying "sources that claimed that the coronavirus would infect during the incubation period lack scientific support for this analysis".

The Shanghai benchmark dropped nearly 9% after markets opened on Monday after a week-long Lunar New Year holiday that was extended by three days. Most victims were over 60 years and many had pre-existing medical problems.

The ship's captain said Hong Kong's health authorities notified the ship about the passenger's infection on Saturday, according to a recording of the announcement tweeted by a passenger. About 500 Pakistani students were in Wuhan - the site of the outbreak - at the time it surfaced.

The United States, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea have recorded person-to-person transmission infections, suggesting greater potential for spreading. Four military bases have been designated to receive people under quarantine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday confirmed the second person-to-person transmission of novel coronavirus in the US, marking the tenth and eleventh cases of the pneumonia-like illness in the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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