Monday, 01 June, 2020


COVID-19: death toll in China passes 1,300

Maham Ali Khan 25 a medical student of Yangtze University in Jingzhou Hubei province is unable to return to Pakistan after the coronavirus outbreak in China World Health Organization labels novel coronavirus-Covid-19 with over 42,000 confirmed cases
Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 08:51

First up let's have a look at the massive jump in reported new cases of coronavirus. The previous highest daily rise in the toll was 103 on February 10.

However these have all come back negative and there are no confirmed cases here.

I'll keep updating you on this as we get more information on it.

"At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus", Dr Christopher Braden, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in a statement.

The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, where a further 44 cases were reported on Thursday.

Dr Tedros also praised Cambodia for taking in the Westerdam, a United States cruise ship that had earlier been turned away from ports in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan despite having no sick patients on board.

Echoing the WHO's comparison with the fight against terrorism, China's state news agency Xinhua said in an article published late on Tuesday the epidemic was a "battle that has no gunpowder smoke but must be won".

The US is also limiting flights from China or other global flights with US passengers who have been to China within the previous 14 days to 11 major airports for enhanced screening.

The government explained the spike as due to a change in how cases are tabulated - the total will now include "clinically diagnosed cases" after rising numbers of residents complained about the difficulty in getting tested and treated for the virus.

The public has widely criticized local officials for their handling of the outbreak of a new form of coronavirus.

According to a report from BBC, the new name was derived from "corona", "virus" and "disease", with 2019 representing the year that it emerged. The epidemic began in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, and has since spread to more than two dozen countries. The city of 11 million people remains under virtual lockdown, and other major Chinese cities are facing severe travel restrictions.

With the Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all closing at record highs Wednesday, frothy valuations increase the risk of a damaging correction.

Taiwan's Foxconn, a supplier to tech giant Apple hoped to resume half of its production in China by month-end, a source told Reuters. Supply chains for auto manufacturers to smartphone makers have broken down.

Bankers in Asia are bracing for a deal drought as key meetings and roadshows are put on hold.

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