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Wuhan Coronavirus Update 2/4/2020



What you need to know about the coronavirus

The Wuhan coronavirus continues its spread across Asia and the rest of the globe. Countries have implemented various emergency measures and travel restrictions, as researchers continue working toward a treatment.

If you're just joining us now, here's what you need to know:

  • The numbers: The Wuhan novel coronavirus has killed at least 427 people and infected 20,645 cases globally. The vast majority of those are within China and concentrated in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak. Only two deaths have been outside of mainland China: one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
  • Rising death toll: The number of reported deaths in China has been jumping rapidly. It topped 100 on January 28, passed 200 by January 31, overtook 300 on February 1, and exceeded 400 today.
  • Recoveries: There have also been reports of recovering patients. Most of Singapore's confirmed cases are stabilized and improving, said the government. And in the US, the first confirmed case has been discharged from hospital in Washington state.
  • Global response: Countries are continuing to evacuate their citizens out of Wuhan, and place travel restrictions on travelers from China. Some of these measures -- specifically from the US -- have sparked anger from Beijing.
  • Quarantines: Nearly 60 million people remain under lockdown in China. And in Japan, an entire cruise ship with more than 3,000 people on board is quarantined in the port after a former passenger was found infected a few days earlier.
  • Travel advisories: Some countries, including the UK, are advising their citizens to leave China altogether.


27 min ago

Two more evacuation flights carrying 550 American citizens to head to California military bases

Two additional evacuation flights for American citizens are scheduled to depart Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, on Tuesday for military bases in California with a combined 550 passengers on board, a US official with knowledge of the matter told CNN’s Steven Jiang in Beijing.  

One flight will head to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego and the other is going to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, said the US official. The plane heading to Travis AFB is expected to land at 1:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, another official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.

These two flights mark the second time the US government evacuates its citizens from Wuhan. The first evacuation flight was a chartered plane that transported some 201 US passengers – mostly diplomats and their families – to March Air Reserve Base in southern California, where they arrived on January 29.

43 min ago

Thailand confirms six new cases of coronavirus

Thai health officials have confirmed six additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus -- bringing the countrywide total to 25.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the Director General for the Disease Control Department Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoen said that four of the new cases are Thai nationals, and two are Chinese nationals.

Two of the Thai nationals are a married couple who recently traveled to Japan and the other two Thais are “hired car drivers” who have transported Chinese passengers.

Five out of the six cases are in stable condition, with the sixth case -- a 70-year-old Thai taxi driver who transported Chinese tourists -- in critical condition, according to Dr. Wattanayingcharoen.

59 min ago

Pictured: the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)


Illustration: Alissa Eckert, MS/Dan Higgins, MAM/Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIllustration: Alissa Eckert, MS/Dan Higgins, MAM/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An illustration from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) depicts the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The virus has spread globally, sickened more than 20,000 people and caused at least 427 deaths since the first cases were detected in central China in December.

The illustration shows the "ultrastructural morphology" exhibited by coronaviruses, CDC said.

1 hr 18 min ago

UK advises British citizens in China to leave over coronavirus fears

The British Foreign Office (FCO) is advising UK nationals in China to leave the country over the coronavirus outbreak. 

In a statement, the FCO said it “now recommends that British Nationals who are able to leave China do so.” 

The safety and security of British people will always be our top priority. As such, we now advise British Nationals in China to leave the country if they can, to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus. Where there are still British Nationals in Hubei Province who wish to be evacuated, we will continue to work around the clock to facilitate this,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

The FCO maintains its current advisory against "all but essential" travel to mainland China. 

1 hr 22 min ago

Cruise ship passengers must stay on board in port near Tokyo during virus checks


The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama, Japan, on Tuesday.The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama, Japan, on Tuesday. Credit: Stringer/JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images

The “Diamond Princess” cruise ship will remain in the Japanese port of Yokohama overnight, city officials announced Tuesday, after it was revealed that a former passenger has contracted the Wuhan coronavirus.

Its operator, Princess Cruises, halted plans for passengers to leave the vessel at the end of a 16-day Asia cruise after it was informed that a man who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive with the virus several days later. 

“While on the ship he did not visit the ship’s medical centre to report any symptoms or illness. The hospital reports that he is in stable condition and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free,” the cruise company said in a statement.

Japanese authorities are racing to contain a possible outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, locking down the vessel and the roughly 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew on board.

Health ministry officials said more passengers than expected need to be temporarily quarantined while being tested, and it could take another day to finish the screenings.  

No one is allowed to leave the ship while officials test the group. Officials would not confirm how many people are being tested. So far there are no confirmed cases of the virus on the ship.