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Economic Times | 19 Feb, 2020 | 10.39AM IST

Coronavirus Updates: Two more Indians test positive on cruise ship off Japan

Two more Indians on board a quarantined cruise ship off Japan have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the number Indian nationals infected with the virus on the vessel to six, according to an official statement on Monday.

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11:43 PM

Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says "very valid" approach

Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says "very valid" approach
10:53 PM

WHO warns against novel coronavirus 'blanket measures'

10:50 PM

Coronavirus: Death toll from China jumps to 1,770

09:35 PM

Too early to see if this trend of fewer new cases of coronavirus in China will continue, "every scenario is still on the table"

- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General

08:29 PM

WHO expert Dr. Mike Ryan, asked whether Coronavirus is a pandemic, says "the real issue is whether we are seeing efficient community transmission outside of china and at the present time we are not observing that"

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Two more Indians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan

The Indian Embassy here said in a statement that 99 new positive cases on-board Diamond Princess have been confirmed on February 17, bringing the total number to 454.
Two more Indians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan
08:01 PM

Coronavirus effect on eurozone economy will be 'temporary

- Eurogroup Chief

07:19 PM

WHO experts join field inspections in China as death toll due to coronavirus climbs to 1,770

07:17 PM

Coronavirus could hamper $2.24 billion in Indian solar projects: Crisil

Nearly three-gigawatts of solar projects auctioned between July and August 2018 could be at risk of penalties for missing a July 2020 deadline for completion as the virus disrupts their supplies, Crisil Ratings said, without naming individual projects. The coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 1,700 people and infected 70,000 others, has hit the Chinese economy and disturbed global supply chains.
Coronavirus could hamper $2.24 billion in Indian solar projects: Crisil
06:42 PM

First batch of 200 Wuhan evacuees discharged from ITBP quarantine camp

06:30 PM

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP):

06:09 PM

Chinese wrestlers not to compete in Asian Championships in Delhi

05:57 PM

68 AirIndia crew members, who were part of 2 special flights that evacuated 647 Indians & 7 Maldivians from Coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China, given letters of appreciation signed by PM Narendra Modi.

05:50 PM

Four Indians infected with coronavirus on board cruise ship responding well to treatment: Indian embassy

05:40 PM

2 more Indians test positive, 6 affected on Japanese ship

05:16 PM

Beijing autoshow postponed due to coronavirus

The Beijing autoshow, which is held every two years, attracted 820,000 people in 2018 from 14 different countries and regions. This year's event was due to take place between April 21 and 30. Organisers said the event would be cancelled to "do a good job of epidemic prevention and control" and to protect the "physical health" of exhibitors and visitors.
05:00 PM

Organisers cancel Tokyo marathon for 38,000 runners over virus

04:01 PM

China to build mask factory in six days!

The Chinese capital of Beijing will set up a new mask factory within just six days to meet soaring demand for protective gear in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. The factory, to be converted from an industrial building by China Construction First Group, will be able to turn out 250,000 masks each day, it said, adding that work began on Monday and was set to be completed by Saturday.
03:50 PM

How Coronavirus will impact your money

As trade gets disrupted and demand for commodities in China turns soft, Indian companies are likely to feel the heat as well. This could also impact the stock markets.
How Coronavirus will impact your money
03:36 PM

Coronavirus battle goes hi-tech

02:29 PM

New coronavirus is 'preventable and treatable': China health official

The novel coronavirus that has killed more than 1,700 people in China is "preventable and treatable", an official from the country's National Health Commission said on Monday. Guo Yanhong, a hospital administration supervisor at the commission, made the remarks at a daily press conference, in which she also said the percentage of infected patients in virus epicentre Wuhan who are critically ill had dropped to 18% now from 38% at the beginning of the outbreak.
New coronavirus is 'preventable and treatable': China health official
02:19 PM

Coronavirus derails another top tech event

After Facebook, Coronavirus has derailed another significant-tech summit in the Silicon Valley, this time from global chip-maker Intel which on Monday decided to postpone its “Intel briefing sessions” that were scheduled on March 13 here. The company said in a statement that the briefing sessions would not be organised as scheduled "due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on the ecosystem".
02:08 PM

First plane carrying Americans from Japan virus ship lands in US

The first plane carrying US citizens evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan landed at Travis Air Force Base in California late Sunday. The charter flight touched down around 11:29 pm (0729 GMT Monday) at the base 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, an AFP photographer saw. The passengers will be quarantined at the base for 14 days. A second flight carrying the rest of the more than 300 US citizens and family members evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship was shortly due to land at another base in San Antonio, Texas. Fourteen passengers had returned positive tests for the new coronavirus shortly before the flights departed Japan and were transported in an isolated part of the aircraft, the State Department said.
First plane carrying Americans from Japan virus ship lands in US
01:53 PM

India to send consignment of medical supplies to China later this week to combat coronavirus

India will send a consignment of medical supplies on a relief flight to Wuhan city later this week to support China in combating the deadly coronavirus outbreak in the country, Indian Embassy in China said on Monday.
01:18 PM

Keep your hands clean

01:17 PM

Armed gang steals toilet rolls as coronavirus panic-buying hit Hong Kong

Toilet rolls have become hot property in the densely packed business hub, despite government assurances that supplies remain unaffected by the virus outbreak. Supermarkets have found themselves unable to restock quickly enough, leading to sometimes lengthy queues and shelves wiped clean within moments of opening.
Armed gang steals toilet rolls as coronavirus panic-buying hit Hong Kong
01:02 PM

Wuhan crisis now threatens India's drug supply

The Indian govt is mulling to ban export of around 12 medicines — mainly antibiotics, vitamins and hormones —as the government explores measures to ensure there is no shortage of essential drugs in India due to the lockdown in China’s Hubei’s province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak and also a major supplier of raw material or active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) used in medicine formulations.
Wuhan crisis now threatens India's drug supply
12:17 PM

No B'day for Japan Emperor amid epidemic fear

Japan said Monday it would cancel a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito, as fears grow over the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.
12:08 PM

It's now spreading further and at an alarming rate

Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and 105 more deaths, as the military dispatched hundreds more medical workers and extra supplies to the city hit hardest by the 2-month-old outbreak. The 2,048 new cases followed three days of declines but was up by just 39 from the previous day's tally of new cases. With fears of the virus spreading further, Chinese and residents of nearby countries and territories have begun hoarding supplies of everything from masks and other personal protective gear to instant noodles, cooking oil and toilet paper.
It's now spreading further and at an alarming rate
11:30 AM

Coronavirus outbreak puts China in a fiscal tight spot

China’s provinces are facing the economic fallout from the coronavirus with depleted ammunition, given they were already bracing for a deterioration in public finances before the outbreak hit.
11:19 AM

New virus has infected more than 71,000 people globally

In China itself, there's 70,548 cases of coronavirus. 28 other countries including India have also reported cases of the new virus.
10:51 AM

Virus jitters weigh on Asian markets

Fears about the economic fallout from the new coronavirus weighed on Asian markets Monday as the death toll in China from the epidemic rose and infections topped 70,500. Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 0.6 percent after the economy shrank 1.6 percent in the three months to December from the previous quarter, even before the novel coronavirus outbreak in China hit Japan, official data showed.After dipping at the open, Hong Kong was up 0.7 percent. Mainland China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was 1.1 percent higher. Elsewhere, Sydney fell 0.1 percent, Taipei shed 0.51 percent and Seoul was flat.
Virus jitters weigh on Asian markets
10:20 AM

20 cured coronavirus patients donate plasma to critically ill in China

As many as 20 people who recovered from novel coronavirus in China have donated their plasma to the critically ill patients in the city of Wuhan as several patients showed improved clinical symptoms after receiving plasma treatment, province's COVID-19 scientific research team has said.
20 cured coronavirus patients donate plasma to critically ill in China
10:07 AM

Avoid crowds over virus, Japan health minister warns

Japan's health minister on Sunday urged the public to avoid crowds and "non-essential gatherings", including notoriously packed commuter trains, to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in the country. Katsunobu Kato warned the nation was "entering a new phase" in the outbreak of the virus, which has infected nearly 60 people in Japan so far. The government will draft fresh guidelines for doctors about when to suspect possible coronavirus infections and for ordinary citizens to know when to seek medical care. Japan has been pushing Tokyo residents to try telecommuting or avoid rush hour commutes to ease traffic congestion during the summer Tokyo Olympic Games.
09:58 AM

Coronavirus could damage global growth in 2020: IMF

The coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow. She said the full impact of the spreading disease that has already killed more than 1,600 people would depend on how quickly it was contained.
09:08 AM

Unequal cities bear the brunt of deadly disease outbreaks

As the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new coronavirus, becomes the latest urban centre to face a deadly disease outbreak, city planners and physicians say such densely packed hubs are particularly vulnerable and may need a redesign.
08:44 AM

US evacuates from Japan virus ship as China death toll climbs

The US flew home its citizens from a coronavirus-infected cruise ship in Japan Monday, with other nations preparing to follow suit as global concerns grow over the spread of the disease and the death toll at its Chinese epicentre topped 1,700. Outside China, the biggest cluster of infections is on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama, where coronavirus cases have climbed quickly to 355 despite passengers being confined to their cabins during a 14-day quarantine. And amid growing criticism of Japan's handling of the ship, governments are scrambling to repatriate their citizens, with Canada, Australia, Italy, Israel and Hong Kong poised to follow Washington's lead.
US evacuates from Japan virus ship as China death toll climbs
08:29 AM

Japan keeps high coronavirus alert as nationals return from China

Japan evacuated more nationals from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak on Monday, while concerns about the spreading disease raised the possibility that organisers may cut the number of participants at next month's Tokyo Marathon. A fifth government-chartered flight carrying 65 Japanese nationals arrived in Tokyo from Wuhan, China, early on Monday, bringing the total number of Japanese repatriated from the city to 763, broadcaster NHK reported. With more than 400 people infected, the majority passengers on a cruise ship docked off the country, Japan is the country most affected by the epidemic after China. The widening fallout is damaging output and tourism in Japan, undermining growth and potentially pushing the country into recession, analysts say.
08:07 AM

Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages

With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp, Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said.Customers order remotely – on mobile phones or by computers in store – and employees seal the meals in bags and put them in a special spot for pickup without human contact, McDonald's says on its website. For delivery orders, drivers drop McDonald's packages at building entrances, disinfect their delivery bags and wash their hands more frequently. Drivers carry ID cards showing that they - and the people who made and packaged their food - had their body temperature scanned to prove they do not have a fever.
Fast-food companies in China step up ‘contactless’ pickup, delivery as coronavirus rages
07:26 AM

Singapore cuts growth outlook as virus poses recession risk

Singapore on Monday cut its 2020 growth and export forecasts due to an expected economic blow from the new coronavirus outbreak, flagging the chance of a recession this year. The Southeast Asian city-state has reported 75 cases of the virus to date, one of the highest tallies outside China where it has claimed over 1,700 lives. The downgrade of its GDP forecast range to -0.5% to 1.5%, from 0.5% to 2.5% previously, opens up the possibility that full-year growth could be negative, with the prime minister saying on Friday that a recession is possible.
07:17 AM

Nepalis evacuated from coronavirus-hit China sent to quarantine facility in Bhaktapur

The Nepalis -- 170 students, 1 employee, 2 visitors, and 2 children -- arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday morning on a chartered flight of National Flag carrier Nepal Airlines.
Nepalis evacuated from coronavirus-hit China sent to quarantine facility in Bhaktapur
07:12 AM

China's auto sales may fall 10% in H1 due to coronavirus - industry association

China's auto market, the world's largest, is likely to see sales slide more than 10% in the first half of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic, the country's top auto industry body said. Its forecast is grimmer than an initial prediction made last month for a 2% dip in sales this year. China has been a key market for global automakers from Volkswagen to General Motors, as well as domestic manufacturers Geely and SAIC Motor. Tesla is also ramping up production from its $2 billion Shanghai factory.
06:43 AM

China's Hubei reports 1,933 new cases of coronavirus on Feb 16

China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, reported 1,933 new cases and 100 new deaths on Feb. 16, the local health authority said on Monday.
06:36 AM

Death toll reaches 1765, new cases emerge

06:29 AM

Ships are skipping China and it’s causing turmoil for trade

Dozens of export sailings to ship China-made goods to consumers from the U.S. to Europe -- think handbags, flat-screen TVs, and plastic toys -- have been canned since the coronavirus crisis escalated last month.
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