As the crisis escalates, here’s a summary of today’s key events: The doctor who tried to raise the alarm about coronavirus in the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan died after contracting the disease. Early reports of the death of Li Wenliang were retracted, only for the doctor to succumb later in the day. [First British national confirmed with CoronaVirus traveled back from Singapore].
More than 28,000 people have now contracted the virus. The vast majority of cases are in China. Chinese state television today reported the death toll to have risen by 69 to 618 people. All deaths from the virus have so far been in mainland China with the exception of one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. [First British national confirmed with Coronavirus traveled back from Singapore]
The number of cases in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now 22,112
President Xi Jinping declared a “people’s war” against the virus as companies worldwide warned of the impact on business
Two docked cruise ships with thousands of passengers and crew members remained under 14-day quarantines in Hong Kong and Japan. Japan reported 10 more infections among passengers aboard the luxury cruise liner Diamond Princess, which is quarantined outside Yokohama
Hospitals in Wuhan said they were struggling to find enough beds for thousands of newly infected patients
There are warnings that Hong Kong’s economy will be plunged much deeper into the recession as the virus wrought’s havoc in the territory, with consumers panic-buying staple goods and airlines stopping flights
China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, warned earlier against “rumors and panic” and called on the UK government to support.
It is understood those police officers were used to seal off a section of the hospital in Derry tonight where a suspected case of coronavirus is being investigated. A mother and baby have been put into quarantine where they have been tested for symptoms of the virus. The hospital however remains open to all other patients with no one being discouraged to turn up to Altnagelvin.
An Italian citizen has tested positive for coronavirus. The 29-year-old man was among the 56 Italians repatriated from Wuhan on Monday and quarantined at a military facility near Rome. Italy’s higher health council confirmed that the man had tested positive for the virus and is being treated at Rome’s Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute for infectious diseases. This is the third confirmed coronavirus case in Italy. A Chinese couple, who arrived in Italy on 23 January, is also being treated at the Spallanzani hospital.