Coronavirus — February 14th, 2020 Facts

▶️ China confirms 143 more deaths, 2,641 new cases. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 66,492, and number of total deaths at 1,523.

▶️ China says over 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the virus, and six have died.

▶️ Africa has its first confirmed coronavirus case.

▶️ At least five people fled coronavirus quarantine across Russia, local news media reported on Friday, citing frustration, erratic and inconsistent government policies, and bad conditions in the hospitals where they were held.

▶️ US evacuating citizens aboard quarantined cruise ship off Japan. There will be two evacuation flights from Japan for around 380 people.

▶️ U.S. health officials will monitor people with flu-like symptoms for the coronavirus in five cities. The five labs are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City, but the agency hopes to expand the monitoring nationwide.

▶️ Singapore confirms nine new cases of coronavirus.

▶️ China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China’s efforts to control the epidemic have been comprehensive and that it’s “under control,” while slamming the “overreaction” of other countries, according to a Reuters report.

▶️ IBM says it’s no longer participating in a major conference — the RSA cyber security conference — in San Francisco in February over virus fears.

▶️ World health officials are working with Chinese authorities to determine when the 1,716 health workers in the country were infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. It appears infections among medical workers peaked in mid-January and has “rapidly” decreased since.

▶️ Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will travel to Germany this weekend to discuss the deadly outbreak among other national security issues.

▶️ Beijing announces 14-day quarantine requirement for returning residents.

▶️ President Trump thanked the country of Cambodia for allowing a cruise ship to dock in the country.

▶️ CDC’s coronavirus test kits still not ready to ship after some were initially found to be faulty.

▶️ The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists 443 people as under investigation for the novel coronavirus across 42 states. Of them… 15 have tested positive,
347 have tested negative, 81 are still pending.

▶️ World Health Organization experts will land in China this weekend.

▶️ Two bloggers who criticized China’s response to the virus have vanished from Wuhan. They had recorded dozens of videos from Wuhan, streaming unfiltered and often heartbreaking images from the center of the outbreak. Long lines outside hospitals. Feeble patients. Agonized relatives.

▶️ US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said his department and the rest of the government is “working aggressively” to protect the health of Americans.

▶️ Singapore confirms nine new cases of coronavirus.

▶️ Small businesses drive China’s economy. The coronavirus outbreak could be fatal for many.

▶️ Hong Kong launches $3.2bn fund to deal with outbreak.

▶️ 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, according to Russian state media.

▶️ Fiat to shut factory in Serbia for lack of parts.

▶️ Facebook has canceled a marketing conference in San Francisco.

▶️ As of noon on Friday, banks and financial institutions have supplied more than 537 billion yuan ($76.9 billion) in credit to fight the virus, Liang Tao, deputy head of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said Saturday morning at a press conference in Beijing.

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