▶️ China says the total number of deaths in the country rose to 636 and the cumulative number of confirmed cases reached 31,161. There are also more than 200 cases of infection outside China.
▶️ U.S. President Donald Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping Trump he is confident of China’s “strength and resilience.”
▶️ A doctor who was among the first to warn about the coronavirus outbreak, only to be silenced by the police, died after himself becoming infected with the virus, the hospital treating him reported.
▶️ An additional 41 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which arrived at the Japanese port of Yokohama earlier this week, have tested positive. This brings the total number of confirmed cases from the cruise ship to 61, said Japan’s health ministry.
▶️ A third coronavirus patient has been confirmed in Italy.
▶️ Hubei is still facing a shortage of about 2,250 doctors and nurses, the vice governor of Hubei, Yang Yunyan, was cited as saying in the official Hubei Daily on Thursday.
▶️ The city of Wuhan told residents check their body temperature on a daily basis and report it to local health authorities.
▶️ The Pentagon identified 11 military installations near major airports that can support those evacuated from China, where the current outbreak originated.
▶️ To help stem the spread of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization will convene a scientific meeting in Geneva on Feb. 11-12 to focus on speeding the development of treatments, diagnostic tests and vaccines.
▶️ A college in Maine isolated students amid coronavirus concerns after they returned from China.
▶️ Refunds for U.S.-China air travel increase 500 percent.
▶️ At least 14 countries and territories, from the U.S. to India and Hong Kong, have introduced some form of China-related travel restrictions. Airlines suspended 26% of scheduled services in and out of the country from Jan. 23 to Feb. 3.
▶️ Wynn Resorts, Estee Lauder and Nintendo join list of companies hit by coronavirus.
▶️ The coronavirus outbreak, which has pushed the Chinese medical community into overdrive, has also prompted the country’s hospitals to more quickly adopt robots as medical assistants.
▶️ Two more charter flights have been sent to the Chinese city of Wuhan to evacuate American citizens, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the plans. Over 500 people are expected to board the planes which are scheduled to land at U.S. military bases Friday.
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