China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

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The number of deaths in China’s central Hubei province from a coronavirus outbreak had risen by 132 to 1,921 as of Tuesday, the province’s health commission said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.

There had been a further 1,693 cases detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, taking the total in the province to 61,682.

Nationwide, the death toll from the epidemic reached at least 2,000, including the 1,868 confirmed cases on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the number of infections nationwide hit 74,357.


The latest development comes as Russia announced it will suspend entry for Chinese citizens from February 20.

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the COVID-19 outbreak – which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province – is not yet out of control, but it has become a “very dangerous situation”.

Here are all the latest updates: 

Wednesday, February 19

Ukraine plans to evacuate citizens from China

Ukraine is preparing to send a plane to evacuate some 49 of its citizens, as well as up to 25 foreign nationals from China, Health Minister Zoriana Skalteska said.

Any foreigners evacuated will be monitored in Ukraine, she said.

It is not clear when the plane will depart but Skalteska said it was “almost ready”.

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Russia to suspend entry for Chinese citizens from Thursday

Russia will suspend entry of Chinese citizens to its territory starting from Thursday, Russian authorities in charge of coronavirus prevention said in a statement.

The suspension will be for Chinese citizens entering Russia for employment, private, educational and tourist purposes.

The suspension will be temporary, the statement said.

China’s EU envoy says economic impact of outbreak ‘manageable’

China’s ambassador to the European Union hub Brussels has said that the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak would be “limited, short-term and manageable” and that Beijing had enough resources to step in if needed.

“With business activity deferred and demand for services reduced, there is some impact on the Chinese economy but it is limited, short term and manageable,” Zhang Ming told a briefing in Brussels.

WHO reports 92 cases of human-to-human transmission outside China

There have been 92 cases of human-to-human spread of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside China but the World Health Organization (WHO) does not have the data to make comparisons with China, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

He added that the WHO had not seen sustained local transmission except in specific cases, such as on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

Social media shows support for Chinese nurses

Chinese social media users have been showing their support for the mostly female nurses whose faces have been trending online in recent days.

Many of the women have deep lines on their faces from where surgical masks have dug into their skin. Some hospital staff in Wuhan have reportedly been wearing adult nappies to save time normally spent on toilet breaks.

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Approximately 500 to leave quarantined Japan ship Wednesday: official

About 500 passengers will leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Japan on Wednesday after testing negative for the new coronavirus that has infected hundreds on board, a health ministry official said.

“The number [who will leave Wednesday] is changing, largely because it is up to passengers [if they get off],” the official told reporters. “But it will be around 500 people.”

Read the updates from Tuesday, February 18 here.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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