Philippines Reports First Coronavirus Death Outside China

Marco Green
February 4, 2020

The death toll in China overtook that of the SARS outbreak from the early 2000s over the weekend.

"What it has done could only create and spread fear", Chunying said, adding that China hopes that countries will make "reasonable, calm and science-based judgments" in response to the coronavirus. The virus is spreading internationally, including the United States, most through association with people that traveled to Wuhan. Of the 83 cases in the 18 countries, only seven had "no history of travel in China".

The World Health Organisation has declared the crisis a global health emergency, and the first foreign death from the virus was confirmed in the Philippines on Sunday. If people had listened to him and worn masks and avoided the wildlife market, China might be in a better position now to deal with the virus, it said. (Getty) Dozens of diggers at the start of the building work. The genome sequences from USA patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir, the CDC said. The province of Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, are the epicenters of this global health emergency, which began with the first confirmed 2019-nCoV case in December 2019.

On Sunday, health officials in California confirmed three additional cases of the virus, bringing the total cases in the USA up to 11.

The ninth case was identified on Sunday as a woman who recently traveled to Wuhan, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in California said.

President Xi Jinping has said that lessons have been learned from the outbreak. Airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights while workers at some of the world's most valuable companies including Apple, Starbucks and Levi's have been told to stay home. And in Washington state, a man in his 30s sought treatment after returning from Wuhan.

In that case, it could take two or three years for China to recover, he said. "Because China is the big elephant in the room now".

Frank Ching is a Hong Kong-based journalist. "So nobody is immune", Lun said.

Citi revised its full-year forecast for China's GDP growth to 5.5 percent in 2020 from 5.8 percent.

The People's Bank of China the country's central bank, pledged 150 billion yuan ($21.7bn) in liquidity in a slew of measures to shore up their financial markets, but this was seen as a short term fix that may not stem further losses.

Chinese officials have insisted the blow is temporary, however analysts are not so sure.

Scientists believe that the virus could have originated from bats.

About 1,400 military medics will treat patients at the hospital, dubbed "Fire God Mountain", according to state media. "That is something that many people do not understand".

The outlook is bleak not just for China, which could lose more than 1 percent of GDP due to the shutdown of business and manufacturing activity, but for other Asian countries that have become more dependent on Chinese consumption since the SARS outbreak in 2003, said Innes.

"We are working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission to ensure all guidelines and protocols are diligently followed", UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman said in an e-mail to UMass students and employees.

The ship returned to Yokohama carrying 3,000 passengers and crew members after making port calls in Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawa. The couple were taken to a San Francisco hospital Monday, officials said.

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