China's virus death toll now 170 as number of infections sharply rises

China's virus death toll now 170 as number of infections sharply rises”

There were up to 800 Pakistanis studying in various universities in Wuhan a city of 11 million people which has been quarantined by the Chinese authorities in an effort to stem the spread of the deadly virus that has killed 170 people and infected almost 8,000 others.

As foreign countries evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, the locked-down city where the virus was first detected, concern over the economic impact has steadily intensified.

Infections have been reported in at least 15 other nations, with 104 confirmed cases. He said although the virus has killed 170 people in China, authorities in Beijing have done a good job of containing it by taking swift measures. The committee voted against the move last week.The WHO officials have raised concerns about signs of a few cases of human-to-human transmission in three countries outside China.On Wednesday, they also praised China for the "extraordinary steps" the government has taken to prevent the export of cases.

There were roughly 650 Japanese citizens in the area Wuhan area who have said they want to be evacuated, authorities said Tuesday.

Singapore flew home 92 of its citizens from Wuhan on Thursday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The U.S. said additional flights were being planned for around Monday, after it evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan on Wednesday.

Chinese authorities have demanded anyone who travelled from or through Wuhan report to health authorities and self-quarantine themselves for 14 days, the maximum incubation period during which patients can be infectious even if they don't show symptoms.

- Australia's government defended its plan to send evacuees to Christmas Island, which has been used to banish asylum seekers and convicted criminals.

A growing number of governments - including the United States, Britain and Germany - have advised their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to China.

US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the new coronavirus posed a fresh risk to a fragile world economy, adding that the US central bank was on alert.

After landing in California, the passengers entered a voluntary three-day quarantine and will be offered testing for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A flight arranged between the European Union and China departed Portugal en route to China to bring back 350 Europeans.

American Airlines suspended L.A. flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing.

Finnair, Cathay Pacific, and Jetstar also stopping service. With fluctuating numbers of cases and deaths, scientists are only able to produce a rough estimate of the fatality rate and it's likely many milder cases of the virus are being missed.

A number of airlines halted flights to and from China Americans evacuated from Wuhan, more planes on the wayA plane with 195 Americans evacuated from the locked-down city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, landed in California Wednesday.Public health officials said there were no signs of illness among the evacuated passengers who were screened multiple times in both China and during a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska.Hundreds of USA citizens remain in Wuhan, however, with many still wanting to leave the city.As of Tuesday night, over 700 private American citizens have requested us government assistance in evacuating Wuhan, according to a USA official familiar with the current situation.The Department of State said Thursday it will be providing additional evacuation flights on or about Feb.3.Officials at China's National Health Commission said that as of Wednesday, there were more than 7,700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country as the death toll reached 170.

"I have no choice because I need to buy food".

British Airways suspended all flights to and from mainland China.

It can though cause severe acute respiratory infection and lead to death. Swedish furniture giant IKEA will temporarily close half of its 30 stores on the mainland.

Tech giant Foxconn said yesterday that Taiwan staff at its vast network of factories in China do not need to return to work until mid-February, a move threatening supply chains for everything from iPhones to flat-screen TVs and laptops.

United States fast food giant McDonald's said it had closed all its locations - "several hundred" restaurants - in Hubei.

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