Guangzhou Confirms 1st Foreigner Infected With Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first came to the attention of the World Health Organization on December 31, 2019, after a number of suspected pneumonia cases were reported in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. One week later, the mystery illness was confirmed to be a new strain of coronavirus, the same family of diseases as severe accute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). 

Wuhan, a city of over 10 million people, went into lockdown on January 23, in order to curb the spread of the virus. It was also announced that the Chinese New Year holiday will be extended in order to contain the spread of the respiratory disease. 

The death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 170, with nearly 7,700 confirmed cases reported. 

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Here are the latest coronavirus updates from around China over the past 24 hours:

UPDATE (January 30, 2020 10am CST): Chinas Tibet reported its first suspected case of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, leading authorities to trigger a Level-1 alert in the autonomous region, the highest possible level of public health alert. 

Potala Palace, Lhasa. Image via Pixabay

Prior to the health emergency warning in Tibet, 30 Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions had triggered Level-1 alerts, according to China Daily

UPDATE (January 29, 2020 6.45pm CST): World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the measures taken by China in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Among other things, he commended the actions by Chinese authorities in protecting the people of China and also the world, taking high-speed responses on a massive scale around the country. 

UPDATE (January 29, 2020 6.45pm CST): A number of travel restrictions continue to be put in place around the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Wall Street Journal. Singapore has banned travelers from Hubei province entering or transiting through the city-state. Visas on arrival in the Philippines have been suspended for Chinese travelers. Sri Lanka also canceled visas on arrival for Chinese tourists on January 28.

UPDATE (January 29, 2020 5.45pm CST): GRT has reported that an individual hailing from Pakistan has become the first foreigner to contract the novel coronavirus in Guangzhou. The Pakistan national was among 12 newly confirmed cases in Guangdongs capital yesterday. Further details about the Pakistani patients condition have not been made public.

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