CoronaVirus:Global Health Emergency>9800 infected, 213 deaths

Source: China Daily, People's Daily, CGTN, SCMP, Global Times, Xinhua, BBC, JobTube, Majdi     

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Global Health Emergency Declared

The World Health Organization said the fast-spreading coronavirus is a global health emergency a rare designation that helps the international agency mobilize financial and political support to contain the outbreak, triggering coordinated global action to prevent the spread of the virus.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the declaration was not a vote of no confidence in China, rather it is necessary because human-to-human infections have been confirmed in other countries.

"The speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome, and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive and beyond words. So is China's commitment to transparency and supporting other countries. In many ways, China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response, and this is not an exaggeration," he added.

It is the sixth time that WHO has declared a PHEIC since the designation was adopted in 2005. Declarations were announced previously for: the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009; outbreaks of polio and Ebola in 2014; the Zika virus epidemic in 2016; and an ongoing Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Time for facts, not fear

He urged the public to remain calm, saying WHO wasnt recommending measures that unnecessarily interfere with international trade or travel. He said China was doing everything it could to contain the outbreak. This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma, Tedros said.

Human-to-human transmission in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois public health officials confirmed Thursday the nations first person-to-person transmission of the coronavirus. 

The new patient is the spouse of the Chicago woman who brought the infection back from Wuhan, China. The transmission makes the U.S. at least the fifth country where the infection is now spreading through human-to-human contact.

Three Countries Confirm 1st Case

On Thursday, a 38-year-old Chinese female was tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the first case in the Philippines.

The woman arrived in the Philippines from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on Jan 21. She was admitted to a government hospital on Jan 25 after experiencing a mild cough, she is currently asymptomatic, which means she has no fever and no other signs and symptoms.

India on Thursday reported its first confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Kerala. The patient is being kept in an isolation ward at a hospital. 

Italy confirmed its first two novel coronavirus cases, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced at a press briefing on Thursday night. Two Chinese tourists infected with the virus are in stable condition and being treated in isolation. 

Daily Subsidy to Medics

China will provide a daily subsidy of 300 Yuan per person to medics in close contact with people with coronavirus.

Nationwide Football Suspended

All football matches in China will be delayed due to the outbreak of epidemic, said Chinese Football Association.

Meanwhile, the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, originally scheduled to be held in China's Nanjing from March 13 to 15, will be postponed to 2021. 

Banks to Ease Loan Repayment

China will extend repayment plans for personal mortgage loans and credit cards of people who temporarily lose their sources of income due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, said the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

Analysts are still waiting for details on which people will be defined as those who have temporarily lost their sources of income due to the coronavirus outbreak and how banks will adjust personal mortgage loan repayment plans for these people.

Evacuated Japanese Tested Positive

Three of the 206 Japanese people evacuated to Tokyo from Wuhan on Wed were confirmed to be infected with novel coronavirus.

Robots used to deliver medicine

Visa policies Adjusted

[SHINE] Several countries have adjusted their visa policies for Chinese citizens following the outbreak of coronavirus-related, Chinas immigration authorities have learned.

From 12pm on January 29, all Chinese citizens with passports issued in Hubei Province, as well as those who have been to the province in the past 14 days, will be denied entrance to Singapore or transfer at its airport.

From January 28, the Philippines has stopped issuing visa on arrival to all Chinese citizens, and Malaysia has suspended entrance to Chinese citizens born in Hubei or with passports issued in the province.

Kazakhstan has suspended its 72-hour transit-free policy to Chinese citizens, and suspended work at the Horgos International Frontier Cooperation Center.

Also from January 28, Chinese citizens will have to fill in and submit a health declaration form when entering Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the UK, France, Italy, the UAE and Australia.

Countries Closing Borders

Several countries have announced closing borders with China to prevent spread of the coronavirus, as of now: Russia, North Korea, Mongolia, and Israel. 

Infected People Spitting, Criminal Act

Hubei issued a notice that carriers of coronavirus who spit in public, or coronavirus-suspected who refuse to accept quarantine, compulsory isolation or treatment, and those who negligently cause the spread of infectious diseases will be investigated for criminal responsibility. 


18,000 Expats Using Community Groups

A group of expats with the support of OneTube Technology (AKA: JobTube) have started an online initiative; utilizing the power of knowledge sharing. The community helps in validating authentic news and announcements about the outbreak; provide information about the recent news and transport status; give tips about buying shortage goods. 

To join the communities or volunteer as community leader; scan the QR code. 

Virus Real Time Data, in English

Now you can get live updates, with English interface, about Wuhan virus. The infection cases are shown in every province, city and town/village. Scan the below QR and share the below poster with your friends to spread the word. 

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