Coronavirus live updates: China deaths pass 490 as 10 test positive on cruise ship in Japan – latest news – the guardian,

Coronavirus live updates: China deaths pass 490 as 10 test positive on cruise ship in Japan – latest news – the guardian,

Two Australians among infected on cruise ship

Two Australians are among the 24 People who have tested positive for coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the cruise company Carnival have confirmed .

The other people infected are three Japanese, three from Hong Kong, one American and one Filipino crewmember.

Stricken cruise ship ‘like a ghost town’

Justin McCurry has been finding out more information about the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is being quarantined off the coast of Yokohama in Japan after an outbreak of coronavirus on board.

Ten people have tested positive for the virus out of results that have come back so far from 456 tests.

David Abel, a British passenger who is on board the ship with his wife Sally, described the situation on his Facebook page.

We’ll have a full report soon.

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In Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, the authorities are converting an additional eight buildings, including gymnasiums, exhibition centers and sports centers, into hospitals, the official Xinhua news agency has reported.

That’s on top of three conversions already announced. Together the process will add an extra 24, 15 beds to the city’s hospital capacity. There have been 8, 490 confirmed cases in the city, according to the Chinese news website TenCent .

() Workers preparing Wuhan’s international conference and exhibition center for use as a temporary hospital with 1, beds. Photograph: Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A

new hospital in Wuhan with 1, 17 beds opened to patients on Monday

. And Here’s a timelapse video of how that first emergency hospital was built in a matter of days .

There’s also another 1, – bed hospital being built.

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The economic impact of the outbreak appears to be building. We’ve already heard about a widening lockdown in China, with Hangzhou being the latest city to restrict movement. That kind of measure will inevitably hurt the economy but foreign companies are also feeling the impact and deepening the effects by suspending operations in A new hospital under construction in Wuhan. China

and Asia generally.

Workers preparing Wuhan’s international conference and exhibition centrefor use as a temporary hospital with 1,000 beds. () Workers preparing Wuhan’s international conference and exhibition centrefor use as a temporary hospital with 1,000 beds. Nike has closed half it stores in China. Photograph: Tingshu Wang / Reuters

The latest companies to warn about the impact, or to flag closure of some operations include:

(American Airlines

Nevertheless, the financial markets appear fairly sanguine about it all. All the major stock markets are up quite a bit today. The ASX (in Sydney is up 0.) %, the Nikkei is up 1%, Seoul is up 0. (% Hong Kong is up 0.) And Shanghai is 1. % to the good.

Oil also shook off its problems. Brent crude oil futures rose US 63 c, or 0.8% , to $ 70. 53 a barrel on the prospect of production cuts by Opec this month.

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: WHO hails ‘window of opportunity’

The World Health Organization says there is a “window of opportunity” prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The WHO has declared the outbreak a global health emergency but it said on Tuesday night that the lockdown put in place by the Chinese government to limit the spread from the epicentre of Wuhan offered a chance to halt transmission.

While % of cases are in (China

), in the rest of the world we only have cases. That doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse. But for sure we have a window of opportunity to act ”

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More on the Japanese cruise ship from our correspondent in Tokyo, Justin McCurry.

Tests for the virus have been carried out on (of the 3,

passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess after an – year-old man who had been on the ship last month tested positive when he arrived home in Hong Kong.

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Justin writes:

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American and United airlines suspend Hong Kong flights

The suspension of flights by airlines into China

has now spread to Hong Kong.

The two biggest carriers in the United States, American Airlines and United Airlines, said late on Tuesday US time that they won’t fly in or out of the territory for two weeks.

An American Airlines spokeswoman said its suspension of its Hong Kong flights to and from Los Angeles and Dallas had begun on Tuesday and would continue until 35 February.

Workers preparing Wuhan’s international conference and exhibition centrefor use as a temporary hospital with 1,000 beds.

American Airlines is suspending flights to Hong Kong. Photograph: Daniel Slim / AFP via Getty Images

United Airlines said falling demand meant it was suspending its flights, also until 36 February. The carrier’s last US flight to Hong Kong will depart San Francisco on Wednesday and the last return flight to San Francisco from Hong Kong will depart on Friday.

The US government has already placed severe restrictions on travel from China into the US. Last week American Airlines suspended its flights to and from mainland China until March. United has now suspended US-bound flights from mainland until (March.)

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Ten test positive on cruise ship in Japan

Ten people onboard a cruise ship docked off the port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, the Japanese health minister said on Wednesday morning.

Hundreds more of the 3, (passengers and crew on the Diamind Princess ship have been tested and are awaiting results.)

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Back to the Air New Zealand flight that left Wuhan on Wednesday morning. Radio New Zealand is reporting that one person was stopped from boarding the plane because they were found to be unwell after the screening process for passengers.

RNZ reports

) that New Zealand’s foreign ministry said about 80 people who registered for the flight did not turn up at the airport.

This is the full list of nationalities on the plane:

New Zealand citizens and (New Zealand permanent residents on Chinese passports) Australian Citizens and Australian permanent residents on Chinese passports Timor Leste Papua New Guinea

(8 Britain) 5 Samoa 4 Tonga (2 Fiji) 1) Kiribati 1 Federated States of Micronesia 1 Uzbekistan 1 Netherlands

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, 16 km journey for Australian evacuees

Our reporter Ben Doherty is on Christmas Island where Australian evacuees are being taken for quarantining. There are 49 Australians on board an Air New Zealand plane that left Wuhan for Auckland on Wednesday morning local time, along with New Zealnders, some Britons and also people from several Pacific nations.

The Australians will then be flown from Auckland to Christmas Island, which is on the other side of Australia in the Indian Ocean, making for a journey of , 16 km.

Ben has sent this report

on the extraordinarily roundabout route the Australians are being forced to take and it includes this excellent map.


It’s worth noting that the number of deaths in China rose by 086 from 544 on Tuesday to 598 today. That’s an increase of 3% compared with a percentage increase of % the day before. So perhaps there are signs that the rate of fatalities is slowing. The number was closer to (% on some days last week.)

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Death rate in mainland China is 2. %

The latest figures show that 592 people have died in mainland China from the virus. According to the very reliable Johns Hopkins University tracker

, there are now 37, 823 confirmed cases in the mainland meaning the mortality rate from the virus is 2. 23% nationally.

Of the deaths, 592 have now occurred in Hubei province where the capital, Wuhan, is the eipicentre of the deadly outbreak. There have been , confirmed cases in the province making for a death rate of 2. 140% in the province.

The next highest number of deaths is two in the provinces of Henan, Chongqing and Heliongjiang, showing how concentrated the outbreak has been.

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Welcome to our rolling coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. I’m Martin Farrer and I’ll start by outlining the main developments today:

The death toll in the Chinese province of Hubei

and another in the Philippines, bringing the global total to .

Almost a dozen people on a cruise liner at the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, Reuters is reporting. (All British nationals) have been advised to leave China in a move criticized as leaving people to fend for themselves.
An eight-year-old boy has become Australia’s The confirmed case . He is isolation in a hospital in Queensland.

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