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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

The death toll in China from a deadly new coronavirus rose to 132 with new cases reaching nearly 6,000 – more than during the SARS epidemic of 2002 and 2003 – as Japan and the United States began evacuating hundreds of citizens from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. Authorities said on…

China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

The death toll in China from a deadly new coronavirus rose to 132 with new cases reaching nearly 6,000 – more than during the SARS epidemic of 2002 and 2003 – as Japan and the United States began evacuating hundreds of citizens from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.
Authorities said on Wednesday the number of confirmed cases across the country climbed to 5,974, while the death toll nationwide jumped by 26. All of those new deaths were in Hubei except for one, which was on a province just to the north. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei.
More than 56 million people in almost 20 Chinese cities, including Wuhan, have been prevented from travelling in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus during the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, traditionally China’s busiest travel season.
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The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, met China’s President Xi Jingping on Tuesday.
The agency has acknowledged the respiratory illness is an emergency in China but said last week it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. It has described the global risk from the virus as high. 
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, January 29
UAE says coronavirus diagnosed in family from China
The UAE’s Ministry of Health said on Wednesday it had diagnosed the coronavirus in a family from China. 
It was not immediately clear how many people had been infected, and the Ministry of Health and the government communications office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Those diagnosed with the virus were in stable condition and under medical observation, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.
It did not say in which emirate the family was being treated.
Airlines cut flights; Hong Kong stocks tumble
Airlines are cancelling some flights to China after governments issued warnings on the coronavirus and global companies told their employees not to travel.
US carrier United Airlines, South Korean budget carrier Air Seoul, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Eva Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific have all suspended flights or are considering doing so. 

Airlines are stepping up screening measures and reducing flights as more cases of coronavirus emerge [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

US officials have said the White House is weighing whether to suspend flights to the country.
“All options for dealing with infectious disease spread have to be on the table, including travel restrictions,” said US Health Secretary Alex Azar.
Read more here.
Meanwhile, stocks in Hong Kong dropped sharply on the first day of trading after the Lunar New Year holiday.
Almost every stock fell, sending the benchmark Hang Seng index down by more than 2 percent, with travel, casino, and consumer goods companies among the biggest decliners.
China expert says outbreak could peak in 10 days
The coronavirus outbreak could peak in 7 – 10 days, according to respiratory expert Zhong Nanshan, who heads China’s team of experts for the control and prevention of the virus.
Speaking to state news agency Xinhua, Zhong said while it was difficult to estimate the peak, there should be no “large-scale increases” after a week or 10 days. 
“There are two keys to tackling the epidemic; early detection and early isolation,” Zhong said. “They are the most primitive and most effective methods.”

Novel #coronavirus outbreak may reach its peak in one week or around 10 days, a senior expert said. By end of Monday, 4,515 confirmed cases reported, 106 people died https://t.co/n95OcBoM20 pic.twitter.com/gmFGk4cmxr
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 29, 2020

Four Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital with fevers
Japanese officials say four evacuees on a flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan have been taken to hospital with a cough and fever.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed their condition after the flight of 206 evacuees arrived in Tokyo. Passengers on the flight were wearing masks and underwent temperature checks before boarding and on the plane. Plans were made for all ofthe evacuees to be treated and quarantined depending on their test results.
The four are a woman in her 50s and three men whose ages are from their 30s to 50s. 
Sport-X-Games latest event affected by coronavirus outbreak
An X-Games event scheduled for next month in Chongli in China’s northern Hebei province has been postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, organisers said.
The event, the first winter X-Games to be held in China, was to take place from February 21 and 23 in the same area as the alpine events for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are officially being hosted by Beijing.

The X-Games, which were due to be held in China next month and include events like freestyle skiing, have been cancelled [File: NTB Scanpix/Geir Olsen/via Reuters]

First US evacuation flight en route to Alaska from Wuhan
A charter plane evacuating as many as 240 Americans from Wuhan took off before dawn, and is en route to the United States, a US State Department official told The Associated Press
The plane will make a refuelling stop in Alaska before flying on to Ontario, California, the US Embassy in China has said.
When the plane arrives in Alaska, passengers will clear customs and go through the Centers for Disease Control screening.
“Then they will put them back on the plane and send them on to their final destination,” said Jim Szczesniak, manager of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He did not know how long the process would take beyond “hours.”
Malaysia says 3 new cases of virus infection, total at 7
Malaysia’s health ministry said on Wednesday three more people had been infected with the new coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the country to seven, all Chinese citizens.
The new patients are a 4-year-old girl, a 52-year-old man and the mother of two children who were confirmed infected earlier, the ministry said in a statement.

People around Asia have rushed to buy face masks as the virus has spread. In Hong Kong, people are being given free masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus [Jerome Favre/EPA]

Authorities said the mother had initially tested negative and had stayed in Malaysia to take care of her children – grandsons of a 66-year-old man who tested positive in Singapore for the coronavirus last week.
Malaysia this week imposed a temporary ban on Chinese nationals arriving from Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.
US increases virus screening to 20 airports: CDC
The US Centers for Disease Control said it “decided to expand to screening travelers from the five airports originally to 20 airports in the United States”‘ based on “evolving information from China” on the coronavirus.
“At this point Americans should not worry for their own safety,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters.
Still, “this is a very fast-moving, constantly changing situation,” Azar added.

Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island
Australia will help some citizens leave Hubei, and quarantine them on Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday following a briefing by the Chinese government.
“We have taken a decision this morning to prepare a plan for an operation to provide some assisted departures for isolated and vulnerable Australians in Wuhan and the Hubei province,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra.
Christmas Island is an Australian territory south of the Indonesian island of Java.
Japan plane evacuating citizens arrives Tokyo from virus-hit Wuhan
 A chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Wednesday morning.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that 650 Japanese citizens were hoping to come home, and the government was making arrangements for additional flights.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed that the government will explore all possible measures to bring back any citizens who want to return to Japan.

Japan evacuted its first citizens from Wuhan on Wednesday [Kyodo/via Reuters]

Death toll continues to rise and more cases confirmed
China’s National Health Commission said on Wednesday the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak had risen to 132 by the end of Tuesday, with a further 1,459 new cases confirmed.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China stood at 5,974 as of the end of Tuesday, the authority said in a statement. The number of suspected cases was 9,239, it said.

Read updates from Tuesday, January 28 here.
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Biden battles Trump, lack of enthusiasm among Black voters |NationalTribune.com

Racial inequality in the United States came into sharp focus this year, and became a defining topic of the national debate, after police killings of Black Americans ignited months of widespread protests and galvanised the nation to demand racial justice and police reforms. The unrest has forced US President Donald Trump, a Republican who is…

Biden battles Trump, lack of enthusiasm among Black voters |NationalTribune.com

Racial inequality in the United States came into sharp focus this year, and became a defining topic of the national debate, after police killings of Black Americans ignited months of widespread protests and galvanised the nation to demand racial justice and police reforms.
The unrest has forced US President Donald Trump, a Republican who is running for re-election on a “law and order” platform, and his main challenger, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, to wrestle with the complicated issue of race in America, and try to appeal to Black voters.
But with less than two months before the election, in the middle of a pandemic and record-high unemployment rates, whether Black Americans will be energised to come out in large numbers to vote remains uncertain – potentially defining the outcome of the 2020 election.A recent poll shows Biden by far outperforming Trump among Black voters, with 78 percent support.
“Most Black voters are going to support Joe Biden,” said Ravi Perry, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Howard University, a historically Black university.
“But there are differences in enthusiasm,” Perry tells Al Jazeera, “where Black women, for instance, have far more enthusiasm towards Biden, and many young people, support him but with far less enthusiasm.”

President Donald Trump touring an area damaged during demonstrations after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin [AP Photo/Evan Vucci] 

Earlier this month, both candidates visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, a battleground state, and the site of the most recent turmoil following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who remains hospitalised after being shot in the back seven times by a white police officer while authorities were trying to arrest him in late August.
Speaking at a local church in Kenosha after a private meeting with Blake and his family, Biden said the latest events would help Americans confront centuries of systemic racism.
In contrast, Trump did not mention Blake by name, refused to acknowledge systemic racism and instead blasted the protesters and offered his unequivocal support to law enforcement.
‘Leaning into it’
Data shows that Black voters have overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party since at least the 1960s, when the party passed civil rights legislation that outlawed racial segregation and prohibited racial discrimination in voting.
But Black turnout, which rose in the 2008 and 2012 elections when the US elected and then re-elected the nation’s first Black president, Barack Obama, waned in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee.
More profoundly, there is a growing level of cynicism among Black voters, pollsters have argued, particularly among young and male voters, and point to 2016 – when Clinton lost to Trump amid a six percentage points decline among Black voters – which proved critical in battleground states.
Trump’s campaign this year has been trying to appeal to Black voters, particularly Black male voters and improve on his 2016 results, when 8 percent of Black people voted for him.

US Senator Tim Scott speaking to the largely virtual 2020 Republican National Convention in a live address from the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC, US [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

According to a recent poll, 13 percent of Black voters said they plan to vote for Trump this election.
Democratic pollster Terrance Woodbury said, according to recent data he compiled, about half of Black voters believe the Democratic Party takes Black voters for granted and may choose to stay home or vote for Trump.
“What we saw at the Republican National Convention was a very overt attempt to speak directly to the issues that are most important to Black men: criminal justice reform and unemployment,” Woodbury said.
On the first night of the convention in August, the only Black Republican US senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, relayed his personal success story, “Our family went from cotton to Congress in one lifetime,” he said. And Trump gave a full pardon to Jon Ponder, a Black convicted felon turned criminal justice activist.
Several other Black speakers took the stage during the four-day event, including NFL players and a civil rights activist, and some touted Biden’s gaffe when he said that “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”
“The course of this election year will show that Black men are not a marginal part of his (Trump’s) strategy, but a path to victory,” Woodbury told Al Jazeera, “and he’s leaning into it.”

Protesters in New York City holding a ‘defund the police’ sign during a protest [AP Photo/Ragan Clark]

And yet for many, voting Trump out of office, is a motivation on its own.
Trump promoted the “birther movement”, alleging that Obama was not born in the US. He refused to condemn white supremacists and more recently, he allegedly called Black people “too stupid” to vote for him, according to his estranged former lawyer Michael Cohen.
James Lance Taylor, a professor at the University of San Francisco, said many Black people will vote for Biden for no other reason than “to deal with the emergency of removing Donald Trump from office”.
‘Defund the police’
Many of the demonstrators who took to the streets after the police killing of George Floyd in May were making calls to “defund the police,” which would divert funds away from police departments and prisons in favour of investments in social services and re-examine what offences require a militarised response.
Biden has said, “I don’t support defunding the police.” Instead, he has proposed a $300m investment in policing, contingent on officers mirroring the diversity of their communities.
According to a Gallup survey taken in July, 70 percent of Black Americans support or strongly support reducing police department budgets. But despite its popularity among Black Americans, strategists said if Biden backed the idea, he would run the risk of losing the support of moderate older white voters, a key demographic.
“Defund the police may sound pretty good on Twitter, but to an awful lot of voters, including African Americans, it doesn’t make much sense,” Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist told Al Jazeera.
“They want better policing, they want smarter policing, they don’t want the police defunded,” Manley said.

Democratic US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris delivering a campaign speech in Washington, US [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Instead of embracing “defund the police,” Biden nodded to Black voters by choosing Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, making her the first Black woman to be nominated on a major party’s ticket.
“Black folks noticed and were excited by it,” said Cliff Albright, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund.
“There is a segment of our community that thinks Kamala Harris’ record as district attorney and attorney general is shaky,” he said in reference to her years as a prosecutor when she embraced a “top cop” label. “But the overall feeling is definitely that is a step in the right direction, a sense that he recognises us.”
‘Now we know better’
The coronavirus pandemic, a disease which has killed more than 192,000 Americans and disproportionately affected Black communities, has added an additional layer of uncertainty regarding how many and who will be able to cast their vote in November.
Most states said they will expand their mail-in voting systems amid health concerns about crowds and long lines. It remains unclear how turnout will be affected.
But for most, Albright says, the desire to see Trump out of office, casts an urgency on the importance of voting this year that will outweigh all other considerations.
“Even among people who are not enthusiastic about Biden, people are more clear, now we know better,” he said, “We see what a Trump presidency looks like and how it is impacting our lives and our health.”
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China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

China and countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500. Germany has reported its first case of the virus, as the United States and Canada upgraded travel warnings to advise their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel…

China battles coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates

China and countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500.
Germany has reported its first case of the virus, as the United States and Canada upgraded travel warnings to advise their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to China.
More than 56 million people in almost 20 Chinese cities – including Wuhan, capital of Hubei province and the epicentre of the virus – have been prevented from travelling in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus during the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, traditionally China’s busiest travel season.
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Coronavirus: All you need to know

Trapped in Hubei: A family caught in an unexpected quarantine

Could China’s coronavirus outbreak become a global epidemic?

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is currently in China.
The agency has acknowledged the respiratory illness is an emergency in China but said last week it was too early to declare the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. It has described the global risk from the virus as high. 
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, January 28
France reports fourth coronavirus case
An elderly Chinese tourist in a “serious condition” in a Paris hospital is France’s fourth confirmed case of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, France’s top health official said.
The man, visiting France from the hard-hit Chinese province of Hubei, was being treated in intensive care by medical staff, health director general Jerome Salomon told reporters in the capital.
China agrees to WHO sending experts to study virus
China has agreed that the World Health Organization will send international experts there as soon as possible to increase understanding of a new coronavirus and guide the global response to the outbreak, the UN agency said.
In a statement after a two-day visit by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who met Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as the health and foreign ministers, it said that a better understanding of the virus’s ability to spread from person to person was urgently needed to advise other countries.
“The discussions focused on continued collaboration on containment measures in Wuhan, public health measures in other cities and provinces, conducting further studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, continuing to share data, and for China to share biological material with WHO,” the WHO said.
“The two sides agreed that WHO will send international experts to visit China as soon as possible to work with Chinese counterparts on increasing understanding of the outbreak to guide global response efforts,” the WHO added, without giving a timeframe.
EU to evacuate hundreds of citizens from China
The European Union is dispatching two flights to evacuate at least 350 healthy European citizens from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The 28-nation union activated a disaster-response mechanism to organise the flights at the request of France, which has a large number of citizens in the Wuhan region.
The initial flights will only carry healthy EU citizens or those without symptoms of the virus, the European Commission said in a statement. It said the EU is ready to mobilise further flights in the coming days.
The first flight will carry about 250 French citizens. More than 100 other EU citizens will travel on the second flight. The EU will cofinance the flights.
US prepares to airlift citizens out of Wuhan
The US government chartered a plane to fly out diplomats from the US Consulate in Wuhan, where the outbreak started, along with other Americans.
Four people quarantined in Ethiopia over coronavirus fears
Ethiopia said it has quarantined four people suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus.
The suspected cases were identified through a screening conducted at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and the four have been quarantined at the Bole Tafa centre, the Ethiopian health ministry and Public Health Institute said in a joint press statement.
“All four suspects came from Wuhan city in Hubei province in China where the virus is taking the biggest toll and where it was first identified,” it said.
“The specimen[s] from the four suspects have been sent to South Africa for further examination,” the statement said.
US asks China for ‘more cooperation and transparency’ on virus
US Health Secretary Alex Azar urged China to be open and transparent about the new coronavirus that has hit the country, while also saying travel restrictions must remain an option on the table.
Azar said the US was offering Beijing assistance.
“We are urging China: More cooperation and transparency are the most important steps you can take to a more effective response,” Azar said at a press conference in Washington.
German authorities expand travel measures against coronavirus
Germany will introduce new reporting requirements for airlines and hospitals to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus from China, Health Minister Jens Spahn says.
Pilots on flights from China will have to inform air traffic control towers about the health status of their passengers before landing at German airports.
Incoming travellers from China will also be asked to fill out forms that detail how they can be reached in the 30 days after their arrival.
The airlines are to keep this information on file during that time so that contact can be made in cases of infection – for instance, in cases where they seek details on who was sitting next to whom.
Coronavirus: How residents cope with life under lockdown in Wuhan
Residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan are finding creative ways to combat the boredom of life under quarantine as the country seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Videos on Chinese social media give tips on how to cope indoors, which include breaking out in impromptu lion dances and fishing indoors.
One couple turned their dining table into a makeshift tennis table to play ping-pong.
More here.

Coronavirus: How residents cope with life under lockdown in Wuhan

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers
Amid growing concern over the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere.
The decision by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to postpone Pro League games in China follows qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled in February in soccer, basketball and boxing being moved outside of China.
The Chinese women’s team in field hockey was due to host Belgium for two games on February 8-9 in Changzhou. Those were postponed by the FIH citing “current uncertainties around the outbreak of the coronavirus in China”.
Japanese coach driver catches coronavirus from Wuhan tourists
A Japanese coach driver has been infected with the new coronavirus after coming into contact with Chinese visitors, officials said. This was the first reported case of a possible transmission inside Japan.
The man in his 60s from Nara Prefecture had contact with people from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Japan’s health ministry said.
The Japanese driver began showing symptoms on January 14 and was hospitalised 11 days later, according to the health ministry statement.
A ministry official, briefing reporters, said the driver had been in close contact with 18 people.
Taiwan confirms first coronavirus patient
Taiwan has reported the first case of coronavirus contracted on its soil and says it will start tracking the location of people who may have been infected with the virus.
Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) says a Taiwanese male in his 50s contracted the illness in Taiwan after his wife returned from a trip to the Chinese city of Wuhan.
“This is Taiwan’s first indigenous case and he was infected by a family member,” Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung said in a televised news conference.
Sri Lanka stops issuing visas on arrival to Chinese citizens
Sri Lanka suspended issuing visas on arrival to Chinese tourists as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking to reporters at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said the suspension would take immediate effect.
“Hereafter, they [Chinese nationals] have to submit their visa application while in China before arriving in Sri Lanka,” Wanniarachchi said.

Sri Lanka reported one confirmed case as Tuesday afternoon [Reuters]

India gearing up to evacuate citizens from China 
Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry, said the country is preparing to evacuate citizens from China’s Hubei province.
Authorities were working out the logistics of moving people out of the city which is under lockdown, he said on Twitter.
Local media reported earlier that an Air India plane was on standby to evacuate an estimated 250 Indians from Wuhan.

⚠️ #CoronaVirusOutbreak Update We have begun the process to prepare for evacuation of Indian nationals affected by the situation arising out of nCorona-2019 virus outbreak in Hubei Province, China. (1/2)
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) January 28, 2020

German patient caught virus via human-to-human transmission
Germany’s first confirmed coronavirus patient caught the disease from a Chinese colleague who visited Germany last week, officials said.
The Chinese employee, a woman from Shanghai, “started to feel sick on the flight home on January 23”, Andreas Zapf, head of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety, said at a news conference.
A 33-year-old German, with whom she had attended a meeting in Bavaria, tested positive for the virus on Monday evening.
Read more here.
Up to 1,000 French nationals currently in Wuhan: Minister
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said there were currently between 500 and 1,000 French nationals in the Chinese city that is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
“We know our internal system has identified 500 French nationals (in Wuhan) but we think there might potentially be 500 more on the spot,” she said during a news conference. “They don’t all want to come home.”
Hong Kong suspends train and ferry services to mainland
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the high-speed rail service between the city and mainland China would be on hold from January 30, and all cross-border ferry services would also be suspended in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Wearing a green face mask, Lam told a press briefing the number of flights to mainland China would also be halved and personal travel permits for mainland Chinese to the city would be suspended.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam wears a mask at the press briefing [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

City of Moscow takes safety measures over virus
Moscow authorities have put in place special safety measures at hotels and tourist sites due to fears over the outbreak of coronavirus, Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of the Russian capital, said.
“We have taken special control of hotels and other places where tourists gather en masse. When alarming signs appear, emergency medical teams will be sent to carry out a thorough examination,” he wrote on his website.

Here is information on the situation in the countries with confirmed coronavirus cases.  
WHO ‘confident’ in China’s ability to contain coronavirus
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was confident in China’s ability to control and contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to state news agency Xinhua.
At a meeting with authorities in Beijing, Tedros urged calm and said he did not advocate the evacuation of foreign nationals currently in China, according to Xinhua.

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Turkey urges citizens to avoid travel to Hubei
Turkey urged its citizens not to undertake any nonessential travel to China.
In a statement, the foreign ministry warned Turkish citizens who had to travel to China to “stay away from the regions where the [coronavirus] cases are seen, especially in Hubei province”.
It added that Turkish citizens who live in China and have to travel to other parts of the country should take health precautions.
Thailand confirms six more infections, starts screening
A health official in Thailand confirmed six more coronavirus infections among visitors from China, bringing the total in the southeast Asian nation to 14.
Five of the six new cases – aged between six and 70 years old – are members of one family from Hubei, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Tanarak Plipat, told reporters. The other patient was from Chongqing.
Thailand will now scan all passengers arriving from China, said Public Health Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai.
China urges citizens to delay foreign travel over virus fears
China urged its citizens to postpone trips abroad as the country expands a massive effort to contain a viral outbreak that has killed more than 100 people nationwide.
The travel recommendation was issued “to protect the health and safety of Chinese and foreign people”, the National Immigration Administration said in a statement.

Thailand is a popular destination with tourists from China [Rungroj Yongrit/EPA]

Chinese nationals took almost 150 million trips abroad in 2018, according to Xinhua.
Japan to send charter flight to Wuhan to bring citizens home
Japan’s government will send a chartered flight to Wuhan on Tuesday night to evacuate its nationals who wish to return home.
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters the flight would carry approximately 200 passengers but that about 650 Japanese citizens were hoping to return to Japan.
He said the government was making arrangements for additional flights that will leave for Wuhan as early as Wednesday.
Asian markets fall on coronavirus worries
Stockmarkets in Asia continued to fall on Tuesday, dragged down by worries the coronavirus outbreak in China could curb economic growth.
Chinese markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holidays as stocks in Japan, Australia and South Korea dropped.

China imposed travel restrictions and monitoring, including temperature checks, in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus  [Thomas Peter/Reuters]

“While the step-up in remedial and preventive measures to curb and contain, as well as transparency, have vastly improved from SARS, fears of a global contagion are not put to bed,” said Vishnu Varathan at Mizuho Bank in Singapore.
SARS began in China in 2002, before spreading around the world over the following year, leaving some 800 people dead.
Read more here on how the coronavirus is affecting markets and the potential consequences for the Hong Kong economy here.
Philippines suspends visas on arrival for China tourists
The Philippines Bureau of Immigration said on Tuesday it would temporarily stop issuing visas on arrival for tourists from mainland China.
“We are taking this proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCoV,” Jaime Morente, the bureau’s commissioner said in a statement.
Facebook asks employees to put off non-essential travel to China
Facebook has instructed employees to suspend nonessential travel to mainland China to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Employees who need to travel to China require special authorisation and all China-based employees as well as those recently returned from there have been urged to work from home.
China virus death toll jumps to 106, nearly 1,300 new cases
The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has soared to 106 with nearly 1,300 new cases confirmed, authorities said on Tuesday.
The health commission in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, said 24 more people had died from the virus and 1,291 more people were infected, raising the total number of confirmed cases to at least 4,515 nationwide.
Germany reports first case of coronavirus
Germany has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in the southern region of Bavaria, the Bavarian health ministry said on Monday.

Paramilitary police at Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Monday [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo]

“A man in the Starnberg region has been infected with the new coronavirus,” a spokesman for the ministry said, adding that he is under surveillance in an isolation ward. 
The ministry gave no further details on how the patient came to be infected but said he was in a “medically good state”.
US tells citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to China, as it prepares evacuation
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday escalated its warning level for China to its highest level, 3 “Avoid Nonessential Travel”, because of the novel coronavirus.
The CDC advised anyone who did have to travel to the country to undertake the standard precautions: avoiding sick people, keeping away from food markets and animals, and washing hands thoroughly and frequently. It added that older people and those with underlying health issues were more at risk. 

Beijing suspends most bus services to neighbouring Hebei
China’s Beijing Public Transport Group said it would suspend most bus services into neighbouring Hebei province from Tuesday to contain the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement on its official Weibo account.
Tangshan city suspends public transit to prevent spread of coronavirus
Tangshan, China’s largest steelmaking city in northern Hebei province, announced on Tuesday morning that it was suspending all public transport within the city in an effort to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus.
South Korea going ‘all-out’ to contain virus outbreak
South Korea on Tuesday said it was going “all-out” to contain the coronavirus outbreak as it confirmed its fourth case of the infection.
“The government will be all-out to protect citizens and minimise its impact on the economy,” Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said in a policy meeting in Seoul.
Hong said the government will use an existing emergency fund for efforts to contain the virus. The fund is part of the existing budget, including 20.8 billion wones ($17.8m) set aside for anti-epidemic measures.

Canada says to ‘avoid all travel’ to Hubei province, citing travel restrictions
Canada has told its citizens to “avoid all travel” to China’s Hubei province, as a second person – the wife of a man who was first found to have the coronavirus – was diagnosed with the infection in the Canadian city of Toronto.
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