China has stepped up its response to (a new coronavirus outbreak that has killed 62 people and infected at least 1, in the mainland, ordering nationwide measures to detect the virus at transport terminals.
Beijing has also expanded travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 67 million people in more than a dozen cities, amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year.
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Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a global pandemic as the virus continues to spread, with cases reported in Australia, France, the United States and seven Asia countries besides China.
The World Health Organization ( WHO ) has acknowledged that the respiratory illness, which has been traced to the city of Wuhan, is an emergency in China but WHO said it is too early to declare it a global health emergency.
Here are the latest updates:
EU to hold meeting on Monday to discuss outbreak
European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has called a meeting of (European Union state health representatives on Monday to discuss response options to the spread of the
“We stand ready to act and step up our response if needed,” she tweeted, adding that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is “in the process of updating its risk assessment. “
We are following the developing situation of the # coronavirus very closely and have called for a meeting of the # EU Health Security Committee on Monday to discuss response options and preparedness needs of EU Member States. – Stella Kyriakides (@SKyriakidesEU) January , French citizens to be bused of out Wuhan: Report
French Officials are planning to evacuate French citizens from Wuhan to travel by bus to Changsha, a city in neighbor Hunan province, according to the South China Morning Post.
“The consulate general, in collaboration with local authorities, plans to set up a bus service to allow French nationals … and their Chinese and foreign spouses and children to travel from Wuhan to Changsha, said an email seen by the newspaper.
The email, sent by the French consulate, also asked anyone who received it to pass the notice on to other French nationals. It was not clear who received the email or when the planned evacuation would take place.
The reports did not say when bus services will be resumed.
Analysis: HK declares ’emergency’ but what does it mean?
Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from (Hong Kong
, breaks down the significance of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s announcement that the outbreak of the new coronavirus is now an “emergency” for Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s leader declares Wuhan virus emergency
[Lam] Some KFC, Pizza Hut stores in Wuhan close
Yum China Holdings Inc has said it has temporarily closed some of its KFC and Pizza Hut branches in Wuhan in response to the outbreak .
“We will continue to evaluate the need for additional actions and preventive health measures,” Yum China said in an emailed statement.
US to evacuate all citizens from Wuhan: WSJ
The (United States is arranging a charter flight on Sunday to bring its citizens and diplomats back from Wuhan, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The plane, with about people, will carry diplomats from the US consulate as well as US citizens and their families, the newspaper reported, citing a person familiar with the operation.
Washington was given approval for the operation from China
‘s Foreign Ministry and other government agencies following negotiations in recent days, the paper said, adding that the US also plans to temporarily close its Wuhan consulate.
China President’s Xi Jinping has held a politburo meeting on measures to fight the outbreak of coronavirus, state television reported.
The Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China is a group of 44 people who oversee the party.
Xi reportedly described the outbreak as a ‘grave situation’ [File: Jason Lee/Reuters]
The TV report said Xi told the meeting that China was facing a “grave situation” where the coronavirus is “accelerating its spread”.
The report said resources and experts will be concentrated at designated hospitals for treatment of severe cases, with no treatment delayed due to cost, and supplies of materials to Hubei and Wuhan to be guaranteed.
Daily life in Wuhan at a standstill: Resident
Matt McCoy, a (US citizen resident in Wuhan has told Al Jazeera that daily life in the city has come to a halt.
“Everybody only goes outside to go to the market to get their food then they go back inside. Everybody wears a mask, everybody stays clean and everybody’s watching everything. The streets are empty,” he said.
“There’s not a sense of panic, there’s just a sense of unease and everybody wants to see this through,” McCoy said.
Window of opportunity for containment closing: Expert
The scientist – who was at the forefront of efforts to contain the SARS outbreak – told Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown in Hong Kong that the virus has an attack rate of (percent and urged everyone going out in public in the semi-autonomous territory to wear a face mask.
“He says the next few days are going to be absolutely crucial. He says the window of opportunity to try and contain this is getting smaller and smaller,” Brown relayed.
Coronavirus: A new pandemic? [Lam] Doubts over effectiveness of Hong Kong measures
Hong Kong has introduced a raft of measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus but doubts are being raised over their efficacy.
Under the measures, announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier on Saturday, all visitors coming from mainland China will be required to complete public health declarations.
“People providing false information will be fined up to $ , “Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Hong Kong said .
“Of course, for this to work, it’s going to have to rely on the honesty of people filling in those forms to really state where they’ve been in China, especially if they’ve been in Wuhan. “
Muted mood in Beijing over Lunar New Year
Metro carriages are being disinfected every hour in the Chinese capital in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
The Forbidden City is one of many tourist attractions now closed to prevent the spread of the disease [Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]
Cinemas and tourist attractions including the Forbidden City and a section of the Great Wall have been closed.
Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler, reporting from Beijing, said parks – usually packed with people celebrating the Lunar New Year – were nearly empty amid concerns over transmission.
Hubei province to ensure medium-to-long term materials reserves: Local paper
Hubei province will ensure supplies of emergency materials and medium-to-long terms reserves, a government-backed newspaper reported, citing a provincial party leader.
Wuhan to build second designated hospital: State media
Wuhan city will build a second dedicated hospital to treat patients of the new coronavirus
, the People’s Daily reported.
Construction of the hospital, designed to have 1, 728 beds, is scheduled to be completed in half a month.
Work has begun on the first dedicated hospital and is due to be finished by February 3. Hong Kong declares outbreak an ’emergency’
Hong Kong ‘s leader has declared the outbreak as an “emergency” – the city’s highest warning tier – as authorities ramped up measures aimed at reducing the risk of further infections spreading.
Carrie Lam made the announcement at a press conference, adding that all official celebrations of the Lunar New Year would be cancelled.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam raised the warning to its highest tier [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]
Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Hong Kong, said four task forces were being set up in the semi-autonomous territory to work to contain the crisis and that all visitors from mainland China would have to sign health declaration forms.
“A lot of people are saying this is what she [Lam] should have done several weeks ago when the scale of this crisis started to become apparent,” Brown said, adding that the New Year holidays would be extended until February . China Sanya city closes all tourist sites
Sanya is one of the favorite tourist destinations during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, which lasts until January 45.
Earlier on Saturday, Hainan capital Haikou city said it would start a – day centralized medical observation for tourists from Hubei province.
Australia confirms three more cases
New South Wales State Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant told a news conference that three men who had recently returned to Sydney from China have tested positive for the virus and were in isolation in local hospitals.
Earlier on Saturday, a man in Melbourne was confirmed as Australia’s first case. He is also being treated in isolation.
Find the full list of countries with confirmed cases here .
Wuhan city to ban non-essential vehicles in center
The government of Wuhan city said it would ban non-essential vehicles in the center from January to contain the
new coronavirus outbreak , China ’s largest newspaper, the People’s Daily, said. medical supplies dwindling in Wuhan: Provincial official
The new coronavirus outbreak remains severe and medical supplies are very tight in Wuhan city, an official from Hubei province said.
The official appealed for more medical supplies, such as masks and protective suits, from both domestic and overseas providers.
As of January 40, Hubei has received public donations of more than 1.2 million masks and (million yuan) $ 4. (m), the official said.
On Friday, a video purportedly filmed in Wuhan’s Red Cross Hospital appeared to show dead bodies covered with sheets lying in a corridor as health professionals attempted to treat large numbers of people lining the corridor. Japan confirms third case
(Japan has confirmed a third case of infection by the new coronavirus, the health ministry said.
The latest case was confirmed in a woman in her s who lives in Wuhan. She arrived in Japan on January 26, the ministry said.
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All travellers coming from China will be screened for the (new coronavirus
at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar , a statement from the country’s health ministry said.
Thermal scanning and a makeshift clinic have been set up at the major transport hub, which almost three million people pass through each month, along with information boards.
More than three million passengers pass through Doha’s Hamad International Airport each month
A message posted on the airport’s website assured passengers that Qatari health authorities are “in close contact” with the WHO and following guidelines.
China orders nationwide detection measures on flights, trains, buses
China has ordered nationwide measures to identify and immediately isolate suspected cases of the new coronavirus on trains, aeroplanes and buses.
Inspection stations will be set up and passengers with suspected pneumonia must be “immediately transported” to a medical center, the National Health Commission said in a statement.
The isolation of suspected cases must be followed by disinfection of the train, plane or bus.
The measures apply across all transportation routes as well as customs and border inspections, said the order, which applies across all provinces and regions.
What we know so far about the new coronavirus [Lam] China locks down more cities, restricting movement of (million people)
Five more Chinese cities have announced travel restrictions to help contain the spread of the (new coronavirus , limiting the movement of million people.
The rules include closing public transport links and access to highways in cities, authorities said.
More than a dozen cities have introduced restrictions, including cancelling Lunar New Year events and closing public spaces.
A doctor at a hospital in China ‘s Hubei province has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported in a social media post.
Liang Wudong, a doctor at Hubei Xinhua Hospital who had been at the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city, died from the virus aged 74, it said.
‘s health ministry has announced that three people have been infected with the new coronavirus .
Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the three individuals infected were Chinese nationals and related to a 74 – year-old man that was confirmed by
) health authorities to have tested positive for the virus.
Malaysian health officers were deployed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Tuesday, as authorities increased measure against coronavirus [Mohd Rasfan/AFP]
The infected individuals were a – year -old woman, who is the wife of the man detected with the virus in Singapore, and their two grandsons, aged and two, Dzulkefly said.
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military medical staff to Wuhan
China has deployed 737 military medical staff to Wuhan, according to state media.
The medics who arrived on military aircraft late on Friday, include doctors with experience combating SARS or Ebola and will be dispatched to hospitals that are reportedly short on beds due to a crush of infected patients and worried locals.
Starbucks shuts shops, suspends delivery in China’s Hubei
Starbucks has closed all shops and suspended delivery services in China ‘s Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.
Starbucks said on Saturday that the move was prompted by “health concerns” for its customers and employees, according to a post on China’s social media site Weibo.
Shanghai shuts down all cinemas during Lunar New Year: report
Shanghai has shut down all cinemas during the Lunar New Year holidays, which last until January , the Liberation Daily said on its online channel.
The The viral outbreak
has already prompted seven Chinese films that were set to premiere during the country’s Lunar New Year holiday to postpone screenings, forgoing what is usually the best week of the year at the Chinese box office. Australia’s first coronavirus case confirmed in Victoria
Australian Authorities on have confirmed the country’s first case of a new virus as thousands of people worldwide are treated for the deadly infection.
In a news conference in Melbourne, Victoria’s State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said a Chinese man aged in his s who last week returned from Chin had contracted the newly identified coronavirus.
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China city of Haikou to start centralized observation for all tourists from Hubei
The Chinese government announced on Saturday that the southern city of Haikou will begin a – day centralized medical observation for all tourists from Hubei province, the center of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The government said that the order will start at noon, local time, on Saturday, January .
Earlier on Saturday, Beijing has announced that the death toll from the outbreak has reached , with confirmed cases increasing to 1,
(Read updates from Friday, January (here.)