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What we're covering here

  • The virus: The coronavirus has killed more than 630 people, the majority in China. Globally, it has infected over 31,400 people across 25 countries and territories.
  • In the US: Passengers on a cruise ship that docked this morning near New York City are being assessed for the coronavirus in an area hospital
  • Other cruise ships: Thousands of people are being quarantined on two cruise ships, docked in Japan and Hong Kong, with 61 infected passengers on one ship. A third cruise has been turned away from several ports due to virus fears.
  • Whistleblower dies: Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor who was targeted by police for warning about the threat of a coronavirus outbreak, has died of the illness.
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Evacuees from Wuhan arrive safely in Texas

None of the evacuees from China who arrived at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base are sick, according to an official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The passengers were men, women and children and had either been living in, or traveled to, Hubei province. They were escorted off the plane, at which time medical professionals took their temperatures. Some of the passengers were then loaded back onto the plane and will continue on to Omaha, Nebraska. Fewer than 100 of the passengers will be kept at the air force base.

All the evacuees will be under federal quarantined for 14 days from the time the plane left China.

“It may seem surprising to some that we are taking such aggressive measures,” CDC’s Capt. Jennifer McQuiston said at a news conference Friday.

McQuiston added that the goal of the CDC is to protect the health of US citizens.

Norwegian Cruise Lines bans anyone holding Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports

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, the company said in a statement.

“Any guest who exhibits symptoms of any respiratory illness while on board will be subject to additional screening at our onboard Medical Center and may be subject to potential quarantine and disembarkation,” the company said.

The new policy also said that guests who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 30 days of their voyage will also not be allowed to board any of its ships.

Yesterday, Royal Caribbean imposed the same bans and restrictions on its cruise ships.

More from Norwegian Cruise Lines: The standard incubation period for coronavirus according to the World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is 14 days, Norwegian said.

Guests who are denied boarding will be issued a refund when they provide proof of travel, the company said.

Scientist says coronavirus vaccine may be ready by 2021

A scientist working on developing a coronavirus vaccine says that the treatment would, at the earliest, be available in early 2021.

Robin Shattock, the head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, told The Brief’s Bianca Nobilo that his team was sharing information with teams of scientists across the world in the race to develop a workable vaccine.

“The earliest a vaccine could possibly [be] available for global use would be early next year. That sounds slow – it’s still faster than it’s been done before.”

Shattock also told CNN that “basic hygiene methods [were] the most effective ways to reduce transmission” of coronavirus.

He added that wearing masks only provided limited protection from the infection.

“The evidence that masks are protective is very slim,” he said.

“We don’t have strong evidence that they do much in terms of protection…they might reduce transmission just because it prevents you touching your face more often.”

Shattock said use of masks by members of the public could cause stock shortages in hospitals.”

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Passengers in New Jersey tested for coronavirus did not show symptoms, cruise line says

Royal Caribbean said in a statement that “none of the four guests being tested by CDC” who were aboard the ship that docked in New Jersey “showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus.”

The companies statement said one passenger “had tested positive onboard for Influenza A.”

The company said their records indicate “the guests had not been in China since January 26 - 14 days ago.”

Royal Caribbean says it will now have stricter protocols which will include “mandatory specialized health screenings performed” on guests who report “feeling unwell” or with “flu-like symptoms,” anyone who traveled through mainland “China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days,” or had contact with someone who did.

Test results from the CDC are expected as early as Saturday, the company said.

What it's like to be on the quarantined ship docked off the coast of Japan

Masked passengers are seen on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess docked at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, Friday, February 7.

At least 61 passengers — including 11 Americans — aboard a cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the coronavirus. The number of cases on the ship tripled overnight from 20 to 61, CNN’s Will Ripley reports.

Ripley reports that passengers aboard the ship have to stay inside 23 hours a day. They are allowed outside for less than an hour under close supervision, and they have to stand 3 feet away from each other and wear masks.

One of the Americans who tested positive for coronavirus spoke to Ripley. Rebecca Frasure, from Oregon, told him, “I could never have imagined that this would be happening right now. Like not in a million years.” 

What we know about this ship: The Diamond Princess is anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers — including 428 Americans — on board. The vessel has been quarantined since Tuesday, and passengers are expected to remain under quarantine for at least 14 days — so roughly 11 more days.

This ship is one of three cruise ships in Asia have had their travels disrupted during the coronavirus outbreak. Another ship is docked in Hong Kong and under quarantine as officials try to slow the spreading of the virus. A third ship in the East China Sea has been unable to dock because of outbreak fears.

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Study details how coronavirus can spread in hospitals

A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4

A new study turns a spotlight on the possible risk of hospital-related transmissions of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The study, published in the medical journal JAMA today, involved analyzing data on 138 patients hospitalized with novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The data showed that hospital-related transmissions of the virus were suspected in about 41% of the patients.

Specifically, 40 health care workers in the study and 17 patients who were already hospitalized for other reasons were presumed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus in the hospital, the data showed, also revealing that 26% of all the patients were admitted to an intensive care unit and 4.3% died. 

The researchers noted that the new study, to their knowledge, might be the largest case series to date of hospitalized patients with novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia — but the study had some limitations.

Hospital-related transmissions of infections “could not be definitively proven but was suspected and presumed based on timing and patterns of exposure to infected patients and subsequent development of infection,” the researchers wrote in the study. 

Among the 138 cases, “most patients are still hospitalized at the time of manuscript submission. Therefore, it is difficult to assess risk factors for poor outcome, and continued observations of the natural history of the disease are needed,” they wrote. 

Here's a look at who the CDC has investigated for coronavirus

About one in six people under investigation for Wuhan coronavirus in the United States have had “close contact” with someone confirmed to have been infected, according to a report released today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 11% had contact with another person under investigation had not yet been confirmed to have the virus. The majority, about 70%, had only travel-related risk. Of them, most had traveled to Wuhan, versus other parts of China.

The numbers come from 210 people who were under investigation from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, when CDC updated its guidelines. All of the people were symptomatic — typically with fever and respiratory symptoms — and thus tested for the virus.

Here are some more numbers from the report:

  • Only six people were identified through airport screenings, and 85% were identified in health care settings such as hospital emergency departments. Another 26, or 12%, came from contact tracing.
  • The median age was 29, and 55% were men. People under investigation have included 17 health care workers and at least 48 college students.
  • Most people under investigation have been found to not have the virus. During the period of the new report, only 11 had tested positive.

The CDC says these numbers are likely to change. “Because person-to-person transmission is expected to continue, and as further travel restrictions are implemented, it is likely that the proportion of [people under investigation] with such contact risk in the United States will increase,” the report says.

On Friday, the CDC posted its latest total of people under investigation since January 21: A total of 337 people in 36 states.

This includes 12 who have tested positive, 225 negative and 100 are still pending. 

Hong Kong confirms 26 cases of coronavirus

A 58-year-old man and a 42-year-old man are the latest people to contract coronavirus in Hong Kong, bringing the total to 26 confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. local Friday, according to the Department of Health.

The 58-year-old is in serious condition. According to the patient’s information, he was traveling back and forth for work from Macao to his home in Zhuhai during the incubation period and then resided with a friend in Hong Kong. As a precaution, quarantine is being arranged for the friend who is asymptomatic.

The 42-year-old is in stable condition. He had flown to Hebei Province and visited Macao before returning to Hong Kong. A domestic worker who resided with him presented symptoms and will be sent to Prince of Wales Hospital and a quarantine is being arranged for his friend who lived with him but is asymptomatic.

Both Illinois coronavirus patients discharged from hospital

Two coronavirus patients who were being treated in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, have been discharged from the hospital, AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center spokesman Timothy Nelson tells CNN.

They are now in isolation at their home.

The patients, a husband and wife in their 60s, were allowed back at their home last night under guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the hospital. 

“With it being an uncomfortable situation, the care and the services we’ve received have been great. Everyone’s been very kind and very respectful,” the patients said in a statement provided by the hospital. “This has been the best healthcare experience we’ve ever had, but we’re definitely looking forward to getting home and getting life back to normal.” 

About the patients: The woman was Illinois’ first confirmed travel-associated case and was diagnosed after returning from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated. The husband, who did not travel to China, was the first confirmed case of person-to-person transmission of the virus in the United States, according the CDC.

Trump says he isn't concerned about China covering up coronavirus

President Trump said he isn’t concerned that China is covering up the full extent of the Wuhan coronavirus, adding that he had a “great conversation” yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Are you concerned that China is covering up the full extent of the coronavirus?” a reporter asked Trump on the White House south lawn today.

Here’s how he replied:

Ship docked in New Jersey will delay its next trip

Anthem of the Seas docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday.

Royal Caribbean says it will delay one of its cruise ship’s next departure by one day following a coronavirus scare on the boat.

The company said that its ship “Anthem of the Seas” will not depart until Saturday when they expect to “receive conclusive test results from CDC” for four passengers who were taken to the hospital Friday to be tested for coronavirus.

More context: A cruise ship docked this morning near New York City as some passengers have a history of travel to China. Twenty-three passengers were cleared, and four are being evaluated at an area hospital after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the cruise ship to evaluate the situation.

Here’s the statement from Royal Caribbean:

Health official: "A lot of people are wearing masks that don't need them"

The World Health Organization has warned of a global “chronic shortage” of equipment that could shield individuals from coronavirus — like masks and gloves.

Following this news, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reminded people that most of them don’t need to be wearing masks.

“A lot of people are wearing masks that don’t need them,” he told CNN. “A lot of people feel that they need to be wearing masks, even though, unless you’re right in the middle of a situation where’s a lot of people coughing and sneezing — that really we don’t recommend routinely, that people wear masks.”

He noted that health care workers — especially those treating patients in China — are the ones who need the equipment.

“The situation of a health care provider needing personal protective equipment is another more serious issue than masks for everybody,” he said.

Health officials have urged people in the US to take the usual precautions they would during cold and flu season. That includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

If you’re the one feeling sick, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.

Read more about how to protect yourself from coronavirus — as well as colds and flus — here.

Cruise ship in Japan has the most coronavirus cases outside China

The Diamond Princess cruise ship is seen docked at Yokohama Port on Friday.

At least 61 passengers aboard a cruise ship in Japan have been infected with the coronavirus, making it the single highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside of mainland China in the whole world.

CNN’s Will Ripley spoke to some of the passengers aboard the ship who “sounded downright scared.”

The number of cases on the ship tripled overnight from 20 to 61, Ripley reported. 

What we know about this ship: The Diamond Princess is anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers — including 428 Americans — on board. The vessel has been quarantined since Tuesday, and passengers are expected to remain under quarantine for at least 14 days — so roughly 11 more days.

This ship is one of three cruise ships in Asia have had their travels disrupted during the coronavirus outbreak. Two of the vessels are docked in Japan and Hong Kong and under quarantine as officials try to slow the spreading of the virus. A third ship in the East China Sea has been unable to dock because of outbreak fears.

What we know so far about the coronavirus outbreak

Workers in protective gear are seen near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan on Friday.

The death toll and number of people infected by the Wuhan coronavirus continues to grow, with no signs of slowing despite severe quarantine and population control methods in China.

Here’s where things stand this morning:

  • How many cases have there been? Around the world, there have been 31,482 confirmed cases; 31,161 of those cases have been in mainland China.
  • How many deaths have there been? At least 638 people have died, and all but two of them have been in China. One person in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines have also died.
  • In New Jersey: A cruise ship docked this morning near New York City as some passengers have a history of travel to China. Twenty-three passengers were cleared, and four are being evaluated at an area hospital after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the cruise ship to evaluate the situation.
  • Other cruise ships in Asia: Two of the vessels are docked in Japan and Hong Kong and under quarantine as officials try to slow the spreading of the virus. A third ship in the East China Sea has been unable to dock because of outbreak fears

Hong Kong healthcare workers end five-day strike over coronavirus handling

A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA) and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on Friday.

Medical workers in Hong Kong have ended their strike after members voted not to extend it.

Thousands of workers have been on strike for five days, demanding that the Hong Kong government close all borders with mainland China and take further emergency measures against the virus.

In a press statement released on Friday, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said that more than 7,000 members voted in a poll to decide whether to continue the strike and 4,000 members voted against it. 

Over the past five days, the union has organized a medical sector strike that has heavily impacted services across the city. On Wednesday alone, over 7,000 employees took part accounting for nearly 10% of all public sector medical workers in the city. 

For most of the week, public hospitals have had limited services due to the strike. Remaining staff members have had to focus efforts on emergency services, so patients with mild conditions were advised to find private hospitals or clinics instead.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has implemented emergency measures such as mandatory quarantines for travelers coming from China, and closed all but three of Hong Kong’s mainland China border crossings.

What we know about the three cruise ships that had their travels disrupted by coronavirus

People stand on balconies aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Daikoku Pier in Yokohama, Japan on Friday.

At least three cruise ships in Asia have had their travels disrupted during the coronavirus outbreak.

Two of the vessels are docked and under quarantine as officials try to slow the spreading of the virus, and a third has been unable to dock because of outbreak fears.

The ships had spent time at multiple ports across Asia before fears of the virus prompted the quarantines and backlash.

Some details about the situation are still unclear, but here’s what we know about the three ships right now:

  • The one docked in Japan: The Diamond Princess is anchored off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers — including 428 Americans — on board. At least 61 people on board have been infected. The vessel has been quarantined since Tuesday, and passengers are expected to remain under quarantine for at least 14 days — so roughly 11 more days.
  • The one docked in Hong Kong: The World Dream, is docked at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with more than 3,600 passengers and crew members on board. A Hong Kong Department of Health official said 33 crew members had shown symptoms of illness at varying degrees, although most had tested negative for the coronavirus. All passengers will have to remain on board until “we complete the quarantine work,” the official said — but it’s unclear how long that could take.
  • The one without a port: In the middle of the East China Sea, the Westerdam is struggling to find a port to dock at after being turned away from both Taiwan and Japan over fears of passenger contamination. The company that operates the line said it has no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board. The cruise is in the middle of a 30-day voyage (it initially left Singapore on January 16), and it’s not clear when or where it could dock.

Health organization says drop in new coronavirus cases is good news – but remains cautious

The World Health Organization (WHO) said a decrease in new cases of coronavirus is “encouraging news” — but stressed the need for people to be “vigilant.” 

The world is facing a “severe disruption” of the supply of personal protective equipment, included masks needed to protect from coronavirus WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said today. 

Adhanom said prices have shot up by a “significant increase,” about 20 times inflated. Demand is also up by about 100 times, compounding he issue, he said.

23 passengers cleared, 4 being evaluated after CDC screens ship in New Jersey

Twenty-three cruise ship passengers were cleared, and four are being evaluated at an area hospital after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship today in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The officials were there to screen the 27 passengers who recently traveled from mainland China, according to the New Jersey governor Phil Murphy.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship, “The Anthem of the Seas,” docked this morning in the Port of Bayonne.

“There are folks on the ship that have a history of travel to China and so CDC and local health officials are going to board the ship when it docks to do an assessment in port for coronavirus,” a CDC official said.

“New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and the risk to residents remains low,” Murphy said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the CDC previously said the agency is aware of two family members on board the Anthem of the Seas cruise ship who became ill on board. The family has a travel history to mainland China, but not a history of travel to Hubei Province — the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

CDC staff consulted with the New Jersey Department of Health and have decided to test all four family members for the novel coronavirus out of an abundance of caution. The New Jersey Department of Health will facilitate the specimen collection, and the samples will be sent to CDC for testing.

Tributes and anger after the death of Li Wenliang

A photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang is seen beside flower tributes at the Wuhan Central Hospital on Friday.

Li Wenliang, the Wuhan doctor who was targeted by police for trying to sound the alarm in December, died of the coronavirus late last night.

Grief and anger: Chinese social media has exploded into near-unprecedented levels of grief and fury against the government, with calls for accountability and freedom of speech – rarely seen in China’s tightly-controlled online sphere.

People attend a vigil for Doctor Li Wenliang in Hong Kong on Friday.

China’s social media channels were awash with anger following news of Li’s death – the topics “Wuhan government owes Dr. Li Wenliang an apology,” and “We want freedom of speech,” soon began to trend on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo, before disappearing from the heavily censored platform.

A man stops by a message drawn into the snow that reads, "Farewell to Li Wenliang" in Beijing on Friday.

A cruise ship has been denied entry by Japan and is in a "holding pattern" off the coast

A cruise ship has been denied entry by Japanese authorities and is now in a “holding pattern” off the southeast coast of Okinawa over fears of coronavirus.

The MS Westerdam left Singapore on January 16 for what should have been a 30-day cruise around Asia. But after leaving Hong Kong on February 1, the ship has been turned away from ports in the Philippines and Taiwan due to fears that there may be coronavirus cases on board.

In Hong Kong, the ship disembarked 1,254 guests and embarked 768 guests before departing on Saturday, the cruise company Holland America Line (HAL) said.

There is no suggestion that any passengers, current or former, have been infected, the cruise company said on Twitter.

On Thursday, the Japanese government said that it would not allow the Westerdam to call anywhere in their territory.

The ship planned to make stops in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and finally China but had revised the ship’s final destination from Shanghai to Yokohama following the warning by US CDC on January 28th, according to the company.

Australian passenger David Holst, 63, is traveling on the Westerdam with his wife Judy.

“No one wants us,” Holst told CNN from the cruise ship. “Holland America said they’re in discussions with the US State Department, the US Navy, and the Dutch government to try and find a solution. I have no idea what that will be or when that would be.”

Holst said he and his wife had spent more than $20,000 on the trip, including flights. But he said the past six or seven days had been a “nightmare.”

“It keeps getting worse and everyone on board is just living in fear that the bell is going to ring and the captain is going to say, ‘Return to your cabins, we’re in quarantine and we’ve got a virus case on board,’” he said.

Passengers on cruise ship docked near New York City will be assessed for coronavirus, CDC official says

Passengers on a cruise ship that docked Friday morning near New York City will be assessed in port for the coronavirus, an official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with knowledge of the situation tells CNN.

Concern over possible coronavirus infection has prompted officials to quarantine 12 passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that arrived Friday morning in Bayonne, New Jersey.

“There are folks on the ship that have a history of travel to China and so CDC and local health officials are going to board the ship when it docks to do an assessment in port for coronavirus,” the source said.

Ambulances and stretchers were positioned Friday near The Anthem of the Seas at the port at Bayonne – a New Jersey city just south of Manhattan – and personnel were boarding the ship, aerial video from CNN affiliates in New York shows.

“I have been briefed on the (Royal Caribbean) cruise ship arriving this morning,” Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis tweeted. “I am certain that the NJ DoH, CDC, and PA NY/NJ are prepared and equipped to address any concerns this morning.”

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Evacuation flights from Wuhan land in US and Canada

Two American flights from Wuhan, China – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak – have landed in the US and Canada, officials have confirmed.

The first flight landed at California’s Travis Air Force Base, the Air Force base official told CNN. The second flight landed at Vancouver International Airport, according to Airport Authority spokesman Brock Penner.

Hong Kong announces potential jail time for Chinese travelers who refuse quarantine

Police wear protective masks near the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge on February 5.

Hong Kong’s Government has announced that travelers from the mainland who refuse to undergo the mandatory quarantine for coronavirus may face six months imprisonment.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said that the 14-day mandatory quarantine being implemented for visitors arriving from mainland China is expected to further reduce the number of people crossing the border.

The current criteria for reporting suspected cases had been expanded to include those who show signs of fevers, respiratory infections and pneumonia, Cheung added.

Public pressure: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced a series of new border closures over the Wuhan virus, amid intense public pressure to stop anyone crossing into the city from mainland China, which currently has more than 31,000 cases of coronavirus. Lam has so far fallen short of completely sealing off the city.

More cases: Hong Kong currently has 25 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with the latest case – a 58-year-old male who lives in between Zhuhai and Hong Kong – confirmed by officials on Friday.

"A contaminated prison": Scared, angry passengers are trapped on three cruise ships amid virus outbreak

American couple Kent and Rebecca Frasure found themselves quarantined on a cruise ship near Tokyo, Japan, after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Friday morning, Rebecca, 35, found out she had tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus and had to leave the The Diamond Princess ship immediately – alone, as her husband Kent, 42, was still apparently uninfected.

Her only symptom when she tested positive was a cough.

“It is terrible, I could never imagine that this could be happening right now,” she told CNN shortly before she left the boat. “(The hardest part) is the unknown. Like, I don’t know what’s going to happen an hour from now.”

There are more than 3,700 people on board, including 2,600 passengers, of whom 428 are American. So far, 61 passengers have tested positive for the virus, and the quarantine is expected to last until at least February 19.

Read the full story here.

World facing a 'chronic shortage' of anti-virus protective equipment - WHO chief

A sign at a pharmacy in Bangkok, Thailand, notifies customers that face masks are out of stock, on January 31.

The world is facing a “chronic shortage” of equipment that could shield individuals from coronavirus, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a briefing in Geneva on Friday. 

“We’re sending testing kits, mask, gloves, respirators and gowns to countries in every region. However the world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment,” he said. 

A disposable face mask moves on the production line at Yokoi Co. Ltd. factory in Nagoya, Japan on Thursday.

How officials are addressing the issue: Ghebreyesus added that he will be speaking to the Pandemic Supply Chain Network to identify the bottlenecks, find solutions and “push with fairness in distribution of equipment.”

Burberry forced to close more than a third of its China stores

Pedestrians walk past a Burberry store in Shanghai in July 2019.

Burberry is the latest luxury goods retailer to be hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The company said in a statement Friday that it has shuttered 24 of its 64 stores in mainland China because of a “material negative effect on luxury demand” caused by the outbreak. Stores that remain open are operating with limited hours and seeing fewer customers.

“While we cannot currently predict how long this situation will last, we remain confident in our strategy. In the meantime, we are taking mitigating actions and every precaution to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees,” said Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti.

Luxury goods retailers are expected to be particularly hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, given that Chinese consumers account for about a third of global spend, according to McKinsey.

These companies usually benefit from increased spending over the Lunar New Year, but fewer people have been leaving their homes or traveling abroad since the virus hit.

“The spending patterns of Chinese customers in Europe and other tourist destinations have been less impacted to date but given widening travel restrictions, we anticipate these to worsen over the coming weeks,” the company said.

Shutdowns have also knocked car manufacturers and planemakers, which have been forced to keep plants closed for longer than expected, as well as the shipping industry, which is crucial to global trade.

Wynn Resorts said Friday that it is losing as much as $2.6 million a day due to casino closures in Macao.