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First death from coronavirus outside of China confirmed

First death from coronavirus outside of China confirmed”

On January 31, the USA declared a public health emergency and announced it was barring entry to foreign nationals who have recently visited China.

With hospitals in Wuhan overwhelmed, China will open a military-led field hospital Monday that was built in just 10 days to treat people stricken by the virus.

As of Sunday, 16 foreigners in China had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus pneumonia, of whom two have been discharged from the hospital, Hua said.

The novel coronavirus has continued to spread with Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand on Tuesday reporting new infections that were not imported from China. The city has reported 241 confirmed cases of the virus, one of the highest levels outside of Hubei.

China says the USA has caused "panic" with its ban on travelers arriving from China.

The ban, effective from February 3, does not include Maldivian citizens, according to Waheed.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at an online press conference that since the outbreak, many government officials and others from various countries have expressed sympathy, trust and support to China, and "their words and deeds touched us a lot and we will remember them".

China's Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, said it would cut refinery output this month by about 600,000 barrels a day, roughly 12 per cent of the average daily output past year, as health worries hit fuel demand, four people with knowledge of the matter said.

The vast majority of those infected are in China; about 150 cases have been reported in two dozen other countries.

"With the best public health system in the world, New York City stands ready to respond to any confirmed cases of the coronavirus", Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Trump said over the weekend the United States had "shut down" the coronavirus threat.

"We're working closely and hand-in-hand with the Chinese government to try and resolve what is now this global epidemiological challenge", Pompeo said. The United States has recorded eight cases. The government has yet to say whether it might be used for patients with the new disease.

The WHO has said the outbreak does not yet constitute a "pandemic". In Beijing, the Xiaotangshan Hospital built in 2003 for SARS is being renovated by construction workers.

Qatar Airways joined the growing number of airlines suspending flights to mainland China.

Monday marked the first stage of the five-day planned strike.

"It is precisely developed countries like the United States with strong epidemic prevention capabilities and facilities that have taken the lead in imposing excessive restrictions contrary to World Health Organization recommendations", Hua said.

And with the Chinese economy suffering, the central bank announced it would release 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) on Monday to maintain liquidity in the banking system - the day markets re-open after the long holiday break.

Most of the deaths have been in Wuhan and the rest of surrounding Hubei province, which has largely been under lockdown for nearly two weeks.

Three new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Califonia, bringing the national total to 11, according to Reuters.

Two other new cases involved a married couple in San Benito County. Neither is hospitalized, according to local health officials.

U.S. nationals returning from the rest of mainland China will undergo health screenings at selected ports of entry and face up to 14 days of self-monitored quarantine. None of these cases involve South Korean soldiers.

Currently, South Korea has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Medical officials waiting for people who want to be tested for the novel coronavirus at Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul, South Korea, on January 31, 2020.



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