Coronavirus — February 4th, 2020 Facts

▶️ China National Health Commission said that as of Tuesday night, a total of 24,324 cases have been confirmed and 490 people have died in the country, with no sign of a slowdown.

▶️ On Tuesday, health officials released details of the deaths so far, saying that two-thirds of them were men. More than 80 percent were over 60 years old, and they typically had pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes.

▶️ A second, 1,600-bed hospital for coronavirus patients in Wuhan is set to be completed on Wednesday, according to Chinese state media. Wuhan will also convert another eight venues into temporary hospitals to receive coronavirus patients.

▶️ The number of people recovering from the virus is also rising, suggesting that the treatment plan is working. On Tuesday, 262 people left the hospitals.

▶️ 10 Passengers on Cruise Ship in Japan Test Positive for Coronavirus; China Travelers Banned, Cruises Canceled. An American is among ten passengers who tested positive for coronavirus, Princess Cruises confirmed. There are more than 3,700 people onboard, and about half of the 2,666 guests are from Japan.

▶️ The United States has begun its second airlift of American citizens out of China.

▶️ United Airlines to suspend Hong Kong flights.

▶️ Disney said it is expecting to take a $175 million hit from the recent coronavirus outbreak if its Hong Kong and Shanghai Disney parks remain closed for two months.

▶️ Nike has closed half of its stores in China, saying the outbreak will have a “material impact” on its operations there.

▶️ Many auto plants in China have shut down because of the virus, including factories run by Hyundai, Tesla, Ford and Nissan. Hyundai plants in South Korea would be the first to shut down lines outside China.

▶️ International researchers are racing to develop a vaccine and halt the virus’ spread, with some promising signs.

▶️ The US Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued an emergency use authorization to allow qualified labs to use the Wuhan coronavirus test developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Singapore has confirmed six additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, including four local human-to-human transmissions. The six new cases bring the total number of people infected with coronavirus in the city state to 24.

▶️ Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection confirmed one more coronavirus case Tuesday, bringing its total to 18. Thai health officials have confirmed six additional cases of the Wuhan coronavirus – bringing the countrywide total to 25. Japan’s Ministry of Health announced three more coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 23.

▶️ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has tweeted that “life-saving personal protection equipment and medical and humanitarian relief supplies” have been sent to China.

Photo by Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via Associated Press

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