▶️ The novel coronavirus has killed more than 1,100 people and infected over 45,000 people worldwide. The vast majority of cases are in mainland China.
▶️ 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 five ports, despite having no suspected cases.
▶️ The coronavirus has jumped from ship to shore, Japan’s health ministry said. An employee of the country’s health ministry tested positive for the illness after surveying passengers aboard a cruise ship being held under quarantine in the port of Yokohama.
▶️ The World Health Organization on Tuesday proposed an official name for the illness caused by the new coronavirus: COVID-19. The acronym stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
▶️ Singapore said on Tuesday that together with Malaysia, it will establish a joint working group to strengthen cooperation on preventing the spread of the infectious disease.
▶️ Some 160 million Chinese citizens are expected to return to work by February 18 as the country works to stabilize the economy amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
▶️ Mongolia will suspend the delivery of coal to China until March 2, the state-run Montsame News Agency reported, citing the country’s State Emergency Commission. The decision was made after China reported two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus close to its border crossings with Mongolia.
▶️ Pakistan tells its citizens to stay in Wuhan.
▶️ A man accused of imitating a coronavirus victim by collapsing on a subway train in central Moscow this month was arrested and will face up to five years in prison if found guilty, law enforcement officials have said.
▶️ China said to target scholar who criticized government’s response to the crisis.
▶️ The disease outbreak in China could affect Beijing’s commitments to buying U.S. agricultural produce this year, White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien said at an Atlantic Council event.
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