January 26 coronavirus news

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6:17 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Beijing to postpone start of spring semester due to virus

From CNN’s Steven Jiang in Beijing.

Chinese health workers wait to check the temperatures of travellers entering a subway station on January 25, 2020 in Beijing, China.
Chinese health workers wait to check the temperatures of travellers entering a subway station on January 25, 2020 in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Beijing announced on Sunday that the city will postpone the start of the spring semester for all schools in the city, including primary, secondary and universities, due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a decree released by the Beijing Education Commission.

“To effectively curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak on campuses of schools and other educational institutions, it is decided that the start of the 2020 spring semester will be postponed for all schools and kindergartens,” the decree said. 

“Off-campus offline educational programs will also be suspended throughout the city,” it said. 

A new start date for the 2020 spring semester has yet to be set.

6:12 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Japan will evacuate its nationals from Wuhan via chartered flights

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the lower house of the parliament on January 20, 2020 in Tokyo.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the lower house of the parliament on January 20, 2020 in Tokyo. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

The Japanese government plans to help all Japanese nationals who wish to return to Japan from Wuhan by sending charter flights, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday.

Abe said Japan is working with the Chinese government to coordinate the evacuation.

Japan confirmed its third case of Wuhan coronavirus on Saturday.

There are about 700 Japanese nationals in Wuhan, according to national broadcaster NHK.

5:31 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

An empty apartment block will provide temporary housing for quarantined people in Hong Kong

The Fai Ming Estate will turn into a place to quarantine and observe people who have been in close contact with confirmed cases.
The Fai Ming Estate will turn into a place to quarantine and observe people who have been in close contact with confirmed cases. Anna Kam / CNN

Hong Kong authorities will turn an unoccupied apartment building into temporary flats for quarantine and observation of people who have been in close contact with confirmed Wuhan coronavirus patients, the city's Housing Authority said in a statement.

The building, called the Fai Ming Estate, is located in the town of Fanling in the New Territories, close to the border with mainland China. 

This comes as the territory confirmed its sixth case on Sunday.

5:14 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

US citizen trapped at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak says she's angry and scared

From CNN's David Culver and Faith Karimi

People wear protective masks during decorations marking the Chinese New Year.
People wear protective masks during decorations marking the Chinese New Year.

A US citizen trapped at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China described her fear of living in a city that's cut off from the rest of the country by transport restrictions.

Teacher Diana Adama has been living in Wuhan city for three months of her 15 years in China. Wuhan is the ground zero for a new deadly strain of coronavirus -- with about 1,000 Americans living in the city.

More than 50 people are dead -- all in China -- as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread throughout Asia and the rest of the world. Nearly 2,000 cases have been confirmed in mainland China.

Chinese authorities have imposed indefinite restrictions on public transport and travel in Hubei province in an unprecedented effort to contain the spread of the virus.

Residents are feeling disconnected and cut off from the rest of the world, according to Adama.

"I woke up feeling quite desperate, sad, angry. Most of this is because of lack of information, and lack of knowing what's going on," she said.

Read the rest of the article here.

4:51 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Taiwan suspends visa applications for all Chinese nationals

From CNN’s Tina Burnside in Atlanta

Traffic at an intersection on January 14, 2016 in Taipei.
Traffic at an intersection on January 14, 2016 in Taipei. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Taiwan has temporarily suspended visa applications for all Chinese nationals, and has banned entry for Chinese nationals from Hubei Province, due to the coronavirus outbreak, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Sunday. 

Chinese nationals from Hubei Province, including Chinese students, will be prohibited from entry, the statement added.

Applications of Chinese citizens from Chinese provinces other than Hubei “on account of tourism, social exchanges, professional exchanges, aesthetic medical checkups” will be temporarily suspended.

A review of applications may apply under specific circumstances. 

The measures will affect Chinese students studying in Taiwan, whose entry will be postponed two weeks later, according to the statement.

Individuals on business trips arriving from China must conduct self-health management for 14 days, the statement said.

A Chinese spouse returning from Hubei, China “will be restrained on home isolation, and local competent authorities shall actively monitor the health of such spouse for 14 days,” the statement said.

4:42 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Sixth case of coronavirus confirmed in Hong Kong

A pedestrian wears a surgical mask as he checks his phone while walking along London's Regent Street in central London on January 25.
A pedestrian wears a surgical mask as he checks his phone while walking along London's Regent Street in central London on January 25. NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images

A sixth case of Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority Quality and Safety Director, Dr. Chung Kin-lai, at a press briefing Sunday.

Here's the number of the 46 confirmed infections outside mainland China:

  • Hong Kong: 6 cases
  • Macao: 5 cases
  • Thailand: 5 cases
  • Australia: 4 cases
  • Malaysia: 4 cases
  • Singapore: 4 cases
  • France: 3 cases
  • Japan: 3 cases
  • South Korea: 3 cases
  • Taiwan: 3 cases
  • United States: 3 cases
  • Vietnam: 2 cases
  • Nepal: 1 case

*Canada has one "presumptive confirmed" case.

4:09 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

No sign of mutation in the virus, says Chinese medical expert

From CNN’s Steven Jiang in Beijing

Gao Fu speaks during a State Council Information Office press conference in Beijing.
Gao Fu speaks during a State Council Information Office press conference in Beijing.

There is no sign of mutation in the Wuhan coronavirus so far, the Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu, said at a press briefing by China’s National Health Commission on Sunday.

He said the virus has shown little change since its discovery, adding that scientists will need more time to detect minute alterations if they occur.

The Health Commission also announced that a daily press briefing will be made every morning (local time), starting this Monday, January 27.

3:06 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

The US just confirmed its third case of the virus. The patient is in California's Orange County

From CNN's Alta Spells in Atlanta

A third case of the Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, authorities said.

The individual traveled from Wuhan to Orange County, California. He is now being held in isolation in a local hospital and is in good condition, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency's (OCHCA) Communicable Disease Control Division. The other two confirmed cases in the US that have been identified are in Washington state and Illinois.

3:02 a.m. ET, January 26, 2020

Macao now has five confirmed cases

Visitors wear face masks as they sit inside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macao on Wednesday.
Visitors wear face masks as they sit inside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macao on Wednesday. Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images

Health authorities in Macao said Sunday that three more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been confirmed -- bringing the total number in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to five.

The three new patients are all women who live in Wuhan, the government said in a statement. All three are in stable condition.

The following places outside mainland China have confirmed cases:

  • Hong Kong: 5 cases
  • Macao: 5 cases
  • Thailand: 5 cases
  • Australia: 4 cases
  • Malaysia: 4 cases
  • Singapore: 4 cases
  • France: 3 cases
  • Japan: 3 cases
  • South Korea: 3 cases
  • Taiwan: 3 cases
  • United States: 2 cases
  • Vietnam: 2 cases
  • Nepal: 1 case

*Canada has one "presumptive confirmed" case.