Coronavirus outbreak: Malaysian health authorities on Tuesday confirmed the first citizen to be infected with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 10. Belgium also reported its first case of coronavirus in a person who was repatriated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed over 425 lives and infected more than 20,000 people across the world. The total number of people infected with the virus in Singapore rose to 24, with the country confirming its first local transmission of the virus.
India has cancelled all visas from China on Tuesday. Hong Kong and the Philippines reported one death each — the only deaths outside mainland China. Macau, meanwhile, has suspended casino operations for two weeks to curb the spread of the virus. Macau is the world’s largest gambling hub. Hyundai Motor plans to gradually suspend its South Korean factories starting on Tuesday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), meanwhile, said that the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread from China to at least two dozen countries, does not constitute a “pandemic” yet, reported AFP.
In India, three confirmed cases have been reported from Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan declared the outbreak as a state disaster and the Centre has set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to monitor measures taken across the country to prevent the further spread of the virus. The novel coronavirus infection that first broke out in Wuhan, China, has spread to 25 countries so far.