Wuhan Coronavirus Tracker

Written by JC Lightcap

January 24, 2020

Updates and timelines for the Novel (Wuhan) Coronavirus are below. We will continue to update as information is released.

For more on the Novel Coronavirus, see our article here.

Current outbreak map

Image courtesy of Johns Hopkins, click to access original map

8 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,599 people and infected over 105,000 – the majority in mainland China.
  • The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix race weekend will be held without spectators to battle the spread of coronavirus.
  • Thailand requires travellers from South Korea, China, Iran and Italy to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • The Maldives confirms the first 2 cases of coronavirus.
  • Five more people have tested positive for coronavirus in the southern Indian state of Kerala, taking the number of infected people across the country to 39.
  • Total number of US coronavirus cases now at 442.
  • The death toll from a hotel collapse in southeastern China on Saturday has risen to seven, with 28 people missing, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.
  • Italian PM signs decree putting a large chunk of northern Italy on coronavirus lockdown.
  • Peru announces sixth coronavirus case.
  • Vietnam reported four additional cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the nationwide tally to 21, according to a government report.
  • Japan reported 47 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the nation’s total to 1,151, according to the country’s health ministry.
  • South Korea coronavirus cases rise past 7,100 with 50 deaths.
  • Macao repatriates 57 residents from Wuhan.
  • Macao has announced a mandatory quarantine on travellers from Germany, France, Spain and Japan due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Malaysia confirmed 10 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the national tally to 93, according to state media Bernama.
  • Singapore reports eight new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 138.
  • Argentina reports the first coronavirus death in South America.
  • Iranians are being advised to avoid travelling by their health ministry as the number of cases in the country reached 6,566.

7 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,500 people and infected over 101,400 – the vast majority in mainland China.
  • Argentina confirms 6 more novel coronavirus cases.
  • There are now 107 cases of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong.
  • Hong Kong says 17 people tried to escape quarantine.
  • Mexico’s health authorities confirmed one new case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to six.
  • Taiwan confirmed an additional coronavirus case on 7 March, raising the island’s total to 45, a statement from the Ministry of Health and Welfare said.
  • Australia now has 63 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, the country’s Department of Health said in a statement on 7 March.
  • More than 300 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the US.
  • Florida reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing US toll to 17.
  • An FBI employee out of the San Francisco field division is among those to test positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • The University of Southern California temporarily moves classes online until next week due to coronavirus.
  • California’s Stanford University cancels all in-person classes for the winter quarter.
  • SXSW conference has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns.
  • Grand Princess cruise ship moves closer to shore as passenger needs medical assistance.
  • Maryland’s 3 coronavirus cases are linked to an Egyptian river cruise.
  • Facebook is going to ban ads for medical face masks.
  • South Korea confirms 483 new cases of coronavirus, bringing national total to 7,000. Two new deaths were also announced on 7 March, bringing the death toll to 46.
  • South Korea raises Japan travel alert level over coronavirus fears.
  • There are now 83 nationwide cases of the novel coronavirus in Malaysia after the country’s state news agency reported a rise of 28 new cases.
  • Vietnam reported its 17th novel coronavirus case.
  • Indonesia confirmed two new novel coronavirus cases on Friday, raising the nationwide tally to four.
  • Ecuador confirms the 14th case of coronavirus.
  • Iraq confirms 8 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 46.
  • The usually busy tourist attractions and airports are empty worldwide amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Thailand reports two new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 50.
  • France reaches 613 coronavirus cases.
  • Scotland vs France women’s rugby game off after player tests positive for coronavirus.
  • Greece has reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the national total of confirmed cases to 45.
  • Three new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the western Herat province in Afghanistan, bringing the country’s total to four.

6 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,300 people, the vast majority in mainland China. There are now more than 97,000 global cases, with infections in at least 85 countries and territories.
  • Canada reports the first presumptive positive case in Alberta, plus 8 more cases in British Columbia.
  • Australia has confirmed seven more coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 59.
  • Washington nursing home issues statement after 7 residents die of coronavirus.
  • At least 13 people have died of coronavirus in Washington state.
  • Maryland declares state of emergency over coronavirus.
  • A new case was confirmed in Houston, bringing Texas total to 4.
  • A New York rabbi, who teaches at Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights campus in Manhattan, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the university.
  • Thousands are stuck in limbo on a cruise ship off California as they wait for coronavirus test results.
  • Lockheed Martin employee in California tests positive for coronavirus.
  • Seattle stadium worker tests positive for coronavirus.
  • Fourteen US tourists quarantined in West Bank hotel at centre of an outbreak.
  • The second Colorado patient is an elderly woman under isolation.
  • There are now 228 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments. 
  • South Korea confirms 518 new cases, bringing total to 6,593.
  • More than 150,000 people have been tested in South Korea.
  • A seventh US Forces Korea employee has been infected.
  • With more than 3,800 cases and nearly 150 deaths, Italy is at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
  • Japan faces calls to cancel the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • The virus has sparked racism and xenophobia against East Asians.
  • India confirms more coronavirus cases, raising the national total to 31.
  • India’s presidential palace cancels Holi gathering after a spike in virus cases.
  • India urges citizens to avoid mass gatherings, just days before Holi festivities.
  • Test results from 45 samples taken on board the Grand Princess cruise ship expected on 6 March.
  • Google employees in the Bay Area were given the option to work from home.
  • The coronavirus has been a “gut punch” to the aviation industry.
  • Taiwan confirms two more coronavirus cases, raising total to 44.
  • Thailand reports one more coronavirus case, bringing the national total to 48.
  • Indonesian police seize 60,000 stockpiled face masks.
  • The Vatican reports first coronavirus case.
  • The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned governments that the continued international spread of the novel coronavirus is “not a drill” and will require significant action if public health authorities are to contain the deadly outbreak.

5 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,283 people, the vast majority in mainland China. There are now nearly 95,000 global cases, with infections in more than 80 countries and territories.
  • Indonesian police have arrested and charged three people for hoarding surgical masks and antiseptic liquids to resell at higher prices.
  • The United States has reported 159 cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • The nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, where six residents who died of the coronavirus, says it does not have its own testing kits.
  • A Washington school district is closing all schools for two weeks.
  • The Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington, will be closed through the end of the weekend after a faculty member tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • New York’s Mount Vernon school district is closing all of its schools and offices until March 9, according to a news release from the school district. 
  • The US military is now screening recruits for coronavirus.
  • United Airlines is slashing international and domestic flights over the coronavirus.
  • American airline JetBlue is cutting its initial capacity by 5% after virus fears caused a fall in demand, according to a statement from the airline.
  • A cruise ship is being held off the California coast after a former passenger died from coronavirus.
  • Japan recorded 33 new cases of coronavirus. The country’s total now stands at 1,023 cases, of which 706 are linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • 438 more cases and 3 new deaths in South Korea. This brings the national total to 5,766 cases and 35 deaths.
  • Australia confirms new coronavirus death, extends the travel ban to China, Iran, and South Korea.
  • Facebook is closing one of its Seattle offices for the rest of the week after learning that a contractor who works there has the novel coronavirus.
  • Amazon is recommending all Seattle employees to work from home until the end of the month.
  • Netflix is pulling out of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference over concerns about the coronavirus.
  • The Venice Architecture Biennale has been postponed over coronavirus fears.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina confirm its first case.
  • Thailand has reported four more coronavirus cases, bringing the national total to 47.
  • 29 coronavirus cases confirmed in India, the world’s second-most populous country.
  • At least 215 people came into contact with a group of Italian tourists in India, some of whom have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a Rajasthan government official said on 5 March.
  • Poland reports the first case of coronavirus.
  • Italy vs. England Six Nations rugby union game postponed.
  • Iceland confirms six more coronavirus cases, raising the national total to 26.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping postpones state visit to Japan to focus on the coronavirus.
  • Iran is at the heart of the Middle East coronavirus outbreak; the country has reported more than 2,900 cases and 92 deaths. Nearly 8% of the country’s lawmakers have tested positive for the virus.
  • Iran is developing a coronavirus vaccine and is ready to start producing test kits.
  • WHO: Iran will open special coronavirus hospitals in all provinces.
  • Spain now has a total of 219 confirmed coronavirus cases. Spain has confirmed a second death from the coronavirus.
  • UAE urges residents not to travel abroad.
  • First coronavirus death in Switzerland.
  • The coronavirus outbreak could cost the airline industry as much as $113 billion in lost revenue, according to the airline industry body IATA.

4 March 2020

  • At least 3,200 people around the world have died from coronavirus and 92,862 have been infected.
  • There are seven new cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Malaysia, bringing the country’s total to 36.
  • Australia has confirmed two new cases of coronavirus in New South Wales, bringing the country’s total to 42.
  • Amazon is informing employees that one of its Seattle-based workers has been diagnosed with coronavirus. 
  • South Korea has confirmed one new death from the coronavirus – that’s the 32nd patient to die in the country. There are also another 516 cases, which brings the total number of infections to 5,612.
  • South Korea plans to allocate roughly $9.8 billion (11.7 trillion Korean won) to lessen the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.
  • South Korean President cancels overseas trip to focus on coronavirus outbreak.
  • South Korea plans to use a GPS-based app to monitor people quarantined at home.
  • Vietnamese budget carrier Vietjet Air has suspended all flights between Vietnam and South Korea due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • New Zealand reports the second case of the novel coronavirus.
  • Nine people have died from coronavirus in the United States and 126 have been infected.
  • Japan has confirmed 17 new coronavirus infections, bringing the national total to 991 cases.
  • Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have announced they will reduce the number of domestic flights in Japan, as the country records a growing number of novel coronavirus cases.
  • Rugby Sevens Tokyo 2020 test event cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak
  • China has one of the biggest militaries in the world – but none of its personnel have been infected with the coronavirus.
  • China’s air pollutants levels drop after the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Singaporean student assaulted in ‘racist’ London coronavirus attack.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 4 March, that he will be skipping a key event to mark the major Hindu festival of Holi this year.
  • WHO warns of global medical equipment shortage as world braces for coronavirus spread.
  • Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the citywide total to 103.
  • Greece confirms new coronavirus case, bringing total to 8.
  • There are now 6 coronavirus cases confirmed in Belarus.
  • India has confirmed 28 cases of the novel coronavirus.

3 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in mainland China. There are now over 90,000 global cases, with infections in more than 70 countries and territories.
  • China will evacuate its citizens from Iran due to coronavirus fears.
  • There are now 105 cases of the coronavirus in the US.
  • Another 600 new infections were announced on 3 March, by the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), raising the national tally to 5,186 cases. Coronavirus death toll rises to 29 in South Korea.
  • South Korean President says the country has “entered a war” against coronavirus.
  • The Seoul marathon was cancelled over fears of coronavirus.
  • India now has six confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • No need to panic over coronavirus, Indian PM Modi says.
  • Ukraine has confirmed its first novel coronavirus case.
  • The UK confirms 5 news cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 40.
  • Thailand imposes compulsory self-quarantine for passengers from 11 countries and territories.
  • There are now seven cases of the novel coronavirus in Ecuador.
  • Australia confirms four new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 35.
  • Twitter is asking all of its employees worldwide to stay away from their offices until further notice to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.
  • Myanmar postpones annual military parade due to coronavirus fears.
  • Gibraltar confirms the first case of coronavirus.
  • Some 77 people with the coronavirus have died in Iran and there are now at least 2,336 confirmed cases in the country.

2 March 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed over 3,000 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 88,000 global cases, with infections on every continent except Antarctica.
  • 4 new coronavirus cases in Washington state are connected to a nursing home linked to two previous infections.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said his city is “ready to respond” as a first coronavirus case was identified in Manhattan.
  • Global markets are rebounding a little on 2 March, after the novel coronavirus outbreak sent stocks into a downward spiral last week.
  • Florida, Oregon and Rhode Island have identified new presumptive positive coronavirus cases, health authorities in those states said.
  • Italy now has 1,694 cases and 34 deaths – the most coronavirus cases of any country outside of Asia.
  • Italy reported a 50% increase in coronavirus cases on 01 March, as the US further restricted travel and the famed La Scala opera house closed its doors until March 8.
  • South Korea has reported another 476 cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the national total to 4,212. The death toll in the country now stands at 26.
  • All schools in South Korea will be suspended for another two weeks.
  • A total of 89 cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the United States, on 1 March. Two have been killed by the virus, both in Washington state.
  • Trump’s coronavirus strategy faces new scrutiny after the second US death.
  • Thailand confirms one more coronavirus case, bringing the national total to 43.
  • Indonesia reports its first two coronavirus cases.
  • Australia reports three new coronavirus cases, including first human-to-human transmission.
  • Ten more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kuwait, bringing the national total to 56 cases.
  • The novel coronavirus has been found in a third French department, with nine new cases reported in Morbihan, northwest France. Paris’ famed Louvre Museum remains closed.
  • The small European country of Andorra, situated between France and Spain, has reported its first case of the coronavirus.
  • Health officials in Singapore have confirmed four new novel coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total to 106.
  • The Japan Fashion Week Organization has cancelled its upcoming Fashion Week, which had been scheduled for 16-21 March.
  • Germany now has 150 confirmed cases.
  • Thailand MotoGP postponed indefinitely over virus fears.
  • Health officials in Taiwan have confirmed one additional case of the virus bringing the island’s total to 41.

1 March 2020

  • The death toll from the coronavirus is over 2,976 worldwide, with the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 86,500 global cases.
  • With less than four months until the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, fears over coronavirus are casting doubts about the biggest sporting event on the planet.
  • Greece has confirmed three new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of those infected to seven.
  • South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 586 new coronavirus cases on 1 March, bringing the country’s total to 3,736.
  • Taiwan confirmed another coronavirus case on 1 March, raising the total across the island to 40.
  • The first case of coronavirus confirmed in Armenia.
  • Sweden, Germany, Norway and Croatia have all reported new coronavirus cases.
  • Kuwait has a total of 45 confirmed coronavirus cases.
  • Thailand reports the first coronavirus death.
  • First coronavirus death in Australia.
  • American Airlines is suspending some flights to Milan.
  • A presumptive positive case of coronavirus has been reported in the US state of Illinois.
  • A male from Washington state has been identified as the first American to die from coronavirus.

29 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed more than 2,900 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 85,000 global cases, with infections in every continent except Antarctica.
  • The World Health Organization says the outbreak has reached the “highest level” of risk for the world, with the director-general warning it can go in “any direction.”
  • South Korea has reported another 219 coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 3,150.
  • Macao’s hotel industry and tourism have been severely hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Saudi Arabia has temporarily halted the entry of citizens from the Gulf Cooperation Council to the cities of Mecca and Medina due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Thailand reported a new confirmed novel coronavirus case on 29 February, bringing the nationwide number to 42, the country’s ministry of public health said in a press conference.
  • The Australian government is warning citizens not to travel to Iran — one of the hardest-hit countries in the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Cherry blossom festivals were cancelled in Japan due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • There are 935 people infected with coronavirus in Japan. 705 of them are from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • Hong Kong’s stock exchange said it will donate over $1 million to fight the coronavirus.
  • Taiwan confirmed five additional coronavirus cases on 29 February, raising the total tally to 38, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
  • Iceland confirms its first case of coronavirus.
  • Macao quarantines travellers returning from Italy and Iran.
  • Kim Jong Un holds a meeting stressing coronavirus prevention in North Korea.
  • A high school student in the US with no travel history is one of two new “presumptive positive” cases in Washington State.
  • Canada has 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
  • Oregon’s first presumptive case of coronavirus was “community spread”.
  • Malaysia reports two new coronavirus cases, bringing its total number of cases to 25.
  • The Australian Department of Health has confirmed that 25 people have been infected with coronavirus — up on the previous 22 cases.
  • President Donald Trump’s meeting with the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) leaders has been postponed.
  • Italy now has over 820 cases, making it one of the worst-hit countries in the world. Lombardy, in northern Italy, has 531 confirmed cases and a death toll of 17.

28 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,858 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China.
  • There have been more than 83,000 global cases, with infections in every continent except Antarctica.
  • South Korea reported 571 more confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on 28 February, bringing the national total to 2,373, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
  • The hugely popular K-pop band BTS has cancelled four concerts in the South Korean capital Seoul due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
  • The United States has its first novel coronavirus-related drug shortage, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
  • Hong Kong authorities have placed a pet dog into quarantine after it tested a “weak positive” for the novel coronavirus.
  • Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended issuing electronic tourist visas for travellers from seven countries.
  • Tokyo Disney parks are closed for two weeks over coronavirus.
  • Hyundai Motor is suspending the operation of a plant in South Korea after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • Asia Pacific markets are falling on 28 February, as fears about the novel coronavirus continue to spur a global sell-off. 
  • Korean Air to strengthen disinfection and check passengers’ temperatures on US flights.
  • Chinese search giant Baidu warned on 28 February, that its revenue could drop as much as 13% this quarter compared to the same time last year.
  • New Zealand’s Ministry of Health announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on 28 February.
  • Hong Kong has confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus, raising the citywide tally to 93, according to a government statement.
  • South Africa will evacuate 132 nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a government statement. 
  • Foreign diplomats to be evacuated from North Korea.
  • The UN sanctions committee approves medical equipment to be sent to North Korea.
  • Belarus confirms the first case of coronavirus.
  • Rock band ‘Green Day’ announced they are postponing their upcoming shows in Asia due to the coronavirus. 
  • The first confirmed novel coronavirus case in Nigeria is an Italian citizen who travelled to Lagos, Nigeria’s Health Ministry said in a statement. 
  • The US Navy orders self-quarantine for ships that have made stops in the Pacific.
  • Global stock markets fall amid rising fears of coronavirus spread.
  • Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga has been placed under a 14-day quarantine after a one-day visit to China.
  • France confirms two new coronavirus infections, bringing its total to 40.
  • Lithuania confirms the first coronavirus case.
  • Vietnam stops issuing visas to South Koreans.
  • Iran cancels Friday prayers in areas affected by the coronavirus.
  • Canada issues travel health notices for 7 countries with coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Japan reports ninth death as Hokkaido declares state of emergency.
  • Two people in England and one in Wales have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total in the United Kingdom up to 19, according to the UK Department of Health and Social Care.
  • Spain has reported 18 new cases of the coronavirus overnight, bringing its total number to 32, according to the health ministry.
  • The Geneva Motor Show, one of the world’s biggest car shows, has been cancelled because of coronavirus fears.

27 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,800 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China.
  • There have been more than 82,000 global cases with infections in every continent except Antarctica. New outbreak clusters are sparking alarm and emergency measures in the Middle East and Europe.
  • Georgia, Romania and North Macedonia all confirmed their first cases on 26 February.
  • The novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the world, with first cases reported in countries including Brazil, Greece, Norway and Pakistan.
  • Pakistan closes schools after reporting first coronavirus case.
  • Japan’s health ministry has announced the country’s seventh death related to the novel coronavirus.
  • Another 22 patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Japan.
  • Japan’s Prime Minister orders closure of all schools until April.
  • South Korea confirmed 334 more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the national total to 1,595, said the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • South Korea has reported another death from coronavirus, bringing the national death toll to 13.
  • The US State Department has raised its travel advisory for South Korea to Level 3 — meaning it advises people to “reconsider” their travel plans.
  • The US military in South Korea is postponing joint military drills with South Korean forces over coronavirus fears.
  • Hong Kong confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus, raising the citywide total to 92.
  • A man in Iraq’s capital Baghdad tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Iran.
  • Iraq has decided to close schools, colleges, cinemas, cafes, clubs and various public gathering spots from 27 February until 7 March, according to the Iraqi Minister of Health and Environment Jaffar Allawi.
  • The 15th coronavirus case in the US could be the first instance of “community spread”.
  • Hawaiian Airlines temporarily suspends flights to South Korea.
  • An Indian Air Force Flight has repatriated 76 Indian citizens and 36 other foreign nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
  • The Olympic torch relay will go ahead – but could be scaled down over virus fears.
  • Saudi Arabia says measures to prevent the coronavirus impacts Muslim religious rituals.
  • Twenty-two people have now died from the novel coronavirus in Iran.
  • Fiji bans travellers from Italy, Iran and parts of South Korea.
  • US Vice President Mike Pence will lead a coronavirus task force meeting on 27 February, afternoon local time at the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Denmark and Estonia confirm first cases of the novel coronavirus.

26 February 2020

  • The death toll from the coronavirus is over 2,700 worldwide, with the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 80,000 cases in total globally.
  • Algeria reports the first case of coronavirus.
  • South Korea has confirmed one new death in the southern city of Daegu and 169 additional coronavirus cases across the country, bringing the national total to 12 deaths and 1,261 cases.
  • South Korea is sending more doctors to Daegu, the heart of its coronavirus outbreak.
  • Philippines bans travellers from South Korean outbreak province from entering the country.
  • An American soldier stationed in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a US Forces Korea statement.
  • Hong Kong confirms four additional coronavirus cases, raising the citywide total to 89.
  • The Hong Kong government has announced a dramatic economic relief package worth 120 billion Hong Kong dollars ($15.4 billion).
  • Chevron tells employees at the London office to work from home as workers are tested for coronavirus.
  • 12 coronavirus cases confirmed in Kuwait.
  • 2020 Olympics preparations are continuing as planned, organizers say.
  • Thailand confirms 3 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 40.
  • Taiwan confirms the 32nd case of coronavirus.
  • 3 latest Bahrain cases had all visited Iran.
  • North Korea steps up import inspections over coronavirus fears.
  • First French national dies from coronavirus.
  • Iran holds off on quarantining as questions raised over the number of reported cases.
  • Greece confirms the first case as Italy struggles to contain the viral outbreak.
  • The shock from the novel coronavirus has rocked global markets for a third consecutive day.

25 February 2020

  • The death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to more than 2,700 worldwide, with the vast majority of those in mainland China. The total number of global cases stands at over 80,000.
  • South Korea now has more than 970 coronavirus cases nationwide, with 11 deaths. Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy, where seven people have died and there are over 270 infections, with restrictions imposed on some municipalities. Iran has reported at least 60 cases and 14 deaths.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has raised the travel advisory for South Korea to Warning Level 3, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Bahrain’s aviation authority has suspended all incoming flights from Dubai International airport and Sharjah International Airport, in the United Arab Emirates, for 48 hours over coronavirus fears.
  • Major American companies are reeling from coronavirus.
  • All 16 patients with novel coronavirus in Vietnam, including a three-month-old infant, have recovered from their illnesses, the country’s Ministry of Health said on its website.
  • Singapore confirms a new case of coronavirus, bringing the total to 90.
  • Across the Middle East, flights from Iran have stopped and borders with the country have been closed as the region tries to keep the spread of the deadly coronavirus at bay.
  • Thailand reports two more coronavirus infections.
  • Hong Kong on 25 February, announced that all classes in schools will be further suspended until at least April 19 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Dubai airport stops flights to all Iranian destinations except Tehran.
  • Three Kuwaiti citizens returning from Iran have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
  • Fourth former passenger from Diamond Princess cruise ship dies.
  • Japan’s pro soccer league postpones all matches until mid-March.

24 February 2020

  • The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has risen to 2,619 worldwide. There are more than 79,000 cases globally, and 27 deaths outside mainland China.
  • Taiwan confirms 2 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total to 28.
  • Canadian officials confirm a new case of coronavirus in Ontario.
  • South Korea confirms one new death and 230 more coronavirus cases, bringing total infections to 833. South Korea will postpone the new school year as coronavirus cases spike.
  • South Korea’s Kospi fell 2.9% in early trading on 24 February, as novel coronavirus cases in the country surged past 600.
  • South Korean airlines to suspend Daegu city flights
  • 15 countries have travel restrictions on South Korea.
  • Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways is suspending all flights to South Korea starting from February 26th due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Qatar Airways announced on 24 February, it would ask all travelers arriving in Doha from Iran and South Korea to isolate themselves at home or in a quarantine facility for 14 days.
  • Three people tested positive for coronavirus in Kuwait, after returning from the Iranian city of Mashhad.
  • Two Chinese doctors died on 23 February, from the coronavirus.
  • China delays major annual political gatherings.
  • China issues travel warning to the US, warning Chinese tourists they may be “treated unfairly”.
  • New Zealand will extend its border restrictions for eight more days amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Australia and Taiwan raise travel advisories for Japan and South Korea.
  • Two more Japanese government health workers who went on the Princess Diamond during its 14-day quarantine have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
  • Armani held its Milan Fashion Week show in an empty theater due to coronavirus.
  • Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang, North Korea, are in isolation due to an ongoing novel coronavirus quarantine.
  • Afghanistan has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.
  • Five new cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong today raising the citywide total to 79.
  • There are now 219 confirmed cases in Italy and five deaths.

23 February 2020

  • The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has risen to 2,461. There are over 79,930 cases globally, and 20 deaths outside mainland China.
  • Another doctor dies from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan.
  • Three more novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Singapore, bringing the citywide total to 89 cases, according to health officials.
  • Hong Kong confirms five additional coronavirus cases, bringing total to 74.
  • A 57-year-old woman, who was recently evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Australia, officials confirmed.
  • South Korea coronavirus cases rise to 602, five deaths. South Korea extends school holiday for a week.
  • The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has upgraded its travel advisory for Japan to level 2 due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping personally wrote to Bill Gates after the billionaire’s foundation committed $100 million in emergency funding to help China bolster epidemiological research, emergency intervention, and the research and development of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics, according to state media.
  • Coronavirus cases in Italy rise to more than 132, including two who have died.
  • Three Serie A soccer matches cancelled over Italy coronavirus fears.
  • Eight people in Iran have died after catching the novel coronavirus, and 43 have so far been infected, the country’s health ministry confirmed.

22 February 2020

  • Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in mainland China increased by 397 on Friday to reach a total of 76,288. There are over 77,700 cases globally.
  • Death toll from novel coronavirus rises to 2,360 globally. There have been 17 deaths reported outside of mainland China:
  • Italy has its second coronavirus related death.
  • There’s great concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus in countries outside China and among people with no connection to China or Wuhan, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on 21 February.
  • South Korea just reported another 87 new cases. That makes 229 in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 433, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
  • Two new coronavirus cases confirmed in Taiwan. That brings the total number of cases on the island to 26.
  • Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam has raised concerns over a woman who tested positive for coronavirus after recently returning from Iran.
  • Japan reports 12 new coronavirus cases. Japan now has a total of 738. Where the 14 Americans who tested positive for coronavirus in Japan are now.
  • Australia now has 21 cases of the novel coronavirus after six people repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus, the health department said in a statement.
  • North Korea has cancelled its annual international marathon, which was scheduled to take place in April, due to fears over the coronavirus, according to a Western tour company that books travel to the event.
  • Iran confirms 10 more coronavirus cases. That brings the total to 28 cases with five deaths.

21 February 2020

  • The total number of infected worldwide stands at over 76,600 and at least 2,200 people have died — all but 11  in mainland China.
  • Over 200 infected with coronavirus at Chinese prisons.
  • Two passengers from Australia who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  • Three members of the South Korean military, including an officer each from the army, the navy and the air force, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. South Korea infections jump sharply again to more than 200 in total.
  • South Korea’s military administration will temporarily suspend the examinations needed for conscription in the southern city of Daegu city and surrounding North Gyeongsang Province following a mass outbreak of novel coronavirus there.
  • Eleven evacuees from Diamond Princess test positive for coronavirus in the US.
  • Iraq closes borders to Iranian travellers for three days over coronavirus fears.
  • As international criticism mounts of its handling of the Diamond Princess cruise ship crisis, the Japanese government has released data to back up its quarantine strategy.
  • A total of 68 cases of the virus have now been confirmed in Hong Kong, including two deaths.
  • A woman in her 30s has become the sixth case of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the ninth for Canada overall.
  • All Westerdam crew members have tested negative for coronavirus, cruise company says.
  • Passenger car sales in China plunged 92% through the first half of February, industry group says.
  • The total global lost revenue for airlines due to the coronavirus crisis could be as much as $29.3 billion, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on 20 February.
  • Several people were injured in Ukraine on Thursday when protesters attacked a bus carrying Ukrainian citizens and other nationals who had been evacuated from Wuhan, China.
  • North Korea cancels April marathon over coronavirus outbreak, says tour company.

20 February 2020

  • At least 2,126 people are now dead from the virus, with all but 11 of those deaths in mainland China. The total number of infected worldwide stands at over 75,600.
  • Two Diamond Princess passengers have died from the virus, as the remaining passengers continue disembarking from the cruise ship after a 14-day quarantine. A total of 624 cases of the virus have been linked to the stricken ship.
  • The South Korean government has announced 31 new cases of the coronavirus in one day, bringing the country’s total to 82.
  • Beijing has expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters over a coronavirus opinion piece.
  • Officials in Macao have allowed 29 casinos to reopen following a two-week closure that was implemented to try and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Chinese gambling enclave.
  • More than 1,100 confirmed cases and 10 deaths from the virus have been recorded in 29 countries and territories outside mainland China:
  1. Australia: 15 cases
  2. Belgium: 1 case
  3. Cambodia: 1 case
  4. Canada: 8 cases
  5. Egypt: 1 case
  6. Finland: 1 case
  7. France: 12 cases, 1 death
  8. Germany: 16 cases
  9. Hong Kong: 63 cases, 2 deaths
  10. India: 3 cases
  11. Iran: 2 cases, 2 deaths
  12. Italy: 3 cases
  13. Japan: 692 cases, including 624 linked to the cruise ship; 3 deaths
  14. Macao: 10 cases
  15. Malaysia: 22 cases
  16. Nepal: 1 case
  17. Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
  18. Russia: 2 cases
  19. Singapore: 84 cases
  20. South Korea: 82 cases
  21. Spain: 2 cases
  22. Sri Lanka: 1 case
  23. Sweden: 1 case
  24. Taiwan: 23 cases, 1 case
  25. Thailand: 35 cases
  26. United Arab Emirates: 9 cases
  27. United Kingdom: 9 cases
  28. United States: 15 cases
  29. Vietnam: 16 cases
  • A patient has died in South Korea, and tested positive for coronavirus after their death, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
  • The UK government has organized an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
  • Three new coronavirus cases in Iran reported as schools close following deaths.

19 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 2,000 people, all but six of them in mainland China. It has infected more than 75,100 people, with over 1,000 cases outside mainland China.
  • A second person has died of the coronavirus in the semi-autonomous Chinese financial hub of Hong Kong. There are now 63 confirmed cases of the virus across Hong Kong and two deaths.
  • Japan has seven new cases of the novel coronavirus. A total of 613 novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed, with 545 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and 68 outside the ship.
  • There have been 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in South Korea. The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in South Korea is now 51.
  • A total of 781 passengers from the Westerdam cruise ship are one step closer to returning home after Cambodian health authorities said they had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.
  • Coronavirus vaccine could take 12 to 18 months to develop and test.
  • Mongolia is closing all schools until the end of March over coronavirus fears.
  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare reported another coronavirus case on 19 February, bringing the total number of infected on the island to 23.
  • Adidas says business activity in China has dropped 85% due to coronavirus.

18 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has infected more than 73,000 people around the world, mostly in mainland China. The death toll is 1,880, including five people outside mainland China.
  • Liu Zhiming, head of the Wuchang hospital in Wuhan, died from the virus on 18 February. China will designate medical workers who died while working to combat the virus as “martyrs.”
  • South Korea’s government plans to send a third presidential aircraft to Japan on 18 February afternoon, local time, to repatriate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who wish to return, according to a new release from Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, Kim Gang-lip.
  • An additional case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in South Korea by the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). South Korea now has 31 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
  • Japan issues coronavirus guidelines as infections spread.
  • Hong Kong’s Department of Health has announced that it will prosecute two people suspected of violating compulsory quarantine requirements.
  • Singapore is increasing isolation conditions for those who have returned or transited through mainland China, the Ministry of Health said on 18 February.
  • Singapore Airlines has announced that it will reduce flights due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • Apple warned investors on 17 February, that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is hurting its business more than previously expected by limiting how many devices it can make and sell in China.
  • The disembarkation of some passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama will begin on 19 February, the Japanese Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare said.
  • Chinese citizens who bought medicine to treat fever and coughs in Hubei province will be subjected to extra screening by authorities, the provincial government announced on 18 February.
  • Kyoto launches an “empty tourism” campaign amid coronavirus outbreak.
  • A chartered plane hired by the Canadian government is due to arrive in Tokyo on 19 February, according to a government email sent to passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The Canadian Government plans to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama on 20 February.
  • The UK is organizing a flight to evacuate British nationals on Diamond Princess ship.
  • Hong Kong to send two chartered flights to bring home Diamond Princess passengers.
  • French health minister Olivier Veran said on 17 February, there is a “credible risk” the novel coronavirus outbreak could turn into a pandemic.
  • Hong Kong now has 61 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, according to the city’s health department.
  • There are 88 more cases of novel coronavirus on the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship currently docked in Yokohama, the Japanese health ministry announced on 17 February.
  • Foreign travellers who have been to Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore or Thailand in the past two weeks will be denied entry to Israel.

17 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has infected more than 71,399 people globally, mostly in mainland China. The death toll is 1,775, including five people outside mainland China.
  • A total of 105 people were killed by the coronavirus in mainland China on 16 February, the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) said.
  • There are now at least 780 confirmed cases in over 28 countries and territories outside mainland China.
  • The US government has evacuated more than 300 Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
  • A 30th person in South Korea has contracted the novel coronavirus, authorities in Seoul confirmed.
  • Japan’s fifth evacuation flight from Wuhan landed in Tokyo on 17 February, carrying evacuees from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Fewer Chinese tourists are coming to South Korea. That could be bad news for the economy.
  • The US State Department said it is aware of reports of an 83-year-old American woman in Malaysia who was infected with the novel coronavirus, but a spokesperson for the department said it is not yet clear where and how she contracted it.
  • Two more people in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has announced.
  • Malaysia will not allow any people who were onboard the Westerdam cruise liner to enter its borders after one of the ship’s passengers entered the country and then tested positive for the virus.
  • Australia is evacuating its citizens from the cruise ship currently docked in Japan.
  • Thailand has confirmed the 35th case of the novel coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said on 17 February. 
  • 14 Americans who left Japan on a chartered flight have tested positive for the coronavirus
  • Japan won’t hold a public birthday celebration for the Emperor this year due to coronavirus fears.
  • Beijing is considering postponing its most important political event of the year.
  • The Indian government is sending a planeload of medical supplies to Wuhan later this week to help China combat the coronavirus epidemic.
  • Police in Hong Kong have arrested two men and are searching for a third after the group stole about 600 toilet paper rolls, in a robbery likely sparked by coronavirus fears that have gripped the city.
  • Twelve international and World Health Organization (WHO) experts landed in Beijing on 16 February, for a WHO-led joint mission with Chinese national experts.
  • A further 99 more people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Thailand will ban all passengers except Thai nationals from the Holland America Westerdam cruise ship, the Public Health Minsniter, Anutin Charnvirakul, said on 17 February.
  • At least 62 Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
  • China’s central bank has implemented a new strategy to contain the coronavirus – deep cleaning and destroying potentially infected cash.
  • A Russian passenger onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

16 February 2020

  • There are now at least 69,260 global confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, and 1,666 deaths:
  1. Australia: 15 cases       
  2. Belgium: 1 case        
  3. Cambodia: 1 case        
  4. Canada: 7 cases        
  5. Finland: 1 case
  6. France: 11 cases, 1 death     
  7. Germany: 16 cases
  8. Hong Kong: 56 cases, 1 death
  9. India: 3 cases
  10. Italy: 3 cases      
  11. Japan: 407 total: 51 cases on land including 1 death + 356 from cruise ship
  12. Macao: 10 cases        
  13. Malaysia: 19 cases        
  14. Nepal: 1 case     
  15. Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death        
  16. Russia: 2 cases
  17. Singapore: 72 cases       
  18. South Korea: 29 cases 
  19. Spain: 2 cases
  20. Sri Lanka: 1 case      
  21. Sweden: 1 case
  22. Taiwan: 18 cases   
  23. Thailand: 33 cases    
  24. United Arab Emirates: 8 cases
  25. United Kingdom: 8 cases 
  26. United States: 15 cases 
  27. Vietnam: 16 cases
  28. 28:  Egypt: 1 case
  • There are 46 Americans among those from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, now in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Health officials in Cambodia have asked Malaysia to re-examines the positive coronavirus test results of an American traveller who was onboard the Westerdam cruise ship.
  • Police in Beijing are calling residents and asking about their travel history, as the Chinese capital introduces strict lockdown measures to contain the novel coronavirus.
  • On 15 February, the US Embassy in Tokyo sent a notice to Americans onboard the Diamond Princess laying out plans to evacuate nearly 400 Americans back home.
  • Three Israelis have tested positive for coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess, Israel’s Ministry of Health said on 16 February morning.
  • Princess Cruises has cancelled voyages aboard the Diamond Princess through April 20 because of the prolonged quarantine period, the company announced in a tweet. 
  • Italy has announced plans to evacuate 35 nationals from Diamond Princess cruise in Japan.

15 February 2020

  • The novel coronavirus has now infected more than 67,000 people globally, the vast majority in mainland China. The death toll is at least 1,526, including three people outside mainland China.
  • China says over 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the virus, and six have died.
  • Beijing announces a 14-day quarantine requirement for returning residents.
  • San Diego County in Southern California, has declared a “local emergency” and “public health emergency” due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.
  • Japan announced a total of eight new coronavirus cases on 14 February, that are not from the Diamond Princess ship docked under quarantine in Yokohama Bay.
  • Americans to be evacuated from Diamond Princess cruise ship on 16 February.
  • 11 Hong Kong residents aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have been confirmed with the novel coronavirus.
  • President Donald Trump thanked Cambodia for allowing a cruise ship carrying 1,455 passengers, including 650 Americans, to dock after the ship was turned away from several Asian ports over coronavirus fears.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been preparing for the worst case coronavirus scenario – a widespread outbreak of illnesses in the United States.
  • Two Hmong men in the United States say they faced discrimination in Indiana, sparked by fear of the coronavirus, while they were looking for a hotel room.
  • The small companies that drive China’s economy are worried about how much damage the novel coronavirus outbreak will cause. Without help or a reprieve from the disease, many may have only weeks to survive.
  • International humanitarian non-profit organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, is sending specialized medical equipment to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The world’s biggest work-from-home experiment has been triggered by coronavirus.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland has agreed to lend vacant sites to the government as potential quarantine facilities.
  • Travellers in Beijing are wrapping themselves in plastic to avoid getting infected.
  • A single patient in Egypt marks the first confirmed coronavirus case in Africa.
  • A World Health Organization-led joint mission to China is expected to touch down this weekend, with about a dozen international and WHO experts meeting a similar number of Chinese expert counterparts.
  • A Thai medical worker was confirmed with the novel coronavirus on 15 February, bringing the national total to 34 cases.
  • Three years ago, the World Bank issued new bonds to raise funds that could be used to help poor countries fight pandemics. The money is still sitting on the sidelines.
  • Malaysia has confirmed two new novel coronavirus cases, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 21.
  • The coronavirus has now spread to 28 countries – with Japan reporting the highest number of cases outside China.
  • Another 67 people onboard the Diamond Princess have tested positive for novel coronavirus. Bringing the number of cases from the ship to 286.
  • A Chinese tourist who tested positive for the coronavirus has died in France.

14 February 2020

12:00 GMT 14 February

  • Eleven passengers from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship will be moved to shoreside quarantine facilities.
  • Health officials in China say 1,716 medical workers have contracted the novel coronavirus so far, including six who have died of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.
  • A top Olympic official told reporters in Tokyo on 14 February that the Summer Games remain “on track” despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
  • Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that a recession “is possible” due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • Four more people in Japan – not from the Diamond Princess cruise ship – have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare said on 14 February.
  • The Hong Kong Tourism Board announced that the city received 3.2 million visitors in January 2020, representing a 53% drop in the daily average from the first half of 2019.
  • Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed three additional novel coronavirus cases, bringing the citywide total to 56.
  • Voluntary disembarkations from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have ended for the day, Captain Stefano Ravera told passengers on 14 February.
  • A Russian woman who escaped a hospital ward where she was under quarantine for novel coronavirus is facing a lawsuit filed by heath authorities for endangering the public.

06:00 GMT 14 February

  • Mainland China has recorded 5,090 more cases of the novel coronavirus, under its new broader definition, bringing the global total to 64,435. The death toll from the coronavirus has now risen to at least 1,383.
  • In the Chinese special administrative region of Macao – the world’s biggest gambling centre – the government has announced it would hand out $275 million in vouchers to help try to boost the economy during the outbreak.
  • Manchester United’s newest signing Odion Ighalo is training away from the first team due to novel coronavirus concerns following his arrival from China.
  • Hundreds of frontline medics in China likely infected with the coronavirus.
  • Japanese minister visits quarantined cruise ship with the largest coronavirus outbreak outside China.
  • Japan announces $140 million to combat the coronavirus.
  • Malaysia confirms its 19th case of coronavirus.

13 February 2020

12:00 GMT 13 February

  • The World Health Organization’s representative to North Korea said that there has been no cases of the novel coronavirus reported by the North Korean health ministry.
  • Some of the coronavirus test kits shipped to labs across the US are not working as they should, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
  • Vietnam has placed an entire community on lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus after reporting the country’s 16th confirmed case.
  • World Rugby announced on 13 February that both the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 have been rescheduled due to, “continued health concerns relating to the novel coronavirus outbreak.”
  • Hong Kong now has 51 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • Australia’s ban on foreign nationals travelling from mainland China to Australia has been extended for another week.
  • The Indian Ambassador to Japan has responded to concerns from Indian crew members onboard the Diamond Princess that they are being exposed to undue risk by continuing to work and eat in a communal mess hall.
  • Nissan’s profits are plummeting, and the company is now bracing for more pain as the novel coronavirus outbreak threatens to wreak havoc on the global auto industry.
  • The amount of oil needed to run the global economy will decline sharply in the first quarter of this year as the coronavirus forces factories to close in China, snarls transportation and hits supply chains.
  • University students across the UK have criticized xenophobia against Asian students following multiple incidents involving discrimination related to the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • A taxi driver in the Japanese capital Tokyo has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Japan has recorded its first death from the novel coronavirus, the country’s health minister Katsunobu Kato said on 13 February evening local time.

06:00 GMT 13 February

  • China’s Hubei province announced 242 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on 13 February morning, twice as many as on the previous day. New infections there jumped by more than 14,000.
  • The virus has killed more than 1,300 people and infected over 60,000 people worldwide.
  • A total of 44 more cases have been confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan – that’s now 219 in total on board. A second cruise ship stranded at sea with over 2,000 people onboard has been given permission to dock in Cambodia.
  • The Hong Kong government has announced that it is extending its work-from-home arrangement for civil servants until 23 February, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • All 147 South Koreans and their Chinese family members from Wuhan, who arrived at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul yesterday, have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the South Korean Health Ministry announced on 13 February.
  • Hong Kong has extended the suspension of school classes until at least March 16 due to the novel coronavirus.
  • On 12 February, Chinese officials broadened their definition of what constitutes a confirmed coronavirus case, to include “clinically diagnosed cases” – i.e. people diagnosed on the basis of their symptoms rather than testing positive.
  • United Airlines said on 12 February that it will extend the suspension of flights to China and Hong Kong until 24 April.
  • North Korea has extended its coronavirus quarantine period from 15 days to 30 days, according to reports in state-run news service KCNA.
  • A second person who was evacuated from Wuhan, in China, to southern California has tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Shanghai Fashion Week has been cancelled due to the coronavirus – as China’s absence is felt on ramps from Milan to Paris.
  • Pharmacies in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing have been banned from selling all fever and cough medicine in the hope that residents with fever or coughing will seek treatment in hospitals instead, Nanjing’s propaganda department posted on its official Weibo account.
  • The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is definitely going ahead this summer, officials said, amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus. Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said on 13 February that the Tokyo organizing committee is not considering cancelling the Games due to the coronavirus.

12 February 2020

12:00 GMT 12 February

  • A total of 10 Hong Kong residents in China’s Hubei province have been confirmed infected with the novel coronavirus. Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed an additional case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the citywide total to 50.
  • There’s still a lot unknown about how the coronavirus is transmitted from person to person – but in Hong Kong, there are fears that pipes in buildings may have contributed to the virus’ spread.
  • The novel coronavirus has reached 27 countries and territories outside mainland China. Authorities continue strict emergency measures – some of which have led to unforeseen consequences, like thousands of people stranded at sea with nowhere to dock.
  • There are now close to 520 confirmed cases in over 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:
  1. Australia: 15 cases
  2. Belgium: 1 case
  3. Cambodia: 1 case
  4. Canada: 7 cases
  5. Finland: 1 case
  6. France: 11 cases
  7. Germany: 16 cases
  8. Hong Kong: 49 cases, 1 death
  9. India: 3 cases
  10. Italy: 3 cases
  11. Japan: 203 cases, including 175 in cruise ship quarantine
  12. Macao: 10 cases
  13. Malaysia: 18 cases
  14. Nepal: 1 case
  15. Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
  16. Russia: 2 cases
  17. Singapore: 47 cases
  18. South Korea: 28 cases
  19. Spain: 2 cases
  20. Sri Lanka: 1 case
  21. Sweden: 1 case
  22. Taiwan: 18 cases
  23. Thailand: 33 cases
  24. United Arab Emirates: 8 cases
  25. United Kingdom: 8 cases
  26. United States: 13 cases
  27. Vietnam: 15 cases
  • The Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, will be released from quarantine on 19 February, according to operator Princess Cruises.
  • Airbnb will extend the suspension of all bookings in Beijing until April 30, according to a statement from the company on 12 February.
  • Staff were evacuated from a Singapore bank after coronavirus case confirmed.
  • One of the eight confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the UK is an accident and emergency worker at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex.
  • JD.com, one of China’s largest e-commerce firms, has promised to open up more than 20,000 new positions as the country’s economy struggles under the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Westerdam cruise ship, denied entry by at least four different authorities despite not having any confirmed coronavirus cases onboard, is now heading for Cambodia and will disembark its passengers on 13 February, Holland America Line said in a statement on 12 February.
  • Nokia and BT are the latest companies to ditch the world’s largest mobile conference because of the risk that its employees could catch the novel coronavirus.

06:00 GMT 12 February

  • The novel coronavirus outbreak has now killed 1,115 people worldwide. The global number of confirmed coronavirus cases has now reached 45,169.
  • A total of 175 cases have been confirmed on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan. More than 2,000 people are stranded on another cruise that was turned away from four ports, despite having no suspected cases. 650 Americans out of 1,455 guests are stuck onboard the Westerdam cruise ship. The 1,455 passengers are from:-
  1. United States: 650 passengers
  2. Canada: 271
  3. United Kingdom: 127
  4. The Netherlands: 91
  5. Australia: 79
  6. Germany: 57
  7. China and Hong Kong: 30
  8. Other: 150
  • Asiana Airlines has asked the cabin crew to take unpaid leave after cutting flights to China.
  • Japan will extend its travel ban to include China’s eastern Zhejiang province.
  • US national security adviser says coronavirus could impact trade deal with China.
  • A total of 40 more novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama port.
  • Evacuation flight carrying 140 South Korean citizens arrives in Seoul on 12 February.
  • Mongolia will suspend the delivery of coal to China until 2 March.
  • Some 160 million Chinese citizens are expected to return to work by 18 February as the country works to stabilize the economy amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • China Railway suspends sale of standing tickets to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Three confirmed coronavirus patients were discharged from hospital on 12 February, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

11 February 2020

12:00 GMT 11 February

  • According to WHO, coronavirus emergency ‘holds a very grave threat’ for the world.
  • Vietnam confirms two more coronavirus cases, including a 3-month-old baby.
  • Two Japanese citizens who had initially tested negative for coronavirus have now been diagnosed with the disease.
  • Health officials in Hong Kong have confirmed seven additional cases of the virus, bringing the citywide total to 49.
  • The United Arab Emirates has confirmed one more coronavirus case. Another has recovered.
  • South Korea is sending a third chartered plane to Wuhan to repatriate its nationals and their Chinese families.
  • Nepal is preparing to bring back its 180 nationals struck in China’s Wuhan city.
  • Taiwan raises travel alerts for Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Manufacturers around the world have come to depend on parts from China to keep their own supply chains going. Experts fear that factories across the globe could ground to a halt if many of the plants across China remain closed this coming week.
  • More than 300 Chinese companies are seeking bank loans totalling 57.4 bn yuan ($8.2 billion) to help cope with the disruption caused by locked down cities, closed factories and crippled supply lines.
  • German auto parts supplier Webasto will on 12 February reopen its headquarters close to Munich, it said on 11 February, after eight of its employees contracted the coronavirus that is quickly spreading in China and around the world.

06:00 GMT 11 February

  • 2,478 new coronavirus cases were identified in mainland China on Monday, bringing the total number of infections there to 42,638. Worldwide, 43,090 people were infected as of Tuesday morning.
  • 108 people died from the virus in mainland China Monday, bringing the total death toll there to 1,016, China’s National Health Commission said. Two people have died outside mainland China, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
  • Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in China to assist with controlling the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak after the death toll topped 1,000.
  • Health officials in Hong Kong evacuated some residents from an apartment block following concerns two people contracted the coronavirus via the building’s piping system. An investigation is ongoing to find out if the virus did spread through the building’s piping system.
  • Chinese authorities said 17 people had died from the virus before January 23.
  • South Korea identifies another coronavirus patient. It now has 28 cases.
  • A 13th person in the United States has tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • There are now 42 confirmed cases in Hong Kong, according to the Center for Health Protection.
  • Amazon and Sony are the latest tech companies to pull out of one of the world’s biggest annual The Mobile World Congress amid coronavirus concerns. Ericsson and LG electronics have also pulled out from the conference.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 398 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 37 states, according to an update posted to the agency’s website on Monday. Of them, 12 have tested positive, 318 negative and 68 are still pending.
  • In the UK, two newly infected people are health workers. Officials are “working urgently to identify all patients and other healthcare workers who may have come into close contact” with them, Public Health England Medical Director, Yvonne Doyle, said in a statement.
  • After being delayed when four passengers became ill, The Anthem of the Seas will take off today at 3 p.m. ET, according to Royal Caribbean. The ship was docked in New Jersey while the family of four and other passengers were tested for the coronavirus.
  • South Korea advises against travel to Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
  • A 2-year-old girl has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Singapore.
  • A second Canadian plane carrying 185 passengers from Wuhan arrived in Vancouver just before 1 a.m. Eastern Time.

10 February 2020

12:00 GMT 10 February

  • 7,300 people were quarantined at sea on two cruise ships docked in Japan and Hong Kong, after former passengers were confirmed to have the coronavirus.  
  • The ship, World Dream, docked in Hong Kong on February 5, was placed under quarantine with more than 3,600 people on board (including crew and passengers). All were permitted to leave early Monday morning local time after everyone on board tested negative for coronavirus. World Dream had docked at various different ports across China and Vietnam before arriving in Hong Kong. 
  • Another ship, the Diamond Princess, remains anchored at Yokohama, near Tokyo. There are more than 3,700 people on board, including crew and passengers. The ship has been quarantined since February 4, after a former passenger tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. Since then, 70 new cases have been confirmed and taken off the ship. All guests on board will remain quarantined until February 19, and will receive a full refund for the cruise. 136 cases have been confirmed on board this cruise ship.
  • There are now more than 440 confirmed cases in over 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:
  1. Australia: 15 cases
  2. Belgium :1 case
  3. Cambodia: 1 case
  4. Canada: 7 cases
  5. Finland: 1 case
  6. France: 6 cases
  7. Germany: 14 cases
  8. Hong Kong: 36 cases, 1 death
  9. India: 3 cases
  10. Italy: 3 cases
  11. Japan: 162 cases, including 136 in cruise ship quarantine
  12. Macao: 10 cases
  13. Malaysia: 17 cases
  14. Nepal: 1 case
  15. Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
  16. Russia: 2 cases
  17. Singapore: 43 cases
  18. South Korea: 27 cases
  19. Spain: 2 cases
  20. Sri Lanka: 1 case
  21. Sweden: 1 case
  22. Taiwan: 18 cases
  23. Thailand: 32 cases
  24. United Arab Emirates: 7 cases
  25. United Kingdom: 8 cases
  26. United States: 12 cases
  27. Vietnam: 13 cases
  • The UK has declared the Wuhan coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health,” which gives the government additional powers to delay or prevent the further spread of the virus.
  • Four further patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total UK tally to eight, Britain’s Department of Health said in a statement on 10 February.
  • Hong Kong confirms two new coronavirus cases. It now has 38 in total.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus in the capital Beijing on 10 February, the first time he has appeared on the front lines of the fight against the outbreak.
  • 27 foreigners in China have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • The total number of deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus has topped 910, officially outpacing the global death toll from the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003.
  • Airbnb is suspending all listings in Beijing from February 7, 2020 to February 29, 2020 in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
  • Asia-Pacific stock markets have dipped today, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and South Korea’s KOSPI both losing 0.6%. Japan fell 0.7%.
  • The FTSE 100 is down 26 points, or 0.35%, while the broader Stoxx 600 index has lost 0.25%. Investors are trying to assess the economic damage from the coronavirus, and its impact on global supply chains as (some) Chinese workers head back to the office or factory.
  • Samsung says its TVC factory in Tianjin will remain closed until next Monday, in line with official guidelines.
  • Electronics manufacturer LG has reported that three of its factories, in Hangzhou, Tianjin and Qinhuangdao, are all closed as it seeks permission from local government officials to reopen.
  • The coronavirus crisis could slash global smartphone production by 12% this quarter.
  • Eurozone investor morale has fallen for the first time in four months, according to research group Sentix. It blames fears that the coronavirus will have a serious impact on the global economy.
  • Nissan is suspending production at a car factory in Kyushu, in Japan, due to the coronavirus.
  • Of all the patients confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China, 8.2% have been cured, according to officials at the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). On January 27, only 1.3% of patients had been cured.
  • Japanese electronics firm Sony is the latest phone maker to announce it’s withdrawing from the Mobile World Congress  (MWC) tradeshow — citing concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Several members of the Diamond Princess crew have appealed for help from the Indian government and alleged that they are at risk of infection by not being segregated.

06:00 GMT 10 February

  • The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 910 people globally, the vast majority in mainland China, and infected more than 40,000 people.
  • A team of international experts from the World Health Organization is heading to China to investigate the outbreak.
  • The coronavirus outbreak’s cost to businesses worldwide is already readily apparent and auto plants could be among the first to feel the impact.
  • New York City has already spent more than $1 million in their coronavirus response and “could spend millions of local dollars more over the next 60 days to help tackle the virus.”
  • Death toll
  1. In China: 908
  2. Outside China: 2
  3. Global total: 910
  • Cases:
  1. In China: 40,171
  2. Outside China: 539
  3. Global total: 40,710
  • Eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.
  • Kia Motors suspended nearly all production lines at its three South Korean factories.
  • Malaysian health officials have confirmed an additional case of the Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the total to 17.
  • A total of 70 people have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus on board the ship, which is carrying more than 3,700 people, including crew and passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
  • The HSBC Women’s Golf World Championship scheduled to be held in Singapore from February 27 to March 1 has been cancelled, with organizers citing “continued health concerns.”

9 February 2020

  • A second new hospital has opened in Wuhan, with capacity for 1,500 patients.
  • The new coronavirus has now spread to more than 25 countries and territories outside of mainland China, with over 350 people infected and the death toll globally to 813 as of 9 February. Here is where the numbers currently stand:
  1. Australia (at least 15 cases)
  2. Belgium (at least 1 case)
  3. Cambodia (at least 1 case)
  4. Canada (at least 7 cases)
  5. Finland (at least 1 case)
  6. France (at least 11 cases)
  7. Germany (at least 13 cases)
  8. Hong Kong (at least 26 cases, 1 death)
  9. India (at least 3 cases)
  10. Italy (at least 3 cases)
  11. Japan (at least 90 cases, including 64 in cruise ship quarantine)
  12. Macao (at least 10 cases)
  13. Malaysia (at least 16 cases)
  14. Nepal (at least 1 case)
  15. Philippines (at least 3 cases, 1 death)
  16. Russia (at least 2 cases)
  17. Singapore (at least 40 cases)
  18. South Korea (at least 25 cases)
  19. Spain (at least 1 case)
  20. Sri Lanka (at least 1 case)
  21. Sweden (at least 1 case)
  22. Taiwan (at least 17 cases)
  23. Thailand (at least 32 cases)
  24. United Arab Emirates (at least 7 cases)
  25. United Kingdom (at least 3 cases)
  26. United States (at least 12 cases)
  27. Vietnam (at least 13 cases)
  • Six new cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off the coast of Yokohama.
  • There are now 14 people confirmed to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus in Germany.
  • The number of deaths in mainland China on 8 February is 89.
  • A total of 16 people have tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus in Malaysia, 12 of the 16 cases are Chinese nationals.

8 February 2020

  • Five more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in France, bringing the total number of cases in France to 11.
  • Thailand has reported seven new confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus. A total of 32 cases have been confirmed inside Thailand.
  • A 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan on 6 February.
  • The virus has killed 722 people in mainland China. Here is the breakdown:
  1. 7 February: 86 deaths reported
  2. 6 February: 73 deaths reported
  3. 5 February: 73 deaths reported
  4. 4 February: 65 deaths reported
  5. 3 February: 64 deaths reported
  6. 2 February: 57 deaths reported
  7. 1 February: 45 deaths reported
  8. 31 January: 46 deaths reported
  9. 30 January: 43 deaths reported
  10. 29 January: 38 deaths reported
  11. 28 January: 26 deaths reported
  12. 27 January: 26 deaths reported
  13. 26 January: 24 deaths reported
  14. 25 January: 15 deaths reported
  15. 24 January: 16 deaths reported
  16. 23 January: 8 deaths reported
  • Taiwan confirmed its 17th Wuhan coronavirus case on 8 February
  • The United Arab Emirates confirmed two new coronavirus cases inside the country.
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines is prohibiting passengers or staff that have Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports on board any of the ships over concerns of spreading the coronavirus
  • Medical workers in Hong Kong have ended their strike after members voted not to extend it.

7 February 2020

12:00 GMT 7 February

  • Three more cases of coronavirus in Singapore have been confirmed by the country’s Ministry of Health, bringing its total to 33.
  • Eleven Americans from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, currently docked and quarantined near Tokyo, have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • A section of Copenhagen airport was closed on 7 February morning after an Asian woman presented flu symptoms upon arrival.
  •  Uniqlo stores in China will temporarily close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

060:00 GMT 7 February

  • Latest statistics of Coronavirus death toll:
  1. In mainland China: 636
  2. Outside mainland China: 2 (In the Philippines and Hong Kong)
  3. Global total: 638
  • And infected statistics:
  1. In mainland China: 31,161
  2. Outside mainland China: 318 
  3. Global total: 31,479
  • Thousands of medical workers in Hong Kong have been on strike for five days, demanding the government close all borders with mainland China and take further emergency measures against the virus.
  • North Korea has suspended flights from China and Russia and closed train routes across its borders with those two countries.
  • There are now more than 310 confirmed cases in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:
  1. Australia (at least 15 cases)
  2. Belgium (at least 1 case)
  3. Cambodia (at least 1 case)
  4. Canada (at least 5 cases, plus two pending confirmation)
  5. Finland (at least 1 case)
  6. France (at least 6 cases)
  7. Germany (at least 13 cases)
  8. Hong Kong (at least 24 cases, 1 death)
  9. India (at least 3 cases)
  10. Italy (at least 3 cases)
  11. Japan (at least 86 cases, including 61 in cruise ship quarantine)
  12. Macao (at least 10 cases)
  13. Malaysia (at least 14 cases)
  14. Nepal (at least 1 case)
  15. Philippines (at least 3 cases, 1 death)
  16. Russia (at least 2 cases)
  17. Singapore (at least 30 cases)
  18. South Korea (at least 24 cases)
  19. Spain (at least 1 case)
  20. Sri Lanka (at least 1 case)
  21. Sweden (at least 1 case)
  22. Taiwan (at least 16 cases)
  23. Thailand (at least 25 cases)
  24. United Arab Emirates (at least 5 cases)
  25. United Kingdom (at least 3 cases)
  26. United States (at least 12 cases)
  27. Vietnam (at least 12 cases)
  • South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare confirmed one new case of Wuhan coronavirus on 7 February, bringing the national total to 24 confirmed cases
  • Toyota had been planning to resume operations on February 10. Car plants across China have been closed for two weeks for an extended Lunar New Year holiday as authorities try to contain the virus
  • 41 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the cruise ship currently docked and quarantined in Japan’s Yokohama Bay, bringing the total to 61 infections on board.
  • Japan’s fourth charter flight evacuating citizens from Wuhan has landed in Tokyo, A total of 198 Japanese citizens and their family members were on board, and will now be placed under mandatory quarantine. The previous three flights have already repatriated more than 550 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan.

6 February 2020

12:00 GMT 6 February

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is dramatically increasing the amount it is spending to combat the coronavirus — which has killed more than 560 people and infected over 28,000 – pledging up to $100 million to help contain the outbreak.
  • Chinese officials lashed out today at a growing number of international airlines and countries for suspending flights to China, criticizing the measures as “neither cool-headed nor rational.”
  • Dutch airline KLM and Air France suspend all flights to mainland China over coronavirus.
  • China announced on 6 February, that it will halve additional tariffs on $75 billion worth of US imports, as the world’s two largest economies continue to step back from a years-long trade war that has hurt both countries and dented global growth.
  • There are now at least 250 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China.
  • The coronavirus outbreak could impact Japan’s preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer, a senior organizer has warned.
  • Uzbekistan has evacuated 251 of its citizens from China amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to China for Saudi citizens and residents.
  • New York City is “one step closer” to being able to test coronavirus samples.
  • Taiwan confirmed two more cases of coronavirus on 6 February, bringing the total to 13 on the self-governing island.
  • The US will send its last evacuation flights this week.
  • With several Chinese cities under lockdown, businesses closed, and residents staying home to avoid the coronavirus, travel within the country has dropped dramatically.
  • A director of the China Railway Group, said daily average passenger numbers are down 80% from what they would typically be at this time of year.
  • 25 airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from China, and nine countries are denying entry to travellers from China.
  • Indian Mission shares emergency hotline, emails for Indians in Hubei as coronavirus deaths surpass 500.
  • The coronavirus epidemic in China may knock 0.1 to 0.3 percentage point off Indonesia’s economic growth by hurting tourism and the pharmaceutical sector, Indonesia’s chief economic affairs minister Airlangga Hartarto said on 6 February.
  • 21 who returned to Jammu and Kashmir from China this week kept under home observation.

06:00 GMT 6 February

  • The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 560 people and infected over 28,000 — the vast majority in China. Outside mainland China, it has spread to over 25 countries and territories, infected more than 250 and killed two people.
  • Thousands of people are being quarantined on two cruise ships, docked in Japan and Hong Kong after former passengers were confirmed to have the virus.
  • The airline Virgin Australia announced today that it was withdrawing all services between Australia and Hong Kong.
  • There haven’t been any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in New Zealand so far, but one industry has been hit by the outbreak — the crayfish industry.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered $100 million to support response efforts in vulnerable countries, said the director-general of the World Health Organization on 5 February.
  • Nike, Adidas, and Capri Holdings, which owns Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors, are among the companies this week that have warned investors that sales could take a hit.
  • Here’s a roundup of some major airlines that have suspended or reduced their flights to mainland China to limit the spread of the virus:-

1. North America

  • American Airlines: Suspended until March 27
  • United Airlines: Suspended until March 28
  • Delta: Suspended until April 30
  • Air Canada: Suspended until February 29

2. Asia and Oceania

  • Air Asia: Some flights suspended until February 29
  • All Nippon: Some flights suspended until March 29
  • Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon: 90% reduction in flights
  • Japan Airlines: Some flights suspended until March 28
  • Korean Air: Some flights suspended until the end of March
  • Singapore Airlines and SilkAir: Some flights suspended until March 1
  • Qantas: Suspended until March 29
  • Air New Zealand: Suspended until March 29

3. Europe and the Middle East

  • Air France: Suspended until February 9
  • British Airways: Suspended until February 29
  • Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines: Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 29; other routes until March 28
  • Turkish Airlines: Suspended until the end of February
  • Etihad: Suspended from February 5
  • Emirates: Suspended from February 5
  • Qatar Airways: Suspended until further notice
  • Finnair: Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 29; other routes to March 29
  • KLM: Beijing and Shanghai flights suspended until February 9; other routes to February 29
  • Iberia: Suspended until February 29.
  • Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority (HA) warned today that public hospitals would only offer limited services, as thousands of employees and medical workers began a fourth consecutive day of strike action.
  • Singapore announced a new confirmed case of the coronavirus on 6 February, bringing its total to 25.
  • South Korea also confirmed four more cases on 6 February, bringing the national total to 23.
  • 20 cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
  • Taiwan will prohibit international cruise ships from docking in its ports from China onward, according to a statement form 6 February the self-governing island’s Ministry of Health.
  • Disney has warned that profits from its parks in China could drop by $280 million in the current quarter, due to shutdowns caused by the coronavirus and a loss of business related to recent mass protests in Hong Kong.
  • Two newborn babies in Wuhan, China, have been infected with the novel coronavirus.
  • Foreigners who have been to China on or after January 15, 2020 are not allowed to enter India from any air, land or seaport, including Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan, Indo-Bangladesh or Indo-Myanmar land borders.
  • Nearly 5,000 people in India have been kept under home surveillance as a precautionary measure for coronavirus.

5 February 2020

12:00 GMT 5 February

  • Britain will send a second and final plane to evacuate UK nationals from Wuhan province in China, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. The charter flight is expected to leave on 9 February morning at Royal Air Force base Brize Norton.
  • There are three new cases of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong, bringing the total confirmed cases in the semi-autonomous Chinese city to 21.
  • South Korea’s two major airlines — Korean Air and Asiana Airlines — are suspending or reducing flights between South Korea and mainland China.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) urged governments yesterday not to impose travel and trade restrictions.
  • The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is not a pandemic, World Health Organization officials said on 4 February, adding that they’re hopeful transmission of the virus can be contained.
  • A cruise ship is currently docked in Japan’s Yokohama Bay, under quarantine for 14 days, after 10 people on board were confirmed to have the coronavirus earlier today. 9 are passengers and one is a crew member, said the cruise operator in a statement. Their nationalities are:-
  1. America: 1
  2. Australia: 2
  3. Japan: 3
  4. Hong Kong: 3
  5. Philippines: 1 (the crew member)
  • There are now at least 230 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:
  1. Australia: 13 cases
  2. Belgium: 1 case
  3. Cambodia: 1 case
  4. Canada: 5 cases
  5. Finland: 1 case
  6. France: 6 cases
  7. Germany: 12 cases
  8. Hong Kong: 18 cases, 1 death
  9. India: 3 cases
  10. Italy: 2 cases
  11. Japan: 23 cases, plus 10 in cruise ship quarantine
  12. Macao: 10 cases
  13. Malaysia: 10 cases
  14. Nepal: 1 case
  15. Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death
  16. Russia: 2 cases
  17. Singapore: 24 cases
  18. South Korea: 18 cases
  19. Spain: 1 case
  20. Sri Lanka: 1 case
  21. Sweden: 1 case
  22. Taiwan: 11 cases
  23. Thailand: 25 cases
  24. United Arab Emirates: 5 cases
  25. United Kingdom: 2 cases
  26. United States: 11 cases
  27. Vietnam: 10 cases
  • Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific said in a statement today that it is “appealing to” all 27,000 of its employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave from March to June.
  • Public health experts have criticized a report, published last week, that suggested the coronavirus could spread before the onset of symptoms.
  • 12 confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany, 10 are in Bavaria and two are in Hesse state, according to the German Federal Health Ministry.
  • Police in China have detained a growing number of people for defying quarantine measures or deliberately concealing that they had travelled to areas stricken by the coronavirus.
  • The US has sent supplies to Wuhan to assist Chinese authorities working to contain the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • All travellers entering Hong Kong from mainland China will be placed under quarantine for 14 days, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced at a news conference today.
  • There could be a further $5 a barrel downside for oil prices as a result of the coronavirus, said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates.
  • Adidas closes a ‘considerable’ number of shops in China due to coronavirus.

06:00 GMT 5 February

  • The coronavirus outbreak has killed 492 people worldwide, the majority of which are in China, and infected more than 24,500 people across 25 countries.
  • A cruise ship in Japan is currently under quarantine with 3,700 people on board, after a former passenger was found infected with the coronavirus. Ten more people on board have since tested positive for the illness.
  • A total of 428 American passengers are on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama port in Japan, the US Embassy told.
  • Australia confirms 13th coronavirus case.
  • As medical workers in Hong Kong continue their strike, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority said today that the limited number of staff meant public hospitals could only offer emergency services.
  • The coronavirus outbreak began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in December. Now, it has spread across the province, with two other cities in Hubei reporting over 1,000 cases and scores of deaths.
  1. Wuhan: 8,351 cases, including 362 deaths 
  2. Huanggang: 1,645 cases, including 25 deaths 
  3. Xiaogan: 1,462 cases, including 18 deaths
  • The British government has urged all of its citizens in China to leave the country but offered little more in detailed information or practical advice.
  • There are one or two more US planes scheduled to evacuate citizens from Wuhan this week, but no more beyond that.
  • Taiwan confirmed its 11th coronavirus case.
  • A total of 41 entertainment operations in Macao have been suspended for 15 days.
  • Two more South Koreans have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the national total to 18, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
  • Vietnam confirmed its 10th coronavirus case.
  • It has been two weeks since the first US case of Wuhan coronavirus was announced, and the US strategy has become clear: It’s impossible to stop this virus, it can only be slowed down.
  • United and American Airlines both announced plans to temporarily suspend flights to Hong Kong. United said it would halt flights to the international financial hub from Saturday until February 20, citing a sharp drop in passengers. American Airlines said it had already suspended flights through to February 20.
  • More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.
  • There are two US planes currently en route to California, carrying evacuated US citizens out of Wuhan.
  • A WHO-led international team of experts could go to China as early as this week to investigate the coronavirus outbreak, as agreed between the WHO chief and Chinese President Xi Jinping, and could include U.S. experts.
  • Chinese executives to skip Auto Expo 2020 in India.
  • Overall public health cost of coronavirus outbreak response from Feb to April estimated at $675 mn, does not include social or economic consequences of the outbreak: WHO official.
  • More than 1,800 passengers on a cruise ship are being held on board for health checks in Hong Kong, after former passengers were confirmed to have the coronavirus.
  • The Philippines announced its third confirmed case of the coronavirus.

4 February 2020

12:00 GMT 4 February

Total reported cases: 20,685
Deaths: 427

  • Countries and airlines around the world have placed travel restrictions on China.
  • The death rate from the Wuhan coronavirus across mainland China stands at 2.1%, China’s National Health Commission said in a press update on 4 February.
  • Two additional cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Hong Kong on 4 February, bringing the total to 17 cases and one death in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
  • Belgium has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, Belgium’s public health department said on 4 February.
  • Taiwan announces ban on foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days.
  • The total number of confirmed cases in China stands at 20,438 as of today, an increase of 3,235 from the previous day — a jump of over 18%. The death toll is now at 427 in mainland China, an increase of around 65 from Sunday.
  • There are at least 185 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China:-
  1. Australia: 12 cases.
  2. Cambodia: 1 case.
  3. Canada: 4 cases.
  4. Finland: 1 case.
  5. France: 6 cases.
  6. Germany: 11 cases.
  7. Hong Kong: 15 cases, 1 death.
  8. India: 3 cases.
  9. Italy: 2 cases.
  10. Japan: 20 cases.
  11. Macao: 10 cases.
  12. Malaysia: 8 cases.
  13. Nepal: 1 case.
  14. Philippines: 2 cases, 1 death.
  15. Russia: 2 cases.
  16. Singapore: 24 cases.
  17. South Korea: 16 cases.
  18. Spain: 1 case.
  19. Sri Lanka: 1 case.
  20. Sweden: 1 case.
  21. Taiwan: 10 cases.
  22. Thailand: 19 cases.
  23. United Arab Emirates: 5 cases.
  24. United Kingdom: 2 cases.
  25. United States: 11 cases.
  26. Vietnam: 8 cases.
  • Singapore has confirmed six additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, including four local human-to-human transmissions. The six new cases bring the total number of people infected with coronavirus in the city-state to 24.

06:00 GMT 4 February

  • The coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 427 people and infected more than 20,000 globally as it continues to spread beyond China.
  • Singapore’s Ministry of Health says all of its 18 confirmed coronavirus cases are in stable condition, and most patients are improving.
  • Macao suspends casinos and related operations for half a month. Macao confirmed the 10th coronavirus case on Tuesday, according to a government statement.
  • The number of confirmed cases in Mainland China is 20,438 cases and 425 deaths. Outside mainland China, 190 cases have been reported along with 2 deaths in more than 25 countries and territories.
  • Outside the mainland, the places with most coronavirus cases are Japan at 20, Thailand at 19, and Singapore at 18.
  • Authorities in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak began, are building three additional new field hospitals to help respond to the crisis.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dismissed rumours circulating online that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Japan has quarantined a cruise ship that arrived at a port in Yokohama on Monday evening after a former passenger was found infected with Wuhan coronavirus.
  • South Korea confirmed its 16th case of the Wuhan coronavirus on 4 February, according to Kim Gang-lip, the country’s Health and Welfare vice minister.
  • The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, a medical workers’ union of Hong Kong with over 13,000 members, began striking on Monday to demand the Hong Kong government completely close all borders with China.
  • The second patient with the Wuhan coronavirus outside of mainland China has died.
  • The Thai government is repatriating 142 of its citizens from Wuhan on 4 February.
  • A Canadian citizen was turned back at the northern US border as a part of President Donald Trump’s ban on travellers who had recently been to China.
  • In a Monday meeting with top Chinese officials, President Xi Jinping called the coronavirus outbreak a “major test” for China’s government, according to an article in state media outlet Xinhua.
  • A total of 241 Australians have reached the Australian territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean after being evacuated by plane from Wuhan.

3 February 2020

12:00 GMT 3 February

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that a “handful” of more flights are headed to China to pick up Americans in Hubei.
  • Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on 3 February announced new border closures over the Wuhan virus, amid intense public pressure to stop anyone crossing into the city from mainland China.
  • The G7 nations will hold a joint telephone conference to discuss how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced after talking with his American counterpart Alex Azar on 2 February.
  • The Maldivian government has announced a series of new precautionary measures against the Wuhan coronavirus that include denying entry for passengers arriving from mainland China.
  • Chinese stocks recorded their worst day in years on Monday as investors finally got a chance to react to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.
  • Hong Kong’s main public hospital medical workers union, the Hospital Authority Employee Alliance, began a strike Monday with at least 2,400 people participating in the first day, the group said on its Facebook page. The Hospital Authority Employee Alliance says it has 9,000 members in total who have pledged to join the strike, which is currently scheduled for five days. The union says it is asking the government to meet five demands:-
  1. Stop all travellers from entering Hong Kong from mainland China.
  2. Implement measures to ensure sufficient supply of face masks.
  3. Provide isolation wards and stop all non-emergency services.
  4. Provide sufficient support for health care staff caring for those in isolation.
  5. Investigate reports of patients escaping hospital in order to ensure a safe environment for all medical staff. 
  • There are reports from Thailand that treatment of a patient with coronavirus infection with a combination of HIV/AIDS and flu drugs appeared to improve the patient’s recovery. However, there have been no scientific clinical trials to confirm the anecdotal reports from Thailand. It is possible that the patient’s immune system was already eliminating the virus, and the drugs used had no effect at all. 
  • A third case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in India. The case was identified in the southern state of Kerala.
  • China Eastern Airlines has become the first major Chinese carrier to suspend flights to and from the United States, as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has infected thousands of people and prompted several countries to advise their citizens not to travel to mainland China.
  • China’s Foreign Ministry has just accused the US of overreacting to the virus outbreak.
  • A flight carrying 56 Italian nationals from Wuhan, China, landed at Pratica di Mare military airport, outside of Rome, on 3 February morning.
  • The Chinese government on 3 February declined to comment on the delay of the second US evacuation flight to the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, after slamming Washington’s response to the epidemic as an overreaction that fanned global hysteria.
  • Russia may deport foreign nationals if they have coronavirus, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on 3 February.

06:00 GMT 3 February

  • The Coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 362 people and infected more than 17,300 globally, as it continues to spread beyond China. One person outside mainland China, a man in the Philippines, has died.
  • There are now at least 179 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in 27 countries and territories outside mainland China, with Sweden and Spain reporting those country’s first cases over the weekend.
  • The government of Myanmar has evacuated 59 students out of Wuhan amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • A second evacuation flight sent to China to repatriate US citizens in Wuhan has been delayed.
  • Chinese stocks are having their worst day in years as investors finally get a chance to react to the worsening coronavirus outbreak.
  • Though China’s Lunar New Year holiday has drawn to a close, many have not returned to major cities as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads throughout the country.
  • In a statement over the weekend, the Chinese Embassy in Germany criticized Der Spiegel over its Saturday front page “Coronavirus: Made in China.” The headline was accompanied by a photo of a man in a red poncho with a gas mask on.
  • US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, on Sunday said that at this time “there’s no reason for Americans to panic” about the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Since he intervened in the Wuhan coronavirus crisis on January 22, ordering “all-out efforts” to contain its spread, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been personally directing the country’s response.
  • The Japanese government plans to send a fourth evacuation flight to Wuhan to collect about 140 people still in the city and nearby areas.
  • China’s National Health Commission (NHC) reported the Wuhan outbreak was responsible for 361 deaths by the end of day Sunday. SARS killed 349 people in mainland China, according to the NHC. SARS was responsible for the deaths of 774 people worldwide. To date, only one person has been killed outside mainland China from the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • 11 cases have now been confirmed in the US.
  • Here’s where the coronavirus has spread in the US:-
  1. Arizona: 1 case
  2. California: 6 cases
  3. Illinois: 2 cases
  4. Massachusetts: 1 case
  5. Washington: 1 case
  • Thousands of Hong Kong public medical staff voted to go on a five-day strike today if the city’s government does not fully close the border with mainland China.
  • Australia and New Zealand have both placed temporary travel bans on visitors coming from China in response to the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Canada has received 325 requests for departure assistance from Hubei Province due to coronavirus.
  • Gross gaming revenue in the Chinese territory of Macao, the world’s biggest gambling destination, was down 11.3% in January 2020 compared to January 2019.
  • The Burj Khalifa in Dubai was lit up with the image of the flag of the People’s Republic of China to show support for the country as it fights to contain the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.

2 February 2020

12:00 GMT 2 February

  • A number of UK citizens who failed to leave the coronavirus-struck Chinese city of Wuhan last week are now on a second flight to Europe.
  • A new case of coronavirus has been reported in the United Arab Emirates, the country’s fifth, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced on 2 February.
  • The South Korean government is banning entry to all foreign nationals who visited China’s Hubei province in the past 14 days. The measure starts on 4 February.
  • France is helping evacuate 10 Mexican citizens from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and the city where the coronavirus outbreak started.
  • Pakistani citizens stuck in China appeal to their government to bring them back home.
  • India suspends e-visa facility for Chinese and foreigners residing in China.
  • Kazakhstan evacuates 83 citizens from China’s Wuhan.
  • Indian and Maldives nationals who arrived in Delhi by the second Air India special flight from Wuhan being taken to Indian Army quarantine centre.
  • 1793 people in the Indian state of Kerala are currently under observation, 70 kept in isolation wards at various hospitals.
  • Bangladesh has temporarily suspended its visa-on-arrival services for Chinese nationals and issued directions not to recruit them for ongoing projects in the country. However, there is no ban on Chinese nationals from applying for a Bangladeshi visa.

06:00 GMT 2 February

  • The coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 305 people and infected more than 14,300 globally, as it continues to spread beyond China.
  • The virus has been confirmed in more than 25 countries and territories since it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. Countries are now sending planes to evacuate their citizens from the infection zone, and imposing travel bans or restrictions on mainland China.
  • New Zealand bans entry to foreigners traveling from China.
  • Airlines operating in the United States will be required to ask all passengers booked on flights from outside the US if they’ve been to mainland China in the last 14 days. 
  • Here’s the full list of places outside mainland China with confirmed cases:
  1. Hong Kong – 13 cases
  2. Macau –  7 cases
  3. Thailand – 19 cases
  4. Australia – 12 cases
  5. Malaysia – 8 cases
  6. Singapore – 13 cases
  7. France – 6 cases
  8. Japan – 20 cases
  9. South Korea – 15 cases
  10. Taiwan – 10 cases
  11. United States – 8 cases
  12. Vietnam – 7 cases
  13. Germany – 8 cases
  14. Sri Lanka – 1 case
  15. Cambodia – 1 case
  16. Nepal – 1 case
  17. Canada – 4 cases
  18. UAE – 4 cases
  19. Finland – 1 case
  20. Philippines – 2 cases, including 1 death 
  21. India – 2 cases
  22. Italy – 2 cases
  23. UK – 2 cases
  24. Russia – 2 cases
  25. Sweden – 1 case
  26. Spain – 1 case
  • British Airways, Qantas and Lufthansa — among others — have announced they will stop flying to mainland China. Other airlines are reducing the number of flights
  • The Philippines reported its first Wuhan coronavirus fatality on 2 February.
  • American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced more flight cancellations to China on 1 February as coronavirus cases continued to rise.
  • Here’s a list of other airlines that have reduced — or completely cut — flights to China:
  1. British Airways
  2. Air Asia
  3. Cathay Pacific
  4. Air India
  5. IndiGo
  6. Lufthansa
  7. Finnair 
  8. Qantas
  9. Qatar Airways
  • Three more patients have been confirmed infected with coronavirus in South Korea, bringing the country’s total to 15.
  • Australia has started denying entry to all travelers who have come from or transited through mainland China.
  • Apple is temporarily closing all of its stores in China because of the coronavirus outbreak. According to Apple’s website, all 42 stores will be closed until February 9. The website still works for customers in China.

1 February 2020

12:00 GMT 21 February

  • Turkmenistan Airlines has suspended flights to and from Beijing.
  • The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Australia reached 12 on 1 February after South Australia confirmed its first two cases and Victoria confirmed its fourth.
  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has asked the European Union to help China procure medical supplies.
  • Here’s a look back of the spread of Wuhan Coronavirus:
  1. 8 December: First patient develops symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus
  2. 31 December: Earliest cases of the virus reported to the World Health Organization (WHO)
  3. 1 January: Seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, is closed for disinfection
  4. 7 January: Chinese scientists identify pathogen involved as a new strain of coronavirus
  5. 9 January: First death linked to the virus
  6. 20 January: Cases reported in Beijing and Shenzhen
  7. 23 January: Wuhan is placed on lockdown, with movement halted in or out of the city. A total of 60 million people are affected by travel restrictions in Wuhan and neighbouring cities. WHO says virus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern
  8. 28 January: Death toll tops 100. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China overtakes the deadly 2003 SARS outbreak
  9. 30 January: WHO declares a public health emergency of international concern
  10. 31 January: Death toll tops 200

06:00 GMT 1 February

  • An  Air India flight carrying 324 Indian nationals took off from Wuhan early on 1 February
  • Apple will close its stores in China due to recent public health and prevention concerns until 9 February
  • Air New Zealand has now suspended all daily flights to Shanghai amid coronavirus outbreak.
  • Qantas will suspend its two direct services to mainland China (Sydney-Beijing and Sydney-Shanghai) from 9 February until 29 March 2020
  • The latest death toll is 259. 
  1. Hubei: 249
  2. Henan: 2
  3. Chongqing: 1
  4. Sichuan: 1
  5. Shanghai: 1
  6. Beijing: 1
  7. Hebei: 1
  8. Heilongjiang: 2
  9. Hainan: 1
  • The latest number of infected people is 11,374. Among them, 11,221 are from Mainland China 
  • Outside China, the breakdown of infected people by country is as follows::
  1. Thailand: 19
  2. Japan: 17
  3. Singapore: 16
  4. Hong Kong: 13
  5. South Korea: 11
  6. Taiwan:10
  7. Australia: 9
  8. Malaysia: 8
  9. Germany: 7
  10. Macau: 7
  11. United State: 7
  12. France: 6
  13. United Arab Emirates: 4
  14. Canada: 3
  15. Italy: 2
  16. Russia: 2
  17. United Kingdom: 2
  18. Vietnam: 6
  19. Cambodia: 1
  20. Finland: 1
  21. India: 1
  22. Nepal: 1
  23. Philippines: 1
  24. Spain: 1
  25. Sri Lanka: 1
  26. Sweden: 1

31 January 2020

12:00 GMT 31 January

  • The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in South Korea has risen to 11.
  • 12 confirmed cases of the virus in Hong Kong, five of which are Hong Kong residents and seven are mainland Chinese residents.
  • The first two cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK.
  • Germany has confirmed its fifth case of Wuhan coronavirus, in the southern state of Bavaria.
  • Beijing officials released a statement earlier on 31 January warning foreign visitors and tourists in the city of the coronavirus outbreak, urging them to take preventative measures and cooperate with the authorities.
  • Thousands of Hong Kong tour groups cancel trips to mainland China.
  • Schools in Hong Kong will stay suspended until March 2.
  • A “special” flight will leave on 31 January for the Chinese city of Wuhan and bring back about 400 Indian citizens.
  • A French military aircraft evacuating 200 French citizens departed Wuhan for France early on 31 January morning local time.
  • A British evacuation plane with 110 people on board has left Wuhan.
  • Germany has sent an armed forces plane to China to repatriate its citizens in light of the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • British Airways, United Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India, IndiGo, Lufthansa and Finnair have announced plans to slash the number of flights they are operating to China or stop flying to the country entirely.
  • Kenya Airways has become the latest airline to suspend flights to and from China.
  • At least 1,053 people are under observation in the Indian state of Kerala.
  • Indian Army has set up a quarantine facility in Manesar for 300 students returning from Hubei.
  • Border-guarding force ITBP has prepared a 600-bedded facility in Delhi to quarantine and provide basic medical care to those suspected to have been affected by the new coronavirus.
  • The South Korean government is sending a second chartered flight to Wuhan to repatriate South Korean citizens. The flight is expected to depart Wuhan early on 1 February morning. 

06:00 GMT 31 January

  • In Mainland China, the virus has so far killed 213 people and infected more than 9,692 others.
  • There are more than 9,820 cases worldwide. The outbreak has reached 22 places outside of Mainland China, including Italy, India and the Philippines.
  • The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Vietnam has risen to five.
  • South Korea now has seven confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Singapore has confirmed three more coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13.
  • The World Health Organization has declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.
  • The US State Department raised its travel advisory for China to Level 4: Do Not Travel due to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak – it’s highest level.
  • Turkish Airlines will stop some flights to mainland China until 9 February because of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority has suspended all direct flights to and from China until 2 February.
  • Italy is stopping air traffic with China, Russia is closing its far-east border with China, Trinidad and Tobago is imposing a 14-day travel restriction on travellers from China, and more airlines are suspending flights to and from mainland China.
  • The Canadian government is working to help nearly 200 Canadians who want to leave China and return home.
  • South Korea has repatriated 368 of its citizens from Wuhan.

30 January 2020

12:00 GMT 30 January

Total reported cases: 7,783
Deaths: 170

  • World Health Organization declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
  • The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 4 (maximum) warning on travel to China.
  • Several countries, including the US, UK and Canada are warning against all nonessential travel to Hubei province, or even to the rest of mainland China.
  • Israel’s El Al Airlines said it was suspending flights along its Beijing route from today until March 25. It will continue its flights to and from Hong Kong.
  • Airlines based in Asia, Europe and North America are canceling flights to China. British Airways suspended direct flights between Britain and China on Wednesday. US carrier United Airlines announced that it has suspended flights from February 1 through February 8 between US hubs and Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Other airlines, including Lufthansa, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India and Finnair have similarly slashed or suspended service.
  • All football matches in mainland China starting from 30 January will be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the country’s governing football body.
  • The Philippines has confirmed its first case of the Wuhan coronavirus, the country’s Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a statement on 30 January.
  • The Northern Mariana Islands has issued an emergency declaration banning all Chinese travelers from entering the US commonwealth for 30 days due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
  • India’s Ministry of Health and Family has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country. The patient is a student in the southern state of Kerala and was studying at Wuhan University.
  • The South Korean government is sending $5 million worth of emergency humanitarian aid to China.
  • Here’s where the coronavirus has spread thus far:-
  1. Mainland China:- As of 30 January, there were 7,711 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China, including 170 deaths, according to Chinese officials.
  2. Australia:- There are at least seven cases of the disease confirmed in Australia. 
  3. Cambodia:- One case of the virus was confirmed in Cambodia.
  4. Canada:- A Canadian couple has been confirmed to have the illness after visiting Wuhan.
  5. Finland:- Finland confirmed its first case on 29 January.
  6. France:- The first European country to have confirmed cases of the virus, they now have five cases of the disease, one including a Chinese tourist.
  7. Germany:- The Bavarian state has reported four cases of the disease.
  8. Hong Kong:- 10 cases of the virus was confirmed.
  9. Japan:- There are 11 cases of the disease in Japan, including three people who were evacuated from Wuhan on 29 January.
  10. Macao:-  Macao confirmed at least seven cases of the Wuhan coronavirus.
  11. Malaysia:- They have reported seven cases of the illness, all of the patients are Chinese-nationals.
  12. Nepal:- There has been one confirmed case in Nepal.
  13. Singapore:- The country has confirmed 10 cases of the virus.
  14. South Korea:- Four cases of the disease have been confirmed in South Korea.
  15. Sri Lanka:- There’s one case of the Wuhan coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
  16. Taiwan:- Eight cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Taiwan.
  17. Thailand:- Thailand has reported 14 cases of the disease.
  18. United Arab Emirates:- The UAE confirmed four cases of the coronavirus.
  19. United States:- Five cases have been confirmed from across the country.

Vietnam:- Two cases have been confirmed in Vietnam.

06:00 GMT 30 January

  • On 30 January, Singapore’s Ministry of Health, confirmed three more cases of of Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 10.
  • Tibet has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.
  • All 31 provinces in mainland China have now reported cases of the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • China’s National Health Commission confirmed that at least 170 people are dead and 7711 infected cases in mainland China. 
  • Three Japanese citizens were evacuated from Wuhan on 29 January.
  • More than 100 confirmed cases in 19 places outside of China, with the UAE and Finland reporting their first cases.
  • The White House announced on 29 January the creation of a new task force to deal with the threat of the coronavirus in the United States.

29 January 2020

Total reported cases: 6,057
Deaths: 132

12:00 GMT 29 January

  • The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced today that the upcoming men’s World Cup races, which were scheduled for mid-February in Yanqing District in the Chinese capital Beijing, will be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Hospitals in Seoul are preparing for the outbreak to hit South Korea. South Korea has found four confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus so far, prompting medical teams to set up pop-up testing facilities.
  • The United Arab Emirates has confirmed four cases of the coronavirus, the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a statement on 29 January.
  • South Korea is sending charter flights to Wuhan on 30 January. 700 South Koreans in Wuhan who registered to return to South Korea.
  • A total of 32 Turkish citizens in Wuhan will be evacuated in the next few days.
  • Tourism in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory of Macao has dropped by 73.6% from 2019 to 2020 amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
  • British Airways has suspended all flights into and out of mainland China, the airline announced on 29 January.
  • 83 cases outside mainland China have been reported in over a dozen countries.
  • Chinese authorities have shut down transport in and out of Wuhan and at least 10 other cities, effectively quarantining millions of people.
  • Nine under observation for possible exposure to the coronavirus on 29 January in Maharashtra, India. India’s health ministry has issued an updated travel advisory on 29 January against visiting China due to the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • Chinese football team told to stay in a hotel as Australia confirms seven cases of coronavirus. The Queensland state confirmed its first patient on 29 January.

06:00 GMT 29 January

  • 132 people are dead and 5974 cases have been confirmed in Mainland China. Wuhan coronavirus continues its global spread with more than 6,056 cases.
  • 60 million people are under partial or full lockdowns in Chinese cities.
  • 70 confirmed cases in 17 places outside of China, including at least five in the US.
  • China reported the first case of the Wuhan coronavirus in Tibet
  • There are more than 4,096 Wuhan tourists overseas, according to the city’s Culture and Tourism Bureau.
  • Several countries, including the US and Japan, are flying out their citizens from Wuhan.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel precautions for China to its highest level.
  • A laboratory in Australia is the first outside of China to grow the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample.
  • Foreign citizens are being evacuated out of Wuhan:
  1. USA: A plane carrying about 240 Americans, including diplomats and their families, has departed Wuhan and is en route to Alaska, where it will refuel before arriving on 29 January in Ontario, California.
  2. Japan: 206 Japanese citizens were evacuated from Wuhan and arrived in Tokyo on 29 January. About 450 more Japanese citizens have not yet left Wuhan.
  • Other countries are also planning for the evacuation of their citizens:
  1. Australia: All Australians out of the Hubei province, focusing on the young, especially infants and the elderly. There are more than 600 Australian citizens in the Hubei.
  2. New Zealand: New Zealand and Australian governments have discussed a “joint ANZAC assisted departure” of their citizens from Wuhan.
  3. India: The Indian government has begun the process of “preparing to evacuate” Indian nationals affected by situation in Hubei Province
  4. South Korea: Four charter planes will evacuate South Korean citizens from Wuhan. Almost 700 South Korean citizens have applied to take the flight out.
  5. France: A plane will fly French citizens back from Wuhan to France sometime this week. There are around 800 French citizens in Wuhan.
  6. United Kingdom: The UK is “looking at all the options” to help Britons trapped in Wuhan, said the UK Home Secretary.

28 January 2020

Total reported cases: 4,583
Deaths: 107

12:00 GMT 28 January

  • 4,583 infected cases are confirmed.
  • US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a level 3 alert warning against “all nonessential travel to China” — its highest alert on a scale of 1 to 3.
  • Latest statistics of infected people of coronavirus outside mainland China:
  1. Hong Kong: 8
  2. Macao: 5
  3. Australia: 5
  4. Cambodia: 1
  5. Canada: 2
  6. France: 3
  7. Germany: 1
  8. Japan: 4
  9. Malaysia: 4
  10. Nepal: 1
  11. Singapore: 5
  12. South Korea: 4
  13. Sri Lanka: 7
  14. Thailand: 14
  15. United States: 5
  16. Vietnam: 2
  • Japan’s health ministry confirmed two additional cases of the novel coronavirus on 28 January.
  • Several countries are taking action to repatriate their citizens in the affected areas
  • Germany has confirmed one case of coronavirus.
  • Sri Lanka suspended its policy of granting visa on arrival for Chinese travellers on 28 January

06:00 GMT 28 January

  • Four border checkpoints in Hong Kong with China will close from 30 January until further notice
  • A Thai national died on 27 January at an isolation ward at ID Hospital, Beliaghat (Kolkata, West Bengal, India).
  • A California-bound flight chartered by the US State Department is scheduled to depart Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on 29 January morning.
  • Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health confirmed six more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to 14
  • A trade union representing medical workers in Hong Kong is threatening to strike if the government does not shut its border with China to prevent the spread of Wuhan coronavirus.
  • 13 teams will be deployed to Hubei province’s main seven cities including Wuhan, Huanggang, Xianning, Xiaogan, Xiantao, Tianmen and Qianjiang.
  • China is deploying an additional 1,800 medical personnel to Hubei province.
  • Japan is sending its first charter flight to Wuhan to repatriate its citizens on the night of 28 January local time.
  • The Philippines suspends visa on arrival for Chinese nationals.
  • The total number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus outside mainland China is now at 60 across 16 places.
  1. Hong Kong: 8 cases 
  2. Thailand: 8 cases 
  3. Macao: 5 cases 
  4. Australia: 5 cases 
  5. Singapore: 5 cases
  6. United States: 5 cases (Washington State, California (2), Arizona, Illinois) 
  7. Malaysia: 4 cases
  8. Japan: 4 cases 
  9. South Korea: 4 cases 
  10. Taiwan: 4 cases 
  11. France: 3 cases 
  12. Vietnam: 2 cases 
  13. Canada: 1 case
  14. Germany: 1 case
  15. Nepal: 1 case 
  16. Sri Lanka: 1 case
  • China’s National Health Commission has said the Wuhan coronavirus can be transmitted through contact, as well as droplets (Droplet transmission is when a virus is passed on due to an infected person sneezing or coughing, and another comes into contact with those infected particles).
  • Singapore health ministry on 27 January said that five people have now been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus.
  • China’s National Health Commission confirmed that by the end of 27 January, the number of confirmed cases of people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus was 4,515 and 106 people are dead.

27 January 2020

12:00 GMT 27 January

Total reported cases: 2,794
Deaths: 80

  • German foreign office is currently advising its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to China.
  • Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Hong Kong has been turned into a quarantine centre for the infected people. A check-point has also been established at the entrance of the village to monitor the entry and exit of the people.
  • Some reports are indicating that the Coronavirus may spread without showing any symptoms.
  • Indian authorities are planning to evacuate Indian citizens from Wuhan by a special Air India flight.
  • According to public health authorities, the number of people affected by the virus could potentially double in every six days.
  • China extends the Lunar New Year holidays to keep people at home as well as to prevent them from getting affected by the Coronavirus.
  • The Ministry of Health in West Bengal (India) strengthened surveillance at Panitanki entry point from Nepal. The decision has been taken after Nepal confirmed its first case of Coronavirus.
  • France has decided to bring its citizen from Wuhan in a special flight and thereafter they will be placed under surveillance at one place for 14 days to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
  • Israel’s Foreign Ministry advised its citizens against “unnecessary” travel to China.
  • Major European markets are down sharply – almost 2% – as worries over the coronavirus escalate.
  • Two Bengaluru (Karnataka, India) residents kept under medical supervision after they returned from China about ten days ago.

06:00 GMT 27 January

  • The latest statistics on the spread of the virus are as follows:
  1. Mainland China – 2744 people affected and 80 people have died
  2. Hong Kong – 8
  3. Macau – 5
  4. Taiwan – 4
  5. Rest of Asia – 27
  6. Europe – 3
  7. North America – 6
  8. Australia – 5
  9. United States – 4
  10. South Korea – 4
  11. Thailand – 8
  • The number of cases reported in China are:
  1. Hubei (includes Wuhan): 1,423, including 76 deaths
  2. Guangdong: 146
  3. Zhejiang: 128
  4. Henan: 128, including 1 death
  5. Chongqing: 110
  6. Hunan: 100
  7. Beijing: 68
  8. Anhui: 70
  9. Shandong: 63
  10. Sichuan: 69
  11. Shanghai: 53, including 1 death
  12. Guangxi: 46
  13. Jiangxi: 48
  14. Fujian: 35
  15. Jiangsu: 47
  16. Hainan: 22
  17. Shaanxi: 22
  18. Liaoning: 22
  19. Yunnan: 19
  20. Heilongjiang: 21, including 1 death
  21. Tianjin: 14
  22. Hebei: 18, including 1 death
  23. Shanxi: 22
  24. Gansu: 14
  25. Inner Mongolia: 11
  26. Guizhou: 7
  27. Jilin: 6
  28. Ningxia: 4
  29. Xinjiang: 5
  30. Qinghai: 4
  • Chinese officials ordered that people who were in Wuhan since 13 January should self-quarantine and report to community leaders to prevent the coronavirus spreading.
  • Chinese Disease Prevention and Control Center advised people to refrain from visiting families during the Lunar New Year. People are also advised to avoid visiting places with less airflow like theatres, internet cafes, KTV (karaoke), and shopping centres.
  • Singapore students and teachers are advised to stay away from school for 14 days after returning from mainland China.
  • At least a dozen of nurses have been affected with the virus in the Central Hospital in Wuhan.
  • According to the authorities of Henan province, anyone trying to enter the province from Hubei will be turned back. Several other provinces including Henan and Jiangxi neighbouring Hubei are also taking drastic steps including roadblocks to prevent the virus from spreading.
  • Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on intercity buses, trains to prevent the spreading.
  • Mongolia, North Korea, and Taiwan have closed border with China.
  • Though no cases were reported in Mongolia, the authority has closed its all schools from 27 January to 2 March as a preventive measure. 31 Mongolia students are to be repatriated on 27 January from Wuhan, the epicenter of coronavirus.
  • A United States government-chartered plane has been set to evacuate around three dozen US diplomats and their families.
  • According to scientists at the Imperial College London, each infected patient is likely to infect two to three people.

26 January 2020

12:00 GMT 26 January
Total reported cases: 1975
Deaths: 56

  • There are media reports that “the virus is growing stronger”. Genetic mutations in multiple samples of this virus are being studied intensively and so far no conclusions can be drawn from any detected changes. 
  • There are reports today that the virus can spread during the incubation period (now estimated at 1-14 days) when the patient has no symptoms. This remains to be confirmed with scientific data.
  • The latest statistics for people infected outside mainland China are:
  1. Hong Kong: 6 cases
  2. Macao: 5 cases
  3. Thailand: 5 cases
  4. Australia: 4 cases
  5. Malaysia: 4 cases
  6. Singapore: 4 cases
  7. France: 3 cases
  8. Japan: 3 cases
  9. South Korea: 3 cases
  10. Taiwan: 3 cases
  11. United States: 3 cases
  12. Vietnam: 2 cases
  13. Nepal: 1 case
  • The building, called the Fai Ming Estate, is located in the town of Fanling in the New Territories will turn into a place to quarantine and observe people who have been in close contact with confirmed cases.
  • Taiwan has temporarily suspended visa applications for all Chinese nationals and has banned entry for Chinese nationals from Hubei Province.
  • The sixth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Hong Kong.
  • A third case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Orange County, California.
  • In Macao, three more cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed.
  • The Beijing city government would suspend all inter-province buses from 26 January

06:00 GMT 26 January

  • Confirmed cases in China:
    1. Hubei (includes Wuhan): 761, including 40 deaths
    2. Guangdong: 78
    3. Zhejiang: 62
    4. Chongqing: 57
    5. Beijing: 51
    6. Hunan: 43
    7. Anhui: 39
    8. Shanghai: 33
    9. Henan: 32
    10. Sichuan: 28
    11. Shandong: 27
    12. Guangxi: 23
    13. Hainan: 19
    14. Fujian: 18
    15. Jiangsu: 18
    16. Jiangxi: 18
    17. Liaoning: 17
    18. Shaanxi: 15
    19. Yunnan: 11
    20. Tianjin: 10
    21. Heilongjiang: 9, including 1 death
    22. Hebei: 8, including 1 death
    23. Inner Mongolia: 7
    24. Shanxi: 6
    25. Gansu: 4
    26. Guizhou: 4
    27. Jilin: 4
    28. Ningxia: 3
    29. Xinjiang: 3
    30. Qinghai: 1
  •  Cases outside mainland China (38 total):
    1. Hong Kong: 5
    2. Thailand: 5
    3. Australia: 4
    4. Taiwan: 3
    5. Malaysia: 3
    6. Japan: 3
    7. France: 3
    8. Singapore: 3
    9. US: 2
    10. Macao: 2
    11. Vietnam: 2
    12. South Korea: 2
    13. Nepal: 1
  • As of now, health officials said that over 1,900 confirmed cases have been reported and 56 people have been killed in China
  • In Shantou city, China, all buses, shuttles, taxis and ferries will suspend from 14:00 (local time).
  • The World Health Organization has not declared a crisis but is monitoring the situation.
  • In China, 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have now raised their public health alert to level 1, the highest level.
  • On 25 January, China suspended all tour groups and the sale of flight and hotel packages for its citizens headed overseas starting on 27 January.

25 January 2020

12:00 GMT 25 January

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,359
  • Deaths: 41
  • There are now 1,359 confirmed cases in Mainland China.
  • The western Chinese province of Qinghai has confirmed its first case of Wuhan Coronavirus
  • Beijing has suspended all inter-province shuttle buses to attempt to limit the spread of the virus. It is not yet known when the services will resume.
  • In Wuhan, all cars are set to be banned in the downtown area. Only vehicles with a transport pass, or working for government services, will be allowed to travel.
  • In the United Kingdom, public health authorities set up a public health hub at Heathrow airport, in terminal 4.
  • Chinese state media are reporting that a second hospital, with a capacity of 1,300 beds, will be built to tackle the virus. The construction has begun for the first one and is scheduled to be completed by 3 February.
  • Schools in Hong Kong city will be suspended until February 17 amid rising fears of the virus’ spread.
  • Australia confirmed its first four cases of the new Coronavirus in Sydney.

06:00 GMT 25 January

  • Kerala health ministry officials said the seven, who returned from China, have been kept under observation to check for possible exposure to the deadly novel coronavirus. Among the seven, two are in Kochi and four are in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta respectively.
  • Travel Restrictions have been imposed across Hubei province. Lockdown measures are increasing in the cities of Hubei province and Zhejiang (Zhejiang province). Below are the affected cities of Hubei province:
  1. Chibi
  2. Dangyang
  3. Ezhou
  4. Huanggang
  5. Huangshi
  6. Jingmen
  7. Jingzhou
  8. Lichuan 
  9. Qianjiang
  10. Suizhou
  11. Wuhan
  12. Xiaogan
  13. Xianning
  14. Xiantao
  15. Yichang
  • China’s National Health Commission reported a jump in the number of people infected with the virus to 1,287
  • France announced three confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus, first outside Asia and the United States.
  • Victorian health officials have confirmed a Chinese national who flew into Melbourne a week ago has Coronavirus.
  • Chinese authorities deployed military doctors and locked down more cities to curb the spread of the new Coronavirus.
  • Fifteen new deaths were reported in Wuhan.
  • People infected with the new Coronavirus might be able to spread it even if they do not have flu symptoms.
  • A doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital in China’s Hubei province dies from Coronavirus.
  • A Nepali man studying in China has been found infected with the new Coronavirus.
  • China’s financial hub, Shanghai, has shut down all cinemas during the Lunar New Year holidays, which last until 30 January.
  • Malaysia’s health ministry announced on Saturday that three people have been infected with the Coronavirus.

24 January 2020

  • China’s National Health Commission confirmed the first death outside the central province of Hubei.
  • Total reported cases: 830
  • Deaths: 25

12:00 GMT 24 January

  • China restricts a travel lockdown in central China to include 13 cities
  • The official death toll from the coronavirus increased by more than a half-dozen in 24 hours. The majority of the deaths have occurred in Hubei Province in central China
  • Beijing city government has urged residents returning from coronavirus outbreak areas to stay at home for 14 days to prevent its spread
  • An Indian nurse working in Saudi Arabia has also been hit by dreaded Coronavirus
  • Part of the Great Wall of China and other major tourist attractions will shut down from 25 January.
  • The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed three cases of the virus in Singapore
  • Hong Kong has confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total in the city to four.
  • McDonald’s closes outlets in Wuhan, Ezhou, Huanggang, Qianjing and Xiantao cities in Hubei province.
  • Regional airlines cancels flights to and from Wuhan.
  • Japan has confirmed the second case of infection by the new coronavirus
  • Over 880 infected and 26 killed thus far.
  • Five residents of Jogeshwari, Kalyan and Nalasopara in Maharashtra state in India were put under surveillance, among them two quarantined.

06:00 GMT 24 January

  • Walt Disney announced that Shanghai Disneyland will be closed from 25 January for preventing the spread of coronavirus
  • Thailand has confirmed its fifth case of the new coronavirus
  • Number of infected people:: Mainland China: 830, Taiwan: 1, Macao: 2, Hong Kong: 2, Vietnam: 2, Thailand: 3, Japan: 1, South Korea: 2, Singapore: 1 and United States: 1
  • The Transportation Ministry has announced the temporary suspension of all flights to and from Wuhan operated by Indonesian airlines amid the outbreak 

23 January 2020

  • China closes access to Wuhan and is poised to lock down two neighbouring cities.
  • The City of Beijing cancels major public events including two well-known Lunar New Year temple fairs.
  • Singapore reports its first case.
  • WHO says the new coronavirus is not a global health emergency, but could become one.
  • The Canadian government urges travellers to “exercise a high degree of caution in China due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws,” a notice that is one level below an official travel advisory. 
  • Total reported cases: About 650
  • Deaths: 18
WHO Statement on Novel Coronavirus 23 Jan 2020 Outbreak

“The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations currently reported in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, took place on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, from 12:00 to 16:30 Geneva time (CEST) and on Thursday, 23 January 2020, from 12:00 to 15:10. The Committee’s role is to give advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).”

18:00 GMT 23 January

  • All travellers to Samoa will now be required to undergo a medical clearance at least three days before travelling to Samoa

12:00 GMT, 23 January

  • The National Health Commission confirmed some 830 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed and 26 people have died.
  • 631 cases confirmed and 17 dead in China

06:00 GMT, 23 January

  • Public Health England says five cases confirmed negative with nine awaiting results in the United Kingdom.
  • North Korea temporarily closed its borders to foreign tourists as a precaution against the virus
  • Macau government cancelled Lunar New Year celebrations.
  • Equipment to measure body temperature is in place to screen passengers at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport in Vietnam.

 

22 January 2020

21 January 2020

  • The first U.S. case of the China coronavirus is confirmed, a man in his 30s in the Seattle area.
  • Taiwan also confirms its first case.
  • Countries in Asia and around the globe begin body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching people carrying the virus.
  • Total reported cases: 446 (440 in China, 2 in Thailand, 1 in Japan, 1 in South Korea, 1 in the U.S. and 1 in Taiwan)
  • Deaths: 9

20 January 2020

19 January 2020

17 January 2020

  • A second death from the new coronavirus is reported in China.
  • The U.S. says it will screen passengers for the virus at three airports with direct flights from Wuhan.
  • Total reported cases: 45 (42 in China, 2 in Thailand, 1 in Japan)
  • Deaths: 2

16 January 2020

13 January 2020

11 January 2020

9 January 2020

  • China’s official Xinhua News Agency says the preliminary lab tests show the pathogen behind the pneumonia cases is a new type of coronavirus, the same family of viruses behind SARS and MERS.
  • Total reported cases: 59
  • Deaths: 0

7 January 2020

 

  • Hong Kong adds the mysterious pneumonia to a list of diseases that medical practitioners must report to the government.
  • Fifteen patients are treated in Hong Kong for fever and respiratory infection after recent visits to Wuhan.
  • Total reported cases: 59
  • Deaths: 0

6 January 2020

5 January 2020

  • Chinese officials rule out SARS and MERS as the cause of the mysterious pneumonia.
  • Total reported cases: 59
  • Deaths: 0

3 January 2020

  • Chinese officials rule out common respiratory diseases such as influenza, bird flu and adenovirus as the cause of the pneumonia cases in Wuhan.
  • Singapore says it will screen arrivals on flights from Wuhan.
  • Total reported cases: 44
  • Deaths: 0

2 January 2020

31 December 2019

30 December 2019

  • Chinese newspaper article translated
  • 4 undiagnosed patients with pneumonia

 

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