CoViD-19: 3000+ Medics Infected; Major Auto-Show Postponed;

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WHO Official Update 

About 2% of the people who contract the novel coronavirus will likely die of it, according to the latest data compiled by the World Health Organization.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva on Monday that more than 80% of COVID-19 patients only develop mild symptoms and recover, and the risks associated with the disease rise with age. Most of the approximately 1,700 people who have died of the illness have been older.

In about 14% of cases, the virus causes severe disease, including pneumonia & shortness of breath.

And about 5% of patients have critical disease incl. respiratory failure, septic shock & multi-organ failure"- DrTedros

World Health Organization (WHO) February 17, 2020

Beijing Auto Show, Postponed

Organizers of China's biggest car show announced Monday the event was the latest to be postponed due to the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus. 

The Beijing Auto Show, which is held every two years, attracted 820,000 people in 2018 from 14 different countries and regions. This year's event was due to take place between April 21 and 30.

Organizers said the event would be cancelled to "do a good job of epidemic prevention and control" and to protect the "physical health" of exhibitors and visitors. 

Volkswagen delays Re-opening Some China Factories

Volkswagen told CNBC that its joint ventures in China are working to get production back to their normal schedule. SAIC Volkswagen, a joint venture with Chinas SAIC Motor, postponed restarting production at their plants until Feb. 24. FAW-Volkswagen, a partnership with FAW Group, has started work in some factories and expects to resume full operations in the coming days.

We are working hard on getting back to our normal production schedule, while facing delays due to national supply chain and logistics challenges as well as limited travel options for production employees, a spokesperson for Volkswagen Group China told CNBC. Production feasibility at each plant is checked individually, resulting in different starting times.

Shanghai's Recovery Rate 50%

161 people, including four children, of the 331 coronavirus patients in Shanghai have been discharged from hospital after recovery, as of Monday morning, making the citys current COVID19 cure rate nearly 50%. 

The Epidemic Will Peak Later in February and April

COVID-19 will peak later in February in South China. Nationwide, the disease is expected to reach its peak in April, according to Zhong Nanshan, a leading expert tackling the epidemic. 

3,000 Medics Infected

Epidemic researchers, at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that by the end of Feb 11, a total of 3,019 medical personnel from 422 hospitals receiving infected patients on the mainland had contracted the highly contagious virus. 

The number includes 1,716 confirmed cases (people who tested positive in nucleic acid tests and displayed clinical symptoms), as well as clinically diagnosed cases and asymptomatic infections. 

Among the infected medical workers, five had died by Feb 11, the researchers said. The number was smaller than that revealed by the National Health Commission, which said on Friday that six medical workers had died by Feb 11. 

10,000 Yuan Reward For Reporting Violators

Guangxi province set a new reward system to report violators who fail to measure body temperature, according to the local regulations, the maximum reward will be 10000 Yuan. 

Cruise Ship Ordeal

An additional 99 people have tested positive for coronavirus on a cruise ship off the Japan coast, Japanese media said Monday, bringing the total number of positive cases on Diamond Princess to 454.

Australia to Evacuate 200+ Citizen from Cruise Ship 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Monday that more than 200 citizens onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship will be evacuated, according to Reuters. 

Meanwhile (China) Hong Kong announced on Monday that it will send two charter flights to pick up 350 Hong Kong residents stranded on the cruise ship. They are expected to return to Hong Kong by Thursday.

US Evacuates 300, 14 Infected, from Cruise Ship

Still, on the same The U.S. facilitated the voluntary repatriation of over 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the State Department said in a statement on Monday.

During the evacuation process, U.S. officials said they received notice that 14 passengers had tested positive for coronavirus. The State Department made the decision to allow these 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process.

The flights, which departed Japan at approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, landed in the U.S. Monday morning. All passengers will now remain under quarantine for 14 days.

Malaysia Bars Cruise Entry

Malaysia has barred the entry of remaining passengers from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia after an American passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus upon her arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

The cruise which carried 1,455 guests and 802 crew departed (China) Hong Kong on Feb. 1. The ship arrived in Cambodia last Thursday after being turned away by several countries including Japan, the Philippines, and Thailand, which were afraid passengers onboard might be infected.

Following the confirmation of the infected American, the ship operator is now tracking the other passengers who have departed the ship.

78% of US Companies in China Face Labor Crunch

Nearly half the companies polled by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai report their global operations have suffered from the shutdown in China, a survey of 109 manufacturers in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and the Greater Yangtze River Delta region has found.

78% of those companies say they dont have sufficient manpower for full production, while 30% said logistical challenges will be their biggest concern, according to the survey, which was released on Monday.

Xinxian Extends 14 Days Quarantine to 21 Days

Xinxian county in Henan Province to prolong quarantine period for people traveling to Wuhan or contacting with Wuhan residents from 14 days to 21 days, after discovering 2 unusual COVID19 cases. One of the new cases was diagnosed 34 days after returning from Wuhan, and another 94 days after coming in contact with a Wuhan resident. Both infection sources are unknown.

Confirmed Cases Outside Hubei Declining

The number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in China outside of Hubei Province has declined for 13 consecutive days since February 3, according to data released by the National Health Commission.

Hubei Confirmed Cases in Context

Chanel halts Beijing fashion show 

French fashion house Chanel said Monday it was postponing a show set for May in Beijing.

"Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and well-being of its teams and clients," it said.

Japan Cancels Emperor's Public Birthday Celebrations


Japan said Monday it would cancel a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito, as fears grow over the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

"In light of various situations, we have decided to cancel the visit by the general public to the palace for His Majesty's birthday," the imperial household agency said in a statement a day after the government warned people to avoid crowds and "non-essential gatherings."

"His Majesty's appearance in the morning as well as the public signing of the greeting book will be cancelled," the statement added. 

Singapore Issues Stricter Rules for China returnees

Singapore residents or long-term pass holders returning from mainland China must stay in their homes at all times for 14 days and closely monitor their own health, under stricter guidelines issued today.

India Discharges 200 Wuhan Evacuees

Indian nationals who were airlifted from coronavirus-hit Hubei province of China's Wuhan, at the ITBP's quarantine facility at Chhawla in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

A batch of about 200 people, who were among over 400 quarantined at an ITBP facility in Delhi after being evacuated earlier this month from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, were discharged on Monday, a senior Indian official said.

The centre housed a total of 406 people, including seven Maldivians.

"After the final coronavirus test reports of all 406 people living at our facility were found negative, the first batch was discharged today.

"We expect about 200 people will leave by tonight. The rest will be sent on Tuesday and in the subsequent days as per the travel plans of the inmates," ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey told PTI.

Tokyo Marathon cancelled for 38,000 Runners

Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon will cancel Japans biggest running event for non-professional runners as the coronavirus outbreak pressures cities and institutions to scrap large events, the Tokyo Shimbun reported, citing an unidentified source.

Health QR codes in full effect in Hangzhou

People in Hangzhou have been required to prove that they have green health codes when going to public places or commuting via public transport vehicles, announced on Monday afternoon.

Hangzhou launched a health QR code system on Feb 11 to curb the virus spread amid the resumption of production. People who want to get into the city need to report their travel history and health conditions online in advance. In turn, they will be assigned codes marked by green, yellow or red based on the information they offer.

The green code means people have little chance of having been infected, while residents with yellow and red ones must be held under quarantine for a few days and report their health information every day before they are allowed to travel around.

As of Sunday, the system had issued health codes to more than 6.5 million people.

Initially, the system was used to evaluate health conditions of those coming to the city. Now, it is expected to be applied nationwide this week, a further step in the prevention and control of the epidemic based on the health code system.

Postponement of Two Sessions, China's Top Annual Political event, Proposed

Two sessions, the country's biggest annual political event, may be postponed this year, as more focused efforts are needed at the moment to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

At a chairpersons' meeting of the NPC Standing Committee on Monday in Beijing, they suggested the upcoming session of the NPC Standing Committee, scheduled to begin on Monday, consider a draft proposal to postpone the third plenary session of the 13th NPC, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.

10-Month Prison for Violating Prevention Measures

A man in Wuhai city, Inner Mongolia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for not complying with the local requirements for epidemic preventions. The man forced his way into the community without wearing a mask, and bitten the security staff.