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January 30 coronavirus news

Trump announces coronavirus task force as strain spreads

What we know now

  • The latest: At least 213 people are dead and more than 9,692 cases have been confirmed in mainland China, as the virus spreads globally.
  • Health emergency: World Health Organization has declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.
  • Global problem: There are more than 9,700 cases worldwide. The outbreak has reached 20 places outside of China, including India and the Philippines.
  • China on lockdown: Nearly 60 million people have been under partial or full lockdown in Chinese cities for a week.
  • Evacuations: The UK, US, Japan, and several other countries are working to fly their citizens out of Wuhan.
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Number of confirmed cases jumps by almost 2,000 in one day, as total figure tops 9,600 in China

China’s National Health Commission has announced that as of the end-of Thursday January 30, the total number of confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases in mainland China had risen to 9,692.

That’s a jump of 1,982 from the previous day, with the total figure now far exceeding the number of cases associated with severe respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 – previously among Asia’s worst outbreaks.

The death toll in mainland China has now reached 213, with 42 new deaths occurring in Hubei province – the epicenter of the outbreak, and one in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

Death toll rises to 213

Passengers wear protective masks at Beijing Capital Airport on Thursday, January 30.

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen in mainland China after more deaths were reported in the central province of Hubei.

Hubei’s health authority said that 42 additional deaths were reported Thursday, bringing the death toll in the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus to 204.

This brings the total number of deaths in mainland China to 213.

Trinidad and Tobago will not be accepting travelers from China for 14 days

Trinidad and Tobago is imposing a 14-day travel restriction on travelers from China, the country’s health minister said Thursday.

“Persons who are presently living in China or visiting China regardless of your nationality, will not be allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago for fourteen (14) days after leaving China,” said Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, according to a post on his Facebook profile.

The coronavirus has an incubation period of up to 14 days.

The travel restriction will take effect immediately, he said.

Canada's top doctor condemns racism against Chinese communities

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam is urging people to stop acts of racism against people of Chinese and Asian descent due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“It is understandable that our fears increase during times like this. However, we need to remember that cohesion in our collective efforts is important,” Tam said. “We need to learn from our experience with SARS, where South East Asians faced significant racism and discrimination.”

“Racism, discrimination and stigmatizing language are unacceptable and very hurtful. These actions create a divide of Us Vs. Them. Canada is a country built on the deep-rooted values of respect, diversity and inclusion,” she added.

Authorities said Wednesday that Chinese Canadians in Toronto have been reporting incidents where people suggest they should be quarantined or avoid Chinese businesses.

Italy is stopping air traffic with China

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Thursday that all air traffic to and from China has been stopped in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

“As far as we know, we are the first country in the European Union to adopt such a precautionary measure,” Conte told reporters in Rome.

The decision comes after Italian authorities confirmed Thursday that two Chinese tourists in Italy were diagnosed with coronavirus. The two patients were in isolation at Rome hospital, health officials said.

Wuhan coronavirus and SARS by the numbers

The Wuhan coronavirus has brought up memories of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Asia back in the early 2000s.

In China, the number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus has already exceeded the number infected by SARS in 2002 and 2003. But so far, the SARS outbreak had a considerably greater fatality rate.

American evacuated from China is under quarantine after trying to leave military base

An American who flew out of China on a chartered flight tried to leave the Southern California military base where authorities have been monitoring nearly 200 people for coronavirus symptoms, health officials said.

The person, who was not identified, has been ordered to stay in quarantine at the March Air Reserve Base near Riverside, California, until the “entire incubation period or until otherwise cleared,” Riverside County Public Health said. The incubation period will be 14 days.

“This action was taken as a result of the unknown risk to the public should someone leave MARB early without undergoing a full health evaluation,” the agency said Thursday.

Nearly 200 Americans arrived Wednesday at the military base from Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, and were asked to stay for at least three days so they can be monitored for coronavirus symptoms.

A group of Americans flew on a chartered flight from Wuhan, China, to California on Wednesday.

Italy confirms two cases of coronavirus

Italy has confirmed two cases of coronavirus on its territory, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a press conference in Rome on Thursday evening.

The individuals affected are two Chinese tourists who arrived in Rome a couple of days ago, Conte said. 

“We have already prepared all the precautionary measures to isolate these two cases,” Conte said, adding that he will convene the Council of Ministers on Friday to take “further measures.”  

“There is no reason to create social alarm or panic,” Conte concluded.

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza said: “We will try to trace the path of these two people in our country. The situation is serious, but absolutely under control.”

The patients were placed in isolation as soon as they displayed symptoms of the virus, said Professor Giuseppe Ippolito, director the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Spallanzani in Rome. 

He added the patients are currently in “good condition”.

American Airlines pilots sue to halt US-China flights amid coronavirus epidemic 

The Allied Pilots Association, a union representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots, has sued the company to halt the carrier’s US-China service, citing “serious, and in many ways still unknown, health threats posed by the coronavirus.”

The union asked the court for a temporary and immediate restraining order halting the flights as the virus spreads.

“The safety and well-being of our crews and passengers must always be our highest priority, first, last, and always,” said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson. “Numerous other major carriers that serve China, including British Airways, Air Canada, and Lufthansa, have chosen to suspend service to that country out of an abundance of caution.”

Here are the countries with reported cases so far

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, after an emergency committee reconvened Thursday in Geneva.

Here is the current tally of cases – and deaths – reported from around the world.

UK raises risk level to "moderate"

Tourists wear face masks as they visit Edinburgh Castle on January 24, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

UK’s health authorities have increased the risk level for coronavirus in the country from low to moderate, the four Chief Medical Officers for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland said in a statement on Thursday. 

The statement said:

In light of the increasing number of cases in China and using existing and widely tested models, the four UK Chief Medical Officers consider it prudent for our governments to escalate planning and preparation in case of a more widespread outbreak.

The statement added that the decision did not mean the health authorities think that the risk to individuals in the UK has changed at this stage but that the government should “plan for all eventualities.”

World Health Organization declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, after an emergency committee reconvened Thursday in Geneva.

Last week, the organization said the virus did not yet constitute the emergency declaration. But with rising numbers and evidence of person-to-person transmission in a handful of cases outside of China, WHO leadership called the committee back together due to the “potential for a much larger outbreak,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters earlier this week.

WHO defines a public health emergency of international concern as “an extraordinary event” that constitutes a “public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and “to potentially require a coordinated international response.” Previous emergencies have included Ebola, Zika and H1N1.

Cruise ship coronavirus test comes back negative

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship docked atthe Civitavecchia port, north of Rome, on January 30.

Two cruise ship passengers suspected of having coronavirus do not have the virus, the Italian Ministry of Health said Thursday night.

The 6,000 passenger ship had been forced into quarantine near Rome because of fears the passengers might have the virus.

The ministry said the patients instead had the H1N2 virus.

It is not clear when the ship will be allowed to depart.

Number of coronavirus cases in China have exceeded the number of SARS infections worldwide

The total number of people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China alone has surpassed those infected with SARS worldwide during the 2002-2003 epidemic. 

SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, infected 8,098 people worldwide with approximately 774 official SARS-related deaths.

As of Thursday, there have been 8,137 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus in mainland China, including 171 deaths.

Cruise companies feel the pain after a ship gets stranded over virus fears

The impact of the new coronavirus outbreak on stock markets is spreading. The latest sector to be hit: cruise companies.

Shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation tumbled in morning trading in New York amid revelations that 7,000 people had been held on a cruise ship in Italy after a passenger showed symptoms of a fever.

Passengers are being held in quarantine on the Costa Smeralda cruise ship over fears a passenger may have coronavirus.

Canada school district warns of racism against Chinese community

A school district in Ontario, Canada is asking parents to not stoke fear and anxiety over the Coronavirus that could lead to racism and xenophobia. 

The district wrote the message to their community after becoming aware of a petition – which thousands of parents signed – asking the school district to keep students home from school for 17 days if they had family who visited China, according to CNN partner CBC.

The York Region District School board chair Juanita Nathan and education director Louise Sirisko said: “individuals who make assumptions, even with positive intentions of safety, about the risk of others, request or demand quarantine can be seen as demonstrating bias and racism.” 

The board told CNN that the statement was “not written in reaction to any one source of misinformation,” but rather because they want to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school.

Virus outbreak pushes China's stretched health care workers to breaking point

Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus, in Wuhan on January 25, 2020.

'We'll admit them if they're dying': Virus outbreak pushes China's stretched health care workers to breaking point

All Shi Muying wanted was to spend one last Lunar New Year holiday with her terminally ill mother. She flew back from the United Kingdom, where she lives and works, to spend the festive season in her hometown, Wuhan, a sprawling metropolis in central China.

For 24 hours a day, Shi – who is in her mid-30s – sat by her mother’s bedside in hospital, taking care of her. Around her, more and more people were getting sick from a newly identified coronavirus. But Shi wasn’t too worried.

After all, Chinese authorities were saying that the outbreak was “preventable and controllable.”

Now, three weeks after Shi arrived in China, it’s clear the outbreak is not under control. The virus has spread to every Chinese province and region, across Asia and as far away as Europe and the United States. It has infected more than 7,700 people and killed at least 170. Wuhan has been placed on an effective lockdown, almost entirely sealed off from the outside world.

On Monday, preliminary results showed Shi could also be infected with the virus.

A suspected patient of coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan, China.

But she is more worried for her family – for her 67-year-old father who also appears to have the virus too, and for her mother who has been uprooted to what she describes as an older, inferior hospital building, to make way for the rush of coronavirus patients.

Shi, and others like her, have become victims of a public health care crisis. Over the past few days, CNN has spoken to patients, medical staff and experts who have told of delays in testing for the virus, in telling the public the true nature of the virus’ spread, and of an already overburdened health system creaking under the enormous weight of a rapidly expanding outbreak.

Read the full story here.

US case not believed to be first person-to-person transmission outside of China

As Americans digest the news that the first US case of person-to-person transmission of the Wuhan virus has been confirmed, a reminder that authorities believe there was a case of person-to-person transmission in Germany several days ago.

Health experts believe the first such case in Europe happened last week, when a 33-year-old German man contracted the virus in a business meeting with a Chinese national.

The Chinese staff member is originally from Shanghai and has since flown back to China. She felt ill on the flight back and tested positive for the coronavirus after her return to Shanghai.

The case was significant because most people diagnosed with the virus outside of China have recently travelled to the country. However, the German man who fell ill did not.

BREAKING: First case of person-to-person transmission of Wuhan virus in the US confirmed

The United States reported its first confirmed case of person-to-person spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday. This is the second case of the virus in Illinois. 

This second person is a Chicago resident and the spouse of the first confirmed travel-associated case in the state. The second patient did not travel to China.

There are now more than 8,000 confirmed cases of Wuhan virus in mainland China

Mainland China now has a total of 8,137 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 171 deaths. This is from the provincial health authorities reported as of 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. 

A breakdown of cases per province:

Hubei (including Wuhan): 4,903, including 162 deaths

Zhejiang: 428

Guangdong: 354

Henan: 278, including 2 deaths

Hunan: 277

Anhui: 200

Chongqing: 182

Jiangxi: 162

Shandong: 158

Sichuan: 142, including 1 death

Jiangsu: 129

Beijing: 121, including 1 death

Shanghai: 112, including 1 death

Fujian: 101

Guangxi: 78

Yunnan: 76

Hebei: 65, including 1 death

Shaanxi: 63

Hainan: 46, including 1 death

Heilongjiang: 44, including 2 death

Liaoning: 41

Shanxi: 35

Tianjin: 31

Gansu: 26

Inner Mongolia: 19

Ningxia: 17

Jilin: 14

Xinjiang: 14

Guizhou: 12

Qinghai: 8

Tibet: 1

In photos: Chinese megacities are empty amid virus lockdown

Scenes from big cities across China, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, show usually bustling urban centers looking like ghost towns.

A cyclist rides past Beijing's Tiananmen Square, normally crowded with tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday, on January 27.
Chinese health workers standby to check the temperature of travelers entering a subway station in Beijing, China, on January 25.
Chinese health workers standby to check the temperature of travelers entering a subway station in Beijing, China, on January 25.

In photos: Virus outbreak locks down Chinese cities

CNN’s David Culver left Wuhan just before the city’s lockdown. Here's what he learned

White House announces coronavirus task force

A coronavirus task force under the authority of US President Donald Trump has been meeting daily since Monday, the White House announced Thursday.

In coordination with the National Security Council, the task force is led by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and includes members from the National Institutes of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the departments of State, Transportation and Homeland Security, among others.

The force will lead the US government’s response to the current coronavirus outbreak and, according to a statement, “will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Five cases of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The White House notes the risk of infection to Americans remains low.

With bitter memories of SARS, Hong Kong becomes a ghost town

Around 300 people were killed in Hong Kong during the SARS outbreak in 2003. Now the city’s residents are taking no chances.

Malls and streets are empty in what should be the busiest weeks of the year. But Chinese New Year celebrations have been muted – in many cases here, they’re simply canceled.

A line of people wraps around a deserted shop, as residents wait more than three hours to collect surgical face masks to help protect them from the Wuhan coronavirus, even though only 10 cases here have been confirmed.

People were also seen lining up for face masks in long lines in Shanghai. More than 100 people in the Shanghai municipality have been infected with the coronavirus, and one death has been confirmed.

UK gets China's green light for flight to evacuate nationals from Wuhan

After long delays, Chinese authorities have given permission for the UK to fly its nationals out of Wuhan early Friday morning local time, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement sent to CNN.

“We are pleased to have confirmation from the Chinese authorities that the evacuation flight from Wuhan airport to the UK can depart at 0500 local time on Friday 31 January,” Raab said. 

“The safety and security of British nationals is our top priority. Our Embassy in Beijing and consular teams remain in close contact with British nationals in the region to ensure they have the latest information they need.”

Raab had earlier said UK authorities had been “working tirelessly” to get the flight off the ground.

7,000 people held on Costa cruise ship in Italy

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is seen docked at the Civitavecchia port near Rome, Italy, on Thursday.

Roughly 7,000 people are being kept on a cruise ship in Italy as a female passenger and her husband are being tested for the Wuhan coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Costa Cruises told CNN that a 54-year-old woman and her husband, from Hong Kong, were being evaluated as the woman was suffering a fever.

“All the other passengers are, at the moment remaining on board,” the spokesperson said.

Of the 7,000 people on board, around 1,000 are crew members.

Italian news agency ANSA and public broadcaster RAI reported that the woman and her husband were from Hong Kong and were being kept separately in solitary confinement in the hospital section of the Costa Smeralda cruiseliner. The couple will be held until the couple both test negative to the virus.

Images show the ship docked at Civitavecchia port, a coastal town northwest of Rome, after arriving Palma de Majorca, Spain.

The couple are expected to receive their results this afternoon, ANSA reports. They are said to have arrived in Italy on January 25 at Milan’s Malpensa airport from Macao.

Russia closes far-east border with China

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has signed an order to close his country’s far-east border with China, state media reports, in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

“An order has been signed today, it is in the works. Today we will inform everyone accordingly about the relevant measures to close the border in the Far Eastern region and other measures that have been taken by the government,” Mishustin said, RIA reports.

Quarantine and sanitary station workers check the temperatures of passengers on board a plane at Tolmachevo airport, in Novosibirsk, Russia. The flight originated in Beijing. Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China to try to identify people infected with the coronavirus.

Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District shares a land border with China, Mongolia and North Korea.  

It comes after several Russian tour operators and charter flight companies suspended flights to China.

Russia will also limit its railway service with China from Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Wednesday, TASS reported.

“Trains will only follow the route Moscow-Beijing and Beijing-Moscow,” she said.