Coronavirus news: what is known so far? (Timeline)

Coronavirus news: what is known so far? (Timeline)

The deadly coronavirus has been a topic of discussion not only in China but also in the world at large. Since its outbreak, the virus has so far taken the lives of so many people, leaving fear and despair among the world's populace. Cases of coronavirus are all over around us; if not the devastating images of victims on social media, it is probably the empathy evoking sites on our screens or print media. Generally, the virus has held everything to a standstill, and efforts are being combined to combat the menace.

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China is, without a doubt, one of the leading economic hubs in the world. However, the outbreak is a massive blow to the government, as many resources are being channeled towards it. Nonetheless, the Chinese authorities remain determined to kick out the virus and save its citizens.

Even though it has killed about 425 people and left others severely ill and hospitalized, medical experts are yet to discover the origin and cure of the pandemic. Worse enough, the virus is currently being reported in other countries. Below are the updates.

Updated 16:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Chinese doctor who was silent now has the virus

  • Li Wenliang dropped the bombshell concerning the virus in a medical school alumni group. He explained that according to what he had seen in the tests, it was coronavirus. At the time, the doctor was silenced and accused of rumor-mongering by the Wuhan police and was punished. Unfortunately, the doctor contracted the virus from the patients he treated.

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Fear, racism, and xenophobia from the West

  • As the virus continues to haunt countries around the world, there has emerged old racist tropes that tend to dissuade people from eating Asian food or interacting with Asians. According to many of them who live abroad, they have been treated as walking pathogens, unwelcome and unsafe.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Countries and airline places travel restrictions to China

  • Several countries all over the world are taking measures to keep the virus away. The most stringent appear to be in the United States, where the administration has banned all foreigners who have entered China for the last two weeks. The move continues to receive criticism from both within and abroad. Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has termed the guidelines as opaque and confusing.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Scientists scramble to study the virus

  • Virologists in China who first isolated the virus have discovered that it can kill cultured human cells. Like the coronavirus that causes the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs), it gets into the cell via molecular receptors.
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Updated 18:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Continued spread of the virus

  • Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. Several cases have been reported so far. Countries such as Australia (12), Canada (4), France (6), Japan (20), Malaysia (10), The Philippines (2), Russia (2), South Korea (16), Singapore (18), Finland (1), Cambodia (1), and Belgium have raised concern. China continues to lead at 20,438.

Updated 18:18 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - The increasing death rates

  • The death rates, as a result of coronavirus in China, stand at 2.1% at the moment, according to the China National Health Commission.
  • At the epicenter of the outbreak, which is in Hubei province, the death rate stands at 3.1%, and unfortunately, the area accounts for 97% of all the deaths.
  • Sad enough, among the 425 deaths caused by this deadly virus, 80% are individuals above 60 years of age.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Xi urges tougher response to the epidemic

  • In his second meeting with Communist Party’s board, the China president called the outbreak a major test of the China's system.
  • He signaled more aggressive measures to contain the virus after days of treatment from the center stage. Meanwhile, Macau, the largest g*mbling center in the world, is set to close its casinos for a fortnight.

Updated 19:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - New virus cases in Hong Kong and Malaysia

  • China has been hit with yet another blow with two cases of the novel coronavirus being reported in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
  • The cases bring the number up to 17 people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Other instances of the virus reported on Tuesday were in Malaysia.
  • Doctors have not ruled out the possibility of future spread due to local transmission.

Update 20:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - 414 people in the UK test negative

  • According to the update from the Department of Health and Social Care, at least 414 have tested negative for coronavirus in the United Kingdom.
  • The two who were positive continue to receive special treatment in a unit in Newcastle.

Updated 20:30 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Coronavirus currently not pandemic, - says WHO

  • According to the World Health Organization, the virus outbreak is currently not a pandemic.
  • The director of Infectious Hazards Management section of WHO said it is difficult to control the virus because of the global mass movement.
  • However, they remain hopeful that the current measures in place will help stop the transmission.

Updated 21:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Japanese airlines cut flight to China

  • Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have announced a reduction or suspension of flights to China because of the escalating cases of coronavirus.

Updated 22:00 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - UK advises citizens to leave China

  • In a move seen as an effort to save citizens from the deadly virus, the UK has advised its citizens to leave China if they can.
  • Through their Twitter account, FCO also warned against travelling to Hubei province, as well as mainland China.

Updated 22:30 hrs, February 4th, 2020 - Canada plans to repatriate its 300 citizens

  • The Canadian government is preparing to repatriate about 300 of its citizens in China.
  • The report suggests the flight is set to leave on February 6th, but the Chinese government is yet to give final consent.

Update 12:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - A woman waiting for coronavirus test results escapes form hospital

  • Following the escalating state of fear around the world, a woman who was in an Austria hospital to test for the virus escaped from the premises at 03:00 hrs.
  • In a statement released by a press officer for Salzburg city, she escaped but was later found in her house by the policemen. However, investigations are underway to determine who might have interacted with her during the escape.

Updated 13:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - The 12 cases of the virus in German get located

  • Following the relentless efforts by the German government to identify the origin of coronavirus in their country, the 12 reported cases have been located in two states.
  • According to the German Federal Health Ministry, 10 cases have been confirmed in Bavaria and two in Hesse state.
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Updated 13:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Tokyo Olympic organizers raise concerns over coronavirus

  • On Wednesday, Switzerland based Olympic committee voiced concern about the disruption the virus is causing ahead to the planned games.
  • The event is set to commence in less than six months. The organizers have repeatedly said that they have no plans to cancel the event.

Updated 14:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Coronavirus patient discharged in South Korea

  • South Korean authorities have confirmed that their second case of the virus will be the first patient in the country to get discharged.
  • The patient is said to have shown remarkable improvement, and two tests for the virus came back negative.

Updated 15:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Two ships now under quarantine

  • There are two ships under isolation at sea with several people on board after former sailors tested positive for the virus. In Japan, at least 3700 people are on board of Diamond Princess cruise ship which is currently in Yokohama bay South of Tokyo.
  • Four hundred twenty-eight passengers are Americans.
  • Another cruise ship is docked in Hong Kong's Kai Tak terminal with over 1900 sailors on board.

Update 16:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - First phase screening complete on the quarantined Japanese ship

  • The operator of Diamond Princess cruise ship has confirmed that the first phase of the screening exercise is complete.
  • According to his statement, the ten people who tested positive for the virus will be taken ashore to various hospitals for intensive care.

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Chinese police detain those who lied about traveling to Wuhan

  • Several people have been detained by the Chinese police for deliberately lying about traveling to the Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus.
  • In the north-western province of Qinghai, police officers have arrested Gou, a migrant worker who they suspect of concealing his journey to Wuhan and thus endangering the public.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - US sends supplies to support Wuhan

  • The Chinese government has today confirmed that the Trump administration sent supplies and support to the Chinese authorities working in Wuhan.
  • The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs under their spokesperson, Hua Chunying has said that a batch of the supplies arrived yesterday.
  • She further added that the United States government was willing to take part in the joint expert team that would include officials from China and the WHO.

Update 17:15 hrs, February 5th, 2010 - Deaths due to the virus reached 490 in Mainland China

  • The number of deaths from the virus in Mainland China has risen to 490 with more than 24,300 confirmed cases. An additional 185,000 people are currently under medical observation, according to health officials in China.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - More Americans travel home from Wuhan

  • Thousands of the United States citizens who had been evacuated from Wuhan are now heading back to the US. According to a tweet by the US northern commander, two planes with about 350 on them are on their way to Travis Air Force Base, southwest of Sacramento, California.

Updated 18:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Hong Kong is to quarantine people from Mainland China

  • Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam has announced that everyone entering the semi-autonomous city from Mainland China will be quarantined for 14 days. The exercise will commence on Saturday.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - Adidas closes some of its Chinese stores

  • German sportswear company, Adidas is shutting down a significant number of its stores in China because of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The company has over 12000 outlets in the country, as well as franchise stores.

Updated 19:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - PGA Tour China moves tournament to Indonesia

  • A Chinese based professional golf tour, PGA Tour, has resolved to move its Global Qualifying matches from China to Indonesia following the outbreak.
  • The tournament is set for February 25th - 28th.

Updated 19:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - CDC to distribute 400 test kits

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC has swiftly moved in to help China and other countries identify victims of coronavirus.
  • It will distribute 200 test kits for Wuhan virus to local labs and another 200 to international labs.

Updated 20:00 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - The US suspend Fulbright program in China

  • The US department has temporarily suspended their Fulbright program in China following the outbreak of coronavirus.
  • The program, which is an official educational exchange between the United States and the People's Republic of China, will be halted until further notice.

Updated 22:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - All 11 patients who tested positive in the US are doing well, - says CDC

  • The eleven victims of the deadly coronavirus in the United States are showing significant improvement, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • In a statement released by Dr. Nancy Messonnier, those who were sick have improved. Nonetheless, the CDC continues to monitor each victim's health.

Updated 23:30 hrs, February 5th, 2020 - 12th case of Wuhan coronavirus confirmed in the US

  • A report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed that the number of Wuhan coronavirus victims in the US has increased to twelve. However, as of February 5th, the CDC had placed at least 293 under investigation in 36 states.

Updated 14:23 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - US evacuees placed under quarantine

  • Hundreds of the US citizens evacuated from Wuhan are under quarantine at two military bases in California.
  • The people who were airlifted by two State Department-chartered cargo jets were met by CDC officials and placed under the mandatory two-weeks quarantine.
  • The evacuees will be subjected to routine screening.

Updated 14:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - A newborn becomes the youngest victim of coronavirus

  • A Chinese newborn in a Wuhan hospital became the youngest human being to be tested positive for the virus.
  • According to a report by the state media, the kid who was born on February 2nd tested positive 30 hours after birth.
  • Even though the mother tested positive hours before delivery, it remains unclear how the baby contracted the virus.

Updated 15:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Deaths spike again as the virus shows no signs of slowing

  • The numbers of deaths and new cases of coronavirus continue to rise despite the measures already in place to combat it.
  • So far, the number of confirmed cases stands at 28,256 globally, with more than 28,000 of the said cases being in China.
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Updated 15:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - A third person tests positive for the virus in the UK

  • The total number of patients diagnosed with the dreaded coronavirus in the United Kingdom has risen to three following a recently reported case.
  • According to England's chief medical officer, the patient tested positive for the infection was in Brighton but later transported to an infectious disease unit in a hospital in London.

Updated 16:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Scientists ramp up effort to find a vaccine for the virus

  • Around the world, researchers and scientists are burning the midnight oil in an attempt to unearth a vaccine for Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Many academic facilities and bio-ph*rmaceutical firms have launched programs to find appropriate vaccines for the virus.

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - China reduces tariffs by half on $75 billion worth of US goods

  • As the outbreak of coronavirus escalates, the Chinese government has announced that it will halve additional tariffs on $75 billion worth of imports from the US.
  • This is a positive sign, as the two countries look forward to ending trade wars between them. However, the move comes at a time when the Chinese government struggles over the increasing outbreak of the coronavirus.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Death toll rises to 564 in China

  • The number of deaths from the coronavirus continues to increase in China, totaling to 564 as of Thursday.
  • It is exactly two weeks since the authorities announced that Wuhan would be locked down as they try to contain the virus.
  • Despite the unprecedented lockdown, the virus continues to spread as new cases are reported every day.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - An Italian hospital tries experimental treatment of patients

  • A hospital by the name Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome, which specializes in infectious disease treatment, has retained two infected Chinese citizens in the facility.
  • The Chinese patients are in critical condition and are being treated with an experimental combination of various antiviral medicines.
  • According to a statement from the hospital, the World Health Organization has identified the medication being used as promising based on the available data.

Updated 18:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Nintendo suffers disruption from outbreak

  • Nintendo has made it clear that the shipment of Joy-Con controllers and Switch gaming console will be delayed due to the disruption of their supply chains in China. The disruption comes as a result of increasing cases of the virus.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Ten more test positive in the Japanese cruise ship

  • The number of coronavirus patients inside a quarantined cruise ship in Japan has doubled, following ten new confirmed cases.
  • Diamond Princess cruise ship is currently in Yokohama bay, in South Tokyo. The vessel was isolated when an eighty years old man was tested positive for the virus.

Updated 19:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - China’s property market stalls amid virus outbreak

  • The outbreak is causing a painful blow to China's $43 trillion property market as developers are closing sale centers. Buyers, on the other hand, delay their search for new flats, resulting in a negative impact on this sector of the market.

Updated 19:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - House to house checks set to commence in Wuhan

  • Wuhan authorities have announced that they will start house to house temperature check on the resident. The move is a measure to identify and contain the virus.

Update 20:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - CDC begins shipping coronavirus test kits to labs

  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention supplied test kits to various local and international laboratories.
  • The shipping began on Wednesday, and the said test kits can deliver results in four hours from the time the sample gets tested.

Update 20:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Nanchang city is to limit access to villages and compound

  • Nanchang, which is the headquarters of Jiangxi province, will strictly monitor exits and entrances of the residents in their villages and compounds.
  • The move comes as a stringent measure to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Updated 21:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Tyson Foods reopens some operations in China

  • The Arkansas-based company said it is closely monitoring the news on the outbreak and that it has successfully started some of its operations in China.
  • Tyson Foods has been working closely with the Chinese government, and it is therefore assessing the economic impact of the virus as it prepares for the possibility of any effect.

Updated 22:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - Hong Kong confirms more cases of the virus

  • Hong Kong has confirmed another two cases of coronavirus. The city's number of the virus goes up to 24 as of Thursday.
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Updated 22:30 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - China's ambassador to the UK appeals for global solidarity in the fight against coronavirus

  • The Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming on Thursday held an impromptu press conference to urge everyone to unite in the fight against the virus.
  • Speaking in his embassy office located in London, the diplomat downplayed the negative criticism leveled against his country and emphasized the positives.

Updated 23:00 hrs, February 6th, 2020 - The Chinese whistle-blower doctor dies

  • The Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm on the Wuhan coronavirus, died on Thursday.
  • The 34 years old doctor raised the alarm in December when he posted a message in his medical school alumni group on WeChat.
  • According to the post, seven people had been diagnosed with SARs-like illnesses and were being quarantined in his hospital.
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  • Once he posted the message, the Chinese police accused him of rumor-mongering. He was among the many doctors targeted and arrested for trying to inform the public about the virus.
  • Unfortunately, on January 12th, Li Wenliang got hospitalized after contracting the virus from one of his patients. He tested positive on February 1st, and on Thursday 6th he died.

Updated 14:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Global infections surge past 30,000

  • According to a report from the Chinese health authorities, 31,161 people have so far contracted the virus in the country.
  • The number of reported deaths due to the virus in China has also increased to 630 from the previous 564.
  • Countries with most infections include Japan, Thailand, and Singapore with reported cases being between 20 to 30 infections.

Updated 14:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Tributes and anger after Li Wenliang's death

  • China's social media was full of grief and anger following the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang.
  • The unprecedented levels of grief and fury were channeled towards the government with calls for accountability and freedom of speech being the bone of contention.

Updated 15:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Hong Kong warns of potential jail term for Chinese travelers who refuse quarantine

  • Hong Kong authorities have announced that Chineses from Mainland China who refuse to undergo a two weeks quarantine risk being sent to jail.
  • According to Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, the quarantine being implemented on the travelers is expected to reduce the number of people crossing the border.

Updated 15:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Burberry closes more than a third of its China stores

  • Burberry is the latest luxury goods outlet to be affected by coronavirus outbreak.
  • According to a statement issued on Friday, the company has closed 24 of it 64 stores in Mainland China following the outbreak.
  • The stores which remain open are operating with limited hours and are receiving few customers.

Updated 15:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Singapore confirms three new virus cases

  • Singapore's ministry of health has confirmed three new cases of coronavirus infections.
  • The new cases bring to 33 the total number of patients in the country.
  • All the three cases are Singapore nationals who have no links or travel history to China.
  • Additionally, the ministry also reported that of the 33 earlier cases, two have been discharged while two remain in critical conditions.

Updated 16:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Eleven Americans among those infected on cruise ship in Japan

  • The number of Americans infected rose from three to eleven when forty one new cases on the cruise ship were announced today.
  • So far, a total of 61 people on Diamond Princess have tested positive for the virus.
  • The Japanese government said that those who tested positive would be moved to local hospitals.
  • Confirmed case on board are as follows: Japan - 28, United States - 11, Australia - 7, Canada - 4, Hong Kong - 3, Argentina - 1, Taiwan - 1, New Zealand - 1, United Kingdom - 1, Philippines - 1 (Crew member).

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Copenhagen airport partially closed after woman presented flu symptoms

  • Copenhagen airport officials temporarily shut terminal 3 over fears of coronavirus. This was after a woman presented flu-like symptoms upon arrival.
  • According to the Danish media, the woman had arrived on flight from China through Finland.
  • The terminal has since reopened.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Chinese ambassador to US pays tribute to Li Wenliang

  • The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, on Friday took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late Li Wenliang.
  • He said he was really saddened by the death of the doctor but thanked him for what he has done in the joint efforts to fight the virus.
  • The Chinese ambassador is among the few Chinese officials who have issued a statement concerning the death of Li Wenliang.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Hong Kong cancels Art Basel fair

  • Following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, Art Basel has been cancelled.
  • The Asia's largest annual art fair was scheduled to happen in Hong Kong.

Updated 18:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Hong Kong healthcare workers end five-day strike because of coronavirus

  • Hong Kong medical practitioners have ended their five-day strike after members voted to stop it.
  • Thousands of healthcare workers have been on strike demanding that Hong Kong closes it boarders with Mainland China.
  • According to Hong Kong Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, more than 7000 workers voted to decide on whether to continue with the strike or not. More than 4000 practitioners voted against the strike.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Trump praises China’s response to the outbreak

  • The United States president Donald Trump has praised China’s response to the virus outbreak.
  • This happened on Friday after speaking by telephone with Chinese leader, Xi Jinping.
  • He said the Chinese leader was leading “what will be a very successful operation.”

Updated 19:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Fears of coronavirus in Africa, a continent closely linked to China

  • Even though there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Africa, experts fear the risk being posed by the steady traffic to and from China.
  • Africa has a large number of Chinese workers, many of whom are now returning to the continent after visits to China for New year.
  • This has therefore raised concern of the virus being transferred to the continent.

Updated 19:30 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Illinois coronavirus patients discharged

  • The two coronavirus victims who were being treated in Hoffman Estate, Illinois have been discharged from the hospital.
  • According to a statement from the hospital, the two, a husband and wife in their sixties were allowed back to their home under guidance from CDC and Illinois department of Public health.

Updated 20:00 hrs, February 7th, 2020 - Coronavirus vaccine may be ready by 2021, - say scientists

  • The struggle against coronavirus outbreak may be far from over, as scientists say the vaccine would be available in early 2021.
  • They also added that wearing masks only provides limited protection from the infection.

Updated 14:00 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - First Canadians repatriated from Wuhan arrive in Canada

  • A plane carrying Canadian citizens from Wuhan arrived home on Friday. The planes landed in a military base where the returnees will be quarantined for two weeks.
  • The plane which had 176 passengers on board landed at Trenton air force base east of Toronto.

Updated 14:30 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - Italy and China contradict over possible air traffic restart

  • Italy has contradicted China's assertion over the possibility to restart flights between the two countries.
  • On January 31st, Rome reached a decision to stop flights to and from China over coronavirus outbreak.
  • The decision was treated with dismay from China which has been lobbying to have the ban lifted.

Updated 14:45 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - Thailand confirms seven more coronavirus patients

  • The number of coronavirus patients in Thailand has risen by seven following the newly reported cases.
  • According to a statement issued by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, three of the new victims are Thais while the remaining four are Chineses.
  • So far, the country has reported 34 confirmed cases.

Updated 15:00 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - South Korea couples take part in mass wedding despite coronavirus outbreak

  • Unfazed with the escalating numbers of infections, a South Korean Unification Church held a mass wedding.
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  • The event which happened in Cheongshim World Peace Centre had over 6000 couples taking part in it.

Updated 15:30 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - WHO warns against hoarding of protective gears

  • Following the ever increasing demand for protective gears, the World Health Organisation has raised concern over the high prices of the gears which has severely disrupted the supply process.
  • WHO's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that he has noticed malpractices such as hoarding to ensure that the prices go up.
  • He has appealed for solidarity from the public and private sectors during these trying moments.

Updated 16:00 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - US offers $100 million in the fight against coronavirus

  • According to a statement issued by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States will offer $100 million to China and other affected countries.
  • The commitment, plus hundreds of donations from America's private sector, demonstrate the US strong leadership in response to the outbreak.

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - Three more coronavirus cases reported on the Diamond Princess

  • The Japanese cruise ship has been hit with yet another blow, as three more people on board are tested positive for the virus.
  • The new cases bring to 64 the total number of infections on the vessel which had 3700 people on board.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - An American dies of coronavirus in Wuhan

  • An American citizen (60 years old) has died from coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of virus.
  • According to a report from the US Embassy, the American died on February 6th.
  • Meanwhile, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has also reported that a Japanese man in his sixties, who had been suspected of being infected has died in Wuhan.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - Wuhan just built another hospital in days

  • According to China's state-run CCTV, Wuhan doctors and nurses have arrived at Leishenshan Hospital.
  • The hospital is the second health facility to be build in Wuhan in a matter of days.
  • The construction of the hospital took place in 12 days, and the 32-ward hospital with 1500 bed structure will only admit coronavirus patients.

Updated 18:00 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - France confirms five new cases of coronavirus

  • Five more people have tested positive for the virus in France according to a statement released by Health Minister Agnes Buzyn.
  • The newly reported cases bring the total number of infections to eleven in the country.
  • All the five new cases are British citizens, one of whom is a child. However, none of the victims is in critical condition.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 8th, 2020 - China records 86 fatalities in a day

  • Friday was the deadliest day in Mainland China as the authorities reported 86 fatalities.
  • According to China's National Health Commission, a total number of 722 had died from the virus and 34,546 people were infected in Mainland China by Friday.
  • The majority of new cases were recorded in Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan.

Updated 14:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Some British citizens still stranded in Wuhan

  • The last plane carrying Briton evacuees landed in the United Kingdom this morning. However, some citizens were left behind.
  • Two citizens were not allowed on board because they initially failed temperature checks, although later their tests were normal.

Updated 14:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - China allocates $10 billion to fight coronavirus

  • The ministry of finance in China has announced that it has set aside a total of 71.85 billion yuan ($10.26 billion) to contain the virus.
  • According to the ministry, the purpose for the funds is to ensure that members of the public can efficiently receive diagnosis and treatment.
  • The funds will also ensure that regional fight against the virus is not hampered by financial constraint.

Updated 15:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Coronavirus death toll surpasses SARS

  • Even though the World Health Organization says coronavirus appears to be stabilizing, the escalation death tolls are worrying.
  • So far, 800 people in Mainland China have lost their lives due to the virus. The number has surpassed that witnessed in the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs) pandemic.
  • During the SARs outbreak, 744 lives were lost.

Updated 15:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - UK registers fourth case of Wuhan coronavirus

  • A fourth case of coronavirus has been reported in the UK.
  • According to a statement released by the UK's chief medical adviser, another patient has tested positive for the virus.
  • The infected person was transferred to a special NHS center at The Royal Free Hospital in north London.
  • The new case brings to four the number of infected people in the UK.

Updated 16:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - A Briton in Spain tests positive for the virus

  • One member of a British family of four being diagnosed for the virus in Mallorca, Spain, has tested positive.
  • The family members have been quarantined in a hospital on the island since Friday.
  • This becomes the second case of coronavirus infections in Spain.

Updated 16:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Six new confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess

  • The number of infections on Diamond Princess docked off the coast of Yokohama has increased by six.
  • The newly reported cases place the total tally to 67 infections of the 3700 people initially on board.

Updated 17:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Whistleblower doctor is to be "remembered as hero"

  • Amid increased social media fury about the death of whistleblower doctor, the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xiaoming has said he will be remembered as a hero
  • The Chinese doctor died during the early hours of Friday.

Updated 17:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - A county in China is offering cash to sick people if they report themselves

  • Government officials across Hubei province are desperate to put a stop to the increasing cases of infections in the province and country at large.
  • They have resorted to using a different approach, which is paying the infected people who report themselves to the authorities.
  • According to an official Fangxian County notice, anyone who is sick and reports themselves to a hospital will receive 1,000 yuan ($142).

Updated 18:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Germany announces its 14th case of coronavirus

  • There are now 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany.
  • Twelve cases are in the state of Bavaria, and the other two are in the state of Hesse.

Updated 18:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Wuhan coronavirus gets a new official name

  • China’s National Health Commission has given Wuhan coronavirus a temporary name.
  • For weeks now, the rapidly spreading virus has been known by the name of the city from which it originated, something which the residents of Wuhan have found stigmatizing and frustrating.
  • On Saturday, Chinese officials said the virus will temporarily be called Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, or NCP.

Updated 19:00 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - Malaysia now has 16 cases of the virus infections

  • According to a report from state news agency Bernama, a total of sixteen people have tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus in Malaysia.
  • Out of those infected, 12 are Chinese citizens while the remaining four are Malaysians.
  • On Friday, Malaysia announced it would extend its temporary travel ban to all provinces in China under lockdown due to the virus.
  • The government also stated that it would make arrangements to bring home 212 Malaysian embassy and consulate staff in China, and 34 citizens currently in Wuhan.

Updated 19:30 hrs, February 9th, 2020 - 20 Germans and their family members arrive in Berlin from Wuhan

  • German Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that 20 Germans together with their families who were being repatriated from China have arrived in Berlin.
  • The flight which was carrying them from Wuhan went through the United Kingdom before landing in Berlin on Sunday.
  • Heiko Maas, the minister of Foreign Affairs in German expressed his relieve on Twitter and also thanked the UK for their trust and cooperation.
  • The minister further said the evacuees will spend two weeks in quarantine at a Red Cross hospital.



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