Thursday, January 30, 2020

Outbreak exceeds SARS with more than 8200 confirmed cases

More for coronavirus live updates:Russia closes china border. cruise ship of 6000 quarantined

Coronavirus live updates: Outbreak exceeds SARS with more than 8,200 confirmed cases, cruise ship of 6,000 quarantined

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Passengers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive on a flight from Asia at Los Angeles International Airport, California, on January 29, 2020.
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All times below are in Eastern time.

10:03 am: No ‘public health options off the table’ to protect the American public, HHS Alex Azar says.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC on Thursday the administration will not take “any public health options off the table” to protect Americans from the coronavirus, which has infected five U.S. citizens. He added that the risk of infection remains low for the American public and that U.S. health officials are taking all necessary precautions.

9:30 am: Coronavirus cases top 8,200 — surpassing 2003 SARS outbreak in less than a month

More than 8,200 coronavirus cases have now been confirmed across the world, outpacing the total number of infections over the nine-month SARS outbreak in less than a month. As of Thursday morning, there were 8,123 confirmed cases in mainland China alone, according to Chinese state media, and more than 100 cases elsewhere around the world. The new virus first emerged in Wuhan, China on Dec. 31. The deadly SARS virus, by comparison infected a total of 8,098 people globally from Nov. 1, 2002, through July 31, 2003, according to the World Health Organization.

9:20 am: Wilbur Ross says coronavirus could bring jobs, manufacturing back to the US

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the coronavirus could have a positive impact on the U.S. economy. “I don’t want to talk about a victory lap over a very unfortunate, very malignant disease,” Ross told Fox Business Network. “But the fact is, it does give businesses another thing to consider when they go through their review of their supply chain.”
I think it will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America,” he said. “Some to the U.S., some to Mexico as well.”

8:15 am: Cruise ship holds 6,000 passengers near Italy

Costa Cruises is holding 6,000 passengers aboard the Costa Smeralda near Italy after a Chinese woman came down with a fever, raising concern that she may have the virus, Italian news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata reported. The cruise line Costa Cruises said in a statement that it is holding the 54-year-old woman from Macao in isolation along with her travel companion. “The Health Authority has been immediately notified and is now on board to conduct all the pertinent measures,” the company said. “It is our utmost priority to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew.”

7:48 am: Russia closes border with China

Russia plans to close its border with China to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the country’s state media. “A corresponding instruction was signed today. Work on it is already in progress. We will inform all those concerned properly about the measures to close the border in the Far Eastern region and other steps the government has taken (to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia),” Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin told the TASS news agency.

7 am: Outbreak reaches nearly 8,000 with 170 deaths in China

The total number of cases reached more than 7,900 worldwide with 170 deaths in China, Chinese and international health authorities said. The majority of cases are in mainland China, with at least 7,801 cases, exceeding the total number of SARS cases in that country during the 2003 epidemic. At least 101 other cases have been reported across more than a dozen countries across the globe, including the U.S.

5:46 am: US State Department says more flights from Wuhan are scheduled for Monday

More evacuation flights from the city of Wuhan for U.S. citizens will take place Monday, the State Department said. Reuters reported that those on the flights would be subject to screenings and monitoring requirements.

5:27 am: India confirms first case of the coronavirus

India has officially confirmed that at least one case of the coronavirus has reached the country. Indian health officials said the patient is a student at Wuhan University in China and has been isolated in a hospital in the southwestern state of Kerala. The statement said the person is “stable and being closely monitored.”
To see last night’s up-to-the minute coverage on the coronavirus, visit the live blog from CNBC’s Asia-Pacific team.
—CNBC’s Weizhen TanEvelyn Cheng and Christine Wang contributed to this report.

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