China reports 361 dead from coronavirus, total of 17238 cases

Thursday, 06 Feb, 2020

Chinese authorities completed a new, fast-built hospital with 1,000 beds for victims of the outbreak and delayed the reopening of schools in the worst affected province.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved a ban on the entry of all non-citizens from China.

Deaths rose to 361 as of Sunday, up 57 from the previous day, China's National Health Commission said.

Mr Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, in a separate interview, said China had been more open about the coronavirus than it has been in previous crises but had not yet accepted United States offers of assistance.

Hong Kong has recorded 15 cases of the virus and has cut flights and train and bus connections to the mainland, but a push is growing for it to close the border completely.

Another 2,300-bed makeshift hospital would be opened on Wednesday adjacent to it, the official media reported.

A second evacuation flight that will carry United States citizens out of the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak was on its way to the city of Wuhan as of Sunday morning, a USA official with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

"What China urgently needs at present are medical masks, protective suits, and safety goggles", Hua said. Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, and 46 highway toll stations have been closed, authorities announced.

Fears about the rampant disease and its economic impact catastrophically dented the first day of trade in China since the advent of the Lunar New Year.

Wenzhou, situated about 500 miles from Wuhan, put off the reopening of government offices until February 9, businesses until February 17 and schools until March 1.

There are now two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Russian Federation, both Chinese citizens.

Washington on Friday declared a public health emergency and temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals who have travelled to China over the past two weeks, to contain the spread of the outbreak. China International Travel Service fell 10 per cent to 73.80 yuan shortly after the open. The Chinese government has not yet signalled when the lockdown could be lifted.

With more countries imposing restrictions on travellers from China, and reports of discrimination against Chinese overseas, the country's diplomats began speaking out.

On Monday, authorities announced Russian Federation was suspending the last operating train that connects Moscow and Beijing and all trains between Russian Federation and North Korea. It said the students would be screened on arrival and quarantined for 14 days. And Morocco flew 167 people home, mostly students.

Australia evacuated 243 people, many of them children, from Wuhan on Monday and will quarantine them on a remote island in the Indian Ocean off its northwest coast. The patient is now recovering and is in stable condition, and his traveling companions so far have not been infected, the captain said. The Over the weekend, the Philippines reported the first fatality outside of China due to the virus.

The eighth case was confirmed on Saturday as a Boston man in his 20s, according to the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The Group of Seven leading industrialised democracies are seeking a unified procedure to tackle the fast-spreading coronavirus, and will hold a conference on the virus, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday, after speaking with US Health Secretary Alex Azar. The other G-7 members are France, Italy, Japan, Canada, and Britain.

However, his national security adviser Robert O'Brien told an interviewer China had not yet accepted US offers of aid.

"Right now, there's no reason for Americans to panic", he added. In Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, there are more than 11 000 cases, state television said on Monday.

Rubber glove manufacturers in Malaysia, the top producer of such gear, pledged to donate 18 million gloves to Wuhan.

China's delegate said the global community needed to treat the new virus outbreak objectively, fairly and not "deliberately create panic" among the general public.

The number of confirmed cases will continue to increase as thousands of specimens of suspected cases still need to be tested, said World Health Organization representative in Beijing, Gauden Galea.