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Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Indians on board Japanese cruise ship recovering as 67 more test positive

Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Meanwhile, the United States said it would send an aircraft to Japan to bring back US passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2020 1:59:09 am
A bus leaves a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. (AP)

Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: The Indian Embassy in Japan Saturday said that health conditions of three Indians on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have improved and no new cases of infection of Indian citizens has emerged. However, according to news agency Reuters, another 67 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the cruise ship.

Meanwhile, the United States said it would send an aircraft to Japan to bring back US passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.

Photos |  Microscopic pictures of deadly coronavirus are out

The number of deaths due to the COVID-19 mounted to 1,523 in China after the country’s National Health Commission reported 143 new deaths on Saturday morning. With 2,641 more people contracting the disease in the last one day, the total number of cases rose to 66,492. However, this amounts to a significant drop in the new cases from the higher numbers in the recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. COVID-19 stems from a new form of coronavirus and has spread from China’s Wuhan province to more than 24 countries since December.

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Coronavirus outbreak Highlights: Death toll crosses 1,500 in China; 3rd Indian in Japanese cruise ship tests positive; Chinese gymnasts pulls out of World Cup; Follow latest updates in the space below.

20:19 (IST)15 Feb 2020
No handshakes: Coronavirus outbreak spooks Asian places of worship

Buddhist temples, Christian churches and Muslim mosques have been ordered closed since Jan. 29 in mainland China, where the new coronavirus strain was first detected in the central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Mosques have canceled weekly Friday prayers since January under an order to avoid “collective religious activities. Click here to read more.

(AP)
20:15 (IST)15 Feb 2020
WHO chief says coronavirus still an emergency for China

The coronavirus outbreak is still an emergency for China and it is impossible to tell where the epidemic will spread, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, said on Saturday. Tedros told the Munich Security Conference in Germany he was encouraged by actions China had taken to slow the spread of virus but was still concerned about the increasing number of cases. French officials said on Saturday an elderly Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus had died in France, becoming the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has rattled the world. (Reuters)

20:14 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Malaysia says American from cruise ship tests positive for new coronavirus

Malaysia on Saturday said an 83-year-old American passenger on a cruise ship that is docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The American woman took a flight to Malaysia on Friday from Cambodia, the Malaysian health ministry said in a statement, adding that her husband had tested negative. The Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp unit Holland America Inc, was docked in the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia on Thursday after being shunned by several countries on fears that passengers could be carrying the virus. (Reuters)

19:23 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Xi says China must keep economic, social order while battling coronavirus

China must make every effort to maintain economic and social control as it battles the coronavirus epidemic, and avoid causing panic that could lead to secondary "disasters," President Xi Jinping told senior officials earlier this month. Reuters reported this week that Xi had warned officials on Feb. 3 that efforts to contain the new coronavirus had gone too far, threatening the economy. Those comments came days before Beijing rolled out measures to soften the blow. The epidemic has become a major test for Xi in how to balance stamping out the epidemic with protecting an economy already growing at its slowest in nearly three decades. (Reuters)

18:46 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Hand dryer, garlic cannot prevent coronavirus

With the outbreak of coronavirus, rumours about ways of prevention and cure have poured in from all quarters. Social media is also rife with suggestions that could be potentially risky, from using alcohol spray to bleach, making it difficult for people to differentiate between fact and myth. To put an end to all misinformation, World Health Organisation (WHO) released a note debunking 12 myths about coronavirus. Click here to read what it said.

(Reuters)
17:58 (IST)15 Feb 2020
China will build a complete epidemic emergency response system

China will build a national supply and purchase system for emergency supplies as well as a complete epidemic emergency response system, news agency Reuters reported, citing comments made by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

16:42 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Delhi: 17 people who returned from abroad before coronavirus screening showed symptoms, hospitalised

Seventeen people, out of a large number of passengers who had arrived in Delhi from China and other coronavirus-affected countries before the screening at the airport began around mid-January, have been found symptomatic for the infection and hospitalised, officials said. Delhi health department officials have traced many of such passengers. According to data shared by the Delhi health department, till February 13, over 5,700 such passengers were approached after being informed by the Delhi airport authorities. Click here to read more.

16:21 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Ships are skipping China and it’s causing turmoil for trade

February 2020 will come to be remembered as a period of historic disruption to physical supply chains the world over, as the coronavirus wrecks trade. Dozens of export sailings to ship China-made goods to consumers from the US to Europe — think handbags, flat-screen TVs, and plastic toys — have been canned since the coronavirus crisis escalated last month. Those non-shipments are part of a much bigger picture in which every aspect of global shipping — from oil and gas through to dry-bulk commodities — has been upended. Click here to read more.


(AP photo)
16:15 (IST)15 Feb 2020
They documented the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan. Then they vanished

The beige van squatted outside of a Wuhan hospital, its side and back doors ajar. Fang Bin, a local clothing salesman, peered inside as he walked past. He groaned: “So many dead.” He counted five, six, seven, eight body bags. “This is too many.”

That moment, in a 40-minute video about the coronavirus outbreak that has devastated China, propelled Fang to internet fame. Then, less than two weeks later, he disappeared. Click here to see more.

15:52 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Chinese tourist in France dies of coronavirus, first fatality in Europe

An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalised in France has died of the coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday. France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.(Reuters)

15:24 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Microscopic pictures of deadly coronavirus are out

The National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseased (NIAID), Montana (US), on Tuesday released scanning and transmission electron microscope images of the COVID-19 or coronavirus. Click here to see more photos.

(Credits: NIAID-RML)
15:05 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Another 67 people test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

Another 67 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, news agency Reuters reported. The United States said earlier on Saturday it would send an aircraft to Japan to bring back US passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess, where the most coronavirus infections outside China have occurred.

(AP)
13:23 (IST)15 Feb 2020
China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

China is cleaning and isolating used banknotes as part of initiatives to stop spreading of the coronavirus that has killed over 1,500 people, news agency AFP reported. Banks are using ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, seal and store them for seven to 14 days based on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region — before recirculating them, China's central bank said at a press conference.

11:32 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Making efforts to disembark Indians from cruise ship after quarantine period ends: Indian Embassy

The Indian Embassy in Japan on Saturday said it is making efforts to disembark all the Indians onboard the cruise ship off the Japanese coast after the quarantine period ends as authorities confirmed that 218 people on the ship, including three Indians, have contracted the disease. PTI reported. A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the quarantined ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.

10:48 (IST)15 Feb 2020
China reports major drop in new virus cases; 143 new deaths

The number of deaths due to the COVID-19 mounted to 1,523 in China after the country’s National Health Commission reported 143 new deaths on Saturday morning. With 2,641 more people contracting the disease in the last one day, the total number of cases rose to 66,492. However, this amounts to a significant drop in the new cases from the higher numbers in the recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented.

10:33 (IST)15 Feb 2020
COVID-2019 in Hubei: How did new coronavirus cases multiply from one day to next?

Over nine days, Chinese authorities had announced a consistent decline in the confirmed number of new cases of COVID-2019 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) outside of Hubei province. On Wednesday, however, the province itself, which has been the epicentre of the outbreak, recorded a sharp spike in the number of newly confirmed cases and deaths. Over nine days, Chinese authorities had announced a consistent decline in the confirmed number of new cases of COVID-2019 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) outside of Hubei province. On Wednesday, however, the province itself, which has been the epicentre of the outbreak, recorded a sharp spike in the number of newly confirmed cases and deaths. What explains this? Read here

10:11 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Chinese gymnasts pull out of World Cup in Australia due to coronavirus travel ban

The Chinese gymnastics team, which had entered into next week's World Cup in Melbourne, has pulled out due to Australian government travel restrictions put in place to limit the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters quoted organisers as saying on Saturday. The restrictions on foreign nationals travelling from China were introduced in early February and extended for another week on Thursday. "It has been a very challenging few weeks for us all, but none more so than for the Chinese gymnasts and officials who have been training and preparing to come to Melbourne," Gymnastics Australia CEO Kitty Chiller said in a statement.

10:08 (IST)15 Feb 2020
Japanese man diagnosed with coronavirus after visiting Hawaii

Hawaii health authorities began a search on Friday for anyone who may have had close contact with a Japanese tourist who fell ill on the island of Oahu and tested positive for a new coronavirus soon after returning to his home country, news agency Reuters reported. The case came to public attention at a Honolulu news conference by Governor David Ige and senior state health officials, who said the man in question is believed to have become infected in Japan before embarking on his trip, or while en route to Hawaii. That assumption is based on the 14-day incubation period of the virus, and the fact that the man became symptomatic after less than a week in Hawaii, the state health officials said.

Saturday marked the second day the number of new coronavirus fell since Thursday when China's Hubei province began including clinical diagnoses in its official count. Using the wider scope of classification, the province reported 15,152 cases, including 13,332 that were diagnosed using doctors’ analyses and lung imaging, as opposed to the prior standard of laboratory testing. Hubei health authorities said in the notice that the new method was adopted to facilitate earlier treatment for those suspected of infection.

A Chinese national, who was kept under observation at Naidu hospital in Pune after he had vomited on a Delhi-Pune flight, and was discharged recently after testing negative for the coronavirus, has written to Maharashtra health authorities to thank them for being helpful and ensuring that everything was well managed. In his message, he wrote that he had been nervous as he was not sure about the hospital facilities and the language barrier. “However, everyone was very helpful… Everything is quite well-managed including food, cleaning and nursing service. It is an isolation facility but it does not really feel like one. So again, thanks everyone,” he wrote, as per officials.

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