Japan government panel experts say ship quarantine was not perfect
Japanese health officials and experts on a government panel acknowledged Monday that the quarantine of the virus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess was not perfect, but defended Japan's decision to release about 1,000 passengers after 14 days.
India is likely to send a military transport aircraft to the coronavirus-hit Wuhan on February 26 to deliver relief material and bring back more Indians following a clearance from China, Union Health ministry officials said on Monday.
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Coronavirus cases spread outside China, but WHO reports turning point in Wuhan
China's actions, especially in Wuhan, have probably prevented hundreds of thousands of cases, said the head of the WHO delegation in China, Bruce Aylward, urging the rest of the world to learn the lesson of acting fast.
Oman reports first two cases of coronavirus who had visited Iran
Coronavirus cases spread outside China, fall inside, winning WHO's praises
Italy, South Korea and Iran reported sharp rises in coronavirus infections on Monday, but China relaxed curbs on movement as the rate of new infections there eased and a visiting World Health Organization team reported steep declines in visits to clinics.
Big jump in virus cases in Italy's north despite lockdowns
COVID-19 remains an international emergency; over 79000 affected globally
The World Health Organization (WHO) no longer has a process for declaring a pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency, a spokesman said on Monday.
The Geneva-based agency, which declared the H1N1 swine flu outbreak a pandemic in 2009, declared the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China in December a public health emergency of International concern, known as a PHEIC, on Jan. 30.
An announcement that the Chinese city of Wuhan would relax some of its travel restrictions and allow some people to leave was made without authorisation and has been revoked, the local government said on Monday.
The city at the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak that has already killed more than 2,500 people said it would continue to impose strict controls over its borders in order to prevent the virus from spreading further.
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 79,000 people globally.
The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Monday in Beijing:
-Mainland China: 2,592 deaths among 77,150 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei
-Hong Kong: 74 cases, 2 deaths
-Macao: 10 cases
-Japan: 838 cases, including 691 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 4 deaths
- South Korea: 763 cases, 7 deaths
China considers 'complete ban' on wildlife trade
China's top legislative committee on Monday began deliberating a proposal to ban all trade and consumption of wild animals, a practice believed responsible for the country's deadly coronavirus outbreak. (Agency: AFP)
China's 'Steel Roses' footballers defy virus to lift spirits
China's women's football team has emerged as a symbol of defiance against the coronavirus after coming out of quarantine to move to the brink of a place at the Tokyo Olympics. [Image credit: FIFA.com]
Bahrain's first coronavirus case detected
The first case of the new coronavirus was detected in Bahrain, the state news agency said on Monday, citing the health ministry. The Ministry of Health added that it was a Bahraini citizen arriving from Iran. [AGENCY: Reuters]
The country has seen a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases adding more than 700 cases in less than a week since a cluster of infections emerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu. South Korean President Moon Jae-in raised the country's virus alert to the highest "red" level.
In temples, mosques and churches, China’s religious believers have jumped into the national battle against the coronavirus. They have offered prophecies and prayers, services, as well as donations totaling more than $30 million.
Japan hit severly, more than 130 cases
Japan has more than 130 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and four have died. Three of those deaths were passengers who had been on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off in Yokohama, where the number of infections is now at 630.
Death toll risen to 2,592 after 150 more fatalities were reported (Agency: AFP)
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Many top officials who would normally attend the meeting are consumed with tackling the virus in their home regions.
Coronavirus outbreak in Italy cuts short Venice Carnival
The annual Venice Carnival was on Sunday cancelled two days earlier than scheduled due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy. This comes even as the country reported the third death from the deadly infection on Sunday, reported Deutsche Welle. The health chief of the Lombardy region, Giulio Gallera said the victim was an elderly woman from a town of east Milan, who was also suffering from cancer. According to Gallera, the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Lombardy has reached 112, bringing the total number of cases across the country to over 150. Cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in five Italian regions namely, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Piedmont, reported Sputnik. The authorities of Lombardy and Veneto have decided to ban all public events, including cultural and sports ones.
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China says new coronavirus cases drop to 409 on Feb 23 but deaths jump to 150
Mainland China had 409 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 648 reported a day earlier. The number of new deaths, however, rose to 150 from 97 over the same period, it said in a statement. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the mainland is now 77,150, and 2,592 have died from the outbreak, the commission said.
Some restrictions imposed on export of medical equipment to China: MEA
India said some restrictions were imposed on export of certain medical equipment to China in view of their short supply within the country and asserted that precautions taken by authorities were in accordance with the WHO's advisory on coronavirus. The comments by the Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs came after China raised the issue of India restricting export of certain medical supplies to it following the coronavirus epidemic in that country. MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the precautions taken by India are in accordance with the WHO's advisory about the outbreak of coronavirus infection. He said some restrictions have been imposed on the export of certain medical equipment to China in view of shortage of their supply in India too.
Israel confirms second coronavirus case among cruise returnees
Israel confirmed its second case of the new coronavirus Sunday -- a second returned citizen from the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess. The first case was announced on Friday. The two were among 11 Israelis allowed off the ship in Yokohama, Japan and flown home after initially testing negative. All were placed in isolation for a 14 day period at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv. Earlier Sunday Israeli authorities ordered nearly 200 pupils into home quarantine after they were in proximity to South Korean tourists carrying the coronavirus.
New Zealand extends ban on arrivals from China on coronavirus fears
New Zealand has extended a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week to contain the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The ban has been extended by a further eight days and would be reviewed after that, Ardern told a news conference. New Zealand so far has no confirmed cases of the virus in the country.
China's leader said the new coronavirus epidemic is the communist country's largest-ever public health emergency, but other nations were also increasingly under pressure from the deadly outbreak's relentless global march. In a rare admission, at a meeting to coordinate the fight against the virus, Xi added that China must learn from "obvious shortcomings exposed" during its response.
South Korea reports 161 new virus cases, bringing total to 763
South Korea has reported 161 new cases of the new virus that has spread rapidly in the region surrounding its southwest city of Daegu, bringing its total number of cases to 763. Officials on Monday also confirmed two more deaths of virus patients, bringing its death toll to seven. South Korea's president said Sunday that he was putting his country on its highest alert for infectious diseases, ordering officials to take ``unprecedented, powerful'' steps to stem the spread of the outbreak. The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness has infected tens of thousands of people, mostly in China.
Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama
The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantine patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship stricken with coronavirus at a federal facility in Alabama, the state's governor and a U.S. senator said on Sunday. The news came as worry grew over the spread outside China of the sometimes fatal virus, with a spike in the number of cases found in South Korea, Iran and Italy. Experts were baffled over outbreaks with no clear link to China.