The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov), or the Wuhan coronavirus has spread from China to over 20 countries, including the United States, France, and Japan.
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India Reports 3rd Case of Coronavirus
K.K. Shailaja, health minister for Indias state of Kerala, announced a third case of coronavirus on Feb. 3, according to local outlet Business Today.
The patient, who recently traveled to Wuhan, is now receiving treatment at the Kanjangad District Hospital in Kasaragod, a town in Kerala.
Currently, India has three confirmed cases of coronavirus, all of them in Kerala.
Coronavirus Detected on Doorknob in China
Zhang Zhoubin, deputy director at Chinas Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention, announced that the new coronavirus was recently found on a doorknob of a patient infected with the virus in Guangzhou, a city in southern Chinas Guangdong province, according to a Jan. 3 article by Chinas state-run newspaper Guangzhou Daily.
The possibility that the new virus could be spread in different ways, including through the air by coughing and sneezing, poses greater threats as governments around the world try to contain the outbreak.
A recent Bloomberg report pointed out that the virus was detected in feces in the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States.
Maldives Bans Travelers from China
Maldives tourism minister Ali Waheed, speaking at a press conference on Feb. 3, announced a ban on entry of travelers from China, according to Reuters.
The ban, effective from Feb. 3, does not include Maldivian citizens, according to Waheed.
Currently, direct flights between China and the Maldives have been suspended, and the South Asian country has not reported any confirmed cases of coronavirus.
New York City Reports 2 New Possible Cases of Coronavirus
Health officials in New York city said they are now monitoring two additional patients who are showing symptoms in line with the novel coronavirus.
Both patients, who are over 60 years old, recently arrived from China.
They join a third patient who health authorities said on Feb. 1 was being tested for the virus.
“With the best public health system in the world, New York City stands ready to respond to any confirmed cases of the coronavirus,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Currently, the United States has 11 known cases of coronavirus.
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Mike Pompeo Says More US Flights to Bring Back Americans From China
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at a news conference in Uzbekistan, said a “handful” of flights will be heading to China over the next few days to bring back Americans in Hubei Province, according to AP.
“Were working closely and hand-in-hand with the Chinese government to try and resolve what is now this global epidemiological challenge,” Pompeo said.
“Well have more details exactly on when those flights will depart and when they return and how theyll return to the United States before too long.”
Vietnam Reports 8th Case of Coronavirus
The new coronavirus patient in Vietnam is a woman who returned to the country from Wuhan on Jan. 17, local media VNExpress reported, citing the local health ministry.
The woman, who returned to Vietnam with seven other coworkers abroad on the same flight, was an employee of Japan-based Nihon Plast Company, the outlet said.
Of the seven coworkers, three have already tested positive for coronavirus.
In Hong Kong, Hospital Workers Are on Strike to Demand Border Closure
Thousands of Hong Kong hospital workers turned out in force to support a strike called by local union Hospital Authority (HA) Employees Alliance.
The alliance wants the Hong Kong government to meet their five demands, which include closing the border with mainland China , ensuring adequate beds in isolation wards, and suspending non-emergency hospital services.
Monday marked the first stage of the five-day planned strike. The alliance said that if the Hong Kong government is unable to respond to their demands by 6 p.m. local time, about 9,000 hospital workers, including those in the hospitals emergency units, will take part in the second phase of the strike beginning Tuesday.
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Virus Worries Wipe $420 Billion Off Chinas Stock Market
Investors erased $420 billion from Chinas benchmark stock index on Monday, sold the yuan and dumped commodities as fears about the spreading coronavirus and its economic impact drove selling on the first day of trade in China since the Lunar New Year.
The market slide came even as the central bank poured cash in to the financial system as it stood poised to post its worst day in more than four years.
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