▶️ 86 people died in a single day in China on Friday. That brings the coronavirus death toll up to more than 720 people, and all but two of those died in mainland China. Globally, the virus has infected more 34,500 people across 27 countries and territories.
▶️ An American citizen has died in Wuhan from the coronavirus outbreak.
▶️ Nearly every country in East Asia has coronavirus. Taiwan just confirmed its 17th case. Malaysia confirms 15th coronavirus case.
▶️ A Chinese hospital taking care of patients with the novel coronavirus saw the infection spread at high rates among health-care staff and other patients.
▶️ The Japanese Health Ministry said three more passengers on the Diamond Princes have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. They have all been taken to the hospital. A total of 64 people (11 Americans) onboard the ship have now been infected with the coronavirus.
▶️ Hong Kong Imposes HK$25,000 Fine, Jail Term for Breaking Quarantine.
▶️ Patients in the US, Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore have already been discharged from hospital.
▶️ China ignores offers of help from C.D.C. and W.H.O. A possible reason, experts noted, is that outsiders could discover aspects of the outbreak that are embarrassing to China.
▶️ The world is facing a “chronic shortage” of anti-virus supplies, including face masks: WHO chief.
▶️ Shanghai government to help Tesla resume production amid coronavirus epidemic. Toyota Motor confirmed to CNBC it plans to extend the shutdown of its plants in China for at least another week, however it is preparing to restart production after that.
▶️ Reuters reported that U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin said it will not attend the Singapore Airshow, citing the city-state’s recently raised health alert.
▶️ Norwegian Cruises bans Chinese-passport holders, passengers who traveled to China within 30 days. Royal Caribbean Blocks Chinese From Ships.
▶️ The U.S. is prepared to spend as much as $100 million to help China and other nations fighting the spread of the coronavirus, Secretary of State Michael Pompeosaid Friday.
▶️ The Federal Reserve Board said that the coronavirus outbreak presented a “new risk” to the economic outlook for the U.S. and warned of disruptions in global markets.
▶️ Chinese citizen journalists Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin have served as the world’s eyes and ears in the city of Wuhan. Now one of them is missing. Calls for freedom of speech appear on Chinese social media — for a while.
▶️ China has begun testing an antiviral drug in coronavirus patients. China began enrolling patients in a clinical trial of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine made by Gilead, the American pharmaceutical giant.