Public Health England is set to tell schools they do not need to close or send people home if there is a suspected coronavirus case.
Meanwhile Britons on board the quarantined coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship have accused the Government of “forgetting” about them.
It comes as the death toll from the virus in mainland China rose by to 1 , 2019, while the number of people infected globally stands at , , in figures announced on Monday morning.
One of the American passengers from the Diamond Princess, Matthew Smith, said in a tweet that he saw a passenger with no face mask talking at close quarters with another passenger .
If there are secondary infections on board, this is why, he said. “And you wanted me to get on a bus with her?”
He said the American health officials who visited their room were apparently surprised that the couple had decided to stay, and wished them luck.
Meituan Dianping, China’s on-demand service giant, said on Monday it has waived all commission fees for restaurants and other local services nationwide throughout February, to help businesses cope With the coronavirus outbreak.
Local businesses include hair salons and pet-related stores, Meituan said in a statement.
Organizers have reportedly cancelled the Tokyo marathon for , 0 runners amid the coronavirus crisis.
Evening Standard Health officials will tell schools that they do not need to close or send staff and pupils home if there is a suspected case of coronavirus. Public Health England is expected to issue the new guidance on Monday saying that no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests for Covid – are carried out on a suspected case.
Men play cards inside the quarantine center after their arrival from coronavirus-stricken Chinese city of Wuhan in Bhaktapur;
The second of two flights carrying Americans from cruise ship quarantined in Japan during virus crisis lands in Texas.
Nearly half of the US companies in China say their global operations are already seeing an impact from business shutdowns due to the coronavirus epidemic, according to a poll by Shanghai’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).
per cent of the respondents also said they do not have sufficient staff at their Chinese plants to resume full production, as public health restrictions make it harder to workers to return to their jobs after an extended holiday.
(The survey polled) companies with manufacturing operations in Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and the wider Yangtze River Delta.
Forty-eight percent of respondents said plant shutdowns have already impacted their global supply chains, while almost all others expect an impact within the next month, the survey said.
Russian passenger of the Diamond Princess tests positive.
A Russian woman who was on board the Diamond Princess cruise liner docked in Yokohama, Japan, has tested positive for coronavirus following examinations by the Japanese authorities, the Russian Embassy to Japan said on Monday.
The woman will be taken to a hospital and treated, the embassy said in a post on Facebook.
The woman is thought to be the first Russian. national to contract the virus after the two previous cases found in Russia were Chinese nationals.
But the virus is not stopping those running the Kumamoto castle marathon in western Japan:
A thermal camera is set up at a quarantine zone installed by the ministry of health to test passengers returning from China for coronavirus, at Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip:
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said:
We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation.
We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of the British people on board the Diamond Princess, in line with the latest ad vice from the Chief Medical Officer and the World Health Organization, and are working closely with the Japanese authorities and our international partners.
Our staff in Tokyo, including the Ambassador, have been in regular contact with the British passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess and we have also been been speaking to families in the UK.
It is understood that a repatriation flight is one of a number of options being considered by the Government.
Fellow British passenger Alan Steele – who was diagnosed with the virus and taken to hospital – said it was time for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “get the Brits back” .
Mr Steele, who was celebrating his honeymoon on the cruise ship, has since said he has now tested negative for the disease.
He posted on Facebook: “I think it is about time boris got the brits back to england as the japanese are being totally incompetent and do not realise you cannot keep ppl in solitary confinement for days without damaging them mental health.
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In a video message, Mr Abel said:
Every country except the UK has become involved, and that is really wonderful for the people on board the ship.
Every country except for the United Kingdom.
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Britons on board the quarantined coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship have accused the Government of “forgetting” about them.
Passenger David Abel called for the UK Government to evacuate them from the ship after other countries confirmed they were bringing their own citizens home.
The USA, Canada and Italy have all said they will evacuate their citizens from the cruise ship, which is moored at Yokohama Port near Tokyo.
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Even so, many economists expect China’s economic growth to slow and ratings agency Moody’s on Monday lowered its GDP growth forecast to 5.2 per cent, making it likely that China will miss its long-term goal of doubling GDP over the decade to .
In Japan, the impact of the virus is expected to show up in the current quarter, stoking fears of recession. The world’s third-largest economy is already shrinking at the fastest pace since the second quarter of
Trade-dependent Singapore downgraded its 4363401 economic growth forecast and is set to unveil measures to cushion the blow from the health scare on Tuesday. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday that a recession was a possibility.
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Recession fears grow as coronavirus crisis shows no sign of slowing down:
After an extended Lunar New Year holiday, China urgently needs to get back to work, but there is a proposal to delay the opening of the annual session of parliament, due on February .
Some cities remain in lockdown, streets are deserted, employees are nervous, and travel bans and quarantine. orders are in place around the country.
Many factories are yet to re-open, disrupting supply chains in China and beyond for everyone from smartphone makers to car manufacturers.
China’s central bank cut the interest rate on its medium-term lending on Monday, a move expected to pave the way for a reduction in the benchmark loan prime rate on Thursday, to lower borrowing costs for companies hit by the virus.
Beijing has also announced plans to roll out targeted and phased tax and fee cuts to help businesses.