Philippines reports first conronavirus death outside of China

Henrietta Strickland
February 6, 2020

Construction on Huoshenshan, a hospital with 1,000 beds, was finished today and it will be able to receive patients from tomorrow, state media said. With a capacity of 1,500 beds, it is scheduled to put into use on February 5 and take patients on February 6.

With Wuhan and some other Chinese cities in virtual lockdown, travel severely restricted and China facing increasing global isolation, fears of wider economic disruption are growing. Sources at the OPEC oil cartel told Reuters producers were considering cutting output by nearly a third to support prices.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but said global trade and travel restrictions are not needed. It has spread to 23 other countries and regions.

China's new confirmed infections from the coronavirus outbreak increased by a daily record, up by 2,590 cases on Saturday to top 14,000, as the quickly growing epidemic prompted global travel restrictions and evacuations. Delta, United and American Airlines have suspended all China flights.

The Interior Ministry also will stop processing documents for Chinese nationals to enter Russian Federation for jobs, along with permits to hire workers from China, according to a directive, the state-run TASS news agency reported.

Russian Federation suspended visa-free tourist travel to China and temporarily blocked Chinese citizens from reaching Russian Federation over the Mongolian border, the government said on Saturday.

It blamed "significant operational challenges caused by entry restrictions imposed by a number of countries" for the suspension of flights.

The US, Australia and Singapore announced measures to ban foreign internationals who have recently been in China from entering their territories.

"We made an aggressive decision in front of an unprecedented threat that action now had the biggest potential to slow this thing down". She was the first case in the Philippines.

The WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, again said travel bans were unnecessary.

All the other people died in mainland China.

The authorities did not state whether he had pre-existing health problems, which was the case for many of those who killed the virus in China.

All the new deaths were in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus outbreak.

The number of confirmed cases in China has surpassed the number in the 2002-03 outbreak of Sars (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Meanwhile, India's second case of coronavirus has been reported in Kerala, three days after the southern state-reported country's first case of the viral infection that originated in China.

In Thailand, which has 19 confirmed cases, doctors said Sunday an elderly Chinese patient treated with a cocktail of flu and HIV drugs had shown dramatic improvement and tested negative for the virus 48 hours later.

And with the Chinese economy suffering, the central bank announced it would release 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) Monday to maintain liquidity in the banking system - the day markets re-open after the long holiday break.

The selloff did not extend to US markets, which closed higher on Monday with the S&P 500 up 0.7%.

Nations continue to evacuate citizens from China.

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