Countries around the world are taking precautionary measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, as the death toll continues to rise.
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44 More Infections Reported on Cruise Ship in Japan
An additional 44 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus abroad the Diamond Prince cruise ship docked in Japan, local newspaper Japan Times reported, citing the local health ministry.
Among the newly infected people, 29 are Japanese nationals and 15 are non-Japanese. One crew member is among them.
There are now 218 people that have tested positive for the virus on the cruise ship.
“We are currently making hospital arrangements for those who tested positive,” health minister Katsunobu Kato said, according to the outlet.
The other patients were all removed from the ship and are quarantined in hospitals across Tokyo, according to previous reports.
Hong Kong Schools To Be Closed Until March 16
Hong Kongs Education Secretary Kevin Yeung announced in a press conference on Thursday that all schools in the city will remain closed until at least March 16.
Previously, the Hong Kong government had postponed returning to school until Feb. 17 following the Chinese New Year holiday, before extending the delay until March 2.
A District in Hubei Announces Wartime Regulation
Health officials in Zhangwan, a district in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province, announced on Wednesday eight measures to enforce “wartime regulation” of the district. The measures take effect at midnight on Thursday for at least 14 days.
One measure calls for “complete seal-off management” of all buildings. Except for medical personnel, health officials, and people in the sectors of water, electricity, telecommunications, and basic living necessities, all others are forbidden from entering and leaving these buildings.
As part of the “wartime regulation,” government officials are in charge of buying living necessities, including drugs, for local residents.
All cars, with the exception of medical vehicles, police cars, firefighting vehicles, trucks, and government vehicles, will be forbidden from going in and out of local residential areas.
People will be detained for trying to enter any sealed-off areas.
All members of the Chinese Communist Party are also told they should “unconditionally obey” the orders given by the government officials at local villages and residences.
United Airlines Extends Service Suspension to Hong Kong and China
In a statement on Feb. 12, United Airlines said its services to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu, which is the capital of southwestern Chinas Sichuan province, will be further suspended until April 24.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will evaluate our schedule as we remain in close contact with the CDC and other public health experts around the globe,” the statement said.
New York City Clears Final Suspected Case
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City announced on Feb. 12 that the 7th person it was testing for the novel coronavirus has been given the all clear.
“We now have zero cases pending,” the department said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are currently 14 known cases in the United States, with eight of them in California.
What We Know and Tips to Stay Safe
While health experts say there is still no clear indication of how potent the virus is, there are some things that we do know about COVID-19.
The carrier of the virus can be infectious before showing symptoms. The most common symptoms associated with the virus include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. But Chinese researchers are saying that patients have also displayed other symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, chest pains, and headaches.
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